Hyderabad: fter successfully relocating its operations to a new office space in HiTech City in Hyderabad, Hexagon Capability Centre India is planning to hire additional 300-350 people in the next two to three years. For this purpose, the centre is also looking at acquiring more space in the vicinity and will take up the total employee headcount to 1,400-1,500 from the current 1,100. The parent company Hexagon is a global provider of information technology solutions and it had acquired Intergraph Consulting Pvt Ltd – which set foot in Hyderabad in 1987 – in 2010.
For Hexagon, HCCI is the fast growing innovation centre out of the three present globally and almost 10-12 per cent of net sales are invested in R&D. “When we moved to our new office space year ago, we thought it would be more than sufficient to accommodate our employees but the growth has been so huge that we now plan to add 350 people and also acquire new space going ahead,” said Navaneet Mishra, vice-president and country manager, Hexagon.
The HCCI houses R&D units of almost all business divisions of Hexagon across its industrial and geospatial domain and it works on manufacturing intelligence, positioning intelligence, safety and infrastructure, geospatial, geosystems and mining. It plans to set up at least two to three centre of excellences in its office by end of 2018 which will be in the areas of mobile – that is already in place – and one for cloud and machine and deep learning. These centres will become the hub for these sectors for the company in Hyderabad.
In addition to the CoEs, the IT company is also looking at collaborating with premier technology institutes of Hyderabad. And as part of the collaboration, it plans to set up Hexagon Labs at their premises and has already signed agreement for the same with JNTU Hyderabad and Chaitanya Bharati Institute of Technology (CBIT). “In the JNTU-H campus we have agreed to set up a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) lab that will offer a course on receivers, antennas, systems, cables and other hardware equipments. This will provide hands-on experience to the students with the cutting-edge tools,” said Mishra.
Meanwhile, the lab in CBIT campus will offer course in engineering analysis, that is important for civil and mechanical students. This will be part of the final year curriculum for both B.Tech and M.Tech students and will provide them with knowledge of cutting edge technology.
In order to keep its workforce abreast with the latest technology, Hexagon also organizes regular events on the upcoming technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processor and big data, Mishra added.