Energy giant Total partners with TCS to set up a digital innovation center in India

Paris – Mumbai : Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has signed a partnership agreement with Total, a global integrated energy producer and provider, to create a digital innovation center in India. Based in Pune in the state of Maharashtra, the center will explore disruptive technologies and solutions.

“For a large industrial group like Total, it is essential to always stay ahead of these topics,” said Marie-Noëlle Semeria, SVP and Group CTO – Total. “After having integrated digital solutions within the Group, we now want to invent those of tomorrow by combining Total’s know-how with the agility of TCS.”

The partnership will initially focus on refining. The intensive use of digital technologies will help drive the various building blocks of refining (production units, processes, and the supply chain and petroleum product markets) to improve refinery performance. Real-time data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and agile methodology will be used to improve industrial efficiency, energy performance and availability rates.

“With the digital innovation center, we are positioning ourselves as a pioneer working to develop a smart, connected refinery that will allow us to improve our industrial competitiveness. We want to invent the Refinery 4.0,” said Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals – Total.

Based on the TCS concept of “entrepreneurship-in-residence,” Total will work with TCS’ technology and domains experts. TCS will also bring to Total its network, its structured co-innovation approach and its unique Business 4.0 cooperation framework.

“The energy and resources sector is one of TCS’ fastest growing business units. We are delighted to sign this strategic digital innovation partnership with Total for which we will leverage our Business 4.0 framework, with a focus on agile, intelligent automation, internet of things, analytics and cloud-based solutions, “said Debashis Ghosh, President of Energy, Resources and EPC Business – TCS.

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