Could CSC appointments be a new era in the UK for a sleeping giant?

CSC is a big player in IT services yet I don’t hear that much about them. It is a company that has been shrouded in controversy due to its failed NHS contract.

CSC wrote off the entire $1.5bn it had invested in the troubled National Programme for IT (NPfIT), which it had a contract to provide electronic patient records systems. A project which was troubled by a series of missed milestones.

I must admit I don’t speak to CSC much and despite its size it doesn’t seem to be that focused on the UK. That could be about to change as it looks like it is shaking up its UK team.

Sanjiv Gossain, who was up until recently UK managing director at Cognizant, is now heading up CSC in the UK. Gossain had been at Cognizant for many years and successfully build up its UK business.

By chance I heard that another contact of mine, Tridip Saha, who was UK head at Indian tier two supplier Mindtree is also joining CSC. Mindtree are an interesting company and have been growing really quickly.

I think Mindtree and Cognizant are two companies that really set but what they were going to do and stuck to it. They are also two companies that seemed to harness everything new in IT.

Perhaps this might help CSC in the UK. Although it undoubtedly has the resources and skills to succeed in the UK did it black leadership?

Outsourcing consultant Jean Louise Bravard, said CSC has been known for deals such as managed datacenters and large application builds. He said failures such as the NHS have damaged its reputation in the UK. “From what I hear it is doing pretty well in the US but it retrenched in the UK and decimated the team last year.”

“The idea to bring in a new team to reinvent themselves in the UK is a good idea.”