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

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

January 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Is Email Killing Innovation?

Or is it a harbinger of something worse? For quite some time now I have been asking whether email is still the productivity tool it once promised to be (and … Continue reading

January 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

The End of the Vicarious Experience?

Does “hyper-personalization” sometimes (often?) deliver poorer service? Recently I was reviewing updates to a social media application and a childhood lesson in customer service came back from my subconscious. This … Continue reading

October 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing: When Life Gives You Lemons… “Go Mobile, Go Social”

What IT can learn from a lemonade stand Recently I had a very interesting conversation with an aspiring entrepreneur.  She told me about the demands a changing environment had been … Continue reading

July 12, 2011 · 3 Comments

Cloud Computing: “Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Your Hands Upon the Wheel”

When we engage cloud providers do we disengage our brains? Though coverage and public discussion of the implications of a recent cluster of cloud services outages appears to be waning … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

To Serve and Prevent: “Only those that can see the invisible can do the impossible”

Our greatest impediment to innovation often comes from within. A recent day of discussions with one of the U.S.A.’s largest corporations brought to mind some of the innovation related challenges … Continue reading

June 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

When Techs Talk to Execs

Innovation is 1% inspiration, 99% communication I have witnessed too many cases where great ideas, poorly communicated to senior executives, come to an abrupt end sometimes taking a career or … Continue reading

May 5, 2011 · 3 Comments

Cloud Computing: ‘Please check your egos at the door’

A pragmatic approach to cloud computing might eliminate the “Office of the C-I-No” I recently started reading David S. Linthicum’s book “Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise,” and … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · 8 Comments

Is Business Ready for the Cloud? You Bet!

Three reasons cloud computing is more than hype, and how it is improving the delivery of business services Even with recent announcements and case studies documenting the value and potential … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · 1 Comment

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This site contains articles regarding the practical aspects of deploying, providing, managing, and using cloud computing, and other technologies. I also share my thoughts and experiences related to innovation, consumer driven IT, social media, management issues, and about what some refer to as “soft skills”.

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