• CIO wannabes told to think outside the box

    Posted June 21, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    IT workers who want to be a CIO need to think outside the box -- like pushing for staff to spend 10% of their time working on something other than operational tasks, according to advice at a recent CIO conference.
  • 8 innovation lessons you won't learn from Steve Jobs

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Sure, Steve Jobs has created products we all love. But his method of creating products without his customers' input won't work for most businesses, especially B2B suppliers. Read on to learn how you can create Steve Jobs-quality products with a high likelihood that your customers will buy them.
  • Facebook's CIO shares IT innovation successes and failures

    Posted June 2, 2011 - 11:18 am

    Roam the open, warehouse-style headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, Calif., and you'll see posters on nearly every wall encouraging innovation. One in particular reads, "Move fast and break things"--a principle that Facebook CIO Tim Campos says is core to the success of his 65-person IT team.
  • Gartner thinks you should play more games at work

    Posted May 6, 2011 - 12:00 am

    Gartner predicts half of all organizations responsible for innovation will use "gamification" as a way to encourage fresh ideas and teamwork. What the heck,it worked on the playground.
  • Shocking study shows schism between mainstream and "Mac" users

    Posted April 26, 2011 - 11:54 am

    "Mac" users promote their own agenda of complex coffee drinks, silly clothing choices and a dangerous tendency toward technical innovation no good PC user should tolerate.
  • Make IT innovation everyone’s job

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    How JetBlue's CIO instills a culture of innovation throughout his IT organization.
  • Apotheker puts the hurt on Hurd (indirectly, anyway)

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 6:56 pm

    He doesn't come right out and say it, but Leo Apotheker thinks former Hewlett Packard CEO Mark Hurd left him a fine mess to clean up.
  • CIOs: 5 issues to win your CEO's attention

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    Some CIOs complain that IT department performance and project status dominate discussions with the CEO. If you want to change the conversation to IT's role in innovation and strategy, consider these five issues, advises Chris Curran.
  • Meet Google's human search engine for innovation

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    As developer advocate at Google, Don Dodge treks across the country looking for innovative startups that Google can help make successful.
  • Cultural barriers stymie IT-led innovation

    Posted February 21, 2011 - 8:42 am

    The IT department won't be able to lead business innovation projects if it has a bad reputation, says CA evangelist Steve Romero.
  • 5 innovation opportunities for CIOs in 2011

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Most of the CIOs I speak with are looking at the year ahead as an opportunity to drive innovation within their organizations, usually by automating back office activities. That's a good place to start. But the most aggressive are looking beyond running the IT shop more efficiently and effectively; they're also experimenting with new technologies that can increase profitability, improve competitiveness and attract new customers. We call them ambidextrous innovators.
  • Facing the wrong question on Jobs' absence from Apple

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 11:11 am

    If Steve Jobs really is a great CEO, he's already figured out how to get Apple to keep up the flow of innovation even without him. If not...
  • Student-made device could bring clean water to the world

    Posted December 29, 2010 - 10:12 am

    Students at the University of Washington invent a device to measure the purification level of water.
  • The new future: Is it innovation, intrusion, or just plain eerie?

    Posted December 23, 2010 - 10:59 am

    IBM's vision of the future gives me pause and reminds me that progress is a mixed bag.
  • How to restart innovation

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    Reinvest in R&D
  • U.S. tech lead at risk, says Obama's top scientist

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Nobel Prize winner and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Tuesday bluntly warned that the U.S. is in danger of losing its leadership in the development and export of high technology products.
  • IT innovation: How to avoid being a one-hit wonder

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    There were no big brainstorming sessions, rah-rah team meetings or executive committees convened to devise a plan to drive FiOS TV customers away from using call centers in favor of self-service ordering, the more cost-effective option.
  • Innovation means risk, CIOs warned: 'Get over it'

    Posted November 12, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    Chief information officers should be leading the charge to adopt innovative social media if their organizations aren't leveraging the technology, a Canadian IT professor has told an audience of CIOs.
  • Gartner warns of emerging 'super vendors'

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    Gartner analysts warned users that the growing merger and acquisition activity among large vendors could help stifle technology innovation.
  • Oracle: Businesses should use datacenter cost savings

    Posted September 30, 2010 - 10:52 am

    Opportunities for innovation are being opened up as organizations consolidate as a result of the downturn, Oracle says.
  • Xerox PARC turns 40: Marking four decades of IT innovations

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    For 40 years, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (commonly called Xerox PARC, now just PARC) has been a place of technological creativity and bold ideas. The inventions it has spawned, from Ethernet networking to laser printing and the graphical user interface (GUI), have led to myriad technologies that allow us to use computers in ways that we take for granted today.
  • Count on tech companies to dodge anti-poaching bullet from DoJ

    Posted September 17, 2010 - 2:41 pm

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Smart technology scouting – Part 2

    Posted August 12, 2010 - 8:35 am

    Finding "potentially interesting" technologies is easy. Finding great business opportunities is not.
  • 3 Ways Sourcing Pros Can Serve An Innovation Agenda

    Posted August 11, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    As the economic downturn begins to loosen its grip, many organizations are moving away from cost cutting and toward innovation and growth. The CEOs behind these strategic decisions recognize that in a business environment characterized by higher levels of uncertainty and risk, the ability to generate and sustain innovation programs will be a crucial element of long-term differentiation and growth. Despite this executive-level focus, however, Forrester has found that corporate leadership often lacks the strategy and tools to support a comprehensive innovation agenda.
  • Smart technology scouting – Part 1

    Posted August 5, 2010 - 8:03 am

    Innovation is a tricky thing. If a technology scouting team's "find" mandate is too narrow, you're likely to miss valuable options. If it's too broad, you end up exploring too many options that are never going to fly. In addition to technical needs, smart technology scouts should consider these two factors: organizational capacity to absorb external options and the expected time horizon for investment.
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