Not just employees, Infosys’ Vishal Sikka is making board members also embrace new tech to solve problems

Not just employees, Infosys’ Vishal Sikka is making board members also embrace new tech to solve problemsInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka is known for his out-of-the-box thinking and it is, indeed, helping India’s second largest software exporter grow by leaps and bounds.

In new efforts, Sikka is now making top executives adapt newer technologies to solve traditional problems and issues. Now, not only employees but board members will also embrace latest technology to solve traditional tech problems.

Under this ‘design thinking’, board members will adopt innovative methods and routinely go through training sessions to keep abreast with changes in the technology landscape.

This will not only align them with Infosys’ vision and also bring a cultural shift at a traditional outsourcing company.

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For this, Sikka is mulling to bring computer science pioneers and legend Alan Kay to hold sessions.

"The adoption of Design Thinking at Infosys has been very encouraging, and we can see the enthusiasm and energy with which employees are adopting this philosophy. The Infosys board was keen to embrace this approach that is getting deeply ingrained into the company's DNA. We introduced the entire board to these concepts during the year and I have found the application of its principles in our course of business very refreshing and impactful," said Infosys chairman R Seshasayee in an email to ET.

Presently, Infosys has trained more than 80,000 employees on design thinking.

"Putting the board through design thinking is a must. Design thinking is the equivalent of Six Sigma for this generation. Until the boards understand what's required to build for empathy and to understand the innovation process, they cannot relate to the work required to deliver on innovation," Ray Wang, founder of enterprise research firm Constellation Research, told ET.