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The Need for Speed: How Accelerating Innovation Changes the Game and Challenges Your Competition

Conventional wisdom dictates that most innovations fail – think New Coke, Microsoft’s Zune, and the Facebook phone – but these cautionary tales haven’t slowed the speed of innovation. If anything, the pace has accelerated: think how quickly society went from a bulky bag phone to the powerful, pocket-sized computers we know as “phones” today.

Increasing the speed of innovation can yield many benefits: faster product development cycles, increased customer loyalty, and streamlined business practices to name a few. But innovation doesn’t come cheap – and it can’t come at the cost of other mission-critical tasks. How can enterprises accelerate the pace of innovation without compromising other priorities, or becoming a cautionary tale?

Open technology can help speed the ability to innovate because it offers the benefits of a skilled global community of developers, frees organizations from the release schedules and limitations of closed-source technology, and permits disruption. Open solutions even provide the ability to fail – that is, to rapidly prototype new products or approaches – without negative impact to the business or the risk typically associated with such endeavors.

When enterprises have the power to self-disrupt, they can create market opportunities rather than wait for them. According to analyst firm Gartner, “…disruption has moved from an infrequent inconvenience to a consistent stream of change that is redefining markets and entire industries.” This type of disruption also creates challenges for competitors and, best of all, does not consume an organization’s existing revenue base.

Learn more about the impact of open technology on the speed of innovation in the free e-book Guide to Modern IT: Accelerate Innovation with Open Technology, now available to download. Discover some key statistics that speak to the current state of innovation, and read about how open technology is a perfect fit for organizations that are ready to lead – instead of trying to keep up.

Anthony Calamito

Anthony Calamito

Chief Geospatial Officer

Anthony serves as the Chief Geospatial Officer for Boundless and is responsible for product strategy and outreach, educational initiatives, and our ongoing commitment to the open source community. Anthony is a steering committee member at LocationTech, and a Fellow of the American Geographical Society. His commitment to geography education and community outreach extends beyond Boundless -- he is also an adjunct instructor at George Mason University.

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