Cognizant: Naveen Sharma, Head of Enterprise Data Management Practice

We sat down with Naveen Sharma, Head of Cognizant's Enterprise Data Management Practice to find out what's new and exciting.

Naveen please tell our readers a little something they may not know about Cognizant

Cognizant is one of the largest consulting and SI vendors globally with a 2014 revenue of $10.26 B and 200,000+ employees. With a client first mindset and strong relationship driven business, Cognizant is proud  to have more than 95% of its revenues come from existing customers. It is an organization built on relationships, we understand our clients better - their business better - and work with them to establish and achieve their long term goals.

What many people do not know is that Cognizant is built on a rich history of Data Management having been spun off from Dun & Bradstreet in 1994. Cognizant’s Data Management practice is recognized as a global “Leader” by Forrester and Gartner has recognized Cognizant as a “Top 5” global service provider with the largest practice focused on Enterprise Data Management.

How is Cognizant different? 

Cognizant is a new breed of IT services company for a new era of business. Some significant aspects that makes Cognizant unique are:

Client-First Mindset: At Cognizant, our clients come first. That has led us to create a business model designed to serve the needs - and achieve the goals - of our customers.

Collaborative Capabilities: Our pioneering Web 2.0-based platform, Cognizant 2.0, enables real-time knowledge management and the seamless sharing of work across our global network.

Commitment to Innovation: Our investment in innovation is helping clients address the Future of Work - providing solutions for an environment being reshaped by globalization, virtualization, a. millennial mindset, and evolving technologies such as social networking, mobile communications, big data analytics and cloud computing. We live the future of technology and put the cloud, social media and other platforms to practical use every day — for our clients and ourselves.

All of these combined with our dual mandates of helping our customers "Run Better and Run Different" are what make us unique in the marketplace

What’s new and exciting at Cognizant?

One of the most exciting and new initiatives at Cognizant these days is focused on partnering with clients to create business strategies and define new digital business models, enabling the enterprise for a new era of digital engagement with customers, partners and employees

We think data and analytics plays a critical and foundational role in executing this digital transforming journey successfully. Our goal with these transformations is using data and technology to inspire unique digital experiences and create compelling business analytics for our clients and their end-customers and consumers.

How do you see Cognizant and Reltio Benefiting Companies? 

Social, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies can add a new dimension to businesses and form a new enterprise IT model to deliver an organization that is more connective, collaborative, real-time, and productive. We believe that Reltio represents a modern data management solution that can improve upon MDM capabilities to leapfrog an organization into a new wave of data-driven applications for their business users.

Our close partnership allows us to offer the expertise around technology, integration, and an understanding of how data needs to blend together with governance and processes in order to be effective. Together we want to help companies fully realize the value of MDM and their future data management initiatives across the enterprise.