Technology Forecast: 2011 Issue 2


 
Decoding Innovation's DNA

Technology Forecast: Decoding Innovation's DNA examines enterprise innovation and the role of information technology. It answers the question, is innovation the result of inscrutable, opaque genius, or can innovation be treated as an end-to-end process subject to performance optimization by adopting proven methods and systems?

The time is now ripe for organizations to develop, manage, and continually improve an end-to-end innovation process, which moves from ideas to cash. The key area for technology support is the systematization of problem solving activities, which is at the heart of how innovation happens and progresses, and idea management systems that organize and streamline the flow from ideas as they mature into products or services and ultimately business outcomes. Technologies supporting systematic methods of problem solving present the opportunity to make innovation accessible to more of the enterprise, rather than limited to those in research and development (R&D) or product development functions.

 

Can innovation be disciplined without killing it?

Yes, by implementing innovation as an end-to-end idea-to-cash process and systematizing support for problem solving.
Yes, by implementing innovation as an end-to-end idea-to-cash process and systematizing support for problem solving.
 

Powering the innovation life cycle

Several technologies help raise the innovation performance of enterprises.
Several technologies help raise the innovation performance of enterprises.
 

The strategic CIO’s new role in innovation

Innovation is the next frontier for all CIOs, and now is the time for the CIO to prepare and take action.
Innovation is the next frontier for all CIOs, and now is the time for the CIO to prepare and take action.
 

Tell us about the innovation process in your organization

 
Does your organization have an explicit and well understood end-to-end process for encouraging and progressing innovation from ideas to business impact?
 

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Driving growth with cloud computing
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Making sense of Big Data
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Managing the end-to-end process
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Unlocking hidden transformation value
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