Infosys buys Gen-i’s software solutions practice

Infosys buys Gen-i’s software solutions practice

Companies announce strategic partnership

Infosys has acquired Gen-i’s Software Solutions practice, offering positions to over 110 employees and contractors, who will all remain based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The employees invited to join Infosys are primarily senior developers, technical architects and consultants and will expand the company’s New Zealand-based team to over 150 people.

According to Infosys, the current Software Solutions management team will lead New Zealand delivery for Infosys, with Patrick Kouwenhoven (currently Gen-i’s head of Software Solutions) appointed to run New Zealand operations under the leadership of Ashok Mysore, associate vice president of Infosys.

The two companies have also announced a strategic partnership that will see them both joining forces in the New Zealand market. The companies say the partnership will created growth in New Zealand-based jobs, with Infosys planning to hire an additional 15 to 30 people.

Among the joint growth strategies planned are near-shore delivery from New Zealand for Australian clients and global delivery headed by local management.

“Since launching our first New Zealand office 18 months ago, we have been studying the market to find the right strategic partner,” says Jackie Korhonen, CEO and managing director, Infosys Australia & New Zealand. “Our partnership with Gen-i makes sense because we share core values and complement each other’s strengths to fill some critical gaps in the marketplace. We will be adding our global R&D, business transformation and industry-specific capabilities to an iconic New Zealand brand.”

For Chris Quin, CEO of Gen-i Australasia, the new partnership creates new value for New Zealand and Australian enterprises because it combines the company’s local relationships with Infosys’ global expertise. “There has been a lot of consolidation in the IT services market recently, leaving an opportunity for a strong local partnership which can deliver world class capabilities in hosted and integrated ICT solutions,” he says

“Earlier this year we reviewed our Software Solutions practice and decided on the best approach for accelerating growth and strengthening our capability,” says Quin. “Our strategic partnership with Infosys increases the breadth and depth of solutions we can deliver to trans-Tasman clients, and supports our strategy of becoming Australasia’s most preferred ICT hosted services and integrated ICT solutions provider.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming new talent to the Infosys team,” added Korhonen. “The synergies of this partnership will provide new career opportunities for these people and other New Zealanders we will hire to support our growing business.”

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