Christopher Copeland, managing director and chief technology officer (CTO) of Accenture Federal Services (AFS), and Kyle Michl, chief innovation officer (CINO) and the defense technology account lead with AFS, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding their new roles with the company, as well as where AFS will expand its offerings moving forward.
In the Q&A session, Copeland addressed how to advance technology solutions to keep up with the pace of change and common challenges that customers face.
Copeland also discussed how to develop and maintain an ecosystem of partners. AFS has worked to partner across multiple domain areas, such as cloud, cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and DevSecOps.
“Throughout my career, I have looked to work with partners to craft solutions that are unique to our federal customers and their specific mission outcomes… Those ecosystems and relationships with our partners are a key focus area for me,” Copeland told ExecutiveBiz.
During Michl’s interview, he reviewed the common challenges he sees and what he’s looking forward to in his new role announced in Sept. 2020.
He also discussed how AFS has driven innovation across the company and throughout the marketplace. In AFS’ Technology Vision 2020, the company refers to “innovation DNA,” which advances a company’s products and services.
The velocity at which change is occurring, from a technology perspective, means that our customers need to have that innovation in their DNA, and they need to have that innovation culture, so that a department or agency can truly take advantage and deliver that mission value,” Michl said during his Executive Spotlight.