Fortune 500 | episode 514

Cognizant EVP of Strategy and Technology Anil Cheriyan

Anil Cheriyan is the executive vice president of strategy and technology at Cognizant, one of the world’s leading professional services companies with revenues exceeding $16 billion annually. In this role, Anil oversees all aspects of Corporate Strategy, Global IT and Global Security and is responsible for Cognizant’s strategy, alliances and business development, and for strengthening the company’s global IT and security capabilities. Prior to joining Cognizant, Anil served as the U.S. Presidential Appointee in charge of Technology Transformation Services, and prior to that, he served as the Global CIO of SunTrust. December 24, 2020

514: Cognizant EVP of strategy and technology Anil Cheriyan discusses 

  • Cognizant’s three pillared strategy around accelerating digital, globalizing Cognizant, and increasing its relevance to its clients
  • Cognizant’s approach to partnering with other companies
  • The pros and cons of being onboarded virtually
  • The changes driven by the pandemic that will be permanent
  • Some of the emerging technologies Anil is keeping an eye on
  • Anil’s experience working for the Federal Government

Among a variety of other topics.


This episode is sponsored by Sykes and

"We feel that given 100 percent of what we do is about technology. It is a core part of how we operate as well as how to go to market and it really needs to be core to our strategy."

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

From strategy to implementation

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