Cognizant ties up with Microsoft to boost GenAI play

BENGALURU: Cognizant has expanded its partnership with Microsoft, with the goal of making MS’s generative AI and Copilots available to millions of users.
Cognizant has purchased 25,000 Microsoft 365 Copilot seats, along with 500 sales Copilot and 500 services Copilot to enhance productivity, streamline workflows, and transform customer experiences. In addition, Cognizant will work to deploy Microsoft 365 Copilot to a million users within their Global 2000 clients and across 11 industries.Through Cognizant’s Synapse skilling programme, 35,000 Cognizant developers have been trained on GitHub Copilot, with an additional 40,000 developers slated to receive training.
This partnership also has the potential to significantly accelerate AI adoption and innovation in India. AI is expected to add $450-500 billion to India’s GDP by 2025, accounting for 10% of the country’s $5 trillion GDP target. “GenAI can be a game-changer for virtually every business in every industry, opening up new possibilities for innovation, efficiency, and growth,” said Ravi Kumar S, CEO of Cognizant. “That’s why we are investing $1 billion in GenAI over the next three years and leading the development of new research to explore its potential for our clients, their employees, and end customers. We’re committed to helping them harness the power of genAI at scale, and Microsoft Copilot is a proven tool that can bring transformative gains, unlocking talent and potential in ways we can only imagine.”

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