Consulting and technology firm Synechron has opened a new innovation centre in London. The new hub, the firm’s second of its kind globally, provides organisations in the financial services sector the possibility to view and prototype technology-led innovations, ranging from augmented reality and artificial intelligence to blockchain and biometrics.
Last week the New York headquartered firm – with over 6,000 employees across 16 offices around the globe one of the larger professional services firms dedicated to the financial services industry – opened the doors of its latest innovation centre, based in central London. The consultancy follows the launch of Synechron's innovation centre in Dubai in October 2015, which was the firm’s first of its kind globally. Over the next few months, Synechron will also be launching innovation centres in New York, Florida, Amsterdam and Pune.
The new Synechron Digital Innovation Centre (SDIC) acts as an innovation hub for clients committed to investing in technology and, more specifically, digital transformation – solving critical business issues and scaling these investments to achieve greater future business success. The centre offers Synechron’s customers several options; from a half day or full day brainstorming session for executive management, to a rapid prototyping challenge, or even just a one hour dedicated technology workshop. In addition to the various digital zones, visitors will also be able to strategize and envision their digitisation journey with Synechron’s innovation team. “The centre enables businesses to become fully immersed in the wealth of new technology available,” comments Faisal Husain, CEO of Synechron.
Recent research from Atos shows that the coming years will see the rise of a range of transformational technology and digital trends, which together, and through their convergence and connectivity on the back of the Internet of Things, will lead to disruptive forces across markets and industries. According to Synechron, the centre has been designed and fitted in such a way that clients will be able to enjoy the full spectrum of advancements. David Horton, Managing Director for Innovation at Synechron, explains: “The full range of cutting edge technologies at the SDIC will inspire customers to be more creative, and expose them to the possibilities of adopting emerging technology. With the ability to try out our new technology firsthand, our clients will leave fully energised and inspired by transformational concepts that only Synechron has a track record of delivering.”
Among the technologies that are part of SDIC’s demonstration portfolio are artificial intelligence, Amazon Echo, biometrics, new apps around blockchain, gamification and visual walls.
Besides providing insight in technological possibilities, Husain adds that it too sparks an ‘out of the box’ approach, one which fosters innovative thinking. “In the SDIC our customers can step away from their normal office space and be fully immersed in a creative environment with digital technologies and experts at their disposal.”
In line with Synechron’s focus, the centre serves clients in the financial services sector, including banks, insurers and fintech players. “We welcome our banking and insurance clients to our new London facility and any organisation that recognises the impact of digital transformation,” concludes Horton.