Plano, TX – September 09, 2013 – NTT DATA, Inc., a leading IT services provider, today announced that it has ranked again on this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual list of the top technology innovators in the U.S.  Marking the company’s eighth consecutive year on the list, NTT DATA was recognized for its NTT DATA Samurai LeadershipTM career development tool, using gamification, artificial intelligence, online simulations and collaboration to provide immersive experiences for training. The full list can be found at


“Developing creative and effective leaders is imperative to maintaining our competitive advantage,” said Imran Sayeed, Chief Technology Officer of NTT DATA, Inc. “The Samurai Leadership program helps chart a clear and accessible career path for people who are striving to grow personally and professionally. Gamification is proving to be one of the most effective means for career development because it cuts across geographies, divisions and seniority levels. It has the added benefit of being fun, of course, too.”

Samurai Leadership immerses employees in a digital Samurai world, teaching leadership skills required to advance within the organization. The game has generated upwards of 300 new product and service improvement ideas, resulting in increased revenue and cost savings for clients. NTT DATA has also leveraged gamification with clients to solve similar professional development challenges as well as driving business efficiencies, customer loyalty, sales enablement, relationship management, and data validation.

“The theme of this year's InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It's a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer-focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "Every enterprise is now a digital business — or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way.”

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best‐known organizations in the country. Past overall winners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con‐Way, and Principal Financial Group. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.

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NOTE: Samurai Leadership is a trademark of NTT DATA, Inc.

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NTT DATA Services partners with clients to navigate and simplify the modern complexities of business and technology, delivering the insights, solutions and outcomes that matter most. We deliver tangible business results by combining deep industry expertise with applied innovations in digital, cloud and automation across a comprehensive portfolio of consulting, application, infrastructure and business process outsourcing services.

NTT DATA Services, headquartered in Plano, Texas, is a division of NTT DATA Corporation, a top 10 global business and IT services provider with 100,000+ professionals in more than 50 countries, and NTT Group, a partner to 85 percent of the Fortune 100.

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