Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

Five Innovation Killers and How to Stop Them

Want innovation to flourish at your company? Avoid these common problems. By George Watt | 18 Aug 2016 Innovation is hard. Many of the hardest parts of the journey come … Continue reading

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What being half naked on an airplane taught me about innovation

How to tap the true power of innovation and avoid building new products nobody wants. You never forget being half naked on a fairly full airplane. But what can that … Continue reading

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Innovation programs: the worst thing to happen to innovation

Why many innovation programs kill innovation, and what you can do to change that. In “The Innovative CIO” I wrote about several innovation killers ranging from interpersonal styles to unnecessarily … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

What opening an airplane exit door in flight taught me about design

Product and feature design thinking must happen early and must center on the human perspective. Recently, as I sat waiting for a flight’s boarding to complete, I noticed an unusually … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Ways the Application Economy is Changing Fashion

Fashion industry evolution demonstrates the app economy is more than hype. We’ve heard it all before. Every new trend, every new movement is revolutionizing business. The latest hype machine is … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Are IT security and the business really disconnected?

A recent survey suggests IT security and the business are closer than you might have thought. “If they think so alike, why do IT teams and the business teams they … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

How is the application economy impacting your job?

It’s not just senior IT and business leaders feeling the impact of the application economy. It’s causing a culture change across entire enterprise organizations. Rarely now do I open my … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Surviving the “application economy paradox”

How an encounter with my grandfather and an oil change changed my innovation perspective forever. What is the “application economy paradox”? It begins with the desired result: modern apps deliver … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The innovation pot of gold you may not know you already have

There’s nothing like success to suck the innovation out of a great team. I have seen it many times. A team has a great, innovative idea. They have that magical … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Supplier partnerships are a strategic weapon in the application economy

What being a cloud provider taught me about licensing and supplier relationships. “Please don’t make me count.” Just as we were celebrating that we had solved a tremendous business agility problem with … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to catch the app development skills boomerang

Why you may already have the app development skills you desperately need “Application developers? Why would we need to have any of those in-house?” No developers, please If you have … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

We all need a life jacket when wading into the application economy

What a canoe trip taught me about the application economy and how preparation is key for those charting new waters You may not think that canoeing and the application economy … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Untold stories of the application economy

How a retail technology company was born from a unique consumer brand that provides personalized fashion for brides When people discuss the application economy, their focus is often or nearly … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Security Becomes an Innovation Driver in the Application Economy

“Hi. I’m Al. I work in IT Security. My job is to suck the fun out of life.” That was how the instructor of one of the first security training … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Increased Productivity Can be a Symptom of a Dysfunctional Culture

Though the many dire consequences are well known (low morale, lowered productivity, lack of creativity, decreased innovation, lack of motivation…) we still frequently encounter corporate and institutional “cultures of fear”. … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

4 Reasons Cloud Adoption Rises While Security Concerns Increase

I have read several articles recently that suggest CIOs are moving to the cloud while ignoring security concerns. Some note that cost savings or profits trump fear; or that people … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beware! Aggregated Data Can Harm Your Business

This is truly an exciting time for people in the information technology industry. We have more capability than we’ve ever had, and we are more connected than we’ve ever been. … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

7 Reasons to Consider Hosting Your Cloud In Canada

Thanks to Edward Snowden the cloud computing conversation has finally started in earnest in Canada, according to thestar.com. Even before Snowden seemingly shook up the cloud computing world there was … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

In 2014 Cloud Computing is So Last Year

Let’s face it. Cloud computing just isn’t that exciting anymore – mainly because it’s no longer something people feel compelled to debate or question. Not only do we continue to … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

No Unicorns or Rainbows for Cloud Computing in 2014

As someone who suffers from an inability to predict the past I reluctantly agreed to stare into my crystal cloud again this year. As I prepared my 2014 cloud computing … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing’s Shockwave and How It Can Benefit Your Business

The value of cloud computing is becoming widely understood, with many reporting that it has delivered beyond their expectations. But there is an opportunity for even greater return from cloud … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Cloud Computing: Salesforce.com Attends Camp Hybrid

This week during its never-disappointing Dreamforce event, Salesforce.com announced a partnership with HP to deliver a new service named Salesforce Superpod. According to the announcement, Salesforce Superpod is a “dedicated instance” … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing: Embrace Diversity and Avoid The Money Pit

If we have learned nothing from the recent Snowden revelations and stories of cloud outages the one irrefutable lesson we have learned is that you should always choose the most secure, most resilient cloud service, right? … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Prepare for More Cloud Outages

A recent outage at Amazon, which was caused by a network device failure, has reignited discussion and debate about the reliability of cloud computing services. While I believe that cloud services can … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Mobility Bar Has Once Again Been Raised

Microsoft’s recent purchase of Nokia’s handset division has left many people focused on what that might mean in terms of a new CEO for the software giant. While some are writing off … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Privacy is Dead. Long Live Privacy!

Recently Ben Way (@bway) tweeted the following question to me: That is an outstanding question, and since this topic is so broad, the greatest challenge is where to begin. Though … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stop Innovation Loss! Prepare Innovation’s First Responders!

In today’s economy, and with today’s new business models, innovation is more than ever the lifeblood of business. Yet every day businesses let that lifeblood flow away. Every day countless … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The You, Me and We of Innovation’s Managers

Have you ever seen someone assigned to a project they were passionate about, but they found themselves unable to bring that passion to the work? Have you ever seen someone … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cloud Computing: Regulatory Complexity Requires Systems Thinking

In a recent article Peter Wayner cautions that “No one knows which laws apply” in reference to the fact that a customer may be in one jurisdiction and the cloud instance they … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mobility Trends Demand CIOs Become Chief Experience Officers

Recently, while thinking about several of the technology trends impacting mobility and mobile computing, my thoughts again turned to the one trend that I believe is driving all of the … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

Harnessing Cloud Power: Quantum Cloud Computing Project Delivers Promising Results

This April Fools’ Day article was posted on April 1, 2013. Last week researchers at the Center for Theoretical Physics Quantum Computing Laboratory provided a small group with an early look at … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

The 4 MYs of Cloud Computing and IT Transformation

It is often stated that technology is easy and people are hard. Whether or not you agree with that, the sentiment must be heeded. Otherwise, even the best technical solutions … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing Myth 7: Cloud Only Makes Sense for Large Deployments

In recent weeks there appear to have been an increasing number of articles written about cloud computing myths. I am not complaining about that. In fact, I have written a few … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Preparing for the Cloud Computing SLA Cold War

In a recent article, “Cloud Providers Ready to Strike With Nuclear Option“, Simon Phipps stated that issues related to cloud service level agreements (SLAs) are “under acknowledged and overdue for … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Here’s to 2013, The Year of the Customer

Recently CA Technologies released our top IT predictions for 2013. There are, of course, many other interesting predictions from our customers, colleagues, and competitors alike. As I was about to close … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cloud Predictions for 2013: Cloud Computing’s Sophomore Year

While I am sure there will be many exciting cloud computing developments in the coming year, perhaps the most exciting one will be that cloud computing will no longer be … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Measure the Cloud for Business Value

Despite decades of talk about how IT needs to align to the business, in many organizations, IT and the business are not speaking the same language — if they’re speaking … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation

I am excited to announce the publication of a book I co-authored with Andi Mann and Peter Matthews. You can obtain this book from popular book sellers. I have included … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Simple and Effective Acid Test for Innovation

Many believe innovation rarely happens by accident. That the eureka moment enshrined in popular culture is mostly myth. Certainly there are times when momentous insights and ideas pop into our heads as bolts out … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

Innovation and the Art of Inefficiency

“Walk more often; take more showers.” This spring I joined some colleagues in the Global Corporate Challenge. Participants in this 16-week health improvement challenge accept a goal of taking 10,000 steps every day. Think … Continue reading

August 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

There’s No Free Lunch at the Cloud Buffet!

Consumption styles can dramatically impact cloud benefits What do cloud service consumption patterns have in common with the way people approach all-you-can-eat restaurant buffets? During a recent discussion of some … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is Consumerization Blowing You Off Course?

What do a late morning canoe trip and the current state of consumerization and BYOD have in common? More than you might imagine. This summer as my ten year old … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Great Cloud Debate Rages On

Cloud computing has been steadily, some might say “rapidly”, gaining traction as a strategic business weapon. Every day brings new articles about businesses that have discovered how to leverage cloud … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

How To Get Customers Thinking About Hybrid Cloud Services

Originally posted at CRN.com April 27, 2012. Join the conversation there. Hybrid cloud services provide an excellent point of entry for service provider customers For many companies planning to adopt or expand cloud services, … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

Cloud Computing: Have You Hugged a Rogue Today?

Embrace, Align, Assist, and Leverage Rogues… or Lose Them Forever Recently I participated as a panelist in a “#CloudViews” Twitter chat regarding Rogue IT. (A full transcript is available via … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Why Some Clouds Fail to Deliver

Recently in ZDNet, Keith Allen of CA Technologies gave his perspective of how cloud computing can have a positive impact on customer satisfaction, and perhaps even reduce the likelihood of rogue IT. … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing: “Working Together Is Success”

What capacity planning taught us about the value of alignment with Business There has been quite a lot written about the benefits of IT-Business alignment, and even more written about … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing: “…and business always wants it in a week”

I agree, Chris O’Malley, business should align with IT Recently I read a post by Chris O’Malley, Nimsoft CEO wherein he makes the point that, while IT must align with their business consumers, … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Social Media: The Coffee House of the New Millennium

Five characteristics of social media that drive innovation and business value Following a great Twitter chat recently (#CITEchat), I found myself again questioning whether social media can truly drive business … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

IT: Where Great Ideas Go to Die

“BYOD isn’t coming, it’s here“- @SimonBramfitt via @thelaurenfiles Recently I participated in a great Twitter conversation regarding how IT departments have gained a reputation as a place where good ideas go to die. Initially … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

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