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BusinessAffine to strengthen presence in Hyderabad

Affine to strengthen presence in Hyderabad

Published: 26th Oct 2021 8:31 pm | Updated: 27th Oct 2021 8:22 pm

Hyderabad: Affine, an artificial intelligence (AI) and data engineering consulting and solutions firm, offers an entire gamut of services from data insights to transformation of businesses. Over a decade, the company has been enabling enterprises and small and medium businesses by combining capabilities in predictive analytics, machine learning and big data. Manas Agrawal, co-founder & CEO, Affine, shares with Telangana Today plans for Hyderabad and pan-India growth.

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Core offerings

We focus on artificial intelligence, cloud, engineering and analytics, and cater to solutions around them for enterprises to help achieve scale and digital transformation. We also provide data insights that help companies in their decision making. We also have systems that have applications in the areas of autonomous driving, Industry 4.0, quality assurance and control. We are also working with unicorns by supporting them with analytics, particularly in the areas of fintech. We see big opportunities in BFSI space and we will be making specific efforts in the next six months.

Hyderabad expansion

We are a Bengaluru-based company and have forayed into Hyderabad a few months back. We are looking at rapid expansion of our global development centre in Hyderabad. We have two large solutions centres one each at Bengaluru and Seattle. The third centre (Hyderabad) will focus on deep-tech engineering services (cloud, AI and data) as well as solutions. We are starting a hiring drive for engineering and data analytics in Hyderabad. We want to have 150-200 people by March 2022. We will also focus on Industry 4.0 as the city is seeing a lot of engineering and manufacturing activity. There will also be emphasis on BFSI. We will have tie ups with T-Hub, IIT and IIIT-Hyderabad.

Vertical offerings

We have been working with the technology industry, gaming & entertainment (for both hardware and software). We are building new solutions towards Industry 4.0 that will help in localising manufacturing. Covid has exposed fractured points of the supply chain that creates a huge risk. Our solutions will help companies to address these challenges. We have also created centres of excellence (CoEs) with IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai and University of California, Berkeley focused on manufacturing and engineering.

Manpower strength

Globally, we have about 600 people now and by the end of March 2022, we will touch 900 employees. We plan to strengthen teams at Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Seattle (US). We will also make inroads into Singapore to cater to the APAC region. After two years, we may look at London to cater to European markets. Within India, we may also look at entering into tier-2 and tier-3 towns where there is a good talent pool.

Future focus

We see demand in the area of digital transformation. Looking at the scale at which analytics is growing, we are seeing opportunities to provide AI and analytics solutions that can run at scale and at a low cost. Engineering-led analytics will be a major focus for us in future. Secondly, there are new developments happening in AI and we are seeing opportunities in the area of data-centric AI. We are building algorithms that can be run at scale. We are also looking to raise funds to meet our organic and inorganic growth needs.

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