This report by Cognizant explores IT that matters in the new machines age which prioritizes cyber-security, innovation, time-to-market and customer experience over cost-cutting.

As traditional businesses adapt to the realities of the new machines age - breathless time to market, intelligently enhanced everything, meaningful and personalized experiences - the implications for IT have been profound. It is no exaggeration to say that the core differentiation for a successful business today rests on the readiness of its IT infrastructure - and that an inflexible, sluggish, inefficient infrastructure poses a bigger competitive threat than any ingenious start-up or disruptive market force.

While the legacy IT industry of servers, databases and cables is still important, it has essentially become a utility, taking a backseat to the need for an agile, flexible and quickly scalable technology foundation to drive business.

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