The relentless run up of the Rupee has one major outcome. It drove xenophilic Indian companies like Infosys to focus on burgeoning Indian markets. Even as IBM, Accenture, Microsoft, Oracle, HP and other IT majors drove in to have a slice of the Indian market, Infosys was unmoved, stayed riveted westwards. It didn’t like the low margins. Sat smug under the illusion that juicy 25-30% margins that it kept gouging from overseas clients will remain forever.
I had written earlier about the short life of those obscene margins here and here and the folly of ignoring the domestic market. After getting dented in earnings and sensing a fast eroding market cap (and the worth of his own holding besides that of other co-founders), it looks like Kris Gopalakrishnan has heard me.
It's another thing that he hardly had another choice...