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The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I find it helpful to look at cloud along two key dimensions: as a technology to improve IT productivity, and as a platform for enabling business innovation. Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute. As a result, there are reasons to believe that scale may be a plus for innovation in today’s economy, not a minus.”

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The Science of Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation - identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity - has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since its inception.” The innovation paradigm has changed.

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) released the results of a new study, ARISE II: Unleashing America’s Research & Innovation Enterprise. Organizational structures and cultural attitudes are not keeping up with changing realities.

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The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects,” is the title of the lead article in a comprehensive review of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a r ecent issue of The Economist.

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Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published a very good report - The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation. Recent technology and social connectivity trends have created a perfect storm of opportunity for companies to embrace the power of cloud to optimize, innovate and disrupt business models,” is the study’s overriding conclusion. . According to the report “cloud empowers six potentially game changing business enablers”: .

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. They’ve both gone on to change the world, - to say the least. It’s too early to know if the blockchain will become another major transformational innovation.

Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the intervening three years, the study has published a number of report on the subject. Based on an analysis of around 2,000 work activities across 800 different occupations, the report concluded that “fewer than 5 percent of occupations can be entirely automated using current technology.

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Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

Anecdote reports that John Kotter, leadership guru , is accepting that methods like his 8-step process for leading change may not be effective in the face of complexity. I have been discussing the potential of communities of practice in fostering innovation for some time here.

Innovation as a Journey into the Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. The report was officially presented to Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera on August 6. . This was like no innovation document I’ve read.

No cookie cutters for complexity

Harold Jarche

As social learning, collaboration, and even complexity become mainstream concepts, the array of products and services around them are becoming commoditized. Making a value proposition around behaviour and culture change is therefore very difficult. Who stands to gain from the report?

Serverless Computing - An Innovative Approach to Software Development

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I n October of 2008, The Economist published a special report on a then relatively new, rapidly growing IT development, - cloud computing. I first came across the term in a Forrester report on the Top Emerging Technologies to Watch in 2018.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With four articles on the subject, HBR ’s overriding message is that design is no longer just for physical products, being increasingly applied to customer experiences, innovation, business strategy, and complex problem solving. .

Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? Its findings were recently published in The CEO Report: Embracing the Paradoxes of Leadership and the Power of Doubt. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one.

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Once Lumbering, Now Innovative Incumbents Hit Their Stride

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two decades after the Internet became a platform for transformation, we’re still wondering how it all might turn out,” notes the report. “The signals aren’t always clear. Even in industries where competitive concentration is increasing, innovation hasn’t – as would be expected – flatlined.”.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change. We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. In matrix management people have more than one reporting line and often work across business units. Complexity.

Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies. In March of 2009, The Economist published a very good special report on entrepreneurship. The defining characteristic of entrepreneurship, then, is not the size of the company but the act of innovation.”.

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. And, at the bleeding-edges of complexity are data-driven AI systems , which are generally based on statistical analysis and machine learning methods. .

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Changing the landscape of health

Dave Snowden

It is worth a quick refresh on two of the key principles of complexity (or rather cognitive complexity as we need to look at human complex systems in a very different way from those in termites nests). Diabetes Innovation Managing Complex Systems

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Game-Changing Basic Research: Benefits and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation Deficit , - a report on both the long term benefits of basic research and the impact on those benefits of declining federal investments. innovation deficit, attributable in part to declining public investment in research.” .

The Complex Relationship Between Science and the Public

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

More than ever, scientific and technological innovations touch every aspect of our lives and influence the choices we make in a wide variety of areas. The report found that confidence in scientific leaders varies based on demographics and related factors. Climate Change.

On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, the company is hoping to stimulate innovation by publishing their APIs so developers can embed Apple Pay services in their apps. The report notes that while 50 percent of adults around the world have accounts at a financial institution, more than 2.5

Innovation in Higher Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Moreover, while the overall unemployment rate remains over 9 percent, a recent McKinsey report found that employers are having trouble filling specific positions because they could not find applicants with the right skills. The report projects that if economic conditions improve, there will be a shortage of 1.5 The report is written by Clayton Christensen , Michael Horn , Louis Caldera and Louis Soares. Disruptive innovations are based on two main ingredients.

Open Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published a new book, Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era. This is his third book on open innovation in the last eight years, having published Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology in 2003, and Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape in 2006. t from your innovation activities.

Human Capital and the Changing Nature of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But on balance, such fears appear to be unfounded, noted the World Bank in a comprehensive recent report on The Changing Nature of Work. That’s a mistake, because neglecting investments in human capital can dramatically weaken a country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing world, one in which economies need ever-increasing amounts of talent to sustain growth.” . How is the Nature of Work Changing? People have long feared that machines are coming for our jobs.

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Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Organizations, in order to function, need to encourage social exchanges and social learning due to faster rates of business and technological changes. The Internet has fundamentally changed how we communicate on a scale as large as the printing press or the advent of written language.

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet became an incredible platform for innovation, enabling startups, large institutions, and everyone in between to quickly develop and bring to market many new digital products and services. Its reach and connectivity led to the creation of all kinds of innovative, digital applications. But, this picture has started to change in the last five years or so. Together, these advances are giving rise to an Internet-based platform for digital, inclusive innovations.

Measuring the Forces of Long Term Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore described what became known as Moore’s Law in a 1965 paper where he observed that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention in 1958, and predicted that the trend would continue for at least ten years, a prediction he subsequently changed to a doubling every two years. The Foundation index has been growing at a ten percent CGR since 1993, and is the primary driver of all the other changes.

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Organizations and Complexity

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’ve discussed this table before, but I’d like to put it all the links together to highlight what we need to do with our organizations and structures to deal with complexity. Complexity. How we can support emergent practices in the increasingly complex enterprise: COMPLEXITY. Patti Anklam , in discussing value networks and complexity states: Understanding of complexity provides a practical guide to managing context.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

a sea change - a deep and permanent shift in how computing power is generated and consumed. The IT function of 2015 will bear little resemblance to its current state,” concludes one such report. But, for the most part, today’s IT infrastructures are not up to the task without undergoing major change. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels. In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing.

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. They feel that incremental changes are no longer sufficient because the world is operating in fundamentally different ways. Owing perhaps to the challenges of today’s economic environment, students revealed distinctive viewpoints on the issues of complexity, information and decision-making.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth Kanter

On November 14, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review will convene nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, evaluators, and other interested organizations and individuals to explore the possibilities for learning and evaluation in the social sector for “ Next Generation Evaluation.”

The Complex Relationship Between Science and the Public

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

More than ever, scientific and technological innovations touch every aspect of our lives and influence the choices we make in a wide variety of areas. But, despite broadly similar views about the place of science in the country, there were large differences between the general public and scientist across a number of important issues , including genetically modified foods, vaccine safety and climate change. Climate Change.

Education and Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He is one the best role models I know of the kind of systems oriented, market-facing engineers that we increasingly need to help us tackle the highly complex, multi-disciplinary problems we are facing in the 21st century. Technology and innovation are badly needed, but progress has been painfully slow. One of the reports we produced and sent to the President was Using Information Technology to Transform the Way We Learn.

A Conversation on Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: the negative side of innovation, there's a prettyconsistent assessment of innovation & technology, a pretty consistentstatement, by the youth in the occupy movement. Is there a negative side ofprogress, of change? If we go one step beyond innovation, we have actuallyreached a cusp in the west. Does the general population support innovation? We need to start thinking about 'innovation' and'Innovation'. For whom and why must we innovate.

The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These included a significant expansion of government support for scientific research in universities and R&D labs, leading to product innovations from the private sector and better weapons from the defense industry, - and making the US the most prosperous and secure nation in the world.

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The Pace of Creative Destruction is Accelerating

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Shrinking company lifespans in the S&P 500 is a useful indicator of marketplace turbulence, driven to a large extent by technology disruptions and business model changes. Change is often difficult for such companies. Watch out for changing customer behaviors.

The Coming Era of Decision Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How should we develop and deploy complex AI systems whose purpose is to make decisions continuously and automatically? As explained in the workshop report , algorithmic systems have long been used to help us make consequential decisions.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In March of 2009, The Economist published a special report on entrepreneurship. It defined the term as: “somebody who offers an innovative solution to a (frequently unrecognised) problem. The defining characteristic of entrepreneurship, then, is not the size of the company but the act of innovation.” I have seen first hand how difficult entrepreneurship and innovation is for large enterprises.

Innovation in an Age of Austerity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 7 I participated in an Innovation Summit sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) at the University of Cambridge. The UK-IRC is “a collaborative initiative for cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange activities on how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet the social, environmental and economic challenges it faces.”

Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of January I gave a half-day seminar at MIT on Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy. For a while now, I have been thinking about how technology and innovation can best be applied to services. My interest in technology-based services innovation was heightened last summer when I read an excellent report, Hidden Wealth: the contribution of science to service innovation , based upon a study sponsored by the UK Royal Society.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Talent, Innovation and Competitiveness

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. I was a member of the reports Advisory Committee and participated in the Washington forum.