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May, 27, 2015

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Asset Information: Addressing 21st Century Challenges
Asset‑intensive companies can reduce costs, improve operational uptime and enhance worker safety by collecting and analyzing process optimization data, unleashed by their response to regulatory requirements and the Internet of Things.
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.
Managing the Impact of CFPB Regulations
In 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began taking actions to address the rising number of defaults, vehicle repossessions and questionable lending practices surrounding the auto finance industry. As a consequence, major lenders are being highly scrutinized—compelling them to take a proactive approach to CFPB compliance and better utilize their people, processes and technologies.
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.
Customer Experience Management: The New Playbook for Indian Manufacturing Organizations
In an era of fraying customer loyalty and tightening competition in the Indian market, manufacturers need a well‑defined customer experience management strategy to enhance customer satisfaction and consequently, revenues.
Orchestrating a Supply Chain Competitive Edge
An effective supply chain is the key to creating business value. This paper will help you benchmark your performance today and take a methodical organizational approach to improving your supply chain effectiveness.
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.
Digitizing Automotive Financing: The Road Ahead
The evolution of digital technologies is enabling automotive financing companies to connect and interact with their customers, allowing auto lenders to take advantage of a new "e-mechanism" for engaging consumers amid digital mind and market shifts.
Informed Manufacturing: Reaching for New Horizons
Although still in its infancy, informed manufacturing -- making the right information available in the right form at the right time -- is advancing across industry sectors. Cognizant's recent in-depth study involving interviews with manufacturing CXOs, engineering firms, service and IT providers, academia and industry analysts worldwide, revealed that while most companies understand the significance of informed manufacturing, many are proceeding carefully -- working to balance the conflicting priorities of managing day-to-day business while focusing on innovation and breakthrough initiatives. They see external support as a critical success factor.


  • 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
The real and virtual worlds are converging, creating the opportunity to use intricate cyber‑physical systems to improve manufacturing. See how informed manufacturing transforms the value chain.

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