Ponnampalam Selected for Leading the Development of Innovation Contest among Sapient Global Market’s Global Workforce
Sapient Global Markets is pleased to announce that Anandha Ponnampalam, Director of Programme Management, has received the Microsoft Dynamics Change Ambassadors ‘No Boundaries’ Award.
Managed by The Economist Intelligent Unit and sponsored by Microsoft Dynamics, the awards were designed to recognize individuals who, through their skills, efforts and vision, have successfully instituted change initiatives in their organization. Award categories include: Marketing, People and culture, Technology, Finance and No Boundaries.
Ponnampalam was selected as the award winner for the “No Boundaries” category, which recognizes the successful execution of a change initiative that helps a company successfully expand into a new market or raises the company’s awareness of the market environment in general.
Ponnampalam won the award for leading the development and implementation of Sapient Global Markets’ internal innovation program. The program was an open contest for all Sapient Global Markets employees, designed to solicit the best ideas from within the organization. The winning ideas would then receive investments from the company in order to bring those solutions to the market.
The innovation contest generated over 180 team submissions, three of which were selected by Sapient Global Markets as viable business opportunities. The company is now investing resources in these three winning ideas and plans to bring a client offering for each to the market in 2013. More than 20 percent of the company’s employees participated in team submissions, and 98 percent of the participants requested the program be held on an annual basis.
“I am honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious award,” said Anandha Ponnampalam. “The program was designed to shake loose the brilliant ideas that our people put into action on a daily basis, and in doing so, create additional value for clients through innovative thinking. I’m proud to say that we have implemented our program successfully, and I’m very pleased to have the chance to continue pushing it forward.”
Chip Register, Head of Sapient Global Markets, added: “The program initiated by Anandha has allowed us tap into a huge, underutilized asset—our intelligent and highly immersed consultants understand the dynamics of the market and work very closely with our clients on a daily basis. The impacts of this program are substantial from every angle but most notably in the advancement of our business strategy and the professional development of our people.”