Cognizant Partners with Royal Philips Electronics

IT, consulting and business process outsourcing services provider helps drive Philips’ technology-enabled business transformation

Teaneck, N.J.July 24, 2012Royal Philips Electronics, a global provider of healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle solutions, partnered with Cognizant Technology Solutions to drive a broad range of technology-enabled business transformation and growth programs.

Under the terms of the multi-year engagement, Cognizant, an IT, consulting and business process outsourcing services provider, will supply a comprehensive range of consulting and application services globally to help Philips consolidate, rationalize and enhance its IT landscape for improved operational efficiency, business agility and governance to deliver superior customer service. Cognizant’s engagement will enable Philips to transition the IT organization to a platform and output-based managed services model across multiple business lines and corporate functions, enabling Philips to variabilize its cost structure; drive structural savings; and free up resources to create higher value business capabilities.

“Our relationship with Cognizant will allow us to leverage its extensive consulting, domain and technology capabilities for the business transformation program that forms the cornerstone of our endeavor to drive agility, innovation and competitiveness,” said Jeroen Tas, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Philips. “In implementing a paradigm shift in our IT delivery model, Cognizant will help create solutions that enable Philips to capitalize on business opportunities, and win in the marketplace. By optimizing the speed, cost, and quality of our value chain, we are confident of further strengthening the trusted Philips brand globally, and delivering ever greater innovation.”

Additionally, Cognizant will help Philips improve the business value of IT, obtain deeper visibility into its demand chain and respond more effectively to the needs of its markets, businesses and functions. Real-time insight into business performance and operations will allow Philips to accelerate innovation, time-to-market, and decision-making, and increase local relevance of the product portfolio to gain market share.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Philips as a trusted partner,” said Santosh Thomas, Head of Continental Europe, Cognizant. “In an increasingly global and dynamic marketplace, agility holds the key to success, and Cognizant’s managed IT services model provides the agility that enables clients to spearhead strategic initiatives and create competitive advantage. We look forward to leveraging our robust understanding of the consumer goods industry, and our deep technology and consulting expertise to help Philips identify and capitalize on market trends, maximize business impact, and further strengthen its market leadership. This engagement underscores Cognizant’s expanding footprint in Continental Europe, which is a result of our strategic focus on the region as an important market looking to drive cost-savings and innovation on one integrated platform.”