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.
One of my fellow HP bloggers, Tom Hall, posed a question on my 200th Blog Post concerning how I use technology to increase productivity. Hall’s question led me to reflect upon my attempts to use technology to make not only myself, but also the people I work with, be more productive. The measures that have worked (and continue to yield sustainable, long-term returns) are those that stick to the basic principles of knowledge management and collaboration in today’s globalized environment.