Infosys Ltd is looking to ties up with companies that offer data analytics or artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, including International Business Machines Crop. (IBM), but has on plans to abandon its own Nia, reported by Livemint.
According to an executive, Infosys is seeking to use these platforms to help it win more business from its own consumers. Infosys wants to enlarge their business model that permits it to sell a cognitive platform that will help its Fortune 500 clients run their businesses more effectively. For this reason, the firm wants to sell solutions like IBM Watson along with its service offering.
Chief executive officer of Infosys Vishal Sikka had previously created its own proprietary AI platform, Nia (formerly called Mana), the cornerstone of its strategy of transforming itself into a new-age services company.
Livemint informs that Infosys did not answer a question on the company’s plan of partnering with IBM saying: “A thriving alliance and innovation ecosystem is integral to this strategy to deliver compelling business outcomes for our customers leveraging an integrated portfolio of solutions”.
An email sent to IBM requesting comment went unanswered. Some experts gave the thumbs-up to Infosys’s change of heart in seeking partnerships with other companies.
The largest software exporters India including Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, which offers Ignio, and Wipro Ltd which sells Holmes, are investing heavily in building intelligent platforms focused at helping their clients cut operational costs and avoid human intervention in repetitive, basic tasks.
Nia, which was first released under the name Mana in April last year, had a chequered start. In the previous year, SAP SE, which has an analytics solution called Hana, told Infosys’s then management that the German software firm believed “Hana and Mana had more than just the phonetic similarity, as there was potential overlap in services offered, and this could cause confusion among clients,” according to a second Infosys executive familiar with the development, reports Livemint.
Eventually, in August, SAP managed to get a district court in Frankfurt to issue a European Union-wide injunction limiting Infosys from selling Mana in Europe. Still, Infosys continued selling Mana in the US, forcing SAP to file a case against the company in that country earlier this year. The issue was settled out of court after Infosys changed the name to Nia.