Wipro CEO Thierry Delaporte: ‘Huge Tech wants us, we want them’

Bengaluru: Ltd.’s relationship with Big Tech companies—including Apple Inc., Google, Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.—has never been stronger than it is today, the Indian IT services firm’s chief executive Thierry Delaporte said on Thursday.

“I think we have a lot more engagement with these companies now than we had 10 years ago. They need us, as much as we need them,” Delaporte told Phil Fersht, founder of HFS Research, during a chat over a Zoom call.

Delaporte has been at the helm of Wipro for 11 months now. “We are different worlds. They are developing products, but they need companies like us, creating an environment for them to continue to scale up and develop applications and solutions on these large platforms and environments,” he said.

According to Delaporte, Wipro is an orchestrator — working closely with enterprises and reducing complexity of new technology integrations to help them get the best out of their assets.

Countering the wisdom that suggests product and services companies are at loggerheads, he said the benefits that IT services companies have seen from cloud adoption is a great example of how both industries can grow together.

Wipro and its Indian peers are benefiting from the rapid adoption of cloud by their clients, helping them shift their applications to cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. “It’s very clear, every company needs to move (to the cloud) because if you’re not driving your cloud transformation, you will never have the agility that will allow you to adapt to the evolution of technology,” Delaporte said.

After taking charge as CEO, Delaporte has simplified the company structure, removed non-performing employees, hired new team members and won large orders from clients such as Germany’s Metro AG, resulting in decade-high growth for the company.

He also led the company in its biggest acquisition—
of UK-based Capco for $1.45 billion in March–and forecast 8-10% growth in the quarter to June.

The positive commentary from Wipro has also lifted the company’s shares to a record high, with its market capitalisation touching over Rs 3 lakh crore on Thursday.

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