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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Arrival of Digital Natives

Social Computing, Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 are the new themes that are emerging as design of the new enterprises.

However there is a bigger change - that is predicted at the analyst conference

The new youth are Digital Natives - they are used to web 2.0 collaboration - they dont have any other way to discuss and share...

They expect this to be with them as they move in the Enterprises of the future - are we geared up for Digital Natives - This is a major shift that enterprises need to move with the times.

Alas - Enterprises still havent came out of inertia of Command and Control structures that stood in last century - it is going to be a big chaos - the winners will move to Enterprise 2.0 and then to Enterprise 3.0 qucikly - 2012 is the year when new winners will be, well really NEW!

Bad name for Innovation - Tried and Tested

Two articles - one in business week and other in Fastcompany are somehow bothering me. First lets look at Fastcompany article Innovation: Old Often Becomes New - it says ORIGINALITY IS OVERRATED and the author goes on to say "It depends upon how success is measured - the author says for commercial success, engineering design should work sooner than later, cost-effectively.

Well the tone of the article seems to be originality at the cost of timetomarket and cost-effectiveness. I believe innovation has to do with originality, cost-effectiveness and timeliness simultaneously. The author asks the reader to choose one approach over other - while I would rather like to be doing the AND - Originaity with cost-effectiveness and timeliness!

The businessweek article talks about the talks at Davos - World Economic forum - the author talks about three important points related to recent issues with too much innovation in financial products led to recent failures in sub-prime markets (A) Prototyping is key to Innovation (B) Testing is Key to Innovation (C)Risk is essential to Innovation. The author points out these three missing elements in the Innovation Process.

I am not really convinced about the failure of any innovation process per se - I believe it is really the absence of innovation system that is at the core - process is not really system - system thinking with a study of dependencies and analysis of impacts in any process or process change/improvement is important - with system thinking it may turn out that process itself is not needed.

Well - may be we need to think about elements of Innovation System Design!

Process Management - A Holistic Approach

The article by my friend Mannu Thareja on Process Management is informative and may be useful to follow when processes are to be designed ab-initio.

My only contention in process focussed improvement is - if it is not flowing through system thinking - an approach where processes interact and are looked at from a complexity perspective, one may optimize a process at the cost of system degradation.

First step is really the system study - rather than process study.
Once we have chosen the process - may be the methodology or set of methodologies can lead to holistic management.

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