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A Report on Infosys SETLabs

June 4, 2008

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Infosys(INFOSYS) has nailed the problem this time. [FY 2007-08 results and analysis here].

And done with an elan.It has been granted two patents on cutting edge technologies by US Patent Office. It had been a bit slow start for Infosys but nevertheless a good show till now.

GV Subramanyam, VP of SETLabs believes, that in order to stay ahead, speed of innovation, the customer focus and co-creation will hold the key, if it wants to take a lead in the next wave of its growth.

I was in Bangalore two weeks back and heard Kris Gopalakrishnan talk about the need for disruptive innovation, non-linear growth and India. I was thinking at that point, whats the use, when Infy in itself is so lethargic to innovation.

I stand corrected today.

Take a bright example of the philosophy of Infosys[fast innovation,customer attention and co creation with partners]

Its lightning fast in rolling out products with a strong end user focus and co-creation through repetitive iterations. And look at what it is.

A giant in its own right.

In order to achieve a disruptive growth, Infosys way back in 1999, set up Software Engineering and Technology Labs also known as SETLabs.
With 500 researchers on the fray, SETLabs is a busy hub developing cutting edge process frameworks,methodologies, technologies and hi-tech IP.

To further bring forward its focus on innovation, it has set up dedicated Centers of Excellence-s(CoE) which focusses on the nitty gritty details of issues regarding technologies, method to leverage them in an IT environment and then sufficiently add value to the entire process so that the innovation becomes a disruptive one.
Given the research portfolio SETLabs’ CoEs are maintaining, its hard to actually say where does the traditional core competency of Infosys ends and acquired skills start out. Which is perfectly alright, for an organization needs to have a set of finite resources to help it take on the times when a business cycle downturn comes.

Talking about Infosys CoEs, they are working extensively in the areas of:


Convergence : This CoE focusses on increasing the degree of pervasive computing in an IT organisation with products like Elixir and Nimbus to show for it, and two patents grants by USPTO is quite an impressive show by this CoE. With its interest in Wireless Sensor Networks and its wide range applications in a business, it is but a matter of time before this CoE starts delivering actual tangible business solutions for enterprises.

Grid Computing : Another big in Infosys’s vision. This CoE is striving to create an adaptive services grid in close collaboration with SOA CoE (see below) . With the underlying technolgy based on the IP of grid computing coherently serving a service oriented architecture apps and platforms, this CoE is actually trying to change the very core competency of Infosys itself. So it should not be an exaggeration, if in the coming future, clients actually ask for a total underlying computing overhaul (competency of Grid Computing CoE) with a focus on enabling a better SOA(competency of SOA CoE and Infosys as well).

Service Oriented Architecture: Focusses on developing better and value added software architectures for better service.

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence: A huge opportunity as well as a challenge for Infosys to develop some hard hitting tangible products on this line. Extensively focusses on the hi-tec issues concerning, in and around Data Warehousing and deals with tools and ways to for effective Business Intelligence. With a consolidated market share for the existing players in the BI domain, it remains to be seen how Infosys tackles with its competitors as and when this CoE has something to show for.Also works with forecasting business cycles, trends and thought leadership and the usual business intelligence stuff.

J2EE: Plain vanilla J2EE implementations for enterprises and the esoteric technologies in and around it.

MS Technology Center: Focusses on leveraging Microsoft tech within Infosys and by its customers


ELIXIR: Middleware for Wireless Sensor Networks. Allows organisations to maintain, support and control multiple applications in a single sensor network setup. And these sensors will be deployed in motes (points where measurements has to be taken) and then effectively controlled, monitored and supported by a central server running ELIXIR.

Potential Applications: Any potential business with large amounts of data to be processed coming from numerous channels in a decentralised organisation. Long story cut short: Airports, Manufacturing, Shipping etc.

NIMBUS : Context- Aware Pervasive Computing, with the ‘invisibility’ of the underlying technology and fundamental characteristics to the end user to enable seamless computing. Context Sensitive as in understanding of strengths and limitations of different devices it works with. Focusses also on Infosys proposed Task Aware Computing, Context Aware Computing, and Anytime Anywhere Computing

MANTRA: A software maintenance platform

MConnect: A middleware to create mobile applications faster

Critical Inputs from : Express Computer Online 3rd March 2008, Infosys SETLabs: Milestones in innovation

[The author takes a passionate interest in business innovation,electronics and environment. An avid blogger and technology guy, he spends most of his time studying charts or bringing up projects for his employer. When he is not blogging on markets, technology and their business issues, he spends his time conceiving and executing projects for a hi-tech electronics startup based out of South India. Mail him at sohamdas at gmail dot com. He is listening]

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2008 7:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this on your blog

  2. Soham Das permalink*
    July 21, 2008 7:11 pm


  3. Atanu permalink
    July 25, 2008 2:53 am

    Yo dude this is great. When I started writing the elixir platform I had no idea it would be so big.

  4. Atanu permalink
    July 25, 2008 2:55 am

    a small correction .. the mobile convergence platform was called MConnect

  5. Soham Das permalink*
    July 25, 2008 12:49 pm

    Thanks Atanu for pointing out the correction

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