SMAC, IoT Now Wipro’s New Training Mantra

by Sohini Bagchi    Nov 10, 2014


India’s third-largest IT company, Wipro, is reportedly setting up an internal facility to train employees on emerging technologies. The training will focus on areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), social, mobile, analytics, cloud (SMAC) and open source technology. The company’s new initiative reflects that it is looking to catch up with its rivals TCS, Cognizant and Infosys, who are all arming their employees on future technology to boost their revenues and profitability.

Even start-ups are focusing heavily into this area, posing a threat to the bigger ones who are gearing up to remain strong and innovative.There will be comprehensive training around using cloud computing to port enterprise applications used by banks and other companies, some sources told Business Line, adding that while any employee who joins Wipro has to undergo two months of training, the company is also looking to start training its Advanced Technologies Group in these areas, apart from the existing ones.

Some of Wipro’s recent outsourcing deals are heavily focused on SMAC, and the Bangalore-firm has also acquired two companies in the SMAC space. Last year, it spent $30 million to acquire a minority stake in New Jersey-based big data and analytics firm, Opera Solutions. Shortly after, it acquired a minority stake in cloud-based services firm, Axeda, whose core offerings include machine-to-machine solutions.

It is believed that its future projects would be awarded on the basis of how the company can port different enterprise applications to the cloud, unlike earlier, when a company used to develop a software application, maintain licences and update software on a client’s premises. The company has already invested in platform owners, business and academic and research organizations to impart training on future technologies.

Experts believe that India’s IT sector has come a long way and is now repositioning itself as an industry that will require professional with high-skilled and niche capabilities. Today with almost every device having the capability to access the Internet, open source and SMAC, there is a fundamental shift in the way a company is looking at an outsourcing service provider, says Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice-president, Nasscom, and hence a rigorous training is needed is in newer technology domain.

India’s largest IT provider, TCS, for example, has set up a digital enterprise unit in the Silicon Valley, to club its SMAC technology services under a single roof.  It has invested in a wide range of training for both its existing and new employees. Vishal Sikka, the new CEO of Infosys is also very upbeat on SMAC and said at the Q2 result announcement on how thousands of engineers will go through design thinking training in the coming months in order to suit the company’s SMAC initiatives.

A Nascom HR survey too shows that with the emergence of mobility, social media, cloud and big data, the top skills in demand are: data scientists, cloud/virtualization, mobile apps, platform engineering and user experience demand. And getting to recruit and train people on these and other future technologies can open up many more avenues for IT service providers.