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How can you be more innovative in 2013? 3 tips from the pros

DP static banner.jpgWhat do organizations that value innovation do differently? Turns out that creating new business value through IT goes beyond delivering great technology, it’s about improving processes, increasing agility and working smarter.


For practical advice, Discover Performance turned to three IT innovation experts—consultants who advise CIOs in the trenches daily—and asked:

  • How are CIOs advancing innovation within their organizations?
  • How are they aligning IT innovation with the business?
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Where the innovation is: A look at cloud, mobile, social media

AhiGvirtsman-Caption.jpgBy Brian McDonough, Discover Performance Managing Editor


The new, all-innovation issue of Discover Performance interviews Ahi Gvirtsman, head of innovation at HP Software. He discusses what business innovation looks like, and how enterprise CIOs should approach it. In this excerpt from the conversation, Gvirtsman looks at the most innovative technology trends in IT and what they mean to the enterprise.


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Improving innovation capabilities with COBIT 5 --3 ways to do so

IMG_1614-Edit_SML.jpgAs a follower of the COBIT 5 series, you already know the new release of the COBIT standard helps IT organizations achieve greater financial transparency, customer satisfaction, operational excellence, and future orientation. Obviously, an important element of future orientation should be the innovation commissioned by IT to support its business customers. Clearly, this requires that IT organizations have their “eyes wide open” to trends in information technology and services. And as well, it requires an IT organization with the ability to deliver against innovation opportunities and ensure that the benefit from the innovation really solve business needs.

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The hidden factor that’s limiting your ability to compete

keithmacbeath.jpgBy Keith Macbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services

Every enterprise has an approval system for IT projects, and as part of this system there are gates a project has to pass through. But how well are these gates functioning, and how quickly do they open and close? If yours is like many enterprises, those gates have been created in collaboration with finance, and the natural tendency of people in finance in mature organizations is to feel that delay of expenditure is no bad thing.

Of course that can be true, especially if delay means time to think through the value of a proposed investment. But it’s not true if you’re in a fast-moving marketplace where IT investments are critical to your ability to compete, which these days is true of just about anybody in retail or consumer businesses. With so much action happening in systems of engagement, if you’re not with the program, you’re out of the picture. And that can be fatal if you’re Borders, say, or Circuit City. If your decisions – yea or nay - are not being made with sufficient speed, your business could be at risk. Here's how to increase the speed and quality of your decision making.

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