Ben Pring co-leads Cognizant's Future of Work Center and came to Cognizant in September 2011 after spending the previous 15 years with Gartner as a senior industry analyst researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing and Global Sourcing. Prior to Gartner Ben worked for a number of consulting companies including Coopers and Lybrand. things "Cloud"; he wrote the industry's first research notes on Cloud Computing (in 1997!), on Salesforce.com (in 2001) and became well known in the IT industry for providing predictions of the nature and velocity of the change that would impact everyone as the paradigm shifted again and Cloud Computing become the foundation for the next wave of competition in global IT. Ben was also heavily involved in tracking
talent from outside western markets and the impact that globalization would have on business and IT strategies for organizations of all types. Ben's expertise in helping clients see around corners, think the unthinkable and calculate the compound annual growth rate of unintended consequences has brought him to Cognizant where his charter is to research and analyze how clients can leverage the incredibly powerful new opportunities that are being created as new technologies make computing power more pervasive, more affordable and more important than ever before. Now based near Boston, MA, Ben graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University in the UK where he grew up.
Based in Washington, DC, Paul is Cognizant's AVP of Strategy for next-generation business solutions. He is responsible for developing direction, service offerings, go-to-market programs, alliances, and business development for key strategic accounts. Paul is an acclaimed industry thought leader, analyst, and practitioner in business technology services globally. In addition to authoring dozens of articles on sourcing topics, he has advised on and participated in transactions worth billions in total contract value. Paul is also a frequent presenter at industry events, and he's regularly quoted in mainstream and industry publications such as Business Week, The Economic Times (India), CIO Strategy Center, Global Services, Computerworld, and many others.
Prior to joining Cognizant, Paul was a principal analyst at Forrester Research where he conducted research and advised senior IT leadership from Fortune 500 firms and government agencies on a broad range of outsourcing topics including sourcing strategy, trends, and best practices. In 2008 Paul was named one of the top services analysts globally by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations. Paul also held key positions in planning, negotiation, and successful global program implementation for customers from a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, federal government, and telecommunications for Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer Corporation. He has robust experience leading enterprise improvement programs including organizational development, process engineering, communications, and instructional development. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida and graduate degrees from Syracuse University. His doctoral research was on decision-making related to quality improvement in organizations.