Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A note to Nandan

Dear Nandan Nilekani,

Once upon a time, not too long ago you were the head of a technology company - a company that has won numerous corporate awards under your tenure. Here, from the Infosys website a list of awards from 2007 through 2009 (approximately around your tenure, I suppose).

2009

    Infosys wins RMMY award for client management of large outsourcing relationships
    Independent Research Firm Names Infosys as a Leader Among Oracle Service Providers
    Infosys among Asia's Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises
    Infosys Honored with Oracle Titan Partner Award at Oracle® OpenWorld 2009
    Infosys’ Siebel Business Process Testing Solution Named "Partner Solution Offering of the Year" at HP Software Universe 2009
    Infosys Named as a Top Supplier for Sears Holdings Corporation
    Independent Research Firm Names Infosys as a Leader in SAP Implementation
    Infosys BPO Bags Excellence Award for Diversity Hiring Initiatives
    Infosys BPO Receives e-SCM-SP Capability Level 5 Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University's ITSqc
    Infosys Cited as a Leader in North American SOA Systems Integration Services Market by Independent Research Firm
    Infosys BPO receives "positive" rating in leading analyst firm's Comprehensive Finance and Accounting Business Process Outsourcing MarketScope report
    Infosys listed on Forbes' Asian Fabulous 50 for the fourth consecutive year
    Infosys ranked among the greenest brands in India
    Infosys in 'India's Best Companies to Work For': Survey by Great Place to Work® Institute
    Infosys in Fortune's 100 fastest-growing companies
    Infosys, the most admired Indian company: Wall Street Journal survey
    Infosys has received the highest rating on corporate governance by ICRA
    Infosys was ranked among the top 50 most respected companies Opens in new window in the world by Reputation Institute's Global Reputation Pulse 2009
    Infosys listed among best companies for leaders by Hay Group and Chief Executive Magazine
    Infosys received the distinction of having one of the 'Best Ranked Online Annual Reports in Greater China & Asia/Pacific' at IR Global Rankings 2009

2008

    Infosys selected as a member of The Global Dow
    Infosys BPO recognized at the Asia Business Continuity Awards
    Infosys BPO recognized at the Six Sigma Global Summit
    Infosys receives "positive" rating in leading analyst firm's Remote Support & Monitoring Services' MarketScope reports
    Infosys BPO wins special award at the 2008 NOA Awards
    Infosys Cited as a Leader in Oracle Implementation Services by Independent Research Firm
    Infosys Australia achieves enhanced CMMI Level 5 quality standard pdf
    Infosys wins the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award
    Infosys wins first-ever RMMY award for customer relationship management
    Infosys and Infosys BPO honored at the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and Karnataka State IT Exports Awards
    Infosys wins HDS Diamond Award for 'Best Virtualization Strategy' and Platinum Award for 'Best Green Strategy for a Data Center'
    Infosys wins the NASSCOM gender inclusivity award
    The Asset magazine acclaims the Infosys Corporate Governance
    Infosys BPO wins 'Group Excellence in Business Continuity Management' award at the Asia Business Continuity Awards 2008
    Infosys Annual Report 2008 wins LACP Platinum award
    Infosys wins Sears Holding Corporation's Partners in Progress award for the second consecutive year
    Infosys BPO awarded Provider of the Year 2008 award in the Large Enterprise Category by FAO Today
    Infosys wins two Banker Technology Awards for its exceptional work in wholesale and capital markets
    Three of Infosys BPO's top-level executives named in FAO Today's Global Superstars List now in its fourth
    Infosys wins Eastman Chemical's Supplier Excellence Award for the second consecutive year
    Infosys BPO receives COPC-2000 CSP Standard Version 4.1 Certification for selected client programs - in the telecom order entry and order validation processes 
    Infosys BPO receives "Positive" Rating in leading analyst firm's Comprehensive Finance and Accounting Business Process Outsourcing Market Scope Report
    Infosys ranked No. 14 among the most respected companies in the world by Reputation Institute's Global Pulse 2008
    Infosys wins award for best investor relations by an APAC company in the U.S. market at IR Magazine U.S. Awards 2008
    Infosys received the Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) from The Boeing Company for a 12-month gold-level performance
    Infosys received the '2007 Vendor of the Year' award from Ameriprise Financial
    The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) named Infosys in its '2008 Global Outsourcing 100'
    IAOP, in association with Fortune magazine, inducted Founder N. R. Narayana Murthy and Co-founder Nandan M. Nilekani, Infosys, into 'The Outsourcing Hall of Fame' Opens in new window
    Infosys wins Investor Relations Global Rankings 2008 awards in APAC categories
    Infosys Cited as a Leader in SAP Implementation Services by Independent Research Firm
    Infosys moved up to No. 14 on FinTech 100, an international annual listing of the top 100 global application and service providers to the financial services industry
    Infosys entered the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy on the strength of its innovative strategy planning and execution capabilities
    Infosys was honored with the Sharpening Brand and Competitive Differentiation Marketing Excellence Award from the Information Technology Services Marketing Association (ITSMA) for its success in shifting its perception from a provider of offshoring services to that of a partner that helps companies reshape their businesses in a flattening world

2007

    Infosys becomes the first Indian company to win Nielsen Norman Group's Intranet Design Annual Award
    Infosys receives Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame Award for Executing Strategy
    Infosys Ranked 14 in FinTech 100
    Infosys BPO conferred Provider of the Year award by FAO Today
    Infosys Awarded Best-In-Class ITSMA Marketing Excellence Diamond Award
    BT and Infosys Awarded National Outsourcing Association's Innovative Outsourcing Project of the Year
    Infosys Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for European Offshore Application Services Pages
    Infosys Ranked No.1 offshore service provider in securities processing BPO
    Infosys Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for North American Offshore Applications Services Pages Magic Quadrant
    Infosys Consulting Co-Founder Named to Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants
    Infosys Named Wachovia's "IT Vendor of the Year"
    Infosys Receives the Highest Score in Strategy in Forrester Research's Report on the Applications Outsourcing Market
    Finacle from Infosys positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for International Retail Core Banking Solutions
    Infosys received the '2007 Vendor of the Year' award from Ameriprise Financial
    Infosys wins NASSCOM-India Today Woman Corporate Award for excellence in gender inclusivity
    Infosys wins Global MAKE award for the fourth year
    Infosys in Fortune's Top 10 Companies for Leaders
    Waters readers name Infosys as Best Outsourcing Partner
    Bloom Group: Infosys.com, a prospect-friendly website
    The Reputation Institute: Infosys, a globally respected company
    Infosys in Dun & Bradstreets Top Indian IT Companies 2007
    Won the Export Excellence Award in the Services Category from the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry
    Etihad Airways receives industry honors for web strategy implemented by Infosys
    Infosys Named "Best Outsourcing Partner" in Waters Rankings Survey
    Forrester names Infosys a Leader in Global IT Infrastructure Outsourcing
    Infosys Named Royal Bank of Scotland Group's 2007 "Best Technology Supplier"
    Infosys Receives Two "Partner in Progress" Awards from Sears Holdings Corporation
    Infosys won the poll for the New Age Employer of Choice Award 2007 conducted by CNBC TV18, CNBC Awaaz and Moneycontrol.com
    British Telecom and Infosys were awarded the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) award for Innovative Outsourcing Project of the Year 2007
    Infosys Annual Report wins LACP Silver Award
    Infosys wins the 2007 Optimas Award in the "Global Outlook" category

(Link here, from the very companys website you helped found)

Surely, people have the right to their political choices, but the party which have chosen to join and fight an election does not exactly maintain the standard of ethicality and propriety that both you and the firm you led stood for. On the contrary, the political party on which you profess to join would be a Satyam to the Infosys you once oversaw.

To me, as a person who looked up to you and your firm, once upon a time, this is a disconnect.

Here is a report from a magazine that you would hardly label as partisan, a sampling of 9 scams across 9 years - some of it overlapping your achievements in the corporate world. While you were busy winning awards, your prospective employer (if I can call it that, was busy scamming).

This report lists 9 scams

Coal Scam 2012
2G Spectrum Scam 2008
Chopper Scam 2012
Tatra Truck Scam 2012
CWG Scam 2010
Cash for vote Scam 2011
Adarsh Scam 2012
IPL Scam 2013
Satyam Scam 2009

The last two, are usually not counted as the Congress sins, but well, this publication chooses to and I think they know what they are talking about. Frankly, this is but a partial list as you already know. Never scams are breaking out even as late as this week and there are other skeletons yet to tumble I suppose going by this rate.

How do you explain this dichotomy to your voters Nandan.

  • From leading an ethical firm to joining an unethical one.
  • From insisting highest standards from your employees to not insisting any standard to your party vice-president (who I may wager, may not quality for your own ex-firms admission test, going by his recently well publicised interview).
  • From running a full blooded meritrocracy to moving into a dynasty - in which loyalty is the primary consideration.
  • From being the head of a capitalist organization (and presumably still owning shares) to joining a party that professes socialism,reservation in the private sector?
  • From running a financially transparent organization (indeed Infosys still adheres to some great financial transparency) to one which is as financially opaque as can be.
I can keep going on and on, but you get the picture, I hope.

From the best governed company to the worst ever government of India is not a short road, Nandan. And maybe your offer your prospective voters an explanation - other than secularism - on why they should vote for the party that you represent - especially after its 10 disastrous last years in government.

1 comment:

Jai said...

The Congress needs upright & principled persons too.