Author Archives: Hutch Carpenter

Diversity and Innovation

Improve the Person, Improve the Idea by Hutch Carpenter A key aspect of the next generation of innovation is the ability to tap a much larger set of minds in pursuit of valuable ideas. This draws quite heavily from the realms of Enterprise 2.0 and crowdsourcing. The historic method of innovation relied exclusively on a designated few. Now we’re seeing ...

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It's Not Idea Overload – It's Filter Failure

At the recent Front End of Innovation conference, Wells Fargo’s Michael Duke presented in a session devoted to innovation metrics. He opened with a slide that asked attendees: Which would you rather have? 1,000 ideas; or 20 working prototypes With a setup like that, what do you think the general response was? Of course getting to 20 working prototypes was ...

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Kaiser Permanente Crosses the Innovation O-Gap

In corporate innovation, it’s all about the O. At the recent Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange in San Francisco, Dr. Naomi Fried, VP of Innovation and Advanced Technology for Kaiser Permanente, presented her organization’s approach to managing innovation.This was a great opportunity to hear practical advice. Kaiser’s approach to innovation was recently profiled in BusinessWeek. Kaiser Permanente, which generates $40 ...

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Ideas Are Core to Enterprise 2.0

Brian Solis spoke recently on what the future of social networks will be. Ideas, it turns out. As I wrote on another blog post: “Solis, leading thinker in the integration of social media and PR, recently spoke on an intriguing concept: ideas connect us more than relationships. The premise of his argument is that ideas are what elicit passion in ...

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Radical Innovation of Meaning – Apple iPad

“Ultimately, the iPad is a large iPod touch: a great device to draw your inspiration from, but perhaps not the seismic shift in technology that we were expecting.” – Claudine Beaumont, Apple iPad review, The Telegraph The much anticipated announcement of Apple’s iPad tablet was met with a resounding… “ho hum” or worse from much of the technology crowd. The ...

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Internet Future Driven by User Reputation Scores

In a recent interview with EMC’s Stu Miniman about the future of the web, I predicted that in 20 years, we’ll all have online reputation scores. Little badges, numbers that communicate our level of authority, this sort of thing. And these reputations will have tangible impact. Three different trends come together at some point in the future to make this ...

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Small Business Needs Social Software

A general observation of collaborative work is this: “The larger and more diverse are your personal network of contacts, the higher the quality of your ideas and project work.” In the enterprise market, the opportunity being seized by companies is to better connect employees. The sheer size of these firms makes it obvious that they are not optimizing collaborative activities. ...

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Basically Anything Can Be Innovated

In a recent post, Four Quadrants of Innovation, I described one type of innovation as leveraging existing technologies, serving existing customers. In popular culture, this type of innovation is… well, frankly it’s boring. No cool new advances, no new stuff you haven’t tried before. But what is compelling about this type of innovation is how well it fits Clayton Christensen’s ...

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Presenting Twitter in Search Results

In a recent post, I described some ways in which tweets should be ranked in search results. A good follow-on question is… How should tweets be presented in search results? It’s an interesting question – how exactly would you want to see tweets in your Google and Bing search results? And it’s an important question, as searches are critical bases ...

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Three Enterprise 2.0 Themes to Watch in 2010

Enterprise 2.0 continued its growth and maturation in 2009. We saw the rise of the Enterprise 2.0 consultancies, including Dachis Group, Altimeter Group and Pragmatic Enterprise 2.0. Andrew McAfee published his book about Enterprise 2.0. We saw the rise of the 2.0 Adoption Council. And based on what can be gleaned from vendors, more enterprises are deploying social software. For ...

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