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How to Deal with the Fear of Innovation

At Intellyx we break down business agility into three core business drivers: responsiveness, resilience, and innovativeness. This perspective on business agility, however, is not universal. In fact, most people separate innovation into its own category.

cliffjumpOn the one hand, leaving innovation out of the business agility equation misses the strategic importance of agility, as resilience and responsiveness are only tactical benefits. Innovativeness, however, means the ability to intentionally introduce change into the business environment in order to achieve strategic advantage.

There is more to this connection between responsiveness and resilience on the one hand and innovation on the other, however, depending upon your point of view. I came to this conclusion during a conversation with a consultant who focuses on providing innovation to her clients. The challenge she faced wasn’t providing innovative products and services for her clients. The challenge was how to get them past their fear of the change that such innovations represented.

Fear of change, of course, is the primary roadblock to business agility in any organization. Many organizations, unfortunately, have no effective means for dealing with such fear. Management consultants speak of developing a “culture of innovation” or some such, but fail to provide an effective means for fostering such a culture. Bloomberg Agile Architecture can help.

Read the entire article at http://www.devx.com/blog/agile/how-to-deal-with-the-fear-of-innovation.html.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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