As a technical solutions provider, Shadow-Soft is at the forefront of driving technical innovation into organizations. Emerging technologies, such as big data or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), can provide incredible competitive benefits to companies and whole industries. However, we have also experienced a lack of motivation for organizations to innovate. Here are 10 observations we have seen throughout various engagements that prevent moving to the leading edge of technology:
- Unaware of the need to innovate. Technologies are moving so fast, it is often difficult to separate hype from value. Targeting specific technologies in a rapidly evolving marketplace makes it challenging to focus on particular changes.
- For innovation to really take hold within an organization, the culture must first embrace the idea of change. A lack of drive to push into new technologies will prevent the necessary thinking to recognize opportunities.
- Lack of creativity. To identify opportunities, personnel must first question what could work better. An environment that drives for creativity will find opportunities for improvement.
- Disbelief in innovation. Organizations that have attempted innovation in the past and failed can have leadership that is not in favor of trying again. Conversely, you may have succeeded at bringing innovation into the organization, but the technology was ultimately disappointing.
- Fear of failing. Previous attempts at innovating were not successful and perhaps cost a significant amount of money. It is now viewed as too risky or wasteful to attempt integrating new technologies.
- Near-term mindset. Organizations can sometimes have tunnel vision, focusing only on the current or next quarter. True innovations take time to deploy, learn, and show value. A short-term view will often prevent engaging in new opportunities.
- Lack of leadership support. Leaders within organizations must drive for innovation, actively seeking new ideas to stand behind. If leaders don’t seek innovation, team members won’t focus on it either.
- Lack of processes. Innovation and technical evaluation are done in an ad hoc way. Without a repeatable and measurable process for assessing technologies, it will be difficult to separate valuable technology from the marketing hype.
- Lack of resources. Technical personnel are spread so thin that they don’t have time to focus on improving organizational processes and IT systems.
- Lack of understanding. This goes hand-in-hand with a lack of resources. Without proper knowledge about emerging capabilities and what value can be brought to the table, it will be impossible to identify what the next project should be.
Does your organization fall into one (or more) of these trends? If so, we can help! We have expertise and experience in helping migrate proven technical innovation into commercial and government organizations of all types.