“A lot of innovations require the use of technology to enable it, however, one should not confuse the use of new technologies as something innovative.”

Dr. José A. Gutierrez, Director of Technology and Innovation at Transocean Ltd.

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. What does innovation mean with respect to the oil and gas industry?

Dr. José A. Gutierrez: First allow me to clarify one element: My comments about O&G industry are centered only around Oil and Gas Drilling, with particular focus on Offshore Drilling. The rest of the exploration O&G industry and O&G production are quite advanced and innovative.

There is indeed a big confusion in the market place in the definition of innovation. Most people try to define innovation as the process of creating brilliant ideas – but brilliance is defined by the same authors of the idea. Many other use terms like “Technology Innovation”. In fact one cannot do technology innovation; technology defines a concept for solving a generic problem (stronger polymers, faster computers, etc.), but this is not innovation, it is just better technology with respect to some other benchmark.

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“Innovation is complex, although we strive to simplify it in multiple ways.”

Paul Hobcraft, Advising on Innovation Transformation

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. How do you define innovation?

Paul Hobcraft: We all fall into the trap of offering a standard ‘potted version’ of innovation, it is a mistake yet it also does allow everyone to begin to relate and gain some definition. The worry is it can freeze this early definition in our minds and we often fail to mould it to our circumstances, we often fail to adjust it or even be prepared to radically revise it. It gets filed away and never challenged to see if it is “fit for purpose”.

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“AI is best delivered as service because there is always something that needs special adjustment.”

Dr. Joseph Reger, Fujitsu Fellow and Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu EMEIA

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it and react differently. How would you define innovation as Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu Europe, Middle East, India and Africa?

Dr. Joseph Reger: Nor do we need one, that’s my personal view. Innovation is supposed to produce something new for the company. In what sense, what depth, how radical and how transformative a piece of innovation can or must be, this will vary not just between companies but between departments of a single company, too.

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Executing on Innovation – The Required Key Ingredients

Innovation: We all have seen the biggest, most successful companies talk about it and share their success stories. We have read about it in the latest business journals and magazines. We all want it in our organization but the right recipe with the right ingredients is often elusive. In this article we will share different views and discuss key ingredients required to create, execute, and innovate in your organization.

Innovation presents one of the greatest challenges facing many organizations today. As business leaders, we must ultimately deliver business benefits. To this end we ask the question: “How do we support innovation strategy in a way that best sets our organization up for success and growth?”

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Top 20 Most Influential Innovation Blogs from 2016

Over the past few weeks we have done the analysis of all of the big innovation bloggers to find evidence of who really are the best innovation bloggers of 2016, and who you should look out for in 2017, ranked into the official Top 20 list.

This was a joint effort between three innovation focused blogs, namely Idea to Value (with Nick Skillicorn), InnovationManagement.se (with Amelia Johannsen) and Innoboard (with Manuel Kaiser).

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Interviews

“A lot of innovations require the use of technology to enable it, however, one should not confuse the use of new technologies as something innovative.”

Dr. José A. Gutierrez, Director of Technology and Innovation at Transocean Ltd.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. What does innovation mean with respect to the oil and gas industry?…

“Innovation is complex, although we strive to simplify it in multiple ways.”

Paul Hobcraft, Advising on Innovation Transformation

Friday, February 3, 2017

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. How do you define innovation? Paul Hobcraft: We all fall into the trap of offering a…

“AI is best delivered as service because there is always something that needs special adjustment.”

Dr. Joseph Reger, Fujitsu Fellow and Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu EMEIA

Friday, January 27, 2017

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it and react differently. How would you define innovation as Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu…

“Startups are the lifeblood of creativity, yet they need focus and execution skills to convert that creativity into innovation.”

Peter Cook, lead of Human Dynamics and The Acadamy of Rock

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition for innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. How would you define innovation with your vast experience in innovation? Peter Cook: I…

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