The concept of “intrapreneurship” can be defined as taking hands-on responsibility for creating innovation within a business. That’s an excellent way to define Marc Chipouras’ role at CA.
Marc came to CA when we acquired Rally Software Development Corp., a leading provider of Agile development software and services, in 2015. At Rally, Marc was Director of Data Engineering and Analysis, with a passion for data-driven decisions. Since then, he has cofounded a company called FreshTracks.io, which is focused on making software development more efficient.
FreshTracks.io operates under the CA Accelerator umbrella, functioning like a lean start-up, where internal innovators receive support and funding to get new products into market. The Accelerator is a safe sandbox for CA intraprenuers to vet their ideas by testing hypotheses about target problems, customers and solutions, and validating the market need for their innovations.
CA Accelerator projects often leverage fast-emerging technologies and techniques that help solve customer problems in new ways, such as artificial intelligence, neural networks and deep learning; advanced analytics, including predictive/prescriptive, real-time and data analytics; and bots, the Internet of Things (IoT), and serverless architecture.
Marc says the CA Accelerator is a great place to grow innovation. “We’re given a lot of freedom to go out there and find our audience, find the problems they’re having and actually build solutions for them.” He adds that the support CA Accelerator companies receive is invaluable. “We have access to product marketing, CA Distinguished Engineers and an ‘angel board’ to help us get our job done,” he says.
We developed the CA Accelerator because we know that start-ups fail when new businesses are treated and measured like mature businesses. The Accelerator’s consistent, proven innovation framework is designed to give new projects a greater chance at success—and get them into customers’ hands as fast as possible.