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Cognizant looking to hire 500 sales execs to boost digital ops; Cisco to help SMBs adopt digital solutions

Cognizant looking to hire 500 sales execs to boost digital ops; Cisco to help SMBs adopt digital solutions
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Information technology services company Cognizant wants to hire 500 digital sales executives. Cisco to offer cloud-based services to small and medium businesses. 

Cognizant plans to hire 500 sales execs to boost digital ops

New Jersey-based information technology services company Cognizant Technology Solutions plans to hire 500 sales executives to boost sales of its digital services, The Economic Times reported. 

Cognizant might be looking to hire sales personnel from other major players like Tata Consultancy Services, IBM, Wipro and Tech Mahindra, the report said. 

The plans come in the wake of recent layoffs at Cognizant at the mid- and top-tier to cut costs. 

Despite a slew of layoffs, Cognizant recently hired tech talent from IT companies such as Mphasis and CenturyLink to bolster its digital services. 

Cisco to help SMBs adopt digital solutions

California-based networking technology giant Cisco Systems has set itself the target of communicating with 25 small- and medium businesses (SMBs) daily to aid them in digital adoption, The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported.

Cisco has set up a separate vertical globally to facilitate the initiative, the report said.

The networking technology giant aims to offer its cloud-based services, particularly its Meraki line of services, that facilitates enterprise and security solutions on the cloud to SMBs. 

A top company executive told IANS that 30% of Cisco’s business in India comes from SMBs. 

In June, Cisco had said that it was planning to roll out more artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions within its network to help firms analyse networks and troubleshoot problems. 

IBM, Mangalore University set up students training facility

Mangalore University (MU) and technology giant IBM have tied up to set up a centre of excellence to impart training in frontier technologies, The Economic Times reported. 

As per the collaboration, students of MU will be educated in areas such as internet-of-things (IoT), data analytics and cybersecurity at the university's Mangalagothri campus in Konaje. 

The centre of excellence aims to impart learning that will help students secure employment, the report said.

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