I was delighted to attend Irving’s talk this morning. Some thoughts I retained and that I thought you may find insightful:
- Innovation: Move from Technology innovation to Business innovation and Societal innovation
- Complexity in IT: The need to learn from other engineering disciplines
- Traditionally we have been compensating the lack of engineering with good/talented labour (consultants)
- Business simulations to get it right the “first” time, like micro-processors/airplanes
- The move from Industrial economy to Knowledge economy
- And the move from “Classical” Engineering to “Services Sciences”
- Moving up the value-chain/pyramid: At the very bottom is Technology, then Products, then Applications and then Business
- Far fewer jobs expected at the bottom, and only the very best will be needed and will survive.
- Move up the value-chain to do an interesting job
- Business optimization > Business > Applications > Products > Technology
- Flexibility and Adaptability – Not just important for success (opportunity) but important for survival (fear)
- Fear >> Opportunities. Fear is more effective, typically.
- Biological systems and eco-systems: Survival of the fittest
- Business: Ability to respond to change
- Personal also.
- Human Designs – Visual, Interactive and Immersive interfaces for everything (virtual worlds)
Favourite quote: “If you think lots about something, then there is nothing new, everything is obvious, BUT you have to think LOTS about it first!”
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM Strategy Head. Irving‘s Blog: http://irvingwb.typepad.com/