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NEC establishes centre for Big Data and analytics in India

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NEC big data centre in India

Japanese IT giant NEC Corporation has announced the launch of its Center of Excellence (CoE) in India to promote the adoption of Big Data and analytics solutions. Based in Noida, the new centre is the first by the company and is set to simplify digital transformation for clients across sectors such as telecom, retail, banking, financial services, retail and government.

NEC is set to invest $10 million over the next three years to achieve a revenue of $100 million in the next three years through the new CoE. While the Tokyo-headquartered company is initially targeting markets including Japan, India, Singapore, Philippines and Hong Kong, the centre will expand services throughout APAC and other regions.

“The new CoE is an important step towards utilising big data analytics and NEC’s Data Platform for Hadoop to provide benefits for government bodies and enterprises in India and across the world,” said Tomoyasu Nishimura, senior vice president, NEC Corporation.

NEC, in partnership with NEC India and NEC Technologies India (NTI), is leveraging open source Hadoop for its various Big Data and analytics developments. Also, the company has implemented its hardware in partnership with Hortonworks and Red Hat.

One-stop offering

“The latest CoE is designed as a single platform that can be used to cater the needs for processing structured and unstructured data,” Piyush Sinha, general manager for corporate planning and business management, NEC India, told Open Source For You.

Sinha is handling a team of around 20 people who are initiating operations through the new centre. However, NEC has plans to organise a 100-professional army to address requirements in the coming future. There are also plans to hire fresh talent to enhance Big Data developments.

Business Intelligence as backbone

The Data Platform for Hadoop (DPH) that NEC is using at the centre features a Business Intelligence layer in the background — alongside the Hadoop deployment, helping customers from the burden of searching individual building blocks of Big Data analytics. This combination also provides the ability to generate value from the enormous pools of data.

NEC already has a record of contributing to national projects in the country. The company enabled the mass-level adoption of Aadhaar in partnership with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by providing a large-scale biometrics identification system. It is also supporting the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) that tracks nearly 70 percent of container transactions in the Indian region.