Indian IT’s fight to stay relevant

IndiaIt’s been a decade and a half since the Indian IT industry began its ascendancy into the IT services stratosphere, quickly becoming a key supplier of much of the world’s IT-related software services needs. Today, it is a $100 billion-plus industry, with around $35 billion of business emanating from the US alone. But as it wends its way along the evolutionary path, some things have been made clear to even the casual observer:

Indian Outsourcers Struggle to Evolve as Growth Slows

IndiaBANGALORE, India—As its growth slows, India’s technology services outsourcing industry is struggling to become less dependent on peddling the services of inexpensive programmers and trying to enter new businesses like off-the-shelf software and helping customers with big data and cloud computing. India’s leading outsourcers, including Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. and Infosys Ltd. , said last month that their profit growth was squeezed last quarter by dwindling demand from the U.S. and Europe.

Infosys to go for more buyouts, says Vishal Sikka

IndiaBENGALURU: Infosys, after signing its first big-ticket acquisition under CEO Vishal Sikka last week, is evaluating a dozen more startups — all aimed not at bulking revenues or adding clients, as Indian IT companies typically do, but at gaining cutting-edge technology such as automation and artificial intelligence (AI). “We have a dozen targets we are looking at now,” Sikka said in an interview to ET, days after the software company bought automation startup Panaya for Rs 1,200 crore ($200 million).

Infosys to hire 30,000 next fiscal, lowest in three years as company moves towards automation

IndiaBENGALURU: Infosys will hire 30,000 people in the next financial year, the lowest in the last three years, reflecting partly the company’s growing emphasis on automation and productivity improvements. The number was first mentioned by CEO Vishal Sikka in an investor call earlier this week to discuss the acquisition of US automation company Panaya. Infosys subsequently confirmed the number to TOI.

TCS, Wipro, Infosys eye robotics, driverless cars for next round of growth

IndiaMUMBAI: After decades of low-margin work like server maintenance, India’s information technology services firms are moving upscale in search of lucrative contracts for driverless cars and other advanced projects as online innovation changes clients’ needs. Companies from Tata Consultancy Services Ltd to Wipro Ltd are all joining Infosys Ltd in investing in new, high-end technology, industry watchers say. Earlier this week Infosys bought US automation specialist Panaya Inc for $200 million.

Infosys bags multi-million dollar deal from ABN AMRO

IndiaNEW DELHI: Country’s second largest software services firm Infosys today said it has secured a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal with ABN AMRO to provide IT services to the retail and commercial bank. Infosys, a strategic partner of ABN AMRO, will deliver services across application development and maintenance, testing and product implementation, the company said in a statement.

Infosys buys automation tech company Panaya valued at $200 million

IndiaMUMBAI: Infosys said it would buy automation technology company Panaya Inc, at an enterprise value of about $200 million, as the third-largest IT company in the country looks to boost competitiveness and margins. The Bangalore-based firm said Panaya’s technology would help it bring automation to several service lines through a software-as-a-service model, reducing risks and costs and the time taken to bring services to the market.

Re-skilling, not layoffs, will address new challenges: Infosys

IndiaMUMBAI: Even as the furore over layoffs in the IT sector is yet to die down, Infosys has said re-skilling talent is the answer to rapidly changing technologies in the software landscape. “It is not that there are tens and thousands of people (available) with experience in new technologies. The idea is to re-skill people. If technology changes and people don’t have those capabilities, you’ve to re-skill them and re-orient them,” Infosys, Chief Operating Officer, Pravin Rao said on the sidelines of an industry event last week.

Vishal Sikka says Infosys to beat industry growth rate in 18-30 months

NEW DELHI: Once an IT bellwether, Infosys expects to regain its premier status and beat industry growth rates in the next 18 to 30 months. The over $ 8 billion company’s market performance has been improving with every quarter and its latest quarterly results are reflective of that, says its CEO Vishal Sikka.

Infosys open to ‘bigger scale’ acquisitions: CEO Vishal Sikka

NEW DELHI: Infosys, the country’s second largest IT services firm, is open to ‘bigger scale’ mergers and acquisitions but with a caveat, it is not interested in “yesterdays” companies. The Bengaluru-headquartered company, that was once the bellwether of Indian IT industry, also says it is primarily interested in taking over innovative companies and in areas like automation and artificial intelligence.

Infosys catches up with TCS in operating margin

MUMBAI: Infosys is now neck-and-neck with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in terms of operating margins, a year-anda-half after the Bengaluru-based company lost the most profitable IT firm title to its Mumbai-headquartered rival.  Infosys was known for having the fattest margins in the IT industry in the last decade, but over the past two years, it shrank dramatically. In the second-quarter of fiscal 2013, TCS overtook Infosys to become the most profitable IT company in the country. A year later, TCS posted an operating margin of 30.2%, miles ahead of Infosys’ 21.9%.

Infosys implements IT solutions for US-based L A Care Health Plan

NEW DELHI: IT services major Infosys today said it has implemented billing and payments solutions for L A Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the US.  Its US-based subsidiary Infosys Public Services has implemented the IT solution for L A Care Health Plan, which serves over 1.6 million members.  This solution will help improve access to health benefits for 24,000 members on its L A Care Covered plan offered through the Covered California health insurance marketplace, Infosys said in a statement.

India lives in my heart, says Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka

BANGALORE: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka, who shuttles between San Francisco and Bangalore to balance his family and work life, believes that India lives in his heart.  Sikka, who took over as the first non-founder CEO of the country’s second largest IT services firm in August last year, stays with his family in the US.  Talking to reporters here, Sikka said he is spending a lot of time in India.

Infosys beefs up innovation fund to $500 million

BANGALORE: India’s second largest software services firm Infosys will expand its ‘Innovation Fund’ five times to $ 500 million to provide financing to start-ups and new technologies like artificial intelligence.  “I am very excited that our board has approved expanding our start-up funding firm from 100 million dollars to 500 million dollars and we will dedicate a part of that investing in India,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Vishal Sikka said.

Infosys to pay 100 per cent variable bonus to employees for December quarter

NEW DELHI: InfosysBSE 5.02 % on Friday said it would pay out 100% variable bonus to employees for the quarter ended December. “We have made 100% variable payout for Q3 and have seen a further decline in attrition as a result of multiple initiatives taken over the last few quarters,” said U. B. Pravin Rao, Infosys chief operating officer. Chief Executive Vishal Sikka has upped efforts to engage with employees and boost their morale ever since he took over the role of the top boss at Infosys.

Infosys expands startup fund five-fold, appoints former M&A head Deepak Padki to lead it

BANGALORE/MUMBAI: Infosys, the second largest IT player in India, expanded its global innovation to fund to $500 million, from $100 million, as it looks to focus on new ideas and products, and has appointed its former head of M&A to lead its engagement with startups. “The company has expanded its innovation fund ….to support the creation of a global eco-system of strategic partners.

Infosys gifts 3,000 employees iPhone6 handsets

NEW DELHI: Ever since Chief Executive Vishal Sikka took the helm at Infosys, his focus has clearly been on the employees- from easing internal processes to encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. Now, possibly the first time ever, the IT outsourcing major has gifted some high performers Apple’s latest iPhones as a token of appreciation.

Infosys under Vishal Sikka making inroads in the social, mobility, analytics and cloud space

BENGALURU: Infosys under new CEO Vishal Sikka is fast building its capabilities in the social, mobility, analytics and cloud space, or SMAC, as it has significantly upped its recruitment in this space even as it continues to put its existing workforce under training for artificial intelligence (AI), including machine-to-machine learning technologies. The country’s second-largest software exporter has also built a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for AI at its Pune development centre and plans to train over 500 engineers every quarter, according to people familiar with the development.

Infosys’ banking platform Finacle looks to invest in US-Asia Pacific

BENGALURU: Infosys is introducing disruptive technologies, including data analytics, to offer real-time solutions to banks and will engage with some homegrown startups as it looks to transform its core banking platform Finacle under the unit’s new boss, former SAP executive vice president Michael Reh. The company will also be making “significant investments” in its main Asia-Pacific market and the US, where Finacle hasn’t been able to expand much.

Wipro, Infosys outpacing each other to meet demands in unfavourable global environment

BENGALURU: Battling to regain lost glory, Wipro and Infosys are stepping up their age-old rivalry, this time to out-innovate each other as the two Bengaluru-based software exporters invest in disruptive technologies pegged to artificial intelligence and design thinking to bring greater efficiencies for themselves and their customers. Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka, at an analyst event in Pune on Thursday, said some of his company’s rivals were imitating it and went as far as labeling their moves proverbially as “imitation is the best form of flattery”.