IT Management Slideshow: The Legacy of Steve Jobs: 10 Innovation Lessons
By Don Reisinger | Posted 10-17-2011
The Legacy of Steve Jobs: 10 Innovation Lessons
Don't Worry About the CostIf there is anything that Steve Jobs proved over the years, it's that when it comes to innovation, getting it right doesn't come with a cost. Jobs invested millions of dollars in products with the eventual hope of seeing a return on that investment. And just about every time, he did. We realize you may have trouble convincing your CFO that this is the right approach, but remember that Apple was all the more successful because of it.
In the wake of his death on Oct. 5, 2011, the media were rife with details about his life, his work, and his amazing legacy. Indeed, even before his passing, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had entered into the pantheon of technology legends whose work will influence generations to come. Enterprise CIOs know only too well how Jobs' innovations at Apple have permanently altered the enterprise technology ecosystem. At the same time, the dual trends of IT consumerization and an expanding role for information technology throughout the enterprise, means that CIOs are being called upon like never before to make innovation part of your job description. Whatever your feelings about Apple's products, there's no denying that creativity is at the core of Steve Jobs' legacy, and we would all do well to take away these lessons from his astonishing history of innovation. Here are 10 lessons we learned from Jobs, and how you can apply these in your own experiences as an enterprise CIO.