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Will the CIO Lose the C?

co-authored with Chris Curran

There is some disturbing new data for the role of the CIO. Thomas Wailgum of CIO.com says, “Given the… warning signs, it’s easy to speculate that the CIO’s role and the department’s sovereign power might be slip-sliding away.” Half of our Diamond Digital IQ Survey respondents said that more than 30% of the dollars spent on IT is done outside of IT. Power in any organization usually follows those who can create new revenue and value, but our survey shows that 75% of the CIO’s innovation role is internally facing.

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The Quiet Revolution

"We have to stop putting sand where we need oil, sugar where

we need petrol." JP Rangaswami

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Agile Planning

The last IBM Global CEO Study ('The Enterprise Of The Future') interviewed 1,130 CEO's in 45 countries and 32 industries. It found that organisations felt bombarded by change, and that many are struggling to keep up. Eight out of ten CEOs saw significant change ahead, and yet the gap between the expected level of change and the ability to manage it had almost tripled since the previous study in 2006. An inability to cope with the pace of change. That's pretty serious.

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Evolutionary Marketing?

There's an emerging field in science called evolutionary medicine in which the causes for some diseases and chronic afflictions are found in the conflicts between the varied rates of change among human beings, the pathogens that haunt them, and the context of the environment in which it all exists.

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All Nippon Latest Innovation - Pre-Boarding Toilet Monitors

Can design change the world? Or at least let’s try to change healthcare. Or shall we start with our education system? There are plenty to change and no shortage of ideas. Do we need more new and cool products? Or we just need products that last? Or products that are cheap to repair and not throwaways that are costing our environment?

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Darwin's Finches and Corporate Innovation

So many business terms that we take for granted - like "survival of the fittest" - are actually based on Charles Darwin's seminal work on the ways that species adapt to their environment in the wild -- and the way these adaptations are handed down to their progeny. So it's always fun when other innovation bloggers combine smart thinking about corporate innovation with insights about Darwinian evolution. Here, Michael E. Driscoll of Dataspora asks What Can Darwin's Finches Tell Us About the Downturn?

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How Do You Know if Your Business Model Is Out-Dated? Are You Acting to Fail or Failing to Act?

The title of this book caught my attention in a book store in Hong Kong. I didn't open or buy the book, just thought the title was funny. Meeting with a couple of friends here in Asia and the common topic is business is getting tougher and tougher. Out of the half-a-dozen people I've talked to you, all six of them are executing on business strategies that are not creating value in the long term.

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Consumers Are People

I'm banning the word 'consumer' from this blog. Not that it crops up that often here - I've been making a conscious effort to avoid using it ever since Adam launched his 'Stop Calling Me a Consumer' Facebook group (and even wrote a piece of Firefox script that automatically replaced the word 'consumer' with 'people') almost two years ago.

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HP Was Founded in a Garage That Started the Wave Two of Transformation of the Modern Enterprise. Watch out for the Next Wave Which Will Be Driven by Social Technologies

This is the garage where David Packard and William Hewlett started their new company in 1938 as fresh Stanford University engineering graduates. This is probably one of the key places in California that can be called the birthplace of Silicon Valley. If you visit this tiny garage, you will find In front of the house a plaque officially declaring the location the "birthplace of Silicon Valley” some 70 years ago. The Valley not only transform businesses, it also transform societies and politics.

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The Age of Heretics and Sceptics

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