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Innovate By Hacking Capabilities

Capabilities are the amino acids of innovation. They are the building blocks that enable value delivery. Innovation is a better way to deliver value and is often the result of repurposing existing capabilities. Locking capabilities into rigid organization structures and proprietary closed systems gets in the way of unleashing new sources of value and solving many of the important challenges ...

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Getting Rich versus Getting Lost – Smartphones

Google & Apple vs. RIM, Nokia, Samsung, Microsoft by Adam Hartung Summary: Most planning systems rely on extending past performance to predict the future But markets are shifting too fast, making such forecasts wildly unreliable To compete effectively, companies must anticipate future market shifts Planning needs to incorporate a lot more scenario development, and competitor information in order to overcome ...

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Tablet Market Dominated by Apple iPad – For Now

Microsoft just posted a really good quarter and has been openly criticized for its lack of strategy in the tablet market and other consumer market. This software giant has failed to innovate in many fronts despite massive resources and strong talent based. The company has also failed to create any buzz on their product launches; you wonder what is not ...

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Innovating at Scale in a Successful Company

Large successful organizations have a hard time creating large scale innovations. When a company’s on the brink of death, they entertain many radical alternatives, but economic health is the enemy of change — which is one of Microsoft’s great problems. Ray Ozzie, now the Chief Software Architect of Microsoft, was at Lotus development when they dominated PC software. According to ...

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Are Sustaining Innovations Expensive?

The cost of Defend & Extend – Microsoft, Apple, Google, IBM, Cisco, Dell, HP by Adam Hartung In theory, Sustaining Innovations that help a company Defend & Extend its products are supposed to be cheap. The breakthrough is done, and the investments on variations, derivatives and enhancements are “engineering” as opposed to “science” so the development is supposedly more easily ...

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Microsoft is GM. Apple is BMW.

April 26, 2010 was a big day for Apple. That was the day it surpassed Microsoft as the most valuable technology company. Kids who have grown up with the iMac, iPod and iPad may greet the news with a yawn. But those of us who remember the early days are somewhat stunned. Who would have thought ten years ago (let ...

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Fastest Follower Usually the Innovation Winner

In our innovation circles, we like to celebrate the pioneers. They are the folks that establish the trail and go where no one has gone before. We highlight their advancements and hold up their accomplishments. But what often goes unsaid or unnoticed is that many pioneers die right on the cusp of success. Who are the ultimate winners? The Fastest ...

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