After Nandan Nilekani took over as non-executive chairman of Infosys in August, the software giant’s center of gravity has shifted back to Bangalore, while its Palo Alto office in US, which had gained prominence during his predecessor Vishal Sikka’s tenure, will now be a ‘listening post’ to Silicon Valley, reports Economic Times.
“We see Palo Alto office as a listening post to the latest developments in tech happening in Silicon Valley, in machine learning, AI, deep learning, virtual reality, automated reality, self-driving cars,” he said at an earnings conference call.
Under former CEO Vishal Sikka, many top executives of the company were based out of Silicon Valley and they played a significant role in formulating Infosys’ strategy.
Experts, however, are of the view that while the decision to return to its roots could help restore stability at the company, it could hamper the business transformation required to keep pace with a rapidly changing scenario for outsourcing companies worldwide.
India’s second largest software services company has been battling a management crisis for most of 2017 after its founder N.R. Narayana Murthy leveled charges of poor corporate governance leading to the departure of Sikka and many top executives.