Vishal Sikka, named as the next chief executive officer of software giant Infosys, will bring in a cutting-edge product muscle to the embattled company, leading industry thinkers including the president of the industry association said on Thursday, after the Nasdaq-listed company named the former board member of business software leader SAP AG to lead the Bangalore-based services company.
“He has experience in products in SAP. In the entire IT industry now, there is a demand from all customers to deliver business value and transformation. You will have to look at technology, products and services now, and his ability to roll out all of those together will be useful for Infosys,” R Chandrashekhar, president of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), told HT.
Manish Bahl, India head of industry researcher Forrester Research, said Sikka would bring in an “outside-in perspective” to Infosys in its culture, processes and business.
“In order to be successful, we believe Vishal will have to run two set of priorities in parallel: 1) Continue to focus on traditional IT services deals to meet market and shareholder’s expectations; 2) Develop new capabilities for Infosys to win in the digital world,” Bahl said in a statement.
He listed Sikka’s priorities would include setting new priorities, address high staff attrition and use his product and platform expertise to aid Infosys.