When Vishal Sikka takes over as CEO of Infosys later this week, he would be looking to his erstwhile employer SAP to revive the fortunes of his new charge.
The Bangalore-based company is set to hire big to boost implementation and support services for products of the German giant, which is the world’s third-biggest software company with focus on large organisations.
Infosys currently has around 5,000 SAP specialists, and is looking to hire more, company sources said.
With many mid-tier companies in advanced as well as emerging markets embarking on enterprise resource planning software, the software services major sees huge scope in SAP practice.
And as former product chief of SAP, Sikka is likely to provide Infosys with distinct advantage in SAP implementation and maintenance business.
When contacted, an Infosys spokesperson denied any specific focus on hiring SAP specialists. “We are hiring experts and freshers across multiple technology domains in line with our hiring targets,” he said.
The company had earlier announced it would hire 22,000 freshers in 2014-15 without specifying the number of lateral hires. “We hire laterals in line with our business requirements,” the spokesperson said.
According to industry sources, SAP practice has shown strong growth in this fiscal year. “SAP HANA is a remarkably faster way of processing enterprise data. This has attracted lots of clients,” said a top executive of another major IT service company.
At SAP, Sikka had led the development of HANA (high-performance analytic appliance).
At present, IBM, TCS and Tech Mahindra are estimated to have bigger SAP practice than Infosys. TCS and Tech Mahindra have 10,000 SAP specialists each, according to industry estimates.