What is innovation?

Harold Jarche

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people. “An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations.” An Innovation Process?

Cynefin St David’s Day 2019 (3 of 5)

Dave Snowden

It requires boundaries to project it and it is always in danger of collapse in either direction so careful maintenance and frequent scanning are needed – this is a high energy requirement but powerful for innovation and distributed decision making using wisdom of crowds methods in products such as MassSense, The boundary between chaotic and obvious is not liminal as there is no transition it is sudden.

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Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation has been a hot topic for the past few decades. Companies all over the world have integrated innovation into their overall strategies and marketing campaigns. Nations and regions have launched innovation initiatives in an attempt to attract such companies and their accompanying well-paying jobs. But, as I have learned over my long career , managing innovation initiatives is actually quite hard, much harder than it may at first appear.

The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Now in its third year, the 2019 AI Index Report was released this past December. So was the associated 2019 AI Index Data , which includes three times as many data sets as the 2018 edition. As a result, “the time required to train a large image classification system on cloud infrastructure has fallen from about three hours in October 2017 to about 88 seconds in July, 2019.

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Xyleme Named to 2019 Training Industry Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies List

Xyleme

Raleigh, NC – February 7, 2019 – Training Industry today announced that Xyleme has been selected as part of the 2019 Top Training Companies lists for the Authoring Tools sector of the learning and development market. Xyleme is the Learning Content Management System (LCMS) of choice for the visionaries who are looking for innovative ways to change the way learning is created and delivered. View the 2019 Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies.

Once Lumbering, Now Innovative Incumbents Hit Their Stride

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Even in industries where competitive concentration is increasing, innovation hasn’t – as would be expected – flatlined.”. They’ve outperformed their peers in financial results and innovation over the past three years. Collaboration across institutions and industries is increasingly viewed as the surest path to innovation. “Ecosystems are shifting the balance further away from top-down control and toward autonomy.

ATD 2019: Oprah, Seth Godin & “Causing a Ruckus” in Training & Development

Xyleme

ATD 2019 is officially in the books, and attendees walked away from this year’s event with a wealth of actionable tips as well as big picture ideas about the future of Training and Development. As the industry’s leading LCMS provider, we’ve been helping our customers innovate and challenge the status quo since 2004. We look forward to helping you drive innovation at your organization.

Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We can see where are we going to further innovate and further invest for future solutions. Artificial Intelligence Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and StrategyIn the waterfall development model , a project is broken down into a set of sequential phases, - e.g., conception, analysis, design, construction, testing, deployment, maintenance, - each dependent on the completion of the previous phase.

Separated by a common language?

Dave Snowden

It is also worth reading the 2019 St David’s Day series of five posts which provided an update on Cynefin. In Cynefin the accidental collapse into chaos is catastrophic and requires dramatic action to recover, but there is also a positive aspect namely the deliberate removal of effective constraints for innovation and distributed decision support.

The State of AI in the Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

More respondents viewed AI as enhancing innovation-related activities that reducing headcount. “Free workers to be more creative” was cited by 31% of respondents, “create new products” by 27% and “pursue new markets” by 24%, while only 24% cited “reduce headcount through automation” as a key benefit. A few months ago, Babson College professor Tom Davenport gave a talk on the state of AI in the enterprise at the annual conference of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy.

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The Blockchain Value Framework

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In July, 2019, the World Economic Forum and Accenture released Building Value with Blockchain Technology , a white paper aimed at helping organizations evaluate blockchain’s benefits and build an effective business case. Worldwide spending on blockchains solutions is expected to reach almost $3 billion in 2019 and close to $12.5 Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

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The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Experts speculated that large firms were no longer necessary and would in fact be at a disadvantage in the emerging digital economy because they couldn’t possible compete with agile, innovative startups. Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Some contend, - most prominently Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon , - that over the past few decades there’s been a fundamental decline in innovation and productivity. A striking feature of digital technologies is their replicability at low or even zero cost, enabling digital innovations to spread almost instantly around the world. Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade.

The MIT Work of the Future Report

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most advanced economies are enjoying an unprecedented, broad based jobs boom,” wrote The Economist in a May, 2019 article. Reinvigorate America’s leadership position in technology and innovation. “By By taking bold actions to invest in its people, lead in innovation, and protect and augment workers, the United States can cultivate this historic opportunity to generate broadly shared prosperity.”.

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Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Finally, if blockchain is to fulfill its promise and join the Internet and AI as a major 21st century transformative technology, it must lead, over time, to the creation of innovative new applications, companies, industries and markets. “New market business models should be audacious,” notes the IBM report. “When designing the network’s path to value, organizations should consider how they can radically shift more power to the consumer or capture the long tail.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, like other innovations, digital ID technologies can be used both to benefits society and for undesirable purposes. Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and StrategyIdentity plays a major role in our everyday life.

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The Business Value of Augmented Reality

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently heard a very interesting presentation at the 2019 MIT CIO Symposium , - Why Companies Need an Augmented Reality Strategy , - by Harvard professor Michael Porter and James Heppelmann , CEO of PTC , an industrial consulting company. This is all now changing with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) , cloud computing , Big Data , AI , and other innovations whose combined impact is driving the new era of smart connected products.

Globalization in Transition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read two interesting reports on the state of globalization in 2019, one by The Economist, the second by the McKinsey Global Institute. The growing reliance on knowledge favors countries with highly skilled labor forces, strong innovation and R&D capabilities, and robust IP protections. Complex Systems Economic Issues Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

Edge Perspectives

Today they are an unnatural bundle of three very different and often conflicting business types: infrastructure management, product innovation and commercialization, and customer relationship businesses. Everyone talks about transformation these days, but the term is used so loosely that it’s begun to lose all meaning. I recently wrote a blog post suggesting that the ultimate test of transformation is whether the caterpillar became a butterfly – is it so different that it’s unrecognizable?

Beyond Machine Learning: Capturing Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, Gartner published a report on The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019 , that is, trends with the potential to impact and transform industries over the next 5 years. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Innovation Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and StrategyArtificial intelligence is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era.

The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few contend that there’s been a fundamental decline in innovation and productivity over the past few decades, compared to the period between 1870 and 1970. The results were published in a March, 2019 HBR article, What Makes Some People More Productive Than Others. Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and StrategyAI is seemingly everywhere. In the past few years, the necessary ingredients have finally come together to propel AI beyond early adopters to a broader marketplace: powerful, inexpensive computer technologies; advanced algorithms; and huge amounts of data on almost any subject.

A Novel Method for Measuring the Value of Free Digital Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyGross domestic product (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output, based on the market value of all the goods and services the country produces. Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2018

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A 2017 paper, The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Innovation , argued that beyond its growing list of applications, - from machine translation to predictions of all kinds, - AI is also becoming a new kind of research tool which will potentially reshape the very nature of innovation and R&D. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

How to Transform a “Big, Old” Company into an Agile Digital Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Rushing a company’s transformation carries serious risks if the financial returns from existing offerings decline sharply faster than the hockey- stick-shaped returns of the innovative new offerings, which will generally grow slowly in their early years before (hopefully) rising sharply. Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Is Blockchain Now Transitioning to a More Mundane and Useful Era?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2019, it will start to become mundane… After the Great Crypto Bull Run of 2017 and the monumental crash of 2018, blockchain technology won’t make as much noise in 2019. As the dot-com frenzy picked up intensity, all kinds of startups were brought to market, - some quite innovative and some rather silly, - many of which did not survive the dot-com crash. Blockchain was created around a decade ago as the public, distributed ledger for the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Impact of AI on Government - Opportunities and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2019, the Partnership and IBM collaborated on two additional reports, Assessing the Impact of AI on the Work of Government , and Building Trust, Managing Risks. This second 2019 report is focused on understanding and addressing AI risks, based on lessons from companies and countries around the world. A few weeks ago I wrote about Leveraging AI to Transform Government based on a 2018 report by the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

AI and our Social Interactions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, attaining AI’s broad potential will require not only a continuing slew of technological innovations, but equally important research on the challenges our society must get ready for, including ethical issues, workplace disruptions, and human interactions. Major innovations have long had an impact on the ways that people interact with each other. I recently wrote about the event I attended on February 28 to celebrate the launch of MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing.

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How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In their 2009 book Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Rewiring the Economy , Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders introduced the concept of organizational capital as the necessary critical ingredient that enabled a company to take full advantage of major IT advances. It’s only been in the last few years that complementary innovations like machine learning have taken AI from the lab to early adopters in the marketplace.

Learning from Experimentation

Clark Quinn

Mine (of course :) was at the far end, innovation. It triggered a thought for me about innovating, and that meant experimentation. Experimentation is critical to innovation. And innovation takes a learning organization. At the recent LearnTec conference, I was on a panel with my ITA colleagues, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, and Charles Jennings.

The Digitalization of the American Workforce

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Over the past half century, wave after wave of digital innovation has ensured that digitalization - the diffusion of digital technologies into nearly every business and workplace and pocket - has been remaking the U.S. Diversity Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture

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Will Humans Be Better Off in an Increasingly AI-Based Future?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI will optimize and augment people’s lives: Experts hope that AI will help save lives “via health advances and the reduction of risks and of poverty…” as well as “spur innovation and broaden opportunities,… and increase individuals’ overall satisfaction with life. ”. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Healthcare Systems Innovation Political Issues Smart Systems Society and Culture

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The Rise of Global, Superstar Firms, Sectors and Cities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Startups with innovative business models where now able to reach customers anywhere, anytime. Experts noted that large firms were no longer necessary and would in fact be at a disadvantage in the emerging digital economy when competing against agile, innovative smaller companies. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture

How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy“We have finally learned how to tread more lightly on our planet. It’s about time,” writes Andrew McAfee in the Introduction to his new book, More from Less : The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources - and What Happens Next.

education does not destroy creativity

Harold Jarche

Innovation LearningThere is a certain irony that the most popular TED Talk — Do schools kill creativity? — is seriously questioned in a TEDx talk over a decade later. Ken Robinson’s talk on creativity has had over 55 million views. Basically he says that our schools suck the creativity out of children. “Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.

Despite Their Huge Upside Potential, Why Do Most Platforms Fail?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The book offer a simple definition. “Platforms, in general, connect individuals and organizations for a common purpose or to share a common resource.” A platform strategy differs from a product strategy in that it relies on an external ecosystem to generate complementary innovations and/or business transactions. The effect is much greater potential for innovation and growth than a single product-oriented firm can generate alone. years, innovation ones 5.0

Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

From Anxiety to Opportunity - The next 20 years of learning innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of 'From Anxiety to Opportunity - The next 20 years of learning innovation', John Baker, CEO, D2L. But we're adaptive and changing - this is a time of great innovation. To look at the future it's helpful to understand the present and where we've been in the past. It's 20 years since D2L started - it has been a bit of a blur. 20 years ago - was a time of optimism and stability, Compared to today, which is an age of anxiety and opportunity.

AI and the Evolution of History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The all-day celebration featured talks and panels on a wide variety of topics, some focused on innovative applications of AI technologies, others on the challenging issues raised by these powerful technologies. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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From “Buy What We Have” to “Connected Customer Strategies”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and StrategyAdapting to the ongoing digitization of the economy is one of the key challenges faced by just about every company around the world.

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Is the Digital Revolution At Last Shaking Up Banking?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovative financial services from FinTech startups are also adding to the pressure felt by banks. “The biggest four American banks are spending a total of over $25bn a year on perfecting better customer applications and learning to mine data more cleverly. It is one thing for Blockbuster Video to be wiped out by a technological shift, but quite another if the victim is Bank of America… Because the financial system is embedded in the economy, innovation tends to create turbulence.”.

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we are dependent on human connection

Harold Jarche

We need input from people with a diversity of viewpoints to help generate innovative new ideas. Some say that a dense, cohesive network brings more social capital, while others argue that a sparse, radial network, one that provides opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial activity, equates to greater social capital. What we do not know. Our networks are great places for serendipitous connections.

Despite All the Bad News that Surround Us… Is the World Actually Getting Better?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data Science and Big Data Diversity Economic Issues Future of Work Healthcare Systems Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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