ZF’s tech centre in Hyderabad; Calix opens development centre; India leads in AI; Global cloud market; Cybersecurity talent shortage

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ZF opens largest tech centre in Hyderabad

Global technology company in the automotive and industrial technology segment ZF has established a tech centre in Hyderabad.

Spread over 300,000 sq ft, the facility is the largest software hub for the group. It will play a critical role in growth and positioning of the group globally and as well in India, ZF said in a release.

ZF opened its first facility in Hyderabad in 2017 and overtime, doubled the headcount to around 2,900. The tech centre is on an expansion path and there are plans to increase the headcount to 5,000 engineers soon, the company said.

As a strategic partner to engineering teams across the globe, employees at the facility will focus on projects that are in core and application development, serving every region and supporting most OEMs. The emphasis for growth and talent will be in key technology areas of AI applications, data sciences and digitalisation, with a strong focus in developing technologies in digital twin and simulations, cybersecurity, and functional safety, ZF said.

Calix launches India development centre to drive cloud platform innovation

To continue driving innovation, Calix announced the opening of the Calix India Development Centre in Bengaluru, India. The 21,000-square-foot facility will expand research and development, commercial operations, and marketing to support the next phase of hypergrowth for Calix, a release from the company said.

Calix chose to invest in Bengaluru, “India’s Silicon Valley,” for its new development centre because of its position at the forefront of information technology in India. Bengaluru is known for attracting the top talent Calix needs to develop the next generation of solutions that are transforming the broadband industry.

A major focus of the CIDC will be to expand the development teams for the Calix Cloud platform. Calix Cloud platform allows broadband service providers (BSPs) of all sizes to easily access real-time data, analytics, and automation to run an efficient and subscriber-centric business. Calix plans to double the initial CIDC workforce by the end of 2022. Calix has more than 200 open roles across the organization, the release said.

Indian businesses lead on AI adoption in comparison to the UK and US

Peak, a Decision Intelligence company, released its State of AI 2022 report on 30 May, 2022, highlighting that Indian businesses lead both US and UK when it comes to data maturity and adoption of Artificial Intelligence. Most (84%) Indian businesses with 100 or more employees are currently using AI in one form or another, nearly twice that of the UK (46%), whereas the US is at 68%. A staggering 98% of companies in India using AI are leveraging it to automate decisions, a release from Peak said.

The research, conducted in partnership with the Centre for Economics and Business Research, finds that Indian respondents are more likely to say they have the technical knowledge and managerial skills in-house to facilitate digital transformation. Indeed, Indian businesses are more likely to have hired data scientists, data engineers and decision architects than their counterparts in the US or the UK. Similarly, 61% of organisations in India have a Chief Data Officer compared to the global average of 52%. They were also most likely to seek support from external tech teams (59% vs an average of 47%), suggesting that Indian businesses are better able to realise value from their data investments and can justify additional spend.

The report is based on a survey of 775 decision makers (senior managers and above) from the US, UK, and India. Respondents were all from companies with 100 or more staff.

Worldwide IaaS Public Cloud Services Market Grew 41.4% in 2021: Gartner

The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 41.4% in 2021, to total $90.9 billion, up from $64.3 billion in 2020, according to Gartner. Amazon retained the No. 1 position in the IaaS market in 2021, followed by Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, and Huawei.

In 2021, the top five IaaS providers accounted for over 80% of the market. Amazon continued to lead the worldwide IaaS market with revenue of $35.4 billion in 2021 and 38.9% market share. Microsoft followed in the No. 2 position with 21.1% share and above-market growth, reaching over $19 billion in IaaS revenue in 2021, a release from Gartner said.

Alibaba was the No. 3 IaaS public cloud provider worldwide with 9.5% market share and revenue of $8.7 billion for 2021. Google Cloud saw the highest growth rate of the top five IaaS vendors, growing 63.7% in 2021 to reach $6.4 billion in revenue. While Huawei’s growth tempered in 2021 after two straight years of over 200% growth, it still maintained the No. 5 market share position with $4.2 billion in revenue, the release said.

Research finds workforce shortage impacts organizations’ cybersecurity posture

Trellix, the cybersecurity company delivering extended detection and response (XDR), conducted new research into the talent shortage afflicting the cybersecurity industry. Among the key findings for India was the need for cybersecurity professionals (22% of the respondents) to potentially move to a different career or profession at some point in the future.

For those planning to move on, feeling as though they have or will have accomplished everything they wanted to (6%) is a key reason, as well as the fact that respondents have another career or profession in mind which they’re more passionate about (5%), a release from Trellix said.

Most (91%) report that there is a current skills gap across the cybersecurity profession and a growing demand to fill security-related roles. The same proportion (100%) also believe that greater mentorship, internships, and apprenticeships would encourage and support participation of workers from diverse backgrounds into cybersecurity-based roles – so more could certainly be done to encourage a greater pool of employees to meet demand.

The majority (92%) note at least one frustration, with the most common for respondents focusing on limited support for the development of skills (43%), lack of recognition for the good done for society (39%), and limited support with the qualifications and certifications required (34%). Problems related to inequality and limited diversity are also relatively common, the release, quoting the research, said.

The findings are based on a Vanson Bourne survey, commissioned by Trellix, of 1,000 cybersecurity professionals in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, the U.K and the U.S. across a variety of sectors.

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