Understanding How to Fail: The Essential Ingredient of Radical Innovation (Final of a Multi-Part Series)

It’s one thing to embrace failure as a necessity for innovation. But we don’t always take the time to talk about the process of failure, and what it teaches. After all, in order to make the most out of failure, you need to learn from it. Done well, failure encourages experimentation, and the act of experimentation breeds […]

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Want Innovation? Connect Design and Engineering (Second of a Multi-Part Series)

Steve Jobs said it best: “Design is how it works.”  We live in an exciting time, when digital products and services are remaking industries, business models and jobs. At the center of all this activity are two closely connected disciplines: design and engineering. But while engineering and design have long played a central role in developing […]

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Engineering Your Digital Strategy for Business Success (First of a Multi-Part Series)

IDC estimates that 40% of all technology spending will be applied to “digital transformation,” with enterprises spending nearly $2 trillion by the year 2022. The trouble is, few businesses understand how to maximize their investment while also keeping the business at peak performance. Additionally, companies don’t always explore all the ways that services, processes and […]

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Achieving Resilience by Embracing Diversity

Curveballs have been a part of work since the very beginning. Some are huge – the steam engine, email, autonomous vehicles. Others are smaller but still pack a punch: a resignation, a public transportation strike, a last-minute request with a 60-minute turnaround time. Our Women Empowered committee brought together four of Cognizant’s fiercest female leaders […]

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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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Finding Time for Innovation – by Starting Small

Perhaps no question has the power to stop executives and software managers in their tracks faster than, “What are you doing about innovation?” You can’t blame them, as there’s really no blueprint for establishing the processes, mindsets and disciplines required to generate the innovations that consistently lead to high-impact results. Traditional waterfall methods of software […]

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There’s Nothing Small About the Rise of Microservices

Sometimes, big things come in small packages, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to developing with microservices. Microservices architecture is a distinctive approach to software development that – according to IDC, at least – will account for 80% of application development on cloud platforms by the year 2021. In another recent survey, more […]

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How Innovation Drives Inclusion

We hear a lot about both innovation and inclusion in the workplace today, and as it turns out, the two are intertwined. Not only are innovation initiatives more effective when the workforce is inclusive, according to multiple studies, but an increased focus on innovation can also drive diversity. This is the viewpoint of Dr. Wendy […]

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