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Akkodis joins MIT research centre for digital transformation

By Zach Thompson
Thu 2 Jun 2022

Modis, soon to become Akkodis, has joined the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) as a corporate member to collaborate on research projects, events and education.

The partnership will also see Akkodis working on MIT IDE’s main activities to progress smart industry leadership and digital transformation.

AKKA & Modis, soon to become Akkodis, is an engineering and R&D market using connected data to foster innovation and digital transformation.

The company will make its complete transition to Akkodis in Australia toward the end of the year.

Akkodis has 50,000 engineers and digital experts providing deep cross-sector expertise in 30 countries throughout North America, EMEA and APAC.

Its offerings include a broad range of industry experience in crucial technology sectors, including mobility, software and technology services, robotics, testing, simulations, data security, AI and data analytics.

The company’s combined IT and engineering expertise also allows it to deliver end-to-end offerings across four service lines; consulting, solutions, talents and academy, to help its clients find new ways to carry out product development and business processes.

“This is an exciting partnership and we are proud to collaborate with MIT IDE, accelerating Akkodis’ innovative capacity through state-of-the-art research,” Modis Australia interim senior vice president Peter Hawkins says.

“In Australia, we have a deep analytics capability and have a number of award-winning analytics solutions leveraging Tech for Good and are excited about the ability to engage globally to magnify the impact the data-led solutions have.

“This partnership will enhance digital skills, develop research and uncover real solutions to immediate business challenges to assist Australia move forward with tech innovation and solutions for a brighter future.”

The companies will work together on thought leadership and academic research across a range of smart technology fields, including human/AI interface, data-driven societies and tech for good which will progress innovation.

Participating in MIT IDE’s flagship educational program, MIT Analytics Lab (A-Lab), will see graduate students engaging with Akkodis’ leadership team to develop results that diagnose, enable, or uncover solutions to real business problems and opportunities using analytics, machine learning, and other analysis tools.

In doing this, Akoddis says it aims to encourage experts to learn from each other and develop new skills by collaborating, as well as create new, smart ideas that can make a long-term difference to sustainability.

The MIT IDE launched in 2014 and comprises a team of visionary, internationally recognised thought leaders and researchers looking at the ways people and businesses work, interact, and ultimately prosper in an era of rapid digital transformation.

Furthermore, the IDE is part of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and its work is strongly in line with MIT’s Innovation Initiative.

“We look forward to engaging with Akkodis as an MIT IDE Corporate Member, particularly given our shared belief in the importance of preparing industries for a digital future,” IDE executive director David Verrill says.

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