Technology innovation drives business differentiation at Gartner Symposium ITXPO

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Technology Innovation Drives Business Differentiation is the title of my sessions at the Gartner Symposium ITXPO in Orlando,FL.  If you are attending this conference and have started using the Events Navigator tool, I look forward to you signing up to attend these sessions and engaging in a good discussion at the conference.  I will also be available at the Red Hat booth at the conference to continue the discussion on topics that may be of more interest to you.  As I gear up to attend the conference, I figured I would share some of my initial thoughts right here in this blog on the vital need for technology innovation to drive business differentiation.

The abstract for my session states: There’s a vital need for IT to be relevant to the business. How can enterprises leverage technology to be competitive in the future? How do next-generation tools and innovative expertise increase agility and reduce friction within the enterprise? Come find out how customers can go through this transformation effectively.

Technology has always evolved and will continue to evolve.  However, it is important that enterprises adopt technology with sound business context rather than adopting it purely for technology’s sake.  In the brave new digital world we live in, innovative adoption of technology can also be a prime vehicle for enterprises to differentiate themselves from their competition.  Factors that drive such competition include an improved customer experience, business agility, and proactive risk management among others.  While doing so, enterprises must cater to the needs of the external consumers as well as the internal customers — the employees.

However, in the brave new digital world we live in, some areas of the business are likely to yield higher returns than the others.  Similarly, there are some architectural domains that lend themselves to innovation more effectively than others.

What are those domains?  What are the characteristics that best define the business areas that are better suited for innovation?  These are the questions that I am asking myself as I collect my thoughts in preparation for my session.

It all comes down to IT relevance.  Purposeful application of technology positions Enterprise IT to be relevant to the business of the enterprise.  Come to think of it, can innovation apply to IT relevance itself?

Food for thought at the Gartner ITXPO Symposium!

See you there!

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