Infosys To Start Building Software For The Future
Infosys’ new CEO Vishal Sikka is increasingly seeing the company’s need to get into the realm of creating cutting edge software and has involved co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan to help in this process. “The IT veteran will help in the process by mentoring the company on science and technology aspects,” Sikka told ET in an interview.
In other words, Kris Gopalakrishnan will help Infosys tackle the business of building software for the future. Sikka himself had earlier been a member of the executive board at enterprise software company SAP and built the highly successful HANA platform and wants Infosys to take hold of the opportunities that emerge in a software-defined world.
“I want us to be there in the great problems that are emerging around artificial intelligence techniques, deep data science and big data techniques, analytics and so on,” Sikka said in his interview, adding that Infosys could build a computer like IBM’s Watson from scratch. Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system that can answer questions posed in normal language and can be used to help make decisions. In January this year, IBM announced that it would create a business unit around Watson. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty has said she wants Watson to be a $10 project.
Faced with the task of helping the company regain growth momentum while at the same time preparing it for the rapid changes brought on by technology innovation, Sikka is reportedly turning to friends, executives and strategy experts to help him formulate a winning plan for India’s second largest software company.
The CEO was earlier talking to a California-based advisory firm, Gardner & Associates Consulting, as Infosys looks to strengthen its partnerships with customers and retain senior managers, many of whom have become jumpy after a string of senior-level departures. Dave Gardner, founder of Gardner & Associates Consulting told TOI that the consultation and assistance will help Sikka understand what Infosys must do to strengthen relationships with its customers and internal team.
Analysts believe the first thing Sikka need to do when he takes on is build internal confidence and build partnerships and alliances to drive growth and curb attrition. Sikka too agreed that investing in people is going to critical in midterm.
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