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So are our current innovation systems fit for future purpose?

Is real-time coming up against old-time innovation processes – surely something will have to give.

So there is a whole new world of possibilities, a mash-up of the cloud, data, analytics, digital / physical combinations, real-time activities all crowding into the existing innovation pipeline, manually being cranked along. No, something needs to change. We need to really begin to dump these legacy systems for manual innovation and really step back here. Innovation and its management seems to be lagging badly behind

The BHAG for innovation is needed here

We need to take a very different perspective on the innovation process. We need a greater visual control across our organizations; we need to build a completely new end-to-end innovation management system on a platform approach.

We need to collect and aggregate more knowledge, information and data than ever, the complexity will simply grow as we connect more the digital and physical worlds and innovation is being expected from this fusion.

Fusing the parts, forming the bigger picture

We need to give up on those ‘hard end of line output’ measures and metrics (so anti-empathy) and go into analytics far more, for driving innovation along its new process constantly at its point of need (note that), embrace data, seek and design new deployment models like cloud and mobility, merge the architecture design of the innovation process onto a visualization platform, seek out those that can contribute both inside and outside the organization.

We need to orchestrate and make our innovation systems dynamic that provide stunningly different user interfaces (beyond the Excel spreadsheet or stand alone systems please) that can come into you wherever you are and want to get an update, make a contibution. These spaces need to be tailored to the individual’s role within the innovation development process at a particular time to make it flexible as an on-demand need, drag and drop knowledge into your space to make it hugely dynamic full of interactions, modular and capable of being extended within our more elastic (flexible) enterprises.

A future full of collaboration built on real-time and valuable insight

The future will be collaborative if we decide to make it that way, full of mash-ups to make innovation happen. Innovation management needs to be in the driving seat of change, keeping itself in touch and in response to the next revolution of digital and physical mashing together that is ushering in the next era of innovation. Can it happen?

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