Infosys Sees 'Aikido' As Renewed Path To Success

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 21, 2015


IT bellwether Infosys has announced three new services (Ai, Ki, Do), collectively called Aikido — that will focus on design thinking, platforms and knowledge-based IT as part of its efforts to return to industry-leading growth numbers.

These services are aimed at helping clients address three key aspects of their business: a non-disruptive renewal and simplification of their existing landscapes, introduction of new offerings and business models in a dynamic business environment, and creating a culture of innovation in their organisations, the company said in a statement.

Announcing new services, CEO and MD Vishal Sikka explained, “Ai, Ki and Do combine into Aikido, the east Asian martial arts, and just as Aikido aims to understand the forces, and redirect these it into a fundamental strength, our Ai, Ki and Do services will help combine the knowledge and energy in an enterprise towards its strategic path and priorities.”

According to him, this is an important step to further accelerate the execution of our strategy to renew existing services and move into entirely new areas, as well as to tie together our existing service lines to the strategic priorities of our clients.

The first of these services is “Ki” which is a large scale modular service to help renew enterprise landscapes. Services in this space will include knowledge-based IT strategy, which will involve KBIT assessments, knowledge curation services focused on helping enterprises consolidate and transition business, operations and workforce, among others.

The next one is “Do” which refers to the service offering on design thinking and design-led initiatives that will provide Infosys the framework for finding, understanding and defining the problems that are most important to clients and their businesses.

Finally, “Ai” which refers to platforms as a service to build intelligent solutions. This includes Infosys Information Platform, an open source data analytics platform that enables businesses to operationalise their data assets and uncover new opportunities for rapid innovation and growth.

“Ki” and “Do” services will be offered by Infosys Consulting, the company said, adding that it plans to offer platforms to address the Internet of Things (IoT) and Application Programming Interface (API) requirements of its clients. “Ai- is combining; Ki- the energy, the knowledge; and Do- the path- together will help us and our clients combine our energy and knowledge along our path,” Sikka said.

Sikka has earlier projected a “tremendous” potential for Infosys to grow, especially in the digital space. For several quarters, the company was showing pitiable growth and performance compared to rivals like TCS and HCL until Sikka came to the lead and embarked on a new path to turn things around. He said that the management’s mission is to prepare the company for realizing the aspirational goal of achieving $20 billion revenue by 2020.