France/India: Digitalization Strategy Total Partners with Tata to Create Digital Innovation Center in India
Total and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have signed a partnership agreement to create a digital innovation center in India. Based in Pune in the State of Maharashtra, the center is intended to explore disruptive technologies and solutions.
Paris/France; Mumbay/India — In a statement published by the French company, Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Technology Officer at Total, said that after having integrated digital solutions within the group, her company now wants to invent the solutions of tomorrow by combining Total know-how with the agility of TCS.
The partnership will initially focus on refining. Due to the intensive use of digital technology, the various building blocks of refining (production units, processes, the supply chain and petroleum product markets) will be driven in a wide-ranging way to improve refinery performance. Real-time data analytics, the Internet of Things, automation, artificial intelligence and agile methodology will be used to improve industrial efficiency, energy performance and availability rates.
Based on the TCS concept of “entrepreneurship-in-residence,” Total will work with TCS technology and domains experts. TCS will also contribute its network, its structured co-innovation approach and its Business 4.0 cooperation framework.
The energy and resources sector is one of TCS’ fastest growing business units. Debashish Ghosh, President of Energy, Resources and EPC Business at TCS, said that his company would leverage their Business 4.0 framework, with a focus on agile, intelligent automation, internet of things, analytics and cloud-based solutions.
The digital innovation center in India will build on the industrial digital technology initiatives already deployed at Total’s production sites. The aim of industrial digital technology was to make operations safer and more efficient, by making better decisions faster, simplifying operators’ day-to-day work to enhance their efficiency, and reducing their costs, the company said.