Airbus opens a new state-of-the-art IT center in Bangalore

BENGALURU Airbus On Wednesday he announced the inauguration of a new state-of-the-art technology facility in Bengaluru that will house 500 employees.

The European aerospace company of $ 64 billion has already held around 300 positions in the new Information Management office and plans to fill the rest of the open spaces by the end of the year.

Digital transformation is sweeping across the industry and technology is key to that, said Carlo Nizam, chief information officer, Airbus India & South Asia. "Having that technological knowledge in-house is even more important. This type of office is the first of its kind for us outside Europe. It's basically a centre of value. It's a centre that is re-insourcing capabilities to support our global digital transformation," he said.

Airbus already has an R&D centre in Bengaluru. The company has some 1,500 employees in India, and, including contract workers in areas like IT, about 6,500.

Airbus said the new Bengaluru facility will work on engineering and product lifecycle management solutions, ERP (enterprise resource planning) operations, infrastructure and technology operations and digital solutions. The digital solutions involve big data, advanced analytics, work on IoT and cloud technology, API (application programming interface) development, and cyber security.

Anand E Stanley, president & managing director, Airbus India & South Asia, said India is core to the company's plans to digitally transform itself. "We are primarily a technology company. A digital transformation is taking place and we need uniquely qualified employees to successfully implement this transformation," he said.

Anand said the company is creating a critical mass of talent to help it succeed. Our new office here immediately represents 20% of our IT capabilities worldwide, making it a central part of the company's strategy in this regard, he said.

The office was designed from the perspective of the employees' workspace from the beginning, Nizam added. From virtual computing, to touch screens at all workstations, to amphitheaters for live events between global offices, office design and the way teams have been trained and configured is intended to boost collaboration , He said.