Former SAP tech chief, Vishal Sikka, to head Indian outsourcer, Infosys

Sikka takes over at a time when Infosys has seen the exodus of key executives

SAP's former technology chief Vishal Sikka will head ailing Indian outsourcer Infosys, in a marked shift from his focus at his former company on technology and product development.

The appointment of Sikka marks the transition of Infosys from being run by one or the other of its founders to being headed by an external professional.

Sikka will be inducted as a whole-time director of the board and CEO and managing director designate on June 14 and will take over as CEO and MD from the incumbent S. D. Shibulal on Aug. 1, Infosys said Thursday.

Infosys, once the poster-boy of the Indian IT services boom, has been lagging behind its Indian competitors like Tata Consultancy Services. In June last year, the company's cofounder and first CEO N. R. Narayana Murthy returned to the company as executive chairman in a bid to revive the company.

In the last few months Infosys has, however, seen a number of its key executives quit. Its performance has also trailed that of some of its peers despite a revival in outsourcing.

An interesting part of Sikka's appointment is that Murthy will be quitting his post on June 14 and will continue on the board as non-executive chairman until October when he assumes what appears to be an honorific title of chairman emeritus, suggesting that unlike Shibulal, also a cofounder, Sikka will be firmly in control of the company.

Sikka, who oversaw SAP's product development, has championed HANA, the in-memory computing platform at the heart of SAP's development efforts. His product experience will likely be useful as Infosys tries to move from a business model based on the number of people deployed on client projects, popularly known as 'time and materials,' to developing technologies and products that can be reused across a number of clients.

Infosys' revenue in the first quarter was US$2 billion, an increase of almost 8 percent over the same quarter last year, according to IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards). Net profit grew by 9.7 percent to $487 million. Shibulal said that the quarter had been disappointing. The company faced a slow-down in market segments such as retail, and even cancellations in some business segments.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags business issuesservicespersonneloffshoringoutsourcinginfosys

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?