Infosys’ head of cloud, infrastructure and security unit, Samson David has resigned, with a big jolt to Vishal Sikka. Vishal initially in the year held David with the additional responsibility of heading artificial intelligence platform ‘Mana’.
As per sources, David will now be joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. as senior vice-president, enterprise services delivery. “Samson will lead Enterprise Services’ delivery reporting to Mike Nefkens, Executive vice-president of HPE Enterprise Services,” said a spokesman for HPE.
Samson’s exit comes at a time when Infosys is betting on Mana to help the company win new outsourcing deals from customers as Indian IT firms, including Tata Consultancy Services Ltd and Wipro Ltd, battle for supremacy in monetizing their AI platforms. Last year, TCS launched Ignio, while Wipro unveiled its Holmes platform.
Thomas Reuner, managing director of IT outsourcing research at HfS Research said, “Samson was tasked with building out Mana, Infosys’s automation framework, which is critical for Vishal’s key strategic pillars of automation and artificial intelligence. Infosys continues to struggle with the narrative around Mana; thus, executive departures are unlikely to help with short-term remedies.”
Samson currently is Senior Vice President & Global Head of Cloud, Infrastructure and Security (CIS) Business at Infosys. He is also the Global Head of Infosys Mana. Prior to this, Samson was Member of the Board and COO of EdgeVerve Ltd – a fully owned Infosys Subsidiary focused on the Products and Platforms business. In this role, Samson was responsible for the product management, engineering and go-to-market of all products and platforms at EdgeVerve.
Samson associated with Infosys since 1992, has worked across different business units before being handpicked by Sikka in December 2014 to head the company’s infrastructure management services (IMS) division, and this step is going to be a major setback to the company. Infosys is still to appoint a successor to David. An email sent to Infosys went unanswered.