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Utility Scenario: Explorers Must Focus on Pragmatic Innovation

Published: 17 September 2016

ID: G00308510

Analyst(s): Chet Geschickter

Summary

Explorer CIOs operate in a status quo environment, yet within organizations that encourage exploratory innovation. They should adapt general-purpose technologies and seek ways to connect to consumer technologies to enable their organization to move into adjacent markets and prepare for change.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Recognize When Conditions Support the Explorer Scenario
    • External Environment: Status Quo
    • Innovation Posture: Exploratory
  • An Action Plan for Explorer CIOs
    • Adopt Bimodal IT to Balance Operational Excellence With Exploratory Research and Development
    • Establish a Cross-Functional Digital Innovation Function to Implement the STREET Process for Innovation Management
    • Partner With Business Executives Who Are Tasked With Expansion Into New Business Opportunities, and Provide Enabling Infrastructure
    • Identify and Pursue Opportunities to Apply Advances in General-Purpose and Consumer Technologies to Improve the Existing Business
    • Formalize Innovation Governance to Overcome Common Barriers to Operationalizing Innovation, Such as Micromanagement, Internal Resistance and Analysis Paralysis
  • Focus on Three Areas

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