Apple’s Chief Information Officer Niall O’Connor visited Bangalore in January, according to The Economic Times, and the senior officials at technology firms Infosys and Wipro made sure he received the full-treatment upon landing in India.
Apple is supposedly looking to “quadruple the amount it spends in India, making it all the more covetous for Infosys and Wipro.” The CIO will decide which Indian companies get software outsourcing orders and maintenance work worth about $100 million USD (490 crore), which is roughly 20 percent of the Cupertino, Calif.-based Company’s total global outsourcing spending.
O’Connor started with Apple in 1991 and took the reigns as CIO in 1997. Two of his primary achievements include the global deployment of SAP software and the development of a full-suite of retail systems for Apple…
The Economic Times spoke with many off-the-record sources unwilling to violate their contracts by speaking publicly on the matter, but the consensus report indicates that O’Connor met with Infosys and Wipro executives between Jan. 29 and Jan. 31. Apple already contributes $50 million annually to Infosys, and Wipro has worked with the technology giant for the last few years on software application testing.
Apple’s quiet trip to Bangalore most likely flew under the radar due to recent media attention over the company creating jobs overseas rather than domestically. Furthermore, Apple is still receiving much scrutiny over the ongoing troubles with supplier Foxconn in China.
Despite the criticism of job wages and working conditions, Infosys and Wipro are actively vying for a slice of Apple’s pie newly worth $460 billion.