Anbu Muppidathi

Anbu Muppidathi is a member of Cognizant’s executive leadership team and is a senior leader in the company’s Digital Systems and Technology line of business. He is also the Global Markets Leader for Cognizant’s Enterprise Application Services (EAS) Practice, which services customers across the globe in the areas of supply chain management, human capital management, financial management and customer experience management. Previously, Anbu spearheaded Cognizant’s Banking & Financial Services Practice in North America for more than a decade and Cognizant’s Quality Engineering & Assurance Practice globally. Anbu obtained his MBA from Duke University and a master’s in computer applications from Alagappa University in India. He can be reached at


Don’t Let IT Backlogs Stymie Digital Change Amid a Crisis

A global crisis reorders priorities everywhere. Take the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is increasing demand for valuable resources across the board, including IT. The need for digital capabilities, already constrained pre-COVID, is (with minimal notice) causing a rapid expansion in IT backlogs, which threatens business continuity. For example,  take the growing backlog of legacy application […]

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The Disappearing Line Between Digital Strategy & Execution

On the cusp of Oracle OpenWorld – one of my favorite industry events of the year – I’ve been thinking about how the transition to digital changes everything. Consider how digital has affected corporate business strategy for organizations in the Oracle enterprise applications orbit. It used to be that executives would meticulously plan a strategy, […]

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Elevating Data-Driven Design to Meet Humans’ Emotional Needs

When working with modern technologies, the use of legacy design principles will only yield short-term benefits. The end result may satisfy purely functional needs, but it often falls short of truly addressing human behaviors and desires. For this reason, many organizations are turning to data-driven design. By applying analytics to how users navigate systems and […]

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10 Ways to Succeed with a Microservices Architecture

Amazon can make crucial changes on its e-commerce platform in seconds. Tesla can upgrade your car while you sleep. What digital unicorns can do in minutes, traditional companies might need months. The lightning-quick capabilities of born-digital businesses aren’t just the result of following a unique development methodology; they’re also possible because they’ve got a flexible, […]

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Five Steps to Ensure Continuous Security with an Agile Approach

While there’s plenty of research on integrating security into Agile software methodologies, we’re often left only with “security sandwiches,“ where security is discussed upfront and at the far end of the development process rather than  throughout. Corporate security remains an isolated department at many organizations, one that lives outside the Agile/DevOps/Pod team practice. Developers have […]

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Avoiding an Incomplete Digital Transformation

A few weeks ago, I hosted an event in New York City in which clients were asked to discuss their digital journeys so far. Some shared their wins: A retail client proudly described how, in its efforts to implement an omnichannel experience, it changed every process of a business lifecycle across an entire division. Another […]

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Crossing the Legacy-Digital Divide

The relationship between legacy and digital systems – and those who work with them – is often misunderstood. Businesses talk about phasing out and automating the former to free up budget and resources for the latter, with the assumption that they’ll need to tolerate some level of coexistence, at least for the foreseeable future. Additionally, […]

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Quality Engineering: How Bots Predict and Prevent Failure of Massively Complex, Interconnected Systems

Whether it’s a blowout at an oil rig or the crash of an e-commerce site, the failure of big, complex systems is usually caused not by one catastrophic component failure or human error but a series of small breakdowns in equipment and processes that combine in unpredictable ways. The 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon […]

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QA Advances for the Digital Enterprise

In the customer-centric digital age, every organization is in the business of producing quality code. Code quality, in fact, is an integral part of everything a business does today. And the job of quality assurance (QA) isn’t finished once a digital solution is brought to the market. IT must monitor performance in terms of how […]

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