We were talking “innovation” at work so I thought I would pull out this article. Innovation is such a buzz word it seems, to me at least; it loses its meaning each time it is uttered. But it’s meaning is concrete.
“innovation is more than just the generation of novel ideas or the dissemination of knowledge, it is about making a change or doing something in a new way.”
This distinction is crucial. Novel ideas by themselves have no impact on society. It is their implementation that separates invention from innovation.
In other words, good ideas are not enough. In my day job as Fairfax’s resident mad professor we have a battle cry of “Demo or Die!” which I feel sums up the sentiment accurately. If we can’t demonstrate implementation, then the idea doesn’t have legs.
It’s been a few years since my last webDU so this year’s conference was a reunion of sorts with familiar faces, friends and dear old colleagues. I should point out that as a daemonite alumni I was a guest, so yes I am biased and I do think this conference is awesome. The staging was great, the food better and the speakers stellar. Did I mention there was ice-cream?
There is no point in me sharing the 16 pages of notes I took over he 2 days—that would be a pretty tedious conference review. So, what I thought I would do is share the reasons you might want to follow up on the session slide deck and speaker profile. So here goes …
Terry Ryan, Adobe, Keynote Day 1 and Semantic HTML Reason to click
Get a taste for how Adobe is bridging the divide between web and print technologies for both makers and consumers and a preview for what they are pitching to the W3C.
Hughes talked about the challenge of selling travel with the short lead time of a “deal”, the advantage of a television plug to build your database and the importance of SEM, but mostly he talked about search. The future of search to be exact — recommendations and natural language queries that can help customers decide where to go next and give them ideas about their upcoming holiday. That future isn’t here yet, hence the relevance and current viability of traditional travel retailers, so it will be interesting to see what the innovators in the space do and how the incumbents respond.
A new survey from Human Resources vendor NorthgateArinso claims that Australians are actually getting better at saying “no” to work. According to the survey results;
– Fewer workers make work-related calls from home this year (24%) than last year (36%)
– Fewer workers check emails at home this year (38%) versus last year (46%)
– Fewer workers feel that work is intruding on their personal life this year (39%) versus last (52%)
– Fewer companies are providing employees with laptops this year 24% versus last (35%)
I’m quite surprised by these results, except for the last figure because more organisations are encouraging staff to use their own laptops for work. NorthgateArinso’s ANZ managing director David Page thinks the shift could partly be to cultural change within organisations, as they realise that “online fatigue” can actually make workers less productive rather than more. This might be the case with some enlightened bosses, but I expect they’re in a minority.