Cognizant has opened its first location in Latvia’s capital city, Riga. The centre will support clients, among them Swedish Tele2, in transforming business, operating and technology models for the digital era.
Clients in the Nordics will now have access to a 300 people strong team of experts with rich industry and technology expertise as they design and implement their digital transformation projects. The first client working with Cognizant experts in the new center is Tele2, one of Europe’s fastest-growing telecom operators. Over time, Cognizant plans to establish the Riga facility as a Centre of Excellence for telecom customers in Europe.
“Riga is central to a number of our industry-leading clients, and a strong source of IT and digital skills talent,” said Santosh Thomas, President, Global Growth Markets, Cognizant. “It is a good location for Cognizant due to its proximity to Northern Europe, strong academic community, and the possibility to leverage our association with Tele 2, and overall telecom sector expertise, with a broader base of clients. Cognizant has been recognized as a Top Employer across a number of countries in Europe this year, and we are proud to be expanding our presence to Riga and offering a source of high-quality jobs in the area – as well as providing more robust, localized resources to better accommodate our clients’ needs as they transform their businesses for success in the digital economy.”
As part of its new presence in Riga, Cognizant also plans to support education initiatives that will help prepare students for careers in the digital economy. Among the first initiatives will be a monthly program providing opportunities for children age seven to twelve to discover and practice coding in fun and innovative ways.
Read the press release here.