Tech Mahindra partners with University of Nebraska Omaha to build IT skills

10 April 2019

Technology consultancy Tech Mahindra has partnered with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T). As part of the memorandum of understanding, Tech Mahindra will collaborate with UNO on IT knowledge sharing, hiring, and industry-faculty collaboration.

Some of the key initiatives will include partnerships on student projects and internships, recruitment, industry visits, and seminars. India-based Tech Mahindra will leverage the resources of its 121,000-person footprint to help arm UNO students and faculty with the latest and most in-demand digital skills and capabilities, including data analytics, artificial intelligence, and cyber security.

The firm, which delivers technology consulting and outsourcing services across the globe, will share its expertise with students through regular speaker events, webinars, workshops, and hackathons, while collaborating with students and faculty on whitepapers and research projects.

“Our partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha presents an opportunity to bring together the best of both worlds in the region – UNO’s academic excellence and Tech Mahinda’s real-world technology expertise,” Sandeep Khajuria, senior vice president, Tech Mahindra, said. “We are excited to work with the students and faculty not only to help support their research projects, but also to train them in practical, cutting-edge digital skills in order to help create a future-ready technology workforce.”

Tech Mahindra partners with University of Nebraska Omaha to build IT skills

Tech Mahindra entered the US market in 1993, and has been supporting clients in Omaha for the past two decades. The tech consultancy already has a development center in the region, and the academic partnership further strengthens its focus and investment in the region.

Many western economies are dealing with a perceived shortage of STEM talent, especially in the fields of AI and analytics and other emerging technologies. On the one hand, that’s an understandable outcome, considering that AI wasn’t viewed as a commercially viable technology until the last decade; the education system simply can’t adapt that quickly. But clearly, policy imperatives and industry endeavors are pushing the realignment of skilling objectives. A smaller pool of tech talent, after all, means not only the “stunting of innovation,” but also higher wages for the IT rank-and-file.

Not Tech Mahindra’s first rodeo

In June 2018, the consultancy partnered with the University of Texas to launch its first Makers Lab research and development center in the United States. The collaborative R&D center allows Tech Mahindra professionals and UT students to work on emerging technology – leveraging customer-centric innovations together.

The partnership includes the sponsoring of research projects by the consulting firm, while also offering internship opportunities for about two dozen students at the Makers Lab.

“The mission of the Makers Lab is to be a conduit between academia, research and businesses to provide solutions to its customers and provide a space for these partners to tinker with disruptive technology that we feel will make the enterprise of the future,” Nikhil Malhotra, head of Makers Lab at Tech Mahindra, said.

The Plano, Texas, R&D lab is one of seven total Makers Labs worldwide, spanning across India, the UK, and Germany. The labs have developed innovative technologies such as an AI-powered conversation platform and a retail-focused augmented reality application.

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Crowe delves deeper into cybersecurity services

23 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm Crowe launched a managed detection and response services offering earlier this year, further expanding their cybersecurity practice.

CEOs and executives routinely list cybersecurity as one of their top concerns in annual C-suite surveys. As operations become increasingly digitized, firms open themselves up to more cyberthreat avenues. A critical data breach has the real potential to cripple an organization’s operations, crush profits, and irreparably damage a brand. It’s a risk worth protecting against.

Consulting firms are continually monitoring client demand, and expanding services where the bigger profits lie. When the big accounting firms saw that there was room for more players in management consulting, they moved into the space. Today, the consulting slice of the revenue pie at the Big Four continues to grow, driven by the digital services that the heavy hitters keep boosting.

Crowe delves deeper into cybersecurity services

Because of the rapid change in emphasis to digital and emerging tech consulting, firms want to really project themselves as tech-savvy or out-and-out tech firms. BCG, for example, recently rebranded in order to push the fact that it is a supremely digital consultancy. Crowe, once strictly an accounting firm, has expanded its professional services offerings over more than half a century of operation – and now bills itself as an “accounting, consulting and technology firm.”

Last year, Crowe launched its own Security Intelligence Center, which provides a digital security operations platform for small and midmarket companies. 2018 also saw the firm launch a digital risk collaboration program with Purdue University, while also being named a “challenger” in ALM’s analysis of the Cybersecurity Consulting Provider market.

Earlier this year, Crowe expanded its cybersecurity offering with the launch of managed detection and response services. The outsourcing offering boasts 24/7 detection and response coverage, overseen by a team of cyber experts and analysts. According to Crowe, the managed service helps companies “reduce the burden of finding the right talent” while allowing them to “build a stronger, more resilient security program to effectively monitor and quickly respond to digital threats.”

The offering fits into a wider platform of cybersecurity services at Crowe, including strategy, solution implementation, and attack and penetration testing.

C. Glen Combs, a risk consulting partner at the firm, commented, "At Crowe, our digital risk team uses speed and knowledge to rapidly detect critical security issues so our clients can focus on the most pressing matters and address them quickly. This approach reduces the risk and likelihood of significant business interruption."

Crowe is the US member firm of Crowe Global, one of the largest global accounting and consulting networks. The network has over 36,000 employees, and $4.3 billion in annual revenue.