Microsoft Research and Infosys join forces for software engineering

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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Microsoft research lab in India and software services giant Infosys Technologies will collaborate to address the challenges that are typically faced while building very large IT systems.

This new collaboration will not focus on generating intellectual property but on the challenges of building large IT systems. "We are looking at developing technologies that are reliable, reduces complexity and both the companies share the common ground of solving some of the toughest problems," said Microsoft MD in India, P Anandan.

It will not only look at improving the existing process of software design and engineering but also look at better ways of developing the IT systems. The cutting edge technology of Microsoft Research has applied its research in various fields like cryptology, digital geographic, multilingual systems and software systems among others.

Microsoft Research Lab India already has a group called Rigorous Software Engineering (RSE) that is performing research in the area of software engineering. Infosys of Bangalore set up its Software Engineering and Technology Labs (SET Labs) in 2000. As an IT services company, with around 60,000 staff involved in various aspects of software engineering, Infosys is researching new ways to build very complex systems as productively as possible, said Subrahmanyam Goparaju, vice president at Infosys.

Infosys and Microsoft Research India have already identified some areas for their joint research. The companies will, for example, work on tools and methodologies in the area of systems integration, said Sriram K. Rajamani, research manager at Microsoft Research Lab India, who heads the RSE group. Another area identified for research is to be building tools to measure the performance of enterprise software even before it is built, he added.

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