Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

Cloud integration – a new platform for innovation

Cloud integration is the “third era” of IT according to Mike Nefkens, EVP of Enterprise Services at HP, in this article, How a garage-based start-up is once again redefining the way companies do business.  The agility of a Cloud based infrastructure positions enterprises to deliver on the demands of the digital customer in this new era.  Nefkens takes the example of airlines where disparate applications for reservations, baggage and flight operations do not interact with each other when there is a crisis that demands instant response.  Transforming these applications to the cloud enables seamless integration thereby driving a timely response to the customer. But, are such intersections of different domains just integrations – or can they be new platforms for innovation? Let us see.

Back to the Future of Innovation at HP Discover

HP Discover Innovation Theater sessions have always made me wonder what it takes for innovative concepts to unravel in the human brain.  Back in 1957, Issac Asimov explained that the confluence of intersecting thoughts triggers new creative ideas (thanks to Arthur Obermayer for sharing this in the MIT Technology Review).  This might explain how the intersecting perspectives of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard gave birth to Silicon Valley in the HP Garage while at the crossroads of simplicity and entrepreneurship.  Join me as I explore HP Discover Barcelona to check out the future of innovation.

HP Garage – The crossroads of simplicity and entrepreneurship

I was in the Silicon Valley recently, and happened to visit the offices of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, in the building that is now HP Labs. If you tip-toe behind Bill’s desk and put your hand on his chair, you feel inspired with an urge to aim high and achieve bigger and better things. On the desk, I saw a simple writing pad with his own handwriting (a dying art today), and a piece of paper where history was made. The simplicity of the office was a striking contrast to the aura of entrepreneurship that one could feel just standing in the room.

Leading with innovation to drive the New Style of IT at HP Discover

I recently read an article about Van Phillips who asked a seemingly simple question, "What if we use a C-shape?" to forever change the way prosthetics are built. The article refers to Warren Berger's book A More Beautiful Question. In the book, Berger describes “The Power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas,” reasoning that a cycle of Why / What if / How can guide us through the process of innovative questioning. This new style of questioning is a must for the leading innovation required by the New Style of IT.

A brave new world of 35 innovations

Innovation is creativity applied with passion to disrupt our quality of life for the better – a definition that I applied to the Top 35 under 35 innovations published by MIT Tech Review. Doing so, I realized that these innovations can make it a greener, predictable, healthier, exciting, secure world for us to live in overall. Join me as I envision how these innovations change our life for the better (innovators referenced in parentheses).

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