Proliferative Innovation: A New Game for CIOs

Date: November 22, 2010
Pages: 20
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Introduction

The ICT strategies of many organisations are dominated by consolidation and standardization, fewer moving parts, and less is more. While sensible for cutting costs and promoting integration, this approach is often resented by line-of-business colleagues because it frequently stifles innovation and differentiation.

Features and benefits
  • This is a thought piece that gives CIOs and IT strategy folks some perspectives for thinking about how to manage the proliferation of new technologies
  • Five key strategies for coping with technology proliferation are proposed: virtualize, automate, orchestrate, secure, and influence.
Highlights

Proliferative innovation requires new strategies beyond the inherently futile quest for standardization. These include virtualizing and automating the provisioning of technology solutions, orchestrating and securing an increasingly wide range of externally delivered services, and influencing user decision-making.The enterprise IT agenda for the first decade of the new century was all about "fewer moving parts" and "less is more". The next decade will be about "more is more", with users in the driving seat. CIOs will need to get with the proliferative innovation game and its five key strategies: virtualize, automate, orchestrate, secure, and influence.For vendors, the game will be won by solutions that combine innovation in both "user-appeal" and "CIO appeal" - innovation in funtionality and usability as well as innovation in integration and in the creation of ecosystems which assist CIOs to implement the strategies of proliferative innovation.

Your key questions answered
  • How should CIOs think about managing the proliferation of new technologies and what are the key strategies?

SUMMARY

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Key messages

TECHNOLOGY PROLIFERATION HAPPENS

Balancing differentiation and integration in large organizations is a difficult challenge
Neither “one-size-fits-all” nor “technology islands” are necessarily the answer
Proliferation of devices, solutions, and data is on the rise

TECHNOLOGY PROLIFERATION IS A TWO-EDGED SWORD

We've been on this journey before
The unpredictable effects of complexity
An ever-expanding base of legacy technology solutions

ENTERPRISES SHOULD LOOK TO “BORN IN THE CLOUD” COMPANIES FOR INSPIRATION

How would you do IT if only you could?
Innovation is all about the platform

CIOS NEED A NEW ICT MANAGEMENT LOGIC

Fresh IT strategy thinking is required
Virtualize
Automate
Orchestrate
Secure
Influence

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations for enterprises
Recommendations for vendors
Alternative views

APPENDIX

Further reading
Author
Ovum Consulting
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