Innovation Strategies: Just-In-Time Innovation — Using Partnerships to Achieve Digital Transformation

Innovation Strategies: Just-In-Time Innovation — Using Partnerships to Achieve Digital Transformation

This IDC study explores the use of technology partnerships, on a project-by-project basis, to improve the CIO's ability to deliver IT innovation to the enterprise. Based on interviews with senior executives at MITRE Corporation, the study discusses practical ideas that can be broadly useful to other CIOs who have difficulty acquiring skilled resources for projects that require competency in emerging technologies. The study explores the following issues:How can partnerships be used to add critical skills for IT innovation that are not otherwise available to the CIO's organization?What is the role of the CIO in shaping an IT organization that uses partnerships as a standard tool to enhance IT innovation? How can the CIO ensure that innovation competencies are retained and shared within the organization after the term of the project/partnership relationship ends? "Given the complexity of managing the innovation portfolio, how can the CIO acquire the skills necessary for projects that enable the digital transformation of individual business areas while simultaneously continuing to modernize and maintain the effectiveness of the entire IT organization?" asks Fred Magee, adjunct research analyst for IDC's executive program. "One approach is to acquire innovative talent on a just-in-time, as-needed basis by partnering with external organizations that have already developed the DX skills required for specific outcomes."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Linking Technology Maturity to Innovation Needs
Assessing a Technology's Readiness for Business Innovation
MITRE Addresses This Challenge with a Formal Assessment Methodology
Balancing the Need to Develop IT Competencies with Business Need
Transition Commitment Levels Measure Organizational Readiness for Change
Partnering to Improve IT Innovation Competencies
MITRE: IT Partnerships Are a Better Fit than Mergers or Outright Acquisitions
Spin-Ons Fill a Role Between Traditional Sourcing and Long-Term Alliances
Capturing and Maintaining Innovations Using Knowledge Management
Using Knowledge Management Systems to Capture Innovation
One Unified Enterprise with Multiple Pockets of Knowledge
The CIO-as-Innovator Role
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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