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Has everything been invented?

invention.pngI’ve heard it from a few sources since the consumer electronics show :

“I'm starting to get that feeling that everything worthwhile has already been invented?”

It seemed like a few people thought it was full of incremental innovation and nothing that really moved them.

 

My response was:

“You get that feeling right before your world is about to be turned upside-down.”

 

Since the end of the .com era, it hasn’t been cool to be Tech. It seemed to be a badge of honor for some people to claim that they were “not technical”. With the advent of big data, cloud and most importantly consumerization – Tech may have become cool again. Execs want the newest gear… and have this feeling of being behind the curve.

 

Many IT organizations responded was a mix of confusion and fear.

 

One of the big trends for 2013 will be that IT organizations attempt to get 'off the back of their heels' and their focus on operational excellence, instead shifting to lean into innovation and business value delivery. Unfortunately, that kind of shift is nearly impossible. Organizations need a plan for the future, so they can get the future they want as opposed to the one they just get. First they have to listen to the business more and start being a “servant leader” for the organization. Once the business is comfortable with that, then they can move into being a thought leader.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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