AstraZeneca CIO David Smoley has consolidated the pharmaceutical giant’s key technology and IT partners, which has helped solve real business problems by understanding customer needs.
“We went through all of our procurement contracts, all the agreements we had with software and hardware vendors and service providers,” says Smoley.
“It wasn’t about cost-cutting, it was about prioritising relationships which were strategic, dynamic and helpful as opposed to others that were pure buy-and-sell, or kind of walk-away relationships.
“I think there are a number of companies that we work well with and I think at this point most of the successful companies are coming around and getting on board.
“Then emphasising those partnerships, which led to more creative thinking, to more creative and innovative solutions.”
He also works with startups to add innovation to the company.
“We are really trying to tap into the startup community,” he says. “We are working with many companies that didn’t exist five years ago, who typically have developed their products with only cloud, mobile and usability in mind.”
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