Monday, March 31, 2008

Cognizant | A twist in the outsourcing story

There is a story that Cognizant employees love to tell. Some years back, India’s No 1 software company, Tata Consultancy Services, and a relatively unknown Cognizant Technologies were pitted against each other to clinch a lucrative project. TCS, the big daddy, was the first to present it credentials. It showed many examples of work similar to the project on offer and seemed poised to clinch the offer. Until a man from Cognizant (CTL) walked in with his team. That man was Lakshmi Narayanan.

He ran a little sermon. "I know TCS made a great presentation. I know you are all impressed by their credentials. Just a point or two before you sign the project in their favour. I am a TCS product, the other two who are here with me are also TCS trained guys and the several examples that TCS showed you were implemented by us. Now we are all with Cognizant." The rest, they claim, is history.

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