5 Things to Know About Former Infosys CEO
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Rajat Kabade


Infosys has revealed its plans of recruiting 6000 engineers annually over the period of next 2 years. The software services firm wants to project that, Vishal Sikka's exit will not affect company's growth plans. 


Vishal Sikka resigned the firm from the position of CEO and MD last month. Over the period of three years that he spent at Infosys, the CEO tackled the company from all the ups and downs of the business. Here are things that you need to know about the man who claimed to have pioneered the concept of timeless software. 


1. Early life 


Sikka, born in Punjabi family in Madhya Pradesh spent his childhood and teenage in Vadodara. He joined the bachelor's course in Computer Science from Maharaja Sayajirao University but soon dropped out to join Syracuse University in New York. Vishal Sikka earned PhD in computer science from Stanford University.


2. Early career


Vishal Sikka founded two startups in the early age of his career. Bodha.com, a startup developing e-commerce tech using knowledge-based information integration and iBrain Software. iBrain was later acquired by PatternRx Inc. Sikka later joined a research position at Xerox Palo Alto Labs then moved on to work at CommerceNet and Stanford University.


3. SAP


One of the key roles that he managed in his career was at SAP SE - a German MNC providing software solutions. He joined the company as its first CTO in 2007 and later joined the company's board in 2010. Sikka was handling the critical roles of managing technology architecture and product strategy for SAP. He also created breakthrough in-memory data platform called SAP HANA, which later became the fastest growing product of SAP.


4. Timeless software


The timeless software is a customer-first approach that Sikka invented. The concept was to ensure that there is no flaw in the user experience of a product while rolling out updates. The updating and renewal of software products are done more effectively using timeless software method. 


5. Infosys 


Sikka joined Infosys as MD and CEO in June 2014. His focus continued on the user experience and bringing down the cost of operations. Sikka experimented with innovative automation and AI technologies during his tenure at Infosys. Some of the new initiatives like Zero Distance helped in finding innovation in a new project for clients. He decided to step down after he was cornered in the controversies with founders and primary investors. Founders were concerned about the hefty compensation and poor governance.