Charles Onstott is the SVP and Chief Technology Officer for SAIC. He is responsible for driving SAIC’s technology strategy which emphasizes development of solutions and strategic alliances across a broad portfolio of technology capabilities, including information technology, training and simulation, advanced analytics, hardware and platform integration, and logistics and supply chain. He oversees SAIC’s research and development, strategic alliances, product management capabilities, and the SAIC Fellows Program. During his 25 years in the technology industry, Onstott has been a successful innovator and served in many capacities, including technical leadership, general management, and executive roles.
Prior to his role as SAIC’s CTO, Onstott was an SVP and Service Line Manager for SAIC’s services in key emerging technologies, Cloud, Cyber and Data Science. Under his leadership SAIC significantly grew its capabilities and revenues in these services, including expanding SAIC’s cyber practice in to new areas and customers, significantly growing SAIC’s cloud computing business across an array of customer markets, and leading the development of SAIC’s capabilities in Data Science and analytics. Onstott drove the productizing of many of SAIC’s services in these areas in order accelerate growth and to provide more effective services to customers. In his current capacity of CTO, he is leading the adoption of this approach across SAIC’s entire portfolio.
Early in his career, he was the Chief Technologist for SAIC’s Integrated Services Management Center (ISMC) which was SAIC’s most successful IT service delivery organization. He was responsible for overall technology leadership as well as program portfolio management. He has developed IT infrastructure solutions that support more than 400,000 users worldwide in multiple industries with a focus on Federal Civilian agencies and DoD. He has managed numerous IT service and data center consolidation projects, IT service transition projects, and IT operations programs. These projects produced significant cost savings in systems development and maintenance while improving overall customer satisfaction.
As an early advocate for cloud computing, Onstott was on the forefront of developing SAIC’s capabilities in cloud computing, including providing executive oversight in 2011 for SAIC’s implementation of its own Enterprise Private Cloud. Onstott was instrumental in packaging the solution and methodology for helping SAIC’s customers in their own journeys to cloud computing. In 2013, he established SAIC’s Enterprise Solutions Lab which is a hybrid cloud used for research and development and is a cloud computing center of excellence. More recently, he has been focused on developing SAIC’s capabilities in X as a Service delivery.
Onstott has long been fascinated by the American experience of living at the intersection of advanced technology, rapid innovation, and a generally religious culture. He has two teenagers who help him stay on top of bleeding-edge technology and challenge his thinking on privacy issues. In his spare time, he works hard not to come in last place in Mountain Bike endurance races.