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Posted by Christopher Andrews on March 18, 2010
In my recent interviews with IT services providers on the topic of innovation, one of the key findings was the many different ways in which innovation can be categorized. Some companies view innovation as simply an extension of their traditional R&D capabilities, others view their innovation as a way to prove their thought leadership, still others view innovation largely as a strategic marketing imperative. Sometimes, it’s a combination of these factors.
One interview that stood out was with Lem Lasher, the Chief Innovation Officer (and Global Business Services President) at CSC, who described to me a deep and holistic approach to transforming CSC’s innovation capabilities. Three things that stood out at me about Lem’s approach:
I’ve followed CSC for a number of years now, and have not previously viewed them as a major innovator – but that view is changing. I am seeing executives at CSC leading with more a forward- thinking approach to tech industry trends and disruptions, which I think is a good sign for the company’s ability to bring innovation to clients.
If you’re a sourcing professional with a relationship to CSC, you should talk to the company about what it can do to bolster your innovation potential. You may be surprised at the strength of CSC’s capabilities.
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