India’s Infosys eyes AI profits

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BANGALORE: Indian IT giant Infosys said Friday that artificial intelligence was key to future profits as it bids to satisfy clients’ demands for innovative new technologies.

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India’s multi-billion-dollar IT outsourcing sector has long been one of the country’s flagship industries. But as robots and automation grow in popularity its companies are under pressure to reinvent themselves.

“We are revealing new growth with services that we (have been) focusing on for the past couple of years including — AI (artificial intelligence) and cloud computing,” said Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka, announcing a small rise in quarterly profits.

“Going forward, we will count on strong growth coming from these services,” added Sikka, who signalled his intent by arriving at the press conference in a driverless golf cart.

Infosys reported an increase of 1.4 percent in consolidated net profit year-on-year for the first quarter, marginally beating analysts’ expectations.

Net profit in the three months to June 30 came in at 34.83 billion rupees (540 million), marginally above the 34.36 billion rupees it reported in the same period last year, Infosys said.

India’s $150-billion IT sector is facing upheaval in the face of automation and US President Donald Trump’s clampdown on visas, with reports of mass redundancies.

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