Engineering Leadership SIG - Innovations in Strategic Sourcing



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    The global economy has created the need for small and emerging growth companies to support their growth with many sourcing options – but at what cost?  Larry Carlson, Marketing Manager of Intugo, examines how innovation has created new sourcing opportunities that otherwise would not be available to entrepreneurs that need to protect Intellectual Property.  Learn why traditional outsourcing may be obsolete and how finding the right talent at reduced cost is your competitive advantage.  We will discuss when to outsource and when to consider other sourcing options. 

    Many Silicon Valley companies depend upon their sourcing processes to operationally and capitalize innovations quickly.

    Innovation in sourcing is a collaborative process where development engineering and supplier engineering need to work together to alleviate barriers to success and co-create innovative solutions to address contradictions. Areas for innovations are in designing collaboration processes, performance measures, innovations in problem solving, and developing new capabilities.  Praveen Gupta will present new and useful innovation concepts, and how could they be applied in addressing sourcing related challenges.  Praveen is the Director, Corporate Quality at Prysm, Inc.


    About the Speakers


    Larry Carlson

    Larry is the Marketing Manager for Intugo, formerly Vangtel Nearshore Solutions and leads the US based marketing and sales effort. He brings over 15 years of broad experience in all aspects of sales and marketing with a keen understanding of Strategic Sourcing, Call Center, BPO Operations and Technology.  He attended Columbia College in Chicago to pursue marketing and is continuing his education with a technology focus.


    During his tenure with Intugo, Larry has been a key factor for the company doubling its client base.  His passion for start-ups was key in the creation of Intugo’s accelerator program, an innovative sourcing solution to support small operations.  Previously, he created a start-up company called that was successfully incubated with clients that included the likes of Lucent Technologies, Grainger, Blue Cross of California, Unicare Insurance and Securitas.


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    Praveen Gupta

    Praveen is the Director, Corporate Quality at Prysm, Inc (  He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Innovation Science, and founding Director of Center for Innovation Science and Applications at The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.   Praveen is a co-editor of the recently published Global Innovation Science Handbook (McGraw Hill). 


    Praveen is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), Professional Engineer (PE), Quality Engineer (CQE), Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), and Master Business Innovator (MBI). A recipient of multiple CEO Awards at Motorola, and of the IIT Chicago Alumni Achievement Award, he was included in IIT India's Global 101 List for his contributions to innovation science.


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    Called the "Engineering School for the 21st Century" by industry and government leaders, UC Santa Cruz is the University of California for the Silicon Valley region, offering BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees in a wide range of disciplines, from CS and EE, to Robotics, Bioengineering, and Technology and Information Management.

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