Infosys, the IT consulting and software services giant, and Microsoft have reached an agreement under which Microsoft’s .Net enterprise server platform will be used to deliver Infosys’ e-business solutions.
The strategic relationship was announced on Thursday 14 in New Delhi by Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman, and Narayana Murthy, chairman of Infosys.
The two companies will create solutions for CRM, eCommerce, financial services, insurance and retail for large Indian enterprises.
Gates emphasised that the quality of Indian software skills was recognized internationally. “Infosys brings a huge pool of resources skilled on Microsoft technologies. Together, we can deliver world class e-business solutions to our existing and future customers.”
Both companies denied that they were taking advantage of India’s large pool of cheap software expertise. Microsoft already has an alliance with Wipro, one of Infosys’ rivals, and Aditi, a Bangalore software company.
“We can leverage access into business benefits for our customers”, said Murthy, who added that 1,200 of Infosys’ 7,000 employees would be retained in the alliance.
“Infosys’ accelerated investment in Microsoft focused skills, development methodologies and industry applications is well timed to meet explosive demand,” said Geoff Nyheim of Microsoft. “Infosys’ world-class delivery capabilities will strengthen Microsoft’s presence in Fortune 1000 corporations.”
Infosys, based in the south Indian city of Bangalore, makes 19% of its income from e-commerce. The company’s US headquarters are in Fremont, California, and it maintains offices throughout the US, Europe and Asia.