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IT’s role as an innovator – don’t surprise the business – but you can soften them up

IT Tenderizer.jpgRecently I was reading an article in Business Computing World UK titled: Driving Innovation: Starting With the IT Department. The article echoes many of the perspectives I’ve been writing about: there are new waves of technology that IT organizations need to use to educate and enable the business.

 

“Those able to truly embrace these advancements have been able to create entirely new markets, overtaking large and well established competitors. Amazon, Salesforce and Twitter are just some of the powerful players that have risen to prominence after their innovative use of digital strategy.”

 

“Most businesses are aware that the key to this is obtaining data. But it is how data is used that makes the difference between success and failure. Data alone is meaningless”. It needs to be used to describe the context of the situation or the decision that needs to be made. I’ve mentioned before example of where derived behavior data can be used to help treat disease.

 

The article ends by stating:

“The answer is not throwing the most recent or most cost-effective solution at a problem, but identifying the most intelligent way forward. It’s not possible for one department or individual to ‘do’ innovation, so while the IT department should be the first port of call for identifying these innovations, it must be the responsibility of the organisation as a whole.”

 

IT organizations need to educate the business, as much as perform the role of innovator. The businesses need to be tenderized about the possibilities, long before they will accept them as part of a business critical, goal-oriented approach. If we spring the technology on them and say “surprise, we have a solution”, it usually doesn’t work out as well as we planned.

 

It gets back to the basics of understanding the business strategies, the various options of technology application and their ability to generate value. Inform the leadership, so they can select among options and feel they can own the approach and the results. 

Comments
IT Support Essex(anon) | ‎10-11-2013 08:37 AM

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