Infosys to hire 1,000 in US in 12-18 months

Indian software major Infosys Technologies will add 1,000 employees to its 14,000-strong US work force over the next 12 to 18 months as part of its expansion plans in North America.

Infosys will initially hire over 100 employees in anticipation of growth resuming in 2010, chief executive Kris Gopalakrishnan, who is currently in Seattle for Microsoft's CEO Summit, said in an interview with the local media.

''We believe business will be there if we add capabilities, more services and solutions to our portfolio and increase the business volume with the existing customers - that's how we see growth coming to our business,'' Gopalakrishnan said.

Infosys Technologies is already a leader in the service-oriented architecture (SOA) systems integration services market in North America, according to  independent research firm Forrester Research.

"Infosys had the highest satisfaction scores from its reference clients, and this high level of satisfaction has earned the firm a place as one of the 'Leaders' in this Forrester Wave," the research firm said in its report.

According to the report, Infosys has "made significant investments in SOA capabilities, processes, and accelerators, which has shot them to the top of the pack."

Infosys has a "very strong SOA services practice in North America, and its toolset for accelerating SOA-based engagements has helped it to win work over competitors," the Forrester report said, adding, "Infosys is becoming a trusted brand in North America for SOA systems integration capabilities."