IBM's Global Innovation Outlook event has begun. Paul Horn, senior VP, research, IBM welcomed the attendees with an overview of what we can expect during today's discussions. I'm a communicator and my ears listen for interesting soundbites. Horn had a funny way of comparing the GIO to his background in research. Science without practice and application is mental masturbation. His point is that the GIO explores topics and its our job to carry out the ideas and test the theories with practice and application.
Nick Donofrio, executive VP, innovation and technology, IBM then joined Geoff Moore, Valley guru and author to discuss innovation that matters.
Geoff Moore to Donofrio: Innovation is like mayonnaise, it makes whatever you put it on taste better.
Innovation happens through an open, global, multi-dicipline, collaborative environment.
Donofrio in explaining a headline from a talk he gave last week in Singapore where he was quoted saying there is not "next big thing"" There isn't one next big thing, there are hundreds and thousands of next big things.
Moore on the difference between 20th and 21st Century business: The business game in the 20th Century was played on our home court, we had the best education, the best market and the best thinkers. In the 21st Century business game is an "away" game being played all over the world.
Moore: Education without risk doesn't work. We aren't taking chance with out curriculum.
Donofrio: If you are forthright, I will be forthcoming.
Next up: Ginni Rometty, senior VP, enterprise business services, IBM...