Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK and Ireland Selects Cognizant for Critical Business Transformation Programme

By Cognizant, PRNE
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cognizant to help Europe's leading building materials distributor revamp its business processes, enhance competitiveness and improve customer service

LONDON, November 11, 2010 - Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), a leading provider of consulting, technology,
and business process outsourcing services, today announced that it is working
with Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK and Ireland (SGBD UK), one of
Europe's largest building materials distributors, on a critical business
transformation programme to revamp its business processes, enhance
competitiveness, and improve customer service.

As part of the engagement, Cognizant will leverage best practices across
18 representative SGBD UK brands, identify areas of improvement, unlock
operational synergies, and define a blueprint for the future of critical

This engagement expands Cognizant's relationship with SGBD UK. It began
in 2006 when Cognizant was selected to run the accounts payable processes for
the National Payments Centre of Jewson, a subsidiary of SGBD UK.
Subsequently, Cognizant was engaged by SGBD UK for a comprehensive business
transformation initiative involving the redesign of critical business
processes. Following this process reengineering exercise, Cognizant will also
assist SGBD UK in selecting a technical platform to support SGBD UK's
financial and core business processes.

"We were impressed with Cognizant's consulting-led approach, global
engagement model, and a strong commitment to innovation and collaborative
working," said Chris Kenward, Finance Director of SGBD UK and Ireland. "We
are most satisfied by Cognizant's ability to view the business through our
eyes. In Cognizant, we have found a partner with the right capabilities to
liaise with business stakeholders across 18 representative brands and 900
branches to harmonise our business processes."

"We are delighted to partner with SGBD UK in this business transformation
initiative," said Sanjiv Gossain, Senior Vice President and Head of the UK
and Ireland Operations at Cognizant. "Leveraging our business consulting and
domain skills, combined with our delivery and automation capabilities, we are
committed to helping SGBD UK define a unified business process framework
across brands, thereby improving operational maturity, time-to-market, and
overall service levels to its customers."

About Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain is the leading international manufacturer and distributor of
construction materials, focussed on providing innovative solutions to meet
the fundamental global challenges of growth, energy and the environment
facing society today. In the UK and Ireland, some of the best known and
respected companies are part of Saint-Gobain. Together these businesses offer
an unrivalled range of products and innovative material solutions that give
architects and designers the ability to respond to the latest trends, whilst
meeting the most exacting performance and legislative standards.

Saint-Gobain's businesses form a robust, integrated supply chain partner
that has the strength and flexibility to support the most diverse range of
customer requirements. This adds up to a unique capability that can support
everything from the biggest landmark projects, such as the Emirates Stadium
and Fort Dunlop, to ongoing repair and maintenance programmes.

As well as fast, efficient access to a comprehensive range of products,
we can provide specialist technical expertise and resources. From product
specification and design, to fabrication and delivery to site or production
line, we are committed to working closely with our customers to help them get
the most out of our products and services. For more information, please visit

About Cognizant

Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology,
consulting, and business process outsourcing services. Cognizant's
single-minded passion is to dedicate our global technology and innovation
know-how, our industry expertise and worldwide resources to working together
with clients to make their businesses stronger. With over 50 global delivery
centers and more than 95,600 employees as of September 30, 2010, we combine a
unique global delivery model infused with a distinct culture of customer
satisfaction. A member of the NASDAQ-100 Index and S&P 500 Index, Cognizant
is a Forbes Global 2000 company and a member of the Fortune 1000 and is
ranked among the top information technology companies in BusinessWeek's Hot
Growth and Top 50 Performers listings. Visit us online at

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whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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