Cognizant’s successful acquisition strategy

Cognizant’s CFO says that their acquisition strategy is to acquire specific technology and service skills, competencies and capabilities through focused, small-sized acquisitions. The maximum size of these acquisitions is $200 million – 3.3% of its approximately $6 billion revenues. Cognizant’s acquisition of Zaffera is the most recent in a series of such strategic acquisitions aimed at gaining specific knowledge.

Our acquisition strategy is towards very targeted tuck-in small deals which are targeted towards geographic expansion, building industry expertise and lastly, to acquire technology and services capability. For example, our PIPC acquisition was a very targeted acquisition. PIPC has expertise in large program management capability. It also had geographic presence in the UK and Australia. It has helped us in getting large development projects. Our sweet spot is $20-80 million deals and at the upper end it is $200 million. It is far easier to integrate.

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via Cognizant’s CFO on acquisition strategy – Business Today – Business News.

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IT hiring in India reflects strong future growth

IT companies are hiring heavily at engineering campuses across India, with many students receiving multiple offers.

Take the case of Amrita University which has campuses in Bangalore, Coimbatore and Kochi. India’s second largest IT exporter Infosys and Nasdaq-listed Cognizant shared the first slot. While Cognizant picked up 1,263 students, Infosys went for 1,255. Around 970 students had common offers and finally, 83% of them opted for Cognizant while the remaining chose to go with Infosys.

However, this does not tell the full story.  Students who receive an offer today will likely join jobs after another year. After joining the job, most fresh engineers receive 3-6 months of training before they join projects. Thus the hiring of today reflects the projected demand for IT services, 1.5 -2 years into the future.

During 2011, over 4.3 lakh fresh engineering graduates are expected to pass out with 2.5 lakh will be graduates with an IT degree, says industry lobby Nasscom. However, not all of them are directly employable and hence the huge scramble for talent at top colleges. Companies know this and are making a beeline for the top-level talent.

via Recession? IT cos hire in large numbers – The Times of India.