I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at IBM’s annual A/NZ Partner Symposium at Luna Park in Sydney yesterday where the hot topics of innovation, disruption, transformation and startup agility were central to the day’s discussions.
The crowd of more than 350 IBM partners assembled to hear from the likes of IBM executives such as Rhody Burton and Kerry Purcell. They touched on critical topics affecting the distributors, systems integrators and the ICT industry as a whole such as cloud adoption and the need to challenge the status quo in order to keep pace with the rapid change facing the technological landscape.
I was lucky enough to be given the limelight to deliver a keynote on ‘how to think like a startup’, given that many of the challenges facing larger, established players in ICT centre around the inability to move quickly due to processes, legacy systems, resources and values that have been established to keep their businesses ticking over like a well oiled machine.
But what happens when that well oiled machine is going down one track and the rest of the world is going down another track?
According to Deloitte, 65% of the Australian economy faces significant disruption and larger, established organisations need to become more adept at exploring new business models, while keeping their core business going as long as possible. After all, that's where the money is made...today.Some initiatives I touched on that larger organisations can begin to explore to embrace startup agility and thinking include:
We need to do more than just talk about innovation but create an environment under which innovation can truly flourish. The alignment of processes, values, systems and resources is critical to this.
Here at Collective Campus, we help companies run idea contests, hackathons and incubate innovation teams in an immersive environment, surrounded by tech startups, where they embrace startup thinking and receive ongoing mentorship and guidance to move quickly, build prototypes and fast track customer validation in a safe to fail environment, free from the corporate bureaucracy.To find out more about how we can help achieve your innovation goals, get in touch!