Kalyan Kumar, HCL’s global chief technology officer, explains to CRN why his $11.5 billion solution provider is investing in Google Cloud and where the biggest opportunities are ahead.
Kalyan Kumar, HCL Technologies’ worldwide chief technology officer, explained to CRN why the $11.5 billion global solution provider is investing millions in Google Cloud and integrating its software products with Google to deliver new software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.
“On our software and service side, we’re building a lot of solutions and offerings on top of Google Cloud,” said Kumar, CTO and head of ecosystems and HCL software products and platforms for HCL Technologies, also known as HCLTech.
Kumar explains that the opportunities ahead with Google Cloud and parent company Alphabet are huge.
“In the next ten years, it’s about these immersive technologies like the Metaverse, immersive computing, augmented computing, cognitive computing— that’s where the real shift is going to happen,” said Kumar. “A lot of our play with Google is around data, AI, and around insights, because that’s where you can unlock the value of the cloud.”
HCL And Google Cloud Revamp Strategy
The India-based global IT services superstar is creating two new offerings to accelerate enterprise migration to Google Cloud.
First, HCL is creating a new Google Cloud Global Migration and Modernization Factory which will combine experts, IP, migration frameworks and automation to help businesses bring workloads into Google Cloud faster.
Additionally, a new dedicated HCLTech Cloud Acceleration Team will strive to speed up customers’ time-to-value with Google Cloud products and solutions by providing architectural expertise and insights from data.
HCL plans to train upwards of 18,000 technology and consulting professionals on Google Cloud to drive more customer momentum and sales.
“That 18,000 gives you a perspective associated with our ongoing relationship with HCL,” Kevin Ichhpurani, Google Cloud’s worldwide channel chief told CRN. “When we think of the digital transformation journey our clients are on: they require vision, they require technology, and they require expertise. That is what we’re delivering with HCL through a dedicated factory that will focus on migration, but also modernization.”
Ichhpurani said Google Cloud and HCL are working together to “fundamentally change the business model” for its thousands of joint customers.
Kumar leads HCL’s technology strategy, partner ecosystems and next-generation technology blueprinting. He’s been with the company for over 20 years and also oversees HCLTech’s Cloud offerings and cloud ecosystems business units.
In an interview with CRN, Kumar takes a deep dive on HCL’s revamped Google Cloud partnership as well as the biggest market opportunities ahead.