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October, 02, 2015

Cognizant Named to "Winner's Circle" for Internet of Things Service Providers in New HfS Research Report


The Cognizant Difference

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Digital and Personal: Future‑Proofing Airport Operations and Services
By applying Code Halo™ thinking and the Internet of Things (IoT), airports can make meaning from the digital data generated by passengers, employees, devices and processes, enabling them to create highly personalized, "just in time" travel services, deepen insights across the airport value chain, tighten safety and security and grow revenue.
Connected Products for the Industrial World
By leveraging product-centric connected ecosystems, manufacturers can create new and more effective business models, advance operational excellence, and design and develop better products and services that align with customer needs and preferences.
Assessing Obsolescence
For many manufacturers, evaluating and managing the risk of obsolescence is a missing piece of their overall management strategy, an oversight that can have significant implications in terms of business continuity. With a clear obsolescence policy and risk-assessment framework, manufacturing companies can help ensure that their systems and assets remain up and running, supported by a continuous risk-mitigation cycle.
How Soft Sensing Using Simulation Enhances Plant Process Management
By applying a high‑fidelity dynamic simulation model for soft sensing, organizations can cost‑effectively supplement actual process measurement instrumentation in noncritical areas. As a sample illustration, we use a naphtha sweetening plant cycle.
A PLM Accelerator for Socio‑Interactive Automotive Product Development
For automakers to feed social sentiment insights into their existing product lifecycle management (PLM) systems and create a streamlined product requirement, ideation and design process—we offer a social PLM accelerator called product user likes and systems engineering (PULSE). We contend the PLM system should be retrofitted to accommodate socio-interactive product development.
Demystifying Engineering Analytics
By applying engineering analytics across the business, manufacturers can reimagine how they design, produce and deliver new products and services that resonate with customer needs and preferences.
The Next Wave of Manufacturing Relies on Plant Operations Transformation
To enable agility, predictability, responsiveness and efficiency, manufacturers must think holistically about their factories and develop integrated and harmonized capabilities that connect the supply chain with a new product introduction value stream.
Accelerating Multiscreen Video Delivery
Consumers’ expectation is rising for highly visual and engaging content. Using a seasoned systems integrator and Agile methodology, organizations can effectively and quickly test and deploy multiscreen video delivery, thus meeting consumer expectations.
Is PLM Mobility the Right Place to Start?
We find that product lifecycle management (PLM) mobility, in distinction to mere product mobility, requires a holistic understanding of both internal and external ecosystems of influence within the organization and a focus on the business case not just the use case.
High-Velocity Supply Chains for Perishables: A Fresher Proposition
In the perishables sector, providing the freshest products to customers remains a challenge, since doing so is not tied to a single business function. Developing a high-velocity supply chain is one of the most straightforward strategies for ensuring freshness, reducing shrink and realizing top- and bottom-line improvements.


  • After Market Analytics for an Automotive Giant
  • Contract Renewal Process Automation for an Industrial Conglomerate
  • Supply Chain Transformation for a Global Packaging Major
  • Streamlined Accounts Payable Process for a large UK Client

After Market Analytics for an Automotive Giant

Cognizant helped the North American business of a top Automotive OEM design, build and deploy a Service Information Discovery application, which is the largest of its kind for the client. We also migrated millions of records from the legacy to the new system. The application provides analytical insights into various after-market issues such as repair order, warranty and parts. The system is built on a state-of-the-art, scalable architecture, that can handle future increases in data load and emerging analytical scenarios.

  • Reduced dependence on third‑party vendors for routine data
  • Established better control on warranty costs
  • Drove higher spare part sales

Contract Renewal Process Automation for an Industrial Conglomerate

Cognizant helped a top industrial goods conglomerate automate their contract renewal process, as the existing manual process was cumbersome and error‑prone. A contract management system was used to store and manage contracts with distributors and end-users of our client’s products. The Cognizant solution was developed in a phased manner and resulted in complete streamlining of the process, ensuring that contracts were always correct, up-to-date and renewed on time.

  • Eliminated droves of paperwork
  • Fully automated process and reduced scope for manual error
  • Realized annual cost savings of $140,000

Supply Chain Transformation for a Global Packaging Major

Cognizant was the implementation partner for one of the most successful SAP roll-out programs in the pulp, paper and packaging industry. The program started in the client organization many years ago but faced several technical and managerial challenges. Hence Cognizant was brought in as a systems integrator to manage the roll-out in a structured and cost effective manner. Along with the SAP implementation, we also handled integration of external systems to provide an enterprise-wide platform for supply chain management for the client.

  • Drove estimated savings of more than $10 million annually
  • Stock availability increased by up to 20%
  • Inventory obsolescence reduced by 15%

Streamlined Accounts Payable Process for a large UK Client

Cognizant helped a large business in the United Kingdom streamline their Accounts Payable (A/P) process, driving efficiency and leading their transformation to a paperless process and higher supplier satisfaction.

The client receives nearly 250,000 invoices each month, but the paper-based A/P process was highly people-dependent and fraught with issues such as data accuracy and speed of response. Cognizant studied the “as-is” processes and released recommendations for the “to-be” process, which the client accepted.

Key components of the solution are: implementation of an offline invoice processing workflow tool, a Call Management tool, automation of financial statement reconciliation, development of a paper-less Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process and automation of mailroom scanning along with roll-out of a Duplicate Audit tool.

  • Saved 43% of total contract value for the client’s business
  • Reduced invoice processing turnaround time from 5 days to 1 day and improved productivity by 25%
  • Drove supplier query resolution up from 65% to 99%
  • Created a transparent metrics dashboard for process visibility
  • After Market Analytics for an Automotive Giant
  • Contract Renewal Process Automation for an Industrial Conglomerate
  • Supply Chain Transformation for a Global Packaging Major
  • Streamlined Accounts Payable Process for a large UK Client
Manufacturer in the IoT world
Informed Manufacturing: Revitalizing the value chain


Manufacturer in the IoT world
As the physical world merges with the virtual world, an increasing number of objects are intelligent and networked.
Informed Manufacturing: Revitalizing the value chain
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