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13 IT Innovation Habits of Enduringly Successful Alpha Organizations

Published: 23 July 2013

ID: G00250368

Analyst(s): Mark Raskino , Mary Mesaglio


As digital forces disrupt many industries, CIOs must strengthen technology-related business innovation. Here are some proven techniques that enduring innovation leaders have applied over a decade or more.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Best Practices for Exploring
    • 1. Technology Research Tours and Field Days
    • 2. Long-Range Creative Visioning and Macro-Trend Thinking
    • 3. Innovation Showcase Events
    • 4. External Technology Innovation Public Speaking and PR
  • Best Practices for Resourcing
    • 5. CIO Discretionary IT R&D Budget
    • 6. "Tenured" Innovation Mavens
    • 7. Innovation Events and Prizes
    • 8. Permanent Prototyping Teams
  • Best Practices for Enacting
    • 9. Dedicated Innovation "Lab"
    • 10. Early-Adopter Vendor Research Collaboration
    • 11. Working With Startups and Tiny Vendors
    • 12. Semidetached Organization Units and Workspaces
    • 13. Patent Applications

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