So just exactly what is innovation? It turns out that innovation is doing something new. It can be a new method, a new idea, or even a new product. In the world of IT, we have the ability to solve just about any problem. However, how we go about solving problems can become outdated quickly. What we need to do as CIOs is to find out how to bring the spirit of innovation into our IT departments.
What You’ll Find Inside:
- HOW CIOS CAN BRING INNOVATION TO THEIR IT DEPARTMENTS
- HOW CIOS CAN USE MOBILE AND CUSTOM DEVELOPMENT TO REDISCOVER INNOVATION
- SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE CIO – CAN WE TALK?
- WHY CIOS NEED TO WIN AT GAMIFICATION
Your IT department needs innovation for a number of different reasons. First, the IT department these days is the engine that drives the company to successfully compete in its markets. In order to make the company go faster, your department is going to have to be finding new ways to do things both quicker and better than ever before.
Innovation does not come cheap. This means that as the CIO you are going to have to get good at finding ways to make the funding that you do have work even harder. As the world changes new technologies such as mobile and even custom development are arriving and these both hold out the opportunity to introduce a great deal of innovation into an IT department.
In order to innovate, your staff is going to have to stay current with the latest technologies. That means that it’s going to be your responsibility to determine what level their skills are at. These skills may extend into the realm of social media and if so, you are going to have to make some tough decisions about how the company is going to participate in this new world.
The secret to introducing innovation into your department may lie in changing how the department works. Embracing novel concepts like gamification may show you the way to make this happen for your staff. Ultimately, you are going to end up shaking everything up. No matter if it comes down to planning scenarios or creating contests to motivate your department, the old way of being a CIO has now officially been replaced by the new way of being a CIO.
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