Cognizant buys project management consultant PIPC

PIPC counts big Australian companies as clients

IT services company, Cognizant, has acquired global program management consultancy, PIPC Group, to expand its project management skills base.

PIPC has some 200 professionals worldwide, mainly in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Cognizant president and CEO, Francisco D’Souza, said PIPC’s program management experts will be a welcome addition to Cognizant.

“PIPC’s strategic program management offerings will strengthen our ability to manage increasingly complex global projects while expanding our geographic footprint, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and the UK,” D’Souza said.

Formed as the technology arm of the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in 1994, Cognizant offers outsourcing to India and other geographies. The company has more than 50 global delivery centres and about 85,500 employees.

PIPC group managing director, Simon Rawling, said the two organisations have the right cultural fit and together can “drive business transformation initiatives that combine high-quality consulting, IT, and business process outsourcing services with our advanced project management offerings”.

PIPC counts several Australian companies in its client base, including big names such as AMP, ANZ bank, AusPost, Optus and the Commonwealth Bank.

A list of PIPC clients, which will all be integrated into Cognizant, is available on its Web site.

Formed in 1992, PIPC’s services range from managing merger and acquisition integration to software implementations.