Foresight, Innovation & Design
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Innovation fails because…..November 8, 2014 · 0 Comments
The widespread interest in innovation is also combined with a sense of frustration. Many studies show that the success rate for innovation initiatives is not very high. Umair Hoque recently conducted an interesting experiment on Fast Company. He asked readers to complete the sentence – “Innovation Fails because…..” Many people responded and continue to respond
Just how many wearables might we wear?October 28, 2014 · 0 Comments
I was just looking at a Fast Company article on the new Ditto – a device with the form factor perhaps of a tie clip, that buzzes, kind of in synch with your phone. My first thought was – yet another! How many such devices will there be a place for on our persons?
Digital Innovation – a concise takeJuly 24, 2014 · 0 Comments
This is a very short take on what I think is the essence of digital innovation: We can now instrument ever smaller parts of the world, make trapped facets and attributes of this world fluid, autonomous, smarter and sometimes even intelligent. We can interconnect our world for meaningful communications, transactions and commerce, and through these
Strategic Latency – Foresight to avert disruptionJuly 24, 2014 · 0 Comments
Over the years as I have thought about strategic foresight, I have often coupled the idea with the notion of latency. To me latency implied the time it took for an enterprise to respond to a contextual shift or event. Built into that idea was the notion that the concept of latency differs from enterprise
Prime Mover of Business Ecosystems – or What does Apple Want?June 4, 2014 · 0 Comments
Apple had its WW Developer’s Conference in San Francisco on Monday and there is the now familiar buzz that precedes the company’s events and the analysis that follows. Events directed at developers are interesting for another reason – they provide insight into Apple’s mind in a way that sometimes is not exactly meaningful or exciting
The Social Dynamics of Innovation NetworksMay 29, 2014 · 0 Comments
I work out of the Cambridge Innovation Center, one of the supposedly largest such places in the world with over 400 startups and early-stage technology companies that collectively claim a couple of billion dollars in funding. The core idea of such a place is that not only does it make the startup process easier, but
Fail faster, Fail often with poor designMay 15, 2014 · 0 Comments
There has been disappointing news in the entrepreneurial / new venture world in recent weeks. Recent studies by the Economist showed a decline in new ventures and entrepreneurial activity in the US and this article by James Surowiecki in The New Yorker, tries to analyze the phenomena of large scale failure among startups. While it
Maintaining continuity while reinventingMay 15, 2014 · 0 Comments
One of the mainfestations of the rapid acceleration and change we are facing these days is that business ideas and concepts become invalid more frequently than ever before. Strategic innovation is precisely focused on this issue and could also be termed “Business Concept Innovation”. As one deconstructs the existing business concept and reinvents it to
The Apple Ecosystem and the concept of lock-inApril 7, 2014 · 0 Comments
A recent article on cnet discusses Steve Job’s intention to lock-in customers into the Apple Ecosystem. Based on Richard Normann’s work described in his book “Reframing Business“, I have been thinking about the emerging importance of innovating ecosystems of value, reconceiving offerings and value-creation as dynamic processes within living systems. Ecosystems have many interacting actors
iWatch and EcosystemsFebruary 5, 2014 · 0 Comments
The iWatch experience will be centered around a new node in the human digital experience, not some fragmented experience of personal health data, but a seamless integration not only of data with meaning but with the ecosystem of other devices.The issues of data privacy are pertinent but not restricted to Apple alone.
When there is that clarity of an architecture for fluid and seamless integration of experience, and the absolute clarity of a non-superfluous device, there will be an iWatch. Perhaps that device will indeed create an open platform for others to build applications on. Those applications will again be an important component of the total value proposition.