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Cognizant - men behind its growth
One of the paradoxes in Cognizant, one of the fastest growing IT Services companies, is the freedom its top managers say they have in running the business, and their near invisibility to the media. Part of the reason could be that Cognizant doesn't organize press conferences - which typically give journalists a chance to interact with the top 10 or 15 business leaders. In the last ten years, it organised just one press meet, and it had to do something with cricket. Part of the reason could be that it's not listed in India - and it's interesting only to the extent of how India-listed companies perform relative to Cognizant. But, as Cognizant grows bigger, the attention is turning to the layers below the top management. Today's Economic Times throws some light on five senior managers behind its growth.
Who is rich in the planet of apps
During the Forbes India Leadership Awards, TCS CEO N Chandrasekaran spoke about how the future will remember these years when everyone's concerned about economic turbulence. He said: What I believe is that when history judges these four years, it's not going to remember this period as the period of economic turbulence. But instead it's going to remember these four years to be a period of great digital transformation and how technologies have transformed all our lives forever.
In the speech, he talks about the unprecedented success of Instagram and Angry Birds, and in our story we tried capturing what he is doing inside his organisation to bring it up to digital transformation. But how good has it been for app developers in general.
New York Times took a hard look at that economy, and this is what it found: Yet with the American economy yielding few good opportunities in recent years, there is debate about how real, and lasting, the rise in app employment might be. Despite the rumors of hordes of hip programmers starting million-dollar businesses from their kitchen tables, only a small minority of developers actually make a living by creating their own apps, according to surveys and experts. More here.
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