Back on April 25, I was contacted by a PR firm in Boston about an upcoming announcement of a partnership between Infosys and IPsoft that would offer clients a strategic combination of outsourcing and autonomics. I was invited to conduct an interview with Chetan Dube, IPsoft’s CEO, and Chandrashekar Kakal, senior vice president and global head of business IT services at Infosys.
It was a shock, to say the least. I’ve sent numerous requests for comment on my blog posts about the Jay Palmer whistleblower case and the U.S. government's subsequent visa fraud investigation to Danielle D’Angelo, the Infosys media contact in New York, all of which have been ignored. And now they were offering to put me in touch with one of Infosys’s most senior corporate executives?
I wasn’t certain whether this was some sort of olive branch, or if the PR rep who invited me to conduct the interview had simply failed to do her homework. I immediately accepted the invitation, and the PR rep enthusiastically set about arranging the call. That’s when things started to get weird. The PR rep began stalling, and it soon became clear that the plug was pulled on the interview. There indeed appeared to be a homework problem.
But rather than just acknowledge the goof and let us all move on, the PR rep, along with a managing partner of her firm, strung me along for three weeks before finally admitting that the interview wasn’t going to happen. If you’re interested, I’ve posted the full, play-by-play account of the foot-dragging.
I emailed D’Angelo to apprise her of what had happened, and to request an explanation. Once again, I was ignored.
Had I gotten the chance, I would have liked to ask questions along the lines of these:
Note to Infosys and IPsoft: Come to think of it, those are some pretty darn good questions. If you’d care to respond to any of them, I would be happy to publish your responses.