With 14,000 employees and a work portfolio stretching across sectors such as defense, intelligence, and healthcare, government solutions provider Perspecta undoubtedly qualifies as a major corporation. And, just as with all big enterprises, keeping up with the latest business and technology trends is key to Perspecta’s ability to maintain its position as a market leader. That was why the company sent a team from its C-suite on a two-day Silicon Valley Innovation Center executive immersion program. The Perspecta group’s learning priorities for the program covered three areas, namely:
- Artificial intelligence
- Startup collaboration
Perspecta focused on these three domains in order to meet its goal of discovering Silicon Valley partners and innovations beneficial to the company’s business and which could protect that business from disruption in future.
To help Perspecta achieve that goal, SVIC connected Perspecta’s executives to organizations that provided education and inspiration in each of the executives’ areas of interest.
Blending Artificial and Human Intelligence
To learn about current and upcoming business applications of artificial intelligence, SVIC arranged meetings for Perspecta with Iprova and IBM. The former is an early-stage company that provides its clients with a stream of inventions that can then be taken to market as new products and services. Key to Iprova’s offering are artificial intelligence and machine learning. During a presentation, working lunch and Q&A with the startup’s director of global business development, the Perspecta team found out the details of how Iprova is using those technologies to offer its unique services to customers such as Phillips.
Perspecta’s executives gained further insights into the present and future of artificial intelligence during a visit to IBM’s Silicon Valley Innovation Lab. Here, program participants learned about artificial intelligence-related work currently being undertaken at IBM, such as the development of computer vision tools. These machine learning platforms autonomously tag and classify visual content; an innovation with applications in industries as varied as advertising, retail and mining. Click here to watch an interview with board director, technology expert and SVIC speaker Ed Fernandez to learn more about emerging use cases of artificial intelligence.
Cybersecurity in a Digital World
As with the majority of corporations in today’s highly digitized business environment, for Perspecta cybersecurity is another priority. The company’s interest in the topic comes not only from a need to learn how to protect its systems from threats. It also stems from a desire to ensure the cybersecurity arm of its own business remains current with the latest trends and technologies.
To provide Perspecta’s executives with a complete understanding of innovation within cybersecurity SVIC connected them to both a startup and an incumbent operating in the sector.
First, the Perspecta team met Proofpoint, a cybersecurity firm in business since 2002. At this meeting with one of the company’s vice-presidents, the Perspecta executives learned the processes and practices Proofpoint has employed to become the security provider of choice to more than half of the Fortune 100. Attendees also had their questions answered on how Proofpoint has managed to successfully make the transition to digital by embracing cloud technologies and software as a service.
Perspecta’s second meeting on cybersecurity was with early-stage company enSilo. Here, during a presentation and discussion with the startup’s CEO, the Perspecta team heard how enSilo was able to break into, and disrupt, the cybersecurity market. Perspecta’s executives also gained insight into how enSilo’s working practices and use of emerging technologies help it maintain a corporate culture that encourages innovation.
Deepening Ties with the Innovation Ecosystem
Alongside artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, startup collaboration was another topic Perspecta’s executives wanted to learn about. In this respect they experienced no shortage of information and inspiration, with each meeting on their program – be it with an early-stage company, innovation lab or legacy enterprise – providing deeper knowledge and a new perspective on the subject. The team learned the key frameworks for how startups can work with corporations including corporate venture capital, incubation, partnership and acquisition.
Perspecta’s two-day immersion came to a close with a hands-on workshop with SVIC on corporate innovation. This session gave the team a chance to put into practice everything they had learned during the program. It also provided executives with a blueprint for how they could turn the insights gained in Silicon Valley into long-term value for Perspecta.
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