Innovation - it’s not all about tech
Innovation is one of those over-used words today, whether in the media or within corporate world. For many people, the term innovation has evolved to refer to ‘tech’ solutions, whether that be gadgets or apps. However, it can mean far more than that.
The dictionary in my bookcase defines innovation as ‘something newly introduced, such as a new method or device’. This definition is important, as it’s very clear that innovation is not just limited to ‘tech’ related ideas.
Corporates launch innovation programmes in order to harvest ideas from the staff and turn the good ones into improved services, products or operations. In my experience, the majority of ideas are not about ‘tech’; they are for other areas such as improving processes, cutting out unnecessary bureaucracy, or improving their work-life experience.
These ‘non-tech’ ideas are nearly always easier, faster, lower cost and less risking to implement than tech ideas. This may seem strange coming from someone in the technology industry, however my role as CIO is to provide the best business solutions, whether that involves tech or not.
The message here is that when selecting innovation ideas to implement, don't discard the non-tech ideas, as these will often be the best ones.