It's the clash of the titans. Last year, India's top two IT companies, TCS and Infosys came face to face for a government IT contract. MCA 21, which was finally bagged by Infosys, but in a dramatic turn of events this year, all's not well with the project. It is prompting Infosys to go on the defensive side, reports CNBC-TV18's Kritika Saxena.
Undercurrents of rivalry between Infosys and TCS have never been a big secret, but the face-off has now reached another level. It was a sixand a half year IT contract to develop and maintain MCA 21. A portal launched by the ministry of corporate affairs in 2006, which is the main platform for cos to submit documents and filings to the Registrar of Companies.
TCS was handling this contract since 2006, but the contract was given to Infosys after TCS's contract expired in December 2012. Around January, TCS completed the official handover to Infosys, but the site ran into severe technical glitches post the handover. This created a panic situation at MCA prompting the ministry to bring in TCS as an external consultant for the contract. This essentially means that TCS will have to work with Infosys in sorting out the issue.
The ministry has jumped in to ensure corporate using the portal face minimum inconvenience. Sachin Pilot, Corporate Affairs Minister said, "Issues were caused due to transition. The website is now almost back to normal. If cos loses time, no extra money will be charged."
However, Infosys has been quick to retort with a statement, rubbishing allegations of negligence at its end.
Till date Infosys has made no significant changes to the system, which continues to run in the old environment. That is managed by the incumbent vendor, Tata Communications. Infosys gave a statement that any reports that imply that the instability in the MCA 21 applications is on account of their negligence are misguided.
V Balakrishan, Head, Infosys BPO, Bangalore said, "This is a complex project, whenever there is a transition happens one will see some challenges. I think it's a great project and we are working with the ministry closely to address all the challenges".
Even though Infosys's statement has raised eye brows, TCS however remains tight lipped. As per policy, it did not officially comment on the contract.