The president of India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) says the company’s new Indianapolis Technology and Innovation Hub will organically create tech talent that is currently not available. Ravi Kumar joined Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett to cut the ribbon on the hub at OneAmerica Tower in downtown Indianapolis, which will ultimately employ 2,000 by 2021.
Kumar says the location could help make Indiana the tech hub of the Midwest.
Infosys has invested nearly $9 million into the hub which, when it was originally announced in May, will create up to 2,000 jobs by 2021. Kumar says the company has already hired 150 new local employees, a number which will grow now that the Indy hub is open.
"We’re going to make this a center for enterprise cloud applications," Kumar said. "With Salesforce around in Indiana and all other enterprise cloud application companies which are trying to establish (themselves), this can truly be the vibrant tech hub of the Midwest and we could potentially lead the journey."
Infosys says the hub will train, upskill and reskill employees in the technologies needed to help businesses accelerate their digital transformations. It will also serve as an innovation lab with new prototypes in virtual, augmented and robotic technologies.
Governor Holcomb called the potential for the Indy hub "exciting."
"Not long ago, Infosys announced its plans to grow and create up to 2,000 high-wage jobs for Hoosiers," Holcomb said. "Today, the company is not just up and running here in Indiana; it’s taking off. It’s great to welcome a company like Infosys that shares our vision for a 21st century skilled workforce and is committed to increasing opportunity for working adults, students and educators. I’m glad they’ll be a part of our efforts to take Indiana to the next level, and I look forward to witnessing their continued success."
Additionally, Infosys says it is partnering with academic institutions throughout the state, including Purdue University, to provide recent graduates and experienced professionals with exposure to the latest training, research and development.