2015 Winner Profile

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.

Project Description:
The "Think Outside the Cubicle" (TOC) initiative -- initially introduced among Cognizant's development centers in India -- is unlike the traditional "work from home" model. The computing environment for employees combines a virtual desktop infrastructure with access to Cognizant's private cloud, unified communications and "follow me home" technologies to ensure data security and availability. Cognizant employees can now work from any location, including their homes, thus saving significant infrastructure and travel costs. TOC participants get thin-client laptops, and can use a hoteling office seat (booked in advance) or work from home at any time. Cognizant has found that employees in the TOC program were about 14 percent more productive compared to employees who were not part of the TOC program, because of the reduction in travel time in India's large metropolitan areas. And employee engagement scores for the TOC participants increased by 25 percent.
Project type:
Security Technologies, Videoconferencing or Telepresence, Virtualization
Business Functions:
Accounting and Finance, Asset Management or Maintenance, IT Operations
Business Goal:
Operational Impact
Vishnu Potty, VP, Cognizant Application Services
Francisco D'Souza, CEO
Teaneck, N.J.
Computer Software
Revenue (2014):
$10.26 billion
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