What is the technology function's primary role in supporting business innovation?

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Prototyping: Iterating/refining organizational consumption53%

Deploying: Scaling across the organization15%

Other (comment below!)3%


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Director of Technology Strategy in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
Isn't it all of the above?

And doesn't that depend on the type of innovation.
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Community Manager in Software, 11 - 50 employees

 That's a great point. I think that's true especially in today's marketplace. How would you define the different types of innovation you experience in your current role?

Director of Technology Strategy in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees

That's a good question  - most of what I come across that's been branded as innovative is actually just a simple improvement on something existing.

I tend to view innovation as 'the process of bringing a new method/idea/product and applying it to an existing market'. In that regard technology may be one of the mediums for innovation to occur (especially if that product is a digital one) but I don't see them as necessarily being the gatekeeper and/or driver of innovation.

Director, IT Architecture in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
All of the above
IT Executive in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Understanding and clarifying the requirements, as well as the problem that is to be solved. Can't build and innovate unless technology and business are on the same page.

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