Software services major Infosys has launched an artificial intelligence platform ‘Mana’ that will help clients drive automation and innovation. The company said that the platform, that brings machine learning together with ‘deep knowledge of an organisation’, will enable businesses to continuously reinvent their system landscapes and lower maintenance cost of assets. Coupled with Aikido service offerings, Mana will help clients capture knowledge while delivering new and delightful experiences to their end users, it said. Also Read - Work from home: Here is a look at TCS and Infosys' long-term planAlso Read - Infosys has just launched a learning app for engineering students
“Over the last 35 years, Infosys has maintained, operated and managed systems with global clients across every industry. Building on this deep experience, Infosys has recognized the need to bring artificial intelligence to the enterprise in a meaningful and purposeful way,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Vishal Sikka said at Infosys Confluence 2016.
Mana leverages the power of automation for repetitive tasks and lower cost of maintenance, freeing people to focus on the higher value work and on breakthrough innovation, he added. Last year, Infosys announced new services — Aikido — that focuses on design thinking, platforms and knowledge- based IT to differentiate its offerings from rivals like TCS, Wipro and others. Infosys has already started working with clients for Mana, including telecom major Telstra, a company with a large fleet of field engineers and a global food and beverage maker.
“The word mana, from the Polynesian word for a pervasive spiritual force and used in many languages, is an excellent inspiration,” he said.
Sikka said the company has been working on educating and training its workforce in areas like design thinking and AI. About 90,000 of its employees have already undergone at least basic day-long workshop on design thinking, Sikka said. Since joining Infosys in August 2014, Sikka has focused on adding new-age technologies like artificial intelligence and automation to drive revenues for the Bengaluru-based firm.
Under Sikka, the company acquired US-based automation technology company Panaya for an enterprise value of $200 million last year. It also picked up stake in a number of startups, the latest being data wrangling software provider, Trifacta yesterday. Infosys, along with Amazon Web Services and Silicon Valley leaders like Tesla‘s Elon Musk and Peter Thiel (PayPal co-founder) have committed $1 billion investment to OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company.