Infosys


Infosys

Infobox_Company
company_name = Infosys Technologies Limited | company_type = Public nasdaq|INFY
BSE|500209 | company_
company_slogan = Powered by cash, Driven by money | foundation = July 2, 1981| location = flagicon|India Electronics City, Hosur Road, Bengaluru, India
key_people = N. R. Narayana Murthy (Co-founder, Non Executive Chairman and Chief Mentor) Nandan Nilekani (Co-founder and Co-Chairman) Kris Gopalakrishnan (Co-founder, CEO and MD) S. D. Shibulal (Co-founder and COO)
industry = Software services
services = Information technology services and solutions
products = Finacle (a universal banking product)
revenue = profit Rs. 16,692 crore ($4.18 billion) (FY 2007-08)
net_income = profit Rs. 4,470 crore ($1.11 billion) (FY 2007-08)
num_employees = 94,379 (As on 30 June, 2008) [ [http://www.infosys.com/investors/reports-filings/quarterly-results/2008-2009/Q1/IndianGAAP-press-release.pdf Infosys Technologies Announces Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2008] (Press Release)]
subsid = Infosys BPO Limited (formerly Progeon) Infosys Technologies (Australia) Pty. Limited Infosys Consulting, Inc. Infosys Technologies (China) Company Limited Infosys Technologies S. de R. L. de C. V. (Mexico)
homepage = [http://www.infosys.com/ www.infosys.com]

Infosys Technologies Limited (BSE|500209, NASDAQ|INFY) is a multinational information technology services company headquartered in Bengaluru, India. It is one of India's largest IT companies with over 94,379 professionals(including subsidiaries) as of June 30, 2008. It has nine development centers in India and over 30 offices worldwide. Its annual revenues for the fiscal year 2007-2008 exceeded US$4 billion with a market capitalization of over US$30 billion.

History

Infosys was founded on July 2, 1981 in Pune by N. R. Narayana Murthy and six others: Nandan Nilekani, N. S. Raghavan, Kris Gopalakrishnan, S. D. Shibulal, K. Dinesh and Ashok Arora, [cite web | title = The amazing Infosys story | publisher = Rediff.com | date = July 11, 2006 | url = http://specials.rediff.com/money/2006/jul/11sld2.htm | accessdate = 2006-10-30] with Raghavan officially being the first employee of the company. N.Murthy started the company by borrowing INR 10,000 from his wife Sudha Murthy. The company was incorporated as "Infosys Consultants Pvt Ltd.", with Raghavan's house in Matunga, north-central Mumbai as the registered office.

In 2001 it was rated "Best Employer in India" by Business Today,. [cite web | author = R. Sukumar | authorlink = | title = India's Best Employers: The Top 5 | work = A BT-Hewitt study | publisher = Business Today | url = http://www.india-today.com/btoday/20010121/cover2.html | accessdate = 2006-10-10 ] Infosys won the Global MAKE (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises) award, for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005, being the only Indian company to win this award and is inducted into the Global Hall of Fame for the same. [cite web | title = Infosys recognized as a Globally Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise for 2004 | work = A Teleos study | publisher = Infosys Media | url = http://www.infosys.com/media/MAKEGLOBAL_PressRelease_25Nov04.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate = 2004-12-01 ] [cite web | title = Infosys in the Global Hall of Fame | url = http://www.infosys.com/media/press_releases/global-make-award-hall-of-fame.asp]

Timeline

* 1981: Founded.
* 1983: Moved its headquarters to Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka
* 1987: Got its first foreign client, Data Basics Corporation from the United States
* 1992: Opened its first overseas sales office in Boston.
* 1993: Became a public limited company in India with an initial public offering of Rs. 13 crores.
* 1996: First office in Europe in Milton Keynes, UK
* 1997: Office in Toronto, Canada
* 1999: Listed on Nasdaq.
* 1999: Attained a SEI-CMM Level 5 ranking and became the first Indian company to be listed on NASDAQ
* 2000: Opened offices in France and Hong Kong
* 2001: Opened offices in United Arab Emirates and Argentina
* 2002: Opened new offices in Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland.
* 2002: Business World named Infosys "India's Most Respected Company". [cite web | title = BW Most Respected Company Awards 2004 | publisher = Business World | date = 2004 | url = http://www.businessworld.in/nov1504/mrc_winners.asp | accessdate = 2006-10-10 ]
* 2002: Started Progeon, its BPO (business process outsourcing) subsidiary [cite press release | title = Infosys announces Progeon, its Business Process Management ("BPM") venture | publisher = Infosys Technologies Limited | date = 2002-04-16 | url = http://www.infosys.com/media/press_releases/business_process_management.asp | accessdate = 2006-10-11]
* 2003: Acquired 100% equity of Expert Information Services Pty Limited, Australia (Expert) and changed the name to Infosys Australia Pty Limited.
* 2004: Set up Infosys Consulting Inc., U.S. consulting subsidiary in California, U.S.
* 2006: Became the first Indian company to ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell
* 2006: August 20, N. R. Narayana Murthy retired from his position as the executive chairman [ [http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/narayana-murthy.html Narayana Murthy bids adieu to Infosys] ]
* 2006: Acquired the 23% stake Citibank had in its BPO offshoot Progeon, making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys and changed the name to Infosys BPO Ltd. [cite press release | title = Infosys buys out Citi’s stake in Progeon | publisher = Infosys Technologies Limited | date = 2006-04-20 | url = http://www.infosys.com/media/press_releases/citis-stake-progeon.asp | accessdate = 2006-10-11]
* 2006: December, became the first Indian company to make it to Nasdaq-100 [ [http://www.infosys.com/media/press_releases/infosys-added-nasdaq-100-index.asp Infosys Makes it to Nasdaq 100] , Infosys Press release. ]
* 2007: April 13, Nandan Nilekani stepped down as CEO and made way for Kris Gopalakrishnan to occupy his chair effective June 2007
* 2007: July 25, Infosys bags multi-million dollar outsourcing contract with Royal Philips Electronics in the area Finance & Accounting services strengthening its European operations.
* 2007: September, Infosys establishes a wholly-owned Latin American subsidiary, Infosys Technologies S. de R. L. de C. V., and opens its first software development center in Latin America in the city of Monterrey, Mexico.
* 2008: Agreed to buy British consultancy Axon Group Plc for 407 million pounds ($753 million) [cite press release | title = Infosys to acquire leading UK-based SAP consulting company Axon Group plc | publisher = Infosys Technologies Limited | date = 2008-08-25 | url = http://www.infosys.com/investors/news-events/axon-acquisition.asp | accessdate = 2008-08-28]

During the 14-year period from 1993 to 2007, the issue price of an Infosys share has increased three thousandfold. This is excluding the dividends that the company has paid out over this duration.

Key industries

Infosys serves various industries through its Industrial Business Units (IBU), such as:

*Banking & Capital Markets (BCM)
*Communications Media and Entertainment (CME)
*Energy, Utilities and Services (EUS)
*Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences (IHL)
*Manufacturing (MFG)
*Retail, Consumer Product Goods and Logistics (RETL)
*New Growth Engines (NGE)
*India Business Unit (IND)

In addition to these, there are Horizontal Business Units (HBUs)

*Consulting (CS)
*Enterprise Solutions (ES) (ESAP & ESX)
*Infrastructure Management Services (IMS)
*Product Engineering and Validation Services (PEVS)
*Systems Integration (SI)

Initiatives

In 1996, Infosys created the Infosys Foundation in the state of Karnataka, operating in the areas of health care, social rehabilitation and rural uplift, education, arts and culture. Since then, this foundation has spread to the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Punjab. The Infosys Foundation is headed by Mrs. Sudha Murthy, wife of Chairman Narayana Murthy.

Since 2004, Infosys has embarked on a series of initiatives to consolidate and formalize its academic relationships worldwide under the umbrella of a program called AcE - Academic Entente. Through case study writing, participation in academic conferences and university events, research collaborations, hosting study trips to Infosys Development Centers and running the InStep Global Internship Program, the company communicates with important stakeholders in the academia.

Infosys' Global Internship Program, known as InStep, is one of the key components of the Academic Entente initiative. It offers live projects to interns from the universities around the world. InStep recruits undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from business, technology, and liberal arts universities to take part in an 8 to 24 week internship at one of Infosys' global offices. InStep interns are also provided career opportunities with Infosys.

In 1997 Infosys started the "Catch them Young Programme", to expose the urban youth to the world of Information Technology by conducting a summer vacation programme. The programme is aimed at developing an interest and understanding of computer science and information technology. This programme is targeted at students in Grade IX level. [cite web | publisher = The Hindu | title = Summer fun | date = 2004-06-14 | url = http://www.hindu.com/yw/2004/08/14/stories/2004081400640200.htm | accessdate = 2006-10-12]

In 2002, the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and Infosys started the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award. This technology award recognizes enterprises and individuals who have transformed their businesses and the society leveraging information technology. Past winners include Samsung, Amazon.com, Capital One, RBS and ING Direct.

Infosys also has the largest training center for a private sector organization in Asia. The training center is located in Mysore, Karnataka. It currently accommodates 4500 trainees each year. In 2009 a new training center will be opened which will accommodate 10000 trainee software professionals. This new center is currently under construction and is also located in Mysore.

Research

One of the major initiatives taken by Infosys in terms of research was to develop a corporate R&D wing called Software Engineering and Technology Labs (SETLabs). SETLabs was founded in 2000 to carry out applied research for the development of processes, frameworks and methodologies to effectively capture customer requirements and to iron out common critical issues during a project lifecycle.

Infosys publishes a peer-reviewed quarterly journal called "SETLabs Briefings" which has articles written by the researchers at SETLabs on various current and future business-transforming technology management themes. Infosys has an RFID and Pervasive Computing Technology practice which is providing RFID and wireless services to clients. [http://www.infosys.com/rfid/default.asp Infosys - RFID and Pervasive Technologies ] ] Infosys along with Motorola developed an RFID interactive mirror for Paxar. [http://www.allbusiness.com/services/business-services/4339342-1.html Paxar Reinvents the Retail Experience with New Interactive RFID Mirror. | Business solutions from AllBusiness.com ] ] [http://www.gizmag.com/go/7212/ The interactive RFID fitting-room mirror ] ]

SETLabs has created about five to six frameworks in the domains of business modelling, technology and product innovation. [http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/ew/2004/03/17/stories/2004031700240300.htm The Hindu Business Line : Working behind the screen ] ]

Global offices

Asia Pacific

* India: Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysore, New Delhi, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram [ [http://www.infosys.com/contact/apac.asp Infosys - Contact | APAC] ]
* Australia: Melbourne, Sydney
* China: Beijing, Shanghai see|Infosys China
* Hong Kong: Hong Kong
* Japan: Tokyo
* Mauritius: Mauritius
* UAE: Sharjah
* Philippines: Taguig City
* Thailand : Bangkok

North America

* Canada: Toronto
* USA: Atlanta (GA), Bellevue (WA), Bridgewater (NJ), Charlotte (NC), Southfield (MI), Fremont (CA), Houston (TX), Glastonbury (CT), Lake Forest (CA), Lisle (IL), New York, Phoenix (AZ), Plano (TX), Quincy (MA), Reston (VA)
* Mexico: Monterrey

Europe

* Belgium: Brussels
* Denmark: Copenhagen
* Finland: Helsinki
* France: Paris
* Germany: Frankfurt, Stuttgart
* Italy: Milano
* Norway: Oslo
* Poland: Łódź
* The Netherlands: Utrecht
* Spain: Madrid, Burgos
* Sweden: Stockholm
* Switzerland: Zürich
* UK: Canary Wharf, London

Notes

References

*
* cite press release
title = Infosys releases agreement to acquire Expert Information Services Pty Limited, Australia (PDF)
publisher = Infosys Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.
date = 2003-12-18
url = http://www.infosys.com/australia/release_infosys_acquires_expert.pdf
accessdate = 2006-10-11

* cite web
last = Bharat kumar
publisher = Business Line
title = A twist to the tale
date = 2002-08-07
url = http://www.blonnet.com/ew/2002/08/07/stories/2002080700070200.htm

* cite web
last = Infosys News
publisher = Top News
title = Latest Happenings at Infosys
date = 2007-12-12
url = http://www.topnews.in/business-news/infosys

External links

* [http://www.infosys.com/ Infosys official website]
* [http://www.infosys.com/finacle/index.asp Finacle website]
* [http://www.infosysblogs.com/ Infosys Blogs]
* [http://www.infosysconsulting.com/ Infosys Consulting Division]
* [http://careers.infosys.com/ Infosys Careers Website]
* [http://test.investor.reuters.com/business/BusCompanyOverview.aspx?ticker=INFY&target=%2fbusiness%2fbuscompany%2fbuscompfake%2fbuscompoverview Infosys Technologies Ltd: Company Overview] at Reuters
* [http://finance.google.com/finance?q=INFY Infosys Technologies Ltd: Financials] at Google Finance


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