Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

What Motivates Successful Intrapreneurs

by George Watt At a summit in Boulder, Colorado, I spoke with a group of founders about what motivated them to become an intrapreneur (an entrepreneur who creates a new … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

Five Innovation Killers and How to Stop Them

Want innovation to flourish at your company? Avoid these common problems. By George Watt Innovation is hard. Many of the hardest parts of the journey come long after an innovative … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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