Innovation is the future of IT, but is innovation really happening? Let us look at one segment of IT: security. The RSA Conference hosts an annual Innovation Sandbox. The winner can claim to be the most innovative security company that participated in the contest. This year, there was a wide mix of companies.
Look to your left, look to your right: there is a good chance that of the companies to either side of you, one will not be around ten to fifteen years from now. This was the statement made by Pat Gelsinger during VMworld’s day two general session that really caught my attention. For me personally, it brought on a flashback from my college days. On the first day of class, an instructor started his lecture with a similar statement: look to your left and look to your right—many of the people you are looking at will not be here at the end of the semester. According to Pat Gelsinger, that thought process has moved into the ever-changing world of corporate IT.
I start my day, every day, with what I call a daily news briefing. I first read the daily newspapers, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. During my daily news briefing last Saturday (July 25th), I was captivated by an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Saturday Edition titled, “Silicon Valley Survivor“. This piece was on one of this industry’s CEOs that I admire and respect highly for his insight into the long-term direction of the industry; John Chambers of Cisco Systems. Continue reading Cisco Uses Change and Innovation To Capture Marketshare
In a recent discussion with a group of executives, I stated “these are very tough times, but the technology is there to be revolutionary and make great things happen for the business. I told them that they just need to be that revolutionary person to drive change.” I’ve had a couple of comments online and more offline directly to me around innovation. I wanted to share some of my thoughts on being innovative and some things that you can do to help push the “innovation envelope” and create a dynamic IT environment. Continue reading Creating A Dynamic IT Environment