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During the coming decades, information and technology will rewrite the rules of competition, introduce innovative business models, change assumptions in markets and create a world of hyperconnected businesses.

To make smart decisions today about business tomorrow, leading-edge CIOs will need insight into long-view scenarios, perspectives and advice so they can harness business shifts before their competitors.

CIO Leadership Trends: SMART Technology

Stephen Prentice, Research VP & Gartner Fellow

The Impact of Digital Business

Diane Morello, Managing VP

Strategic Research for Business Executives and CIOs

  • 21st Century
    Scenarios
  • Frontier Trends
  • Digital Business
  • Game Changers
  • Innovation

Featured Research

CIOs, Start the Debate: How Human Will Your Workforce Need to Be?

18 July 2014

As the nature of work changes, leading-edge CIOs are positioned to start a serious discussion with HR executives, CEOs and even boards about why, when and where to redistribute work among human beings, smart machines and robots. Business growth and competitive edge will depend on it.

Visual Strategic Planning Using the Gartner Higher Education 'Business Model' Scenarios and Corresponding Strategic Technology Maps

2 April 2014

To be competitive or just survive, CIOs must differentiate between business models and create aligned strategic IT capabilities. In this series of eight reports, Gartner provides visual tools for strategic planning that enable speed even in higher education.

21st Century Scenarios

The Future Smart Home: 500 Smart Objects Will Enable New Business Opportunities

9 July 2014

Product strategists should monitor the evolution of the smart home to identify and exploit the digital business opportunities it will enable.

Promoting Organizational Agility With the Digital Workplace

25 April 2014

The digital workplace enables new, more effective ways of working; raises employee engagement and agility; and exploits consumer-oriented styles and technologies. Done well, the digital workplace results in a more social, mobile, accessible and data-driven work environment.

Exploit the Rise of Smart Nonindustrial Robots for Work and Home

11 August 2014

Autonomous robots are arriving on the market, providing support in hospitals, workplaces and homes. Migration from lab research to market success demands more than better products: Trust will be essential, particularly as some robots make their way into assisted living centers.

Transform Eight Critical Capabilities to Succeed in a Digital World

8 August 2014

Digital agility is a key requirement for success in a digital world. CIOs should leverage the eight critical capabilities detailed in this research to drive digital agility.

Gartner Fellows Interview With Bob Johansen of the Institute for the Future: Navigating to the Next Decade's Volatile World (FEATURE)

3 December 2013

An increasingly volatile and uncertain world drives new demands on organizations and individuals alike. Distinguished fellow of the IFTF Bob Johansen offers an insightful view of what lies ahead and strategies on how to succeed in the decade to come.

Maverick* Research: Surviving the Rise of 'Smart Machines,' the Loss of 'Dream Jobs' and '90% Unemployment'

23 September 2013

CIOs must change their mission to address the proliferation of smart machines in a widening range of jobs, including knowledge work, and causing increasing levels of unemployment. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Digital Business: 10 Ways Technology Will Disrupt Existing Business Practices

20 March 2014

A digital business can use 3D printing, big data, IoT and smart machines to disrupt the way enterprises manage demand, execute supply functions and engage customers. Gartner presents 10 business practice areas and proposes how CIOs and CDOs can use technology to disrupt them.

CEOs Are Signaling the First Significant Change to IT's Mission in More Than 20 Years

10 April 2014

CIO budgets are flat again this year, but business unit IT spending levels continue to rise. Now that CEOs have identified digital-business-related technology areas to invest in by 2019, and most new projects to be funded outside the CIO's budget, the main role of IT staffs may be orchestrator.

Assessing the Business Impact of New Technology: A Three-Level Framework

20 March 2014

The impact of emerging technologies frequently extends significantly beyond the initial implementation. We describe a framework to help CIOs and business leaders assess the broader opportunities.

Information 2020: Beyond Big Data

12 March 2014

This analysis covers how employees, citizens and consumers feel about data changes and how organizations manage information. Information leaders can use this collection of research to take advantage of a new sentiment toward information management to deliver consumer value and competitive advantage.

IT and Product Development Will Merge in the Digital Business

6 March 2014

The drive toward digitalization of products, markets and channels has seen a continual blurring of the lines between product development and IT. A digital business future might require IT and product development to be one and the same, which will present challenges for CIOs.

Pick Your Future Industry to Estimate Digital Business IT Spending Levels

17 March 2014

Big changes like enterprise shifts to digital business models are often heavy on vision and light on quantitative estimates for IT spending and staffing. IT leaders can use these methods for calculating high-level metrics for setting expectations or selling the financial plan for digital businesses.

Lead in the Digital Industrial Economy Using Insights From Symposium's Analyst Keynote

30 December 2013

Digital business is reshaping industries and redefining the role of IT. Every business will be a digital business, and every leader needs to be a digital leader. This research explores what is driving this change and what leaders must do to become the digital leaders of the future.

Gartner Fellows Interview With MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson: Managing the Transition to a Digital Economy

13 November 2013

We are delighted to invite the Director of MIT's Center for Digital Business Erik Brynjolfsson back once more to the Gartner Fellows Interview series. Gartner Fellow Ken McGee talks to Professor Brynjolfsson to get his latest views on digital business.

Life in the First Digital Decade: A Conversation With Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow and Vice President for Innovation

22 November 2013

IBM's Dr. Bernard Meyerson discusses with Gartner the key impacts technology will have on the enterprise over the next decade.

The Gartner Scenario for Vertical Industries, 2013

4 December 2013

Verticalization is more than a marketing tactic. It is a way for technology and service providers to use verticals as an integral component of business strategy from an organizational, cultural and investment perspective to achieve sustainable differentiation in their focus markets and segments.

Reinventing Competitive Advantage in a Digital World

25 June 2013

Analysis of historical technology-initiated industry disruptions clearly supports a strategy of creative destruction and radical reinvention on an ongoing cyclical basis. CIOs and CEOs using this as a primary strategy may be able to maintain a true leadership position in every industry.

How to Create Competitive Advantage by Evaluating Crumbling Paradigms

29 March 2013

Although many will consider risks that upcoming paradigm shifts present, competent CEOs, CIOs and board directors must also consider emerging opportunities. This research examines a framework for evaluating crumbling paradigms, their root causes and how to plan for an uncertain future in their wake.

Maverick* Research: The Future of Technology Belongs to the 'Silver Surfer'

25 September 2013

Silver surfers represent a more important technology market than Generation X and Generation Y. Technologists, designers and marketers must refocus to seize this crucial opportunity. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

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Featured Research

Assessing the Business Impact of New Technology: A Three-Level Framework

23 April 2014

The impact of emerging technologies frequently extends significantly beyond the initial implementation. We describe a framework to help CIOs and business leaders assess the broader opportunities.

Exploit the Rise of Smart Nonindustrial Robots for Work and Home

11 August 2014

Autonomous robots are arriving on the market, providing support in hospitals, workplaces and homes. Migration from lab research to market success demands more than better products: Trust will be essential, particularly as some robots make their way into assisted living centers.

Frontier Trends

Synergies Arise at the Intersection of Smart Machines, the Internet of Things and Digital Business

12 August 2014

Smart machines and the Internet of Things create opportunities for disruption and competitive advantage that organizations pursuing a digital business strategy can exploit. Six recent Gartner publications support this conclusion.

CIO Survey Uncovers the Need to Focus on Digital Workplaces and Engaged Workforces

23 July 2014

Gartner's 2014 worldwide CIO Survey provides ample evidence that fostering a digital workplace fits into the goals of IT leaders.

The CIO Role Has Many Possible Future Pathways Leading Technology, Business or Both

17 July 2014

Digital business is creating both uncertainty and opportunity for the CIO's evolving role. Wise CIOs will prepare now for the scenarios most probable and impactful for their enterprises and personal career goals.

Differentiation in Asset-Centric Companies

19 June 2014

CIOs of asset-centric businesses need to think differently from their peers in other industries in regard to differentiation. They must focus on asset performance as a business differentiator, not a commodity.

Fuel Innovation by Funding Ideas Using Venture-Capital-Like Practices

6 February 2014

Many innovation initiatives successfully generate numerous ideas but often stall before funding. Executives who are responsible for innovation should know how internal incubation funds are designed to overcome the challenges of funding ideas and progressing them into value-creating innovations.

Maverick* Research: Ethics Are at the Center of the Nexus of Forces

23 September 2013

IT is often seen as amoral, but we challenge this view. Through the Nexus of Forces, corporate computing has expanded its footprint on society. CIOs should embrace the ethics of IT. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

The 2014 Gartner CEO and Senior Executive Survey: 'Risk-On' Attitudes Will Accelerate Digital Business

9 April 2014

EOs and executives are displaying a "risk-on" attitude toward technology-related business growth. However, there is wide disparity in understanding what digital business really means.

Should CIOs Aspire to the Chief Digital Officer Role?

28 April 2014

Becoming the chief digital officer is not the CIO's birthright, nor is it right for every CIO. However, CIOs should consider it, as it will likely be a powerful, influential and interesting role during the next five to 10 years.

Customer Analytics and the Art of the Possible With Big Data

9 April 2014

Big data challenges impact organizations of all sizes, but so do big data opportunities. By viewing information as an essential asset, organizations of all sizes can support their most important sales, marketing and customer service initiatives and drive business growth.

To Become a Money-Making CIO, Start With Cash Flow

20 December 2013

Compensation for many new chief digital officers partly depends on delivering measurable business results. Should this trend spread to CIOs in the next five to 10 years, this research offers several steps to satisfy those new expectations and take on the cash-flow CIO role.

CIO Advisory: The Chief Data Officer Trend Gains Momentum

13 January 2014

The number of large enterprises with chief data officers has doubled in the last year and, although 17% of CEOs say they will have established this role by 2014, CDOs are neither represented equally in all industries, nor are their job descriptions uniform.

Tech Go-to-Market Toolkit: A Visual Map for Macro Trends in the Consumer Technology Market

24 September 2013

This Word document, Excel worksheet and interactive PowerPoint deck will help you and your team browse, explore and discuss business, societal and technology macro trends affecting consumers from 2013 through 2023.

CEOs and CIOs Must Co-Design the C-Suite for Digital Leadership

22 November 2013

New digital and data C-leader roles are appearing in business. CEOs and CIOs must assess the deep change drivers and recent IT history to design for long-term success.

CIO Advisory: The Chief Data Officer Trend Gains Momentum

13 January 2014

The number of large enterprises with chief data officers has doubled in the last year and, although 17% of CEOs say they will have established this role by 2014, CDOs are neither represented equally in all industries, nor are their job descriptions uniform.

Digital Anthropologists Have Important Skills for Emerging Digital Enterprise Strategies

18 December 2013

As enterprises enter the digital industrial economy, it's critical to optimize people's interactions throughout business ecosystems. Anthropology and other behavioral disciplines have much to offer. We outline what and show how CIOs can add those capabilities to the enterprise digital portfolio.

Maverick* Research: Myths and Realities in the Brain-Aware Enterprise

23 September 2013

Neuroscience is blowing up old ideas of how brains work. CIOs and other IT leaders can use this knowledge to recoup wasted employee energy that can be channeled into value creation. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Combining Smart Objects With Mobile Apps Creates a New Frontier in Consumer Innovation

26 December 2013

Combining smart consumer products with mobile apps will create a new market of innovative consumer products and services. IT leaders in organizations that manufacture nontrivial consumer products should brainstorm ways to network products, make them smarter and add value with mobile apps.

Gartner Top Predictions 2014: Plan for a Disruptive, but Constructive Future

7 October 2013

These top predictions focus on disruptions brought about by digital business, the Internet of Things, smart machines and the onset of the Digital Industrial Revolution. IT leaders face a new set of realities in a much larger context.

'Collaborative Consumption' Business Opportunities Open Up for Business Leaders

8 August 2013

Collaborative consumption involves sharing access to products and services, and its rapid adoption is leading to a shift in marketing, distribution and economic activity. This research highlights three emerging opportunities that business leaders can evaluate.

The Potential Size and Diversity of the Internet of Things Mask Immediate Opportunities for IT Leaders

19 July 2013

The Internet of Things will be big, but just how big depends on exactly what is included. This research helps business and IT leaders understand this emergent technology and applications, and describes how IT leaders can help identify significant new opportunities.

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Featured Research

Get Ready for Digital Business With the Digital Business Development Path

23 June 2014

Digital business is the creation of new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds. CIOs and IT leaders can use this framework to identify the current state of the business, determine the future state and gauge the change required to become a digital business.

Use Digital-Savvy Nonexecutive Advisors at All Levels of Your Business

11 June 2014

As businesses enter the unfamiliar territory of a more digital world, their leaders should seek out and retain the support, as well as the challenge, of digital-savvy nonexecutives at all levels.

Digital Business

Digital Government Is a Journey Toward Digital Business

22 April 2014

To navigate the multiple definitions of digital business and digital government, we provide a model that can be used to understand trends and clarify the peculiarities of digitalization across government domains.

Business Moment: A Shipment Stopped at the Border Triggers Replacement Alternatives

20 June 2014

For CIOs and business and IT leaders, business moments will become the source of business value and competition, as the lines between the physical and virtual worlds begin to blur. This research looks at how a business moment as simple as a delayed shipment triggers dynamic value opportunities.

Digital Government Will Move at the Speed of Civic Moments

8 May 2014

Digital civic moments will be a central feature of digital government. This research introduces the civic moment and provides government CIOs with a scenario demonstrating how such moments can disrupt and transform government service delivery and business models.

Business Moment: Two Scenarios of a Car Crash Highlight Digital Business Opportunities

20 June 2014

Digital business will create dynamic value chains and new business opportunities that CIOs and business and IT leaders must investigate. In this research, we explore how a car crash creates two different types of business moments to illustrate the potential of digital business.

Building Out Digital Business 'Dream Teams'

31 January 2014

CIOs and other business leaders face immense challenges in building out expertise and talent in digital business. We offer a framework for building up digital business "dream teams" across various stages of digital business development activity.

Talent on the Digital Frontier: New Capabilities, Built Out Quickly, Will Dominate Digital Business

5 November 2013

Eight out of 10 business leaders in a recent Gartner survey admitted to needing adaptation and learning to fit the world of digital business. CIOs and digital business leaders will swiftly have to master new disciplines, capabilities and talent approaches.

Six Key Steps to Build a Successful Digital Business

30 April 2014

Digital business changes the game, moving technology from a supporting player to a leading player in innovation, revenue and market growth. This research gives CIOs and other business leaders six steps to build a successful digital enterprise and change the game.

What the Board of Directors Needs to Know About Digital Business

24 March 2014

Major changes will soon alter the assumptions used to plan strategically in every industry, including shifts in technology that make previously impossible business designs now possible. This research examines digital business, why it is important now and what board directors should do in response.

CFO Advisory: Innovate Financial Methods for Digital Business

30 April 2014

Success in the digital age will require significantly more investment in R&D and digital innovation. CFOs must match the creation by CIOs of more agile IT, with new ways to evaluate and optimize investments in digital opportunities.

Digital Government Is a Journey Toward Digital Business

22 April 2014

To navigate the multiple definitions of digital business and digital government, we provide a model that can be used to understand trends and clarify the peculiarities of digitalization across government domains.

A First Step to Determine Whether Your Enterprise Even Needs a Digital Business Strategy Now

20 February 2014

Here, we introduce our digital business early assessment questionnaire. This questionnaire can serve as a useful first step in helping private-sector enterprise executives ultimately determine whether the time, money and resources required to develop a formal digital business strategy is warranted.

Digital Business Demands Leadership Networks

4 March 2014

In the new digital business environment, command-and-control leadership structures are ineffective. Enterprises seeking to master digital business transformation must leverage the creative power and combined wisdom of a large, diverse pool of "leaders of one." They need to build leadership networks.

Predicts 2014: Seizing the Digital Business Advantage

11 December 2013

As businesses inject digital and electronic functions into products, services and channels, types and sources of competitive advantage morph. CIOs, strategists and business leaders must hone their branding, opportunity pipelines, capabilities and competitive intelligence.

Virgin Atlantic's Focus on the Consumer-Driven Ecosystem Offers a Glimpse of Life in the First Digital Decade

17 October 2013

Connected consumers and connected employees are changing how Virgin Atlantic serves its customers and the nature of work. Director of Information Technology David Bulman looks into the future and the changes being driven over the next five to 10 years by digitally driven connectivity.

Digital Government Must Be Both Inward- and Outward-Looking

26 June 2013

Government CIOs must consider that, while digital government strategies are mostly focused on citizen service, the main and more sustainable benefits will come from the transformation of internal data and processes.

Let's Get Digital: A Template for Digital Business Strategy

1 September 2013

A digital business strategy answers the question, "How will we survive and thrive in an increasingly digital world?" It is becoming an essential part of any business strategy, and best practices are emerging for how it can be developed and focused.

Ten New Realities of Customer Engagement to Account for When Developing a Digital Strategy

28 June 2013

This research helps enterprises develop the customer section of their digital strategy by detailing how technology will change customer engagement and what enterprises should do about it.

Tech Go-to-Market: Managing Various Sales Strategies Through the Hype Cycle of Technology Adoption

31 July 2013

Although the Gartner Hype Cycle can help technology planners decide when to invest in a particular technology, it also can help technology and service providers establish the appropriate sales models as the product passes through several stages on its path to productivity.

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Featured Research

Assessing the Business Impact of New Technology — A Three-Level Framework

23 April 2014

The impact of emerging technologies frequently extends significantly beyond the initial implementation. We describe a framework to help CIOs and business leaders assess the broader opportunities.

How CIOs Need to Think About Digital Business Technologies

14 May 2014

CIOs need to decide how they will position the IT organization in relation to emerging digital business technologies, such as the Internet of Things, 3D printing, wearable technology, robotics and cognitive systems.

Game Changers

Machine Learning Drives Digital Business

11 August 2014

Machine learning, already one of the most versatile technologies of the past decade, will gain even more traction in a digital business. This research, aimed at the architects of digital business, discusses the technology basics, benefits and pitfalls, and the abundance of use cases.

Gartner's Hype Cycle Special Report for 2014

August 2014

The 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Special Report evaluates the market promotion and perception of value for over 2,000 technologies, services and trends in over 119 areas. This year, we're also exploring the impact of the megatrends affecting the Hype Cycles and profiles across all research areas. This report tells a story of how technologies, services and strategies evolve from market hype and excitement of value to becoming a mainstream part of business and IT.

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2014

28 July 2014

This Hype Cycle brings together the most significant technologies from across Gartner's research areas. It provides insight into emerging technologies that have broad, cross-industry relevance, and are transformational and high-impact in potential.

Digital Business Technologies Are Changing the Nature of Change

6 August 2014

Digital business technologies are disrupting business operations in ways that have not previously been seen. IT leaders should act as change agents by adapting their thinking, their methods and their technologies to support fluidic change and by becoming proponents of digital technology.

IBM Bets on New Watson Unit to Ignite Smart Machine Era Growth

14 January 2014

IBM is investing heavily to create a new industry built on its cognitive and analytical systems assets. Smart machines deliver substantial first-mover advantage and we recommend early action.

The Disruptive Era of Smart Machines Is Upon Us

30 September 2013

The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. New systems that begin to fulfill some of the earliest visions for what information technologies might accomplish — doing what we thought only people could do and machines could not — are now finally emerging.

The Five SMART Technologies to Watch

21 February 2014

We identify five emerging technology trends (summarized by the acronym SMART) that we believe will significantly impact business over the next five years. CIOs and business leaders should evaluate these trends to identify new opportunities and challenges.

2014 Strategic Road Map for Business Process Innovation in Hybrid IT

15 January 2014

No cloud service stands alone, but mastery over hybrid IT eludes all but a few enterprises. This road map prepares line-of-business managers and IT leaders to capitalize on the contributions that cloud makes to business process innovation.

Digital Anthropologists Have Important Skills for Emerging Digital Enterprise Strategies

18 December 2013

As enterprises enter the digital industrial economy, it's critical to optimize people's interactions throughout business ecosystems. Anthropology and other behavioral disciplines have much to offer. We outline what and show how CIOs can add those capabilities to the enterprise digital portfolio.

Cool Vendors in Smart City Applications and Solutions, 2014

6 May 2014

Smart city solutions have evolved beyond hype and experimental projects. Solution-optimized smart cities that are focused on improving cross-city services, transportation management systems and energy use are now having a tangible and positive effect on city-based quality of life.

Cool Vendors in Digital Business, 2014

29 April 2014

Digital business is the creation of new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds. To examine this influence, we highlight four vendors that are exploiting digital business technologies, services and solutions, with groundbreaking results.

Cool Vendors in Smart Machines, 2014

11 April 2014

Smart machines will become practical this decade. In this category (popularized by the likes of IBM's Watson, Google Now and Apple's Siri), there are hundreds of smaller developers aiming to make some people more effective (and others redundant). Here are five worth watching.

Smart Machines Lead to Competitive Advantage as Well as Ethical Challenges

9 December 2013

Aggressive early-adopter companies can realize competitive advantage by employing smart machines, such as cognitive systems, autonomous vehicles and mobile robots. This report presents the opportunities and subsequent challenges that senior executives, CIOs and strategists should take note of.

The "It" Factor

1 October 2013

Those with "it" have an attractive self-confidence. They change the energy of any room they enter and ignite a spark in the enterprise that inspires others to follow. They achieve success that is sustainable by involving their coworkers, who perform better simply by being exposed to the "it" factor.

Innovation Insight: Augmented Reality Will Become an Important Workplace Tool

19 December 2013

Augmented reality is the real-time use of information in the form of text, graphics, audio and other virtual enhancements integrated with real-world objects. IT leaders should examine the value proposition of AR as an internal tool to enhance business processes and provide business innovation.

Innovation Insight: Emotion Detection Enhances Innovation in Customer Relationships

16 November 2012

Solutions that recognize and respond to emotional meaning embedded in voice, facial and other human communication will fuel a wave of indispensable products and services that further unites digital and physical worlds. Support organizations must understand the new methods for solution innovation.

Predicts 2014: The Business Impact of the 'SMART' Technologies

12 December 2013

Five key emerging technologies presage an era of unrivaled disruption at a personal, business and even industry level. Organizations that embrace and master these technologies will uncover significant opportunities in an otherwise-volatile business landscape.

Smart Machines Mean Big Impacts: Benefits, Risks and Massive Disruption

2 October 2013

Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles.

How CIOs Can Determine Which Emerging Technologies CEOs Will Want

14 June 2013

This research introduces a methodology for CIOs to identify the emerging technologies that will help CEOs and boards of directors attain their midterm to long-term goals.

Analytics Gets Personal with the Quantified Self

17 May 2013

"Quantified self" is the first manifestation of a reaction to ubiquitous business analytics trends called personal analytics. Information leaders should beware, but also prepare to benefit from the opportunities it provides.

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Featured Research

CIOs Must Develop Talented Entrepreneurs to Fuel Growth and Drive Innovation

7 August 2014

Eighty percent of CEOs name business growth as a top priority, and much of that growth will come from technology-driven business models, products, services and channels. CIOs can help spur growth by building out entrepreneurial behaviors and developing a base of "intrapreneurs."

Use a Systematic Organizational Model to Scale Up and Grow Quickly

9 May 2014

As high-growth companies scale up in size, they become increasingly complex. Maintaining the magic that launched their growth trajectory is challenging. CIOs can sustain the pace by rejecting bureaucratic hierarchies and adopting systematic organizational models for speed and overcoming complexity.

Innovation

Getting Started With Lean Startup

21 July 2014

Lean startup is a management technique that delivers high levels of agility and cost optimization. First developed by entrepreneurial startups, it is now successfully being adopted in the IT organizations of large, mature enterprises, as our two case studies demonstrate.

Supercharge Your Digital Innovations Through A/B Testing

8 July 2014

As the world becomes more digital, things are heating up for IT. Speed and data are everything. IT and business leaders must discern between anemic ideas and promising innovations quickly, with real data. They can do this by using A/B testing.

Hiring for High-Growth Distributed Work Environments

14 July 2014

People primed for distributed work environments can work anywhere, anytime, are always connected — and are rocket fuel for growth. Business leaders of high-growth organizations can implement practical hiring advice to secure people who can work remotely, build community and network with colleagues.

Digital Business Innovation With Smart Machines

7 August 2014

Some smart machine precursors or incomplete subsets may be enough to get started and enable early adopters to achieve an in-market advantage while others are still waiting for smarter, more mature offerings to appear. Act now by looking for business value, not ideal solutions.

Toolkit: Board-Ready Slides for Powering Sustainable Business Innovation

18 July 2014

In the next decade, major digital disruptions will reshape every industry. CIOs and other innovation advocates can use these slides to win over senior executives to develop a successful, repeatable innovation competency within the organization.

Strengthen the Three Pillars of Innovation in Your Organization: Purpose, People and Process

2 December 2013

Top innovators excel in at least one of the three pillars of innovation — purpose and intent, process and organization, or people and culture — and have a basic competency in all three.

Innovation Insight: Smartglasses Bring Innovation to Workplace Efficiency

30 October 2013

The use of smartglasses has the potential to improve worker efficiency in vertical markets such as manufacturing, field service, retail and healthcare. IT leaders must plan pilots, update policies, and provide new apps and content to gain potential benefits from smartglasses.

NASA's Space Apps Challenge: Earth's Biggest Hackathon

28 March 2014

How do you get 9,000 people in 83 cities to tackle some of the thorniest earth and space problems? Run a two-day innovation hackathon and invite the world to participate, as NASA did in April 2013. CIOs and IT leaders can use the approaches and results in this case study to plan their own hackathon.

The Role of the Chief Innovation Officer in Digital Business Transformation

21 March 2014

To embrace the opportunities of digital business, organizations must refine their innovation focus and skills. Chief innovation officers, chief digital officers and other innovation-oriented executives play essential and complementary roles in identifying and delivering industry-changing innovation.

Using Constraints to Generate Breakthrough Innovation: Throw Out the Blank Slate

27 February 2014

If, as CIO, one of your goals for 2014 is to encourage more creativity from your team, avoid using a blue-sky approach. Research shows that a few well-chosen constraints in the innovation process elicit more creativity. This document indicates how and where to use constraints to drive creativity.

Fuel Innovation by Funding Ideas Using Venture-Capital-Like Practices

6 February 2014

Many innovation initiatives successfully generate numerous ideas but often stall before funding. Executives who are responsible for innovation should know how internal incubation funds are designed to overcome the challenges of funding ideas and progressing them into value-creating innovations.

Agenda Overview for Business Innovation and Emerging Trends, 2014

3 January 2014

Our 2014 research agenda focuses on how business and IT leaders can lead their organizations into the new Digital Industrial Economy and deliver real competitive advantage. Understanding the new trends, progressing innovation and building a digital business are key to success.

Predicts 2014: Innovating With Information Will Demand New Data, Organizations and Ideas

29 November 2014

Our 2014 information innovation predictions consider the broadening expanse of data sources and use cases for big data and other transformative uses. Organizations will find the most value from unusual data sources used in non-traditional ways, particularly unconventional organization structures.

Roundup of Innovation Management Research, 2013: From Getting Started to Getting Great

16 August 2013

This Roundup presents our research on managing innovation for the period through July 2013, including new research on metrics and leading-edge practices. The research is organized by topic with hyperlinked documents and summaries.

Innovation Insight: Smart Grid Drives Innovation in the Utility Sector

7 March 2013

Smart grid, a vision of the new energy delivery infrastructure, is driven by intense pressure to find a sustainable energy provisioning model. It acts as an incubator for a broad spectrum of technologies in the utility sector, consequently demanding close attention from IT leaders.

Fuel Innovation by Funding Ideas Using Venture-Capital-Like Practices

6 February 2014

Many innovation initiatives successfully generate numerous ideas but often stall before funding. Executives who are responsible for innovation should know how internal incubation funds are designed to overcome the challenges of funding ideas and progressing them into value-creating innovations.

Agenda Overview for Business Innovation and Emerging Trends, 2014

3 January 2014

Our 2014 research agenda focuses on how business and IT leaders can lead their organizations into the new Digital Industrial Economy and deliver real competitive advantage. Understanding the new trends, progressing innovation and building a digital business are key to success.

Seven Strategies to Boost Technology Innovation

29 August 2013

Conflicting indicators point to both increasing and decreasing rates of technology innovation. Evaluating the evidence, we reveal innovation is not in decline and can be facilitated via several methods. Business leaders and CIOs must be aware of innovation often wasted through lack of recognition.

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