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India’s Mahindra Group makes cloud move

The Indian conglomerate will migrate SAP S/4 Hana and its data warehouse to Google Cloud and build up its DevOps capabilities

Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group is migrating its business-critical applications to Google Cloud and shoring up its DevSecOps capabilities to fuel its next phase of growth.

These include applications such as SAP S/4 Hana, as well as its data warehouse and data lake. The company said this will enable its teams to gain deeper understanding of customers’ demands and preferences than was available previously.

Mahindra Group, which has businesses in farm equipment such as tractors, utility vehicles, IT and financial services, said the migration will take place over the next three years.

By then, it expects to better anticipate trends and consumer sentiments, speed up product innovation and provide personalised customer experiences, as well as simplify data management, lower the total cost of ownership, and improve security and governance.

“A digital mindset is front and centre in every aspect of the Mahindra Group,” said Mohit Kapoor, group chief technology officer of the firm. “We are building for the future with advanced cloud-based technologies and data-driven strategies to speed up decision making and maximise synergies across our business.

“By utilising Google Cloud’s best-in-class infrastructure and data capabilities, we can innovate faster for competitive differentiation, advance our enterprise sustainability goals and strengthen our talent pool by attracting the best tech talent in the industry,” he added.

Mahindra will also tap the engineering chops of Google Cloud’s site reliability engineering (SRE) and DevSecOps teams to shore up its own capabilities in cloud engineering and cloud-native operations.

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This will help to foster an agile culture in its digital, data and cloud centre of excellence to drive innovation, embrace change and cultivate the right talent.

Mahindra’s move to Google Cloud comes after the recent formation of a Google Cloud business unit by Tech Mahindra, its technology services arm, that focuses on developing industry-specific offerings in areas such as precision agriculture and remote patient monitoring.

For Google Cloud, its latest win in India is a sign of its growing footprint in the subcontinent. Earlier this year, RBL Bank said it will tap Google Cloud to power its customer acquisition engine and improve customer data management and analytics, while Bharti Airtel inked a $1bn deal with Google which includes, among other things, growing the cloud ecosystem in India.

According to the 2022 TechTarget/Computer Weekly IT priorities survey, nearly half of more than 300 respondents in India are expected to spend more on cloud services, including cloud applications, storage and computing, this year.

Also, 65% of IT leaders in India said their organisations are now cloud-first, which entails adopting cloud services in areas such as edge computing and the internet of things, as well as customer experience and business continuity.

IDC expects India’s public cloud services market to hit $7.4bn by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 22.2% between 2020 and 2024.

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