At HP Discover 2012 in Frankfurt, HP Fellow Chandrakant Patel provided a preview of 30 minutes in 2020 — an experience I related in a two-part post on People and Planet followed by Petadata and Profit. These sessions provided a foundation to my thoughts on what CIOs can do to innovate the planet by 2020. Innovation is part of the bloodstream at HP Discover. I find myself reviewing my experience attending HP Discover 2012 in Las Vegas, and recollect the innovations that have crossed my radar in the past year. I am excited that I will actually get to see and experience some of these innovations at this year’s conference.
Enterprises need to constantly innovate with a business purpose to realize tangible improvements to our quality of life. The need for competitive differentiation requires enterprises to creatively apply human mind-power to the most challenging problems they face. The human brain has a way to dissect problems and come up with effective solutions within a particular domain. Innovative thinking is stimulated when the brain is used to apply these very techniques in other domains. Such applications are, in effect, artistic ways of triggering innovative thinking. To put it simply: They are practicing the Art of Innovation.
While on vacation, I briefly discussed innovation with my college-going niece, Kavita. She was simply fascinated by the glasses-free, portable 3D display technology discussed by Katherine Bourzac in the MIT Technology Review. What followed was a dialog on what innovation really means. I found her perspective interesting. Kavita just might represent the next generation of innovators. Because she specializes in commerce, her view of innovation isn’t tainted by the urge to have a scientific marvel be a defining characteristic.
CIOs have to take the right steps today to innovate the planet by 2020. These steps include strategic investments in the emerging technologies of today, and research in the technologies of tomorrow. Innovation is creativity applied. While emerging technological paradigms provide a fertile ground for the application of creativity, innovation can (and should) happen even in the elementary techniques used today. Innovation must be part of the bloodstream of the core competencies within an enterprise.
“People, Profit, Planet and Petadata.” These were the intriguing words with which HP Senior Fellow, Chandrakant Patel ended his track keynote session at HP Discover in Frankfurt. He made this comment in the final moments of his session on where HP Labs is headed in 2020. I began to think about how those four words tied back to the content he shared. In this two-part series, I will first discuss how Patel addressed People and Planet and then follow up with a discussion on how he addressed Profit and Petadata in his session 30 minutes in 2020 – A glimpse into the future at HP Labs.