Infosys makes tech innovations for GST rollout easier

Development of platform in progress to handle huge traffic 

While Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) deployment for companies will take more than a year, India’s second largest IT firm Infosys has technologists spellbound by progressing on its efforts to come up with a platform that will streamline the GST roll out. 

Infosys won the landmark Rs 1,380-crore contract from the government to develop a state of-the-art technology platform for the proposed goods and services tax (GST) in September 22, 2015, and the project is progressing satisfactorily.

Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN), the quasi-government company, is working with Infosys in this regard.

Infosys senior vice president and head India business C N Raghupathy told Deccan Herald that this new platform is one of the world’s largest open source architecture ever created in computing history, and it will help open source products that use Hadoop, Kafka, and Tableau, among others.

“We are not an ERP company, but we are talking with multiple players like Cisco and Tally on this front and build APIs that will use the power of internet with focus on speed, scalability and productivity,” he said.

According to Raghupathy, Infosys constituted a technology team comprising of 200 people to come up with a solution, and is still interacting with other players to make it better.

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The platform built by Infosys will have a GST common portal through which the existing tax administration system of central and state governments and other stake holders will upload and review data to the GST core system. Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC)  and all the states need to develop their own backend modules and exchange data with GST common portal using APIs over a secure network.

“It will process 50,000 transactions per seconds. Everything in the back-end like data analytics and storage will be handled with open source,” he said. Apart from the business, Raghupathy said the company is excited about the technology involved in the project.

The project entails three most important functionalities in the online system. It includes registrations, returns and payments. Sharad Sharma, co-founder and governing council member of iSPIRT, said, “What we are witnessing here is the transformation of Infosys from enterprise thinking to internet case thinking that can handle generation of manifold data.”

Since GST platform will have 6.5 million taxpayers under VAT and service tax regime, the humongous task involved in the process will face data explosion, authentication and security issues. Once the project is rolled out, it will have more data than Facebook and Google.


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