India's multi-billion-dollar IT outsourcing sector has long been one of the country's flagship industries. But as robots and automation grow in popularity its companies are under pressure to reinvent themselves.
"We are revealing new growth with services that we (have been) focusing on for the past couple of years including -- AI (artificial intelligence) and cloud computing," said Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka, announcing a small rise in quarterly profits.
"Going forward, we will count on strong growth coming from these services," added Sikka, who signalled his intent by arriving at the press conference in a driverless golf cart.
Infosys reported an increase of 1.4 percent in consolidated net profit year-on-year for the first quarter, marginally beating analysts' expectations.
Net profit in the three months to June 30 came in at Rs 3,483 crore (540 million), marginally above the Rs 3,436 crore it reported in the same period last year, Infosys said.
India's $150-billion IT sector is facing upheaval in the face of automation and US President Donald Trump's clampdown on visas, with reports of mass redundancies.
Industry body Nasscom recently called on companies to teach employees new skills after claims they had failed to keep up with new technologies.
"Nia continues to be central to all our conversations with clients as we work with them to transform their businesses," the company said in its earnings statement Friday.
Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had expected profits of Rs 3,430 crore.
Infosys announced revenues of Rs 17,078 crore, marginally up from the Rs 16,780 crore reported for the same period last year.
Its shares rose nearly 3 percent in early trade after the company forecast revenue growth of between 6.5 to 8.5 percent for the current financial year.
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