iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy aims to shake up IT industry billing model
Outcomes-based billing, growing as a share of revenue across the industry and pursued most aggressively by iGate Corp Chief Executive Phaneesh Murthy, is meant to appeal to clients with less-certain budgets in a tough economy.
If the services don't deliver an agreed-upon result, such as reducing the cost of processing a loan or cutting the reject rate in an auto parts factory, the customer pays less. But the strategy also boosts profit margins for IT companies, raising questions about which model is better for customers.
Murthy was a rising star at Infosys as California-based global head of sales before leaving in 2002 after a sexual harassment lawsuit against him and the company, which made headlines at the time and was settled out of court.
"If you look at the external environment, customers don't know exactly what their revenues are going to be, what their volumes are going to be, and therefore passing on that risk to the vendor is a very appealing concept right now," Murthy said in a recent telephone interview.
Traditionally, iGate and other smaller IT outsourcers have competed with Indian heavyweights such as TataServices and Infosys on price.
Murthy, 49, founded a company that was bought by iGate, which is based in Fremont, California, but has the bulk of its staff in India. In 2011,
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