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Sikka may get going at Infosys with cloud push

Manu P Toms  Bangalore, June 17, 2014
First Published: 23:59 IST(17/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:03 IST(18/6/2014)
Almost immediately after his appointment as the CEO and MD-designate of Infosys, Vishal Sikka may initiate moves to deepen the IT giant’s alliances with a focus on cloud computing while filling in key positions to steer the beleaguered company.

Infosys watchers say Sikka, who is due to take charge in August, is likely to tie up with software product companies and cloud-computing firms including SAP, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft, in an attempt by the company to regain lost market share by focussing on winning large deals.

Hence, filling positions such as chief technology officer, global marketing and sales head and head of consulting business will be top on Sikka’s to-do list, people familiar with Infosys’ plans said on Tuesday.

“Sikka may focus on forging strategic partnerships with firms such as SAP, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft, which will result in joint pitch for winning large deals from global 100 companies,” said Kris Lakshmikanth, founder of executive search firm Headhunter India. “Infosys has relations with these software product vendors. But the company isn’t getting too many large orders.”

With a focus on expanding the product base of Infosys, Sikka may bring a chief technology officer with experience in Silicon Valley. After head of consulting practice Stephen Pratt left in January this year, that position has remained vacant.

Another likely appointment is that of a global sales and marketing head as the software giant looks to enhance marketing strength.

Industry experts believe Infosys may also redraw its strategies with a cloud expert at the helm. “Cloud enhances the multiplicity of products. It is the base for future IT revolution. Infosys is going to leverage it,” said Suresh Venkatachari, chairman of US-based cloud solutions company 8K Miles.

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