There was a time when the Infosys’s quarterly results set the tone for the $150 billion Indian IT service sector’s performance. The bellwether’s numbers influenced not just its own shares but even the benchmark IT indices on Indian bourses. But on Oct. 24, when the country’s second-largest IT company posted its financial results for July-September 2017 (Q2), the spotlight wasn’t on its net profit or revenue. Instead, it was mostly on the tussle between founder NR Narayana Murthy and the newly-appointed leadership.
Infosys Ltd co-founder Narayana Murthy publicly criticised the company’s board again, just as directors try to recruit a chief executive officer to replace one who resigned out of frustration with such clashes.
Indian IT firms, especially in the mid-tier segment, have seen a rise of private equity firms placing stakes on them. While faster technology at mid-size IT services companies have attracted PE firms such as Blackstone, Carlyle, ChrysCap, Bain Capital, The Baring Asia and others to invest in the sector; PE-backed companies have seen faster growth at a time when their large listed peers slowed down due to uncertain market.
Wipro said it has made its cloud-based Data Discovery Platform available for customers on Microsoft Azure through a “pay-per-insight” model. To be hosted on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure, the Data Discovery Platform is a big data analytics-as-a-service solution that can enhance the ability of businesses in sectors such as banking and financial services, retail, energy, education, and manufacturing to make better decisions using pre-built applications.
When Vishal Sikka took over at Infosys he was prescient about automation taking away jobs and clients shifting investment dollars into newer digital technologies.
IT services industry is staring at jobless growth because its top employers are focusing on automation to improve productivity and deliver services while they battle shifts in technology to remain profitable.
Here is a quick glimpse of Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research presenting on the topic of Digital Transformation at Dimension Data’s Shape The Next Leadership Connect Forum 2017.
Industry body Nasscom projected software export growth in fiscal 2017-18 at 7-8% in constant currency, down from 8.6% last year.
How safe is the average Indian techie’s job? Between Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” push at one end and artificial intelligence-driven automation on the other, India’s most sought-after career for two decades is suddenly losing its appeal.
On May 02, Infosys, India’s second largest information technology (IT) company, announced that it will hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years. Three days later, on May 05, Nasdaq-listed Cognizant Technology Solutions, which has a large presence in India, also revealed plans to significantly ramp up hiring in the US. if and when they do end up attracting talent, Indian IT companies may have to pay through their nose for it.
Infosys, Tech Mahindra and Wipro, which went on hiring frenzies when times were good, are today in the process of laying off thousands of their workers across various locations and experience levels. Industry watchers believe that more layoffs are inevitable.
Contrary to popular opinion, even technology companies have to invest continually to push digital so that they can innovate and stay relevant to their customers. International Business Machines Corp.’s (IBM’s) sharpening focus on digital is a case in point.
India’s famed multi-billion dollar information technology (IT) industry has been facing challenging times over the past 6-12 months with top-notch IT companies already facing earnings pressures in recent quarters due to tough business environment prevailing in their most lucrative US and European markets.
With President Donald Trump making it abundantly clear that he will curb immigrant work visas to protect domestic jobs, technology outsourcing firms such as Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro are focusing on localisation and hiring more Americans to serve their clients in the U.S.
On May 2, 2017 Infosys announced plans to hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years.
At Greyhound Research we believe, steps such as these by IT Services Providers eloquently tell a tale of the pressure they are experiencing under the new Trump administration.
The software industry is facing mounting challenges as countries from Australia to the United States have moved to tighten work visas to limit the influx of foreign workers.
American President Donald Trump’s policy to protect jobs by imposing restrictions on H-1B visas is unlikely to be of any help to that country and may hurt US interests, say experts. What Trump is seeking to protect are entry level jobs that are being phased out by the tech majors, with automation, artificial intelligence and robotics paving the way to increased productivity.
What is the event about?
We are experiencing unprecedented change and disruption in the industry today. Business and technology paradigms are changing at a pace that has never before been seen and the innovative use of technology to adapt to these changes is becoming the only way forward.
To address this change, Dimension Data is organising the Leadership Connect, a gathering aimed at bringing together CxOs involved in Digital Transformation journeys.
Fireside Chat Topic: Bringing Transformation Home
Greyhound Research’s Chief Analyst & CEO, Sanchit Vir Gogia (SVG), will be at the event to share insights on Digital Transformation from across the globe and in the region. Separately, SVG will chair a fireside chat session (participants below) on how can CxOs tailor Digital Transformation for their respective organisations.
- Jason Goodall (Group CEO, Dimension Data)
- John Lombard (Asia Pacific CEO, Dimension Data)
- Kiran Bhagwanani (India CEO, Dimension Data)
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When & Where?
April 19, 2017, Mumbai
April 20, 2017, Bengaluru
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Infosys has deployed its artificial intelligence (AI) platform ‘Mana’ to process contracts for a bank in Asia that typically needed a team of 10-15 dedicated lawyers.
With the latest missive from the Donald Trump administration on H-1B visa, cautioning companies against misuse, the immigration issues of the Indian IT sector are back in news. And it is not the US alone that is drumming up protectionism for political gains. However, industry observers say that Indian IT services companies are resilient enough to weather such issues.
In a fresh blow to software professionals, the Trump administration has moved to bar entry-level programmers from the H-1B visa programme.
Cognizant, the New Jersey-headquartered software services company with most of its operations in Chennai, is likely to lay off 6,000-10,000 “ redundant and non-performing” employees.
Every shareholder is happy when a share buyback is announced. Some even pressure companies to repurchase shares because they see no value in remaining shareholders of the company. And sometimes it is the management that wants to be free of shareholders. But to what end?
US’ decision to temporarily suspend the expedited premium processing of H-1B visas will lead to process delays for IT firms too.
US President Donald Trump’s proposal for immigration reforms to encourage merit-based migration might help export-focused software and information technology (IT) sector.
The Indian software services companies will breathe a sigh of relief as the Indian ministries, authorities and industry lobby had a dialogue with a visiting eight-member US delegation headed by Congressman Bob GoodLatte, on the ongoing concerns of H1-B visa holders.
Despite the impending dark overtones cast on India’s IT sector, the reality on the ground is far from anything bleak. Irrespective of the announcements from US president Donald Trump, Brexit concerns and the slowing global economy, the IT sector seems to have factored the low spell and will be only marginally impacted. The sector will likely grow 8-9 percent in FY2017E and could grow at same pace or accelerate in FY2018, according to a technology report from Kotak Instituitional Equities released a week ago.
India’s largest software exporter TCS said it will consider a share buyback at a board meeting next week.
If Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. dominate the online space with their machine learning, deep learning and suite of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) wants to go a step further and capture both the online and offline worlds with its cognitive computing platform.
देशके सबसे बड़े उद्योग घराने टाटा समूह के बाद अब देश की दूसरी सबसे बड़ी आईटी कंपनी इन्फोसिस में प्रमोटर और बोर्ड के बीच मतभेद सामने रहे हैं। प्रमोटरों ने एमडी और सीईओ विशाल सिक्का के सैलरी पैकेज के साथ उनके कुछ फैसलों पर सवाल उठाए हैं। इनमें दो पूर्व एक्जीक्यूटिव्स को कंपनी छोड़ते वक्त भारी-भरकम पैसे देना (सेवरेंस पैकेज) भी शामिल है।
Run by a kshatriya, a warrior – Vishal Sikka calls himself one – Infosys’ stocks continue to perform well despite allegation of “low corporate governance” by former chairman and co-founder NR Narayana Murthy.
It takes more than just a boardroom coup to oust a company’s chairman or chief executive, though Ratan Tata is different. It took him just one board meeting to remove Cyrus Mistry, then the chairman of Tata Sons, whose family’s firm Shapoorji Palonji holds 18.4% in the Tata Group.