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Vishal Sikka: Infosys' new trump card

Jun 16 2014, 08:43 IST
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There will be loads of expectation on Sikka as he shoulders the responsibility of steering Infosys through an unchartered territory in the IT outsourcing and offshoring world which is getting redefined rapidly There will be loads of expectation on Sikka as he shoulders the responsibility of steering Infosys through an unchartered territory in the IT outsourcing and offshoring world which is getting redefined rapidly
SummaryVishal Sikka comes with a formidable reputation with a doctorate in artificial intelligence...

The products, platforms and solutions (PPS) segment of Infosys contributes only 5.1% of the total revenue and bigger bets are now being placed that this would turn into a larger pie in days to come. The IT major has already started a separate subsidiary to focus on this segment and it remains to be seen what strategy

Vishal Sikka will adopt to create a strong differentiation in the marketplace

The appointment of Vishal Sikka as the chief executive officer and managing director at Infosys could provide the IT services major a true cutting edge in software products play. Sikka comes with a formidable reputation with a doctorate in artificial intelligence from Stanford University and his last job being the chief technology officer of technology giant SAP, not to forget that he has had his own entrepreneurial journey.

Infosys, which seemed to be rapidly losing direction since 2011 had to get back its iconic founder NR Narayana Murthy to steady the ship. Now, the appointment of Sikka has brought in the much needed fresh air for the IT major. “Appointing an outsider tends to bring fresh perspective to inherent legacy issues plaguing companies. Free from the baggage and expectations associated with firm veterans, Sikka can look to usher new life into Infosys,” said Peter Bendor-Samuel, CEO, Everest Group, in his blog Sherpas in Blue Shirts.

There will be loads of expectation on Sikka as he shoulders the responsibility of steering Infosys through an unchartered territory in the IT outsourcing and offshoring world which is getting redefined rapidly.

Today, one cannot speak of cost as an advantage of the Indian IT services companies as it is a given and is well understood by the market. The need of the hour is to position oneself as being in the grasp of the technology changes with the ability to deliver solutions not just a service.

Sikka is expected to bring this gravitas to Infosys as he is well connected with the technology world and keenly understands the shifts that is taking place. Ray Wang of Constellation Research in his blog post said, “Constellation expects Sikka’s selection to re-invigorate Infosys’ focus on Products, Platforms, IP and Innovation. His Silicon Valley background and network would also infuse the much-needed acquisition zeal into

Infosys growth strategy.”

The products, platforms and solutions (PPS) segment of Infosys contributes only 5.1% of the total revenue and bigger bets are being placed that this would

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