How Cognizant and Google Cloud Drive Productivity With AI

Cognizant has announced the latest step in its partnership with Google Cloud aimed at driving productivity with the integration of Google's Gemini AI model

IT services and consulting firm Cognizant has announced the latest step in its partnership with Google Cloud that aims to revolutionise the software delivery lifecycle and turbocharge developer productivity using Google’s AI capabilities. 

In May 2023, the two companies announced that they would be building on their existing relationship to help clients create, migrate, and modernise their AI journeys. As part of the announcement, it was also revealed that Cognizant would open new Google Cloud AI Innovation Centres in Bangalore, London and San Francisco.

Gen AI is forecast to have a sizable impact on development productivity, underscored by findings from a recent Cognizant and Oxford Economics study, New Work, New World, which revealed the technology could inject up to US$1tn into the US economy by 2032. 

Through the latest stage of their collaboration, Cognizant and Google Cloud will utilise Gemini to deliver a broad range of benefits to enterprise clients across industries, helping them build applications quickly, rigorously test code and swiftly remediate issues to optimise performance throughout the software delivery lifecycle.

Under the agreement, Cognizant will adopt Gemini for Google Cloud through a two-pronged approach. First, the company will undertake a comprehensive training programme to equip its associates with the skills necessary to harness the power of Gemini for software development assistance. Second, Cognizant will integrate Gemini's advanced AI capabilities into its internal operations and platforms, enabling developers to write, test, and deploy code with unprecedented speed and efficiency.

By leveraging Gemini's AI-powered tools, Cognizant's developers will be empowered to create, test, and deploy code faster and more effectively, improving the reliability and cost-efficiency of building and managing client applications. 

“Software development is one of the jobs likely to benefit most from the way Gen AI is redefining the anatomy of work,” said Ravi Kumar S, CEO of Cognizant. “Cognizant has committed to investing US$1bn in Gen AI over three years because we believe it is a powerful tool to amplify human potential, and our partnership with Google Cloud is central to this commitment, and to realising this vision.”

Cognizant to integrate Google Cloud's Gemini AI platform

Over the next 12 months, and in line with the company’s Synapse initiative to upskill one million individuals globally by 2026, Cognizant will invest in enabling more than 70,000 associates across multiple Cognizant functions on Google Cloud’s AI offerings. Additionally, Cognizant will work to integrate Gemini into its suite of automated platforms and accelerators, beginning with the recently announced Cognizant Flowsource™️ platform for developers. 

“Generative AI has the potential to significantly improve every stage of the software delivery lifecycle, helping developers quickly generate code, troubleshoot issues, and automate processes,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. “By training and enabling its workforce on Gemini for Google Cloud, Cognizant can expedite the speed and quality of software development projects for joint customers.”

Bringing Gen AI capabilities into Cognizant’s proprietary internal operations and platforms will help the consulting firm foster deeper insights, optimise processes, and improve user experiences, securely and responsibly. 

In line with Cognizant’s plans to invest in deep AI-related competencies, the company will establish a Gemini Studio within each of its Cloud AI Innovation hubs in Bangalore, London, and Plano, Texas, to help enterprise customers ideate, architect, and scale AI solutions. Cognizant will also establish Gemini Centers of Excellence within its new dedicated Google Cloud delivery centres in Mexico and Romania, and it will continue its expansion in India to accelerate customer success with Gen AI solutions.

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