The Culture of Innovation Revisited
It is easy to give a view on the important issue of how to create a culture of innovation. Rather more difficult is to clarify what type of innovation and culture change is relevant to any given circumstances. We are currently overwhelmed with messages to “fail fast” but that is just one culture of innovation and it hardly guarantees success. It's time to widen the agenda.
Manifesto: The Innovation Economy
For the past 6 years Hack and Craft has been building products for startups and helping corporations to launch new ventures. During this time we have helped create new enterprises worth hundreds of millions of pounds, but we have also seen many teams flounder and fail. The range of teams and the problems they address is too wide to determine any recipe for success, but we have observed some basic ingredients which are common to all disruptive innovations. The main pattern in the successful teams is a very high level of interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing. It seems that an essential ingredient for viable innovation is always the synthesis of knowledge from different perspectives. With this in mind we hope H&C News will provide a forum for this knowledge sharing and help foster the innovation opportunities that arise from it. Harry McCarney MD, Hack & Craft
Enterprise Efficiencies and The Future of Outsourcing
Corporate IT is in the midst of a transformation that will rip apart today’s long-term outsourcing relationships. Outsourcers have provided essential support for the core systems that make it possible to run a large organisation. But, those core systems are being replaced by SaaS applications, or broken up into cloud services. These new systems based on “Web services” are faster to assemble, more adaptable, and cheaper to maintain.
A qualified "Woo-hoo" for big data
Big Data tools are a game-changer. Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs) are reaching the point where they (at least on their own) can no longer enable us to get the maximum insight into the vast amount of information available.
When tech met art – 6 top moments
There’s an interesting chemical reaction going on in Berlin, one that makes it a cultural epicentre in a pretty unique way: the combination of artistic, outside-the-box thinking with startup tech culture. This is celebrated this week, as the festival Transmediale hits the city with its music partner CTM. Yes, it’s an art festival, but it includes “hack days” and philosophical musings on the aftermath of “big data”.
3 tech trends that will develop in 2014
Remember 2013? Of course you do, it was only a month ago. Startup events became a weekly affair, some super-hyped startups (Gidsy, Amen, Moped) failed to make it on their own and investors/people with regular-sized attention spans became increasingly wary of “hype”. Ring any bells? Anyway now the dust has settled, we can look into our startup crystal balls for 2014.