5 Ways Vishal Sikka Can Rekindle Infosys
The appointment of Vishal Sikka as the CEO and MD at Infosys could bring some relief to the IT major seemed to be rapidly losing direction in recent years. While founder NR Narayana Murthy strived to get the right candidate for the job, amidst a spate of high profile exits and market speculations, the man who came to the spotlight is Vishal Sikka, the IT veteran who comes with a formidable industry reputation, who now has the task to lead India’s second largest IT company.
Experts believe, there will be loads of expectations on Sikka as he shoulders the responsibility of steering Infosys – taking it to greater heights, especially in the ever-increasing competitive IT outsourcing market in the country.
Here are some ways Sikka can bring greater value to Infosys, zooming ahead of its competitors bringing new areas of growth based on his experience and domain expertise.
Spearheading product sales: Sikka’s prior experience in SAP suggests that he can build and sell products successfully. A Reuters report noted that Sikka was seen as the bridge between the “brains” — the IT engineers that helped him create the flagship HANA program and the besuited executives that spearheaded product sales globally. it is likely that Sikka can give Infosys a product-cum-services edge. In other words, he may also replicate a success like the HANA platform at SAP for the Indian IT major.
Adding a strong glocal perspective: Experts believe Sikka’s background gives Infosys a global edge but his origins in India will make him understand the history of the company better and relate to it in a more pragmatic way. A PhD from Stanford University in computer science, but with his roots in small-town India, the former board member of SAP AG is a man of many parts, HT Media describes the new CEO.
Bringing executives at rest: With exodus at the senior level plaguing Infosys, Sikka’s arrival will make him tower over other Infosys executives in a deserving, convincing manner, believe experts. Infosys has already promoted a dozen professionals to the rank of executive vice-president, a management layer that has hitherto not existed in India’s second-largest IT company. These executives will form the third rung of the management below CEO Vishal Sikka and new COO Pravin Rao and report to either Sikka or Rao. Abhishek Dangra, director of corporate ratings at S&P, noted that finality on the new management will allow the firm to focus on strategic and operational decisions.
Highlighting Europe: This will open doors in the corporate sector of Europe, where Infosys needs to grow. Largely dependent on the US market, Infosys often missed the boat when it came to several other geographies, like UK-based Axon was acquired by rival HCL Technologies. The former SAP executive can bring in relationships and deals in Europe for Infosys, believe experts.
Creating a strong differentiation: 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. As Financial Times reports, the IT major has already started a separate subsidiary to focus on this segment and it is likely that a strong strategywill help the company create a strong differentiation in the marketplace.
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