Wait for the right innovation
Identifying appropriate innovative solutions has become particularly difficult as services and products such as Facebook and the iPad move into the enterprise. Take the time to evaluate and identify technology that will be more productive than distracting, and educate users and leaders about the possible detrimental impact of implementing currently popular technology.
Seek unusual examples
When looking for models of innovative uses of technology to address a common process, don't confine yourself to your own industry.
Demonstrate corporate commitment by providing room to be creative, such as with a separate innovation fund in the annual budget.
Rely on the front line
Some get more business impact from innovative technologies by first implementing them, then letting users find their own value.
Use every opportunity
Whether it's a global recession or a new CEO, take advantage of any re-examination of costs and processes to be creative with IT.
Insights collected from participants at the CIO Perspectives Forums in Chicago (June 9, 2010) and Boston (June 16, 2010). Register for an upcoming CIO Perspectives Forum in your area at www.cio.com/executive-programs.
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