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Cognizant acquires IoT expert Bright Wolf to expand smart products and industry 4.0 expertise

Cognizant says that Bright Wolf acquisition will enrich its smart products offering and expertise in architecting and implementing IIoT solutions

Cognizant has completed the acquisition of Bright Wolf, a privately-held technology services provider specializing in custom Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. Bright Wolf is certified by all major cloud providers and acknowledged as an expert in IoT. A strategic systems integration and technology partner for industrial enterprises, Bright Wolf will enrich Cognizant’s smart products offering and expertise in architecting and implementing IIoT solutions and digital transformation services across industries, including manufacturing, energy, transportation, water, healthcare, and agriculture, among others.

“Combining Bright Wolf’s experience in production-class IIoT deployments with Cognizant’s expertise in foundational IIoT technologies will increase our clients’ resiliency, operational efficiency, and competitive advantage,” said Malcolm Frank, president, Digital Business, Cognizant. “Companies are increasingly embracing IIoT, and Bright Wolf’s team of senior IIoT architects have delivered the business value others have struggled to achieve. We look forward to this talented team joining Cognizant.”

The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has been named an Amazon Web Services Advanced Technology Partner, IoT Competency. Now that the acquisition has been completed, Cognizant will establish its newest IoT innovation lab in the Raleigh-Durham, NC, Research Triangle, with the Bright Wolf team as its core. Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Bright Wolf’s specific expertise, centered on asset performance management, predictive maintenance, and yield optimization, includes: Connecting industrial equipment, optimizing industrial operations, integrating enterprise data, and leveraging proprietary accelerators for IIoT deployments. Bright Wolf will mark Cognizant’s eighth acquisition to date in 2020 to accelerate growth in the company’s key strategic focus areas of cloud, AI and analytics, software product engineering, and IoT.

“IIoT transformation can be a complex, high-stakes undertaking for any business,” said Peter Bourne, chief executive officer, Bright Wolf. “Bright Wolf has helped leading companies across industries realize their IIoT vision through our Zero Waste Engineering™ approach. We help ensure clients make the right investments at the right time and have the ability to scale as dictated by business and market needs. Our unique capabilities, together with Cognizant’s deep vertical industry knowledge, scale, and expertise in predictive analytics, AI, cloud, and IoT, will provide clients with an unparalleled partner on their IIoT journey.”

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