Tag: innovation

InnovationTechnology

Innovation and Market Shifts – at warp speed

Recently, Adobe announced that it would no longer work to support Flash on mobile devices. On October 3, 2011, it announced it was also going to acquire PhoneGap – a tool that is used to take one piece of content and output it to all the major mobile device platforms.

 

Let’s not assume that Adobe is going to take over the world, but they’ve done a great job keeping up with the needs of the market. (Remember, Adobe acquired the Macromedia Suite – Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash – which has been the primary suite used by web developers around the world over the last 10-15 years).

Adobe isn’t the only company fighting to stay on top of the market. WordPress (blog, website and content management technology) has continually added templates (including purchaseable templates created by power users) and newer blog technologies like Tumblr and Posterous are even more forward building in widgets/gadgets that make their sites perfectly situated for leveraging social networks and information sharing with like minded individuals. Think Twitter with larger text limits. Drupal and Joomla are now the primary sites for serious web developers and constantly innovate with their templates.

Blogger, not to be outdone, has just added a powerful dynamic template. The new twist allows any user of the page the ability to display the page in a way that meets their personal viewing needs.

Pinterest has taken the world by storm as a kind of Delicious (popular bookmarking site) on steriods – you save what you like and others can view what you like and “re-pin” items they like. Driven by pictures vs. text links. Great way to share ideas, get more exposure to your product and ultimately find more business contacts.

LinkedIn, the online networking site, has made great strides with the groups and sharing features. I posted a job posting to a group of designers and was able to provide a friend 30 applicable resumes within 48 hours of the posting.

So, what of all this innovation and keeping up with the market?

No one can keep up with it all. What is popular today may be outdone tomorrow.

Keep a few points in mind while navigating this landscape:

  • K.I.S.S.– Keep it Simple Stupid. It’s time to go back to basics. Take out extraneous eye candy, complex designs, and convoluted implementation. The design needs to be simple for customers and for you…especially since you could be switching to different tools each year (or sooner).
  • Don’t jump too fast! – See a flashy new tool? Want to jump in and use it for your website? Not so fast. Create a test site/account and fill it with fake content. Test it with other gadgets, find out how it looks on your mobile device, see how it works with your day-to-day use. Make a list of all the functionality that is there AND that seems to be missing. Compare it to your other site or product. Is it really better? Is it better in some ways and not in others? What are you willing to give up to have it? We all have our own list of technical requirements and sometimes something new won’t help you.
  • Tools aren’t necessarily the answer– we’ve got hundreds of technology tools to choose from for websites, project management, photo management, social networking, online communities, photo editing, and more… I used to work for a boss that had me try out new tools every day of the week. It started to detract from my day job. I started to realize that tools are there to assist us, but they aren’t the point. They should support your business. Not the other way around – unless you are selling tools.

The market will keep shifting thanks to continued innovation. That will bring great possibilities for us all. Something that will best meet your needs may not have been invented yet, but is soon forthcoming.

The key is to stay true to your roots while being willing to test new ideas and technologies, but remember that you don’t have to use them.

Good luck!

InnovationInspiration

Need innovative ideas? – TED.com

There is so much information out there on the Internet that you’d think we’d all know where to go for great ideas.

But, there are so many resources it can be overwhelming.

Here’s just one – http://www.ted.com – which has thousands of video talks about innovation, ideas and even “jaw dropping” concepts. (At least that is one of the rating options they give to their readers)

Their tagline is “ideas worth spreading.” And, they are right.

Many people pay around $10,000 just to attend their conference each year and around $1,000 just to have access to the videos from the conferences each year. The ideas are that important. Yet, many of the videos are free on their site.

Once a month (or more) it is worth taking an hour or two and just browsing videos on Ted.com.

You’ll see what is coming. It may spur another idea for your business. You may find something to share with an innovator you know.

Do you know of any other sites we should check regularly? Please share with us and we’ll post it here.

InspirationQuotes

Quote – Celebrate

One of my favorite quotes from Tom Peters (leadership guru) is:

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

– Tom Peters –

If you are a boss, this is REALLY important. So often people branch out of the norm and bring up a creative idea, a simple fix to an ingrained process, or a completely new way of delivering a product.

It is easy to find everything wrong in these moments, instead of seeing where the possibilities may lead.

Are you rejecting something better just because it is hard, different, or imperfect right now?

Perhaps it is time to celebrate and see what good stuff comes your way.