Cognizant to provide business transformation services to Philips

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Kochi: Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) today announced that it has been selected by Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG), a global leader in healthcare, lighting, and consumer lifestyle solutions, as a strategic partner to drive a broad range of technology-enabled business transformation and growth programs. Under the terms of the multiyear engagement, Cognizant will provide a comprehensive range of consulting and application services globally.

This will help Philips consolidate, rationalize, and enhance its IT landscape for improved operational efficiency, business agility, and governance to deliver superior customer service. Cognizant’s engagement will enable Philips to transition the IT organization to a platform and output-based managed services model across multiple business lines and corporate functions, thereby enabling Philips to variablise its cost structure, drive structural savings, and free up resources to create higher value business capabilities. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Jeroen Tas, Executive VP & CIO, Philips said, “Our relationship with Cognizant will allow us to leverage its extensive consulting, domain, and technology capabilities for the business transformation program that forms the cornerstone of our endeavour to drive agility, innovation, and competitiveness. In implementing a paradigm shift in our IT delivery model, Cognizant will help create solutions that enable Philips to capitalize on business opportunities, and win in the marketplace. By optimizing the speed, cost, and quality of our value chain, we are confident of further strengthening the trusted Philips brand globally, and delivering ever greater innovation.”

Santosh Thomas, Head – Continental Europe, Cognizant said, “We are pleased to have been selected by Philips as a trusted partner. In an increasingly global and dynamic marketplace, agility holds the key to success, and Cognizant’s managed IT services model provides the agility that enables clients to spearhead strategic initiatives and create competitive advantage. We look forward to leveraging our robust understanding of the consumer goods industry, and our deep technology and consulting expertise to help Philips identify and capitalize on market trends, maximize business impact, and further strengthen its market leadership. This engagement underscores Cognizant’s expanding footprint in Continental Europe, which is a result of our strategic focus on the region as an important market looking to drive cost-savings and innovation on one integrated platform.”

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