Why Innovation Is All About Many Small Steps

Why Innovation Is All About Many Small Steps

Why Innovation Is All About Many Small StepsWhy Innovation Is All About Many Small Steps

At innovative organizations, change doesn’t occur in one large motion—it happens through many coordinated, forward-looking steps.

Indispensable ElementIndispensable Element

59% of survey respondents say it’s important to be innovative, and 58% say innovation helps them achieve their goals.

Unsubstantiated OpinionUnsubstantiated Opinion

70% believe that their company is an above-average innovator. However, just 14% work at organizations which reap significant business benefits from innovation.

IT Inventory, Part IIT Inventory, Part I

45% say unified communications is a top tech tool in supporting innovation, and 44% say business process workflow automation supports innovation.

IT Inventory, Part IIIT Inventory, Part II

43% say enterprise social networks serve as a top tech tool in supporting innovation, and the same percentage cite solutions addressing enterprise collaboration software, big data/analytics and digital signage.

Bottom-Line BenefitsBottom-Line Benefits

Innovation “leader” organizations outperform “laggards” by an average of 41% on sales growth, and 16% in profit margins.

Big ProductionBig Production

Innovation leader companies outperform laggards by an average of 40% when it comes to employee productivity increases.

Streamlined SpendStreamlined Spend

Innovation leader businesses spend only 5% on R&D as a percentage of revenue, while laggards spend 7%.

Open AirOpen Air

Innovation leader companies spend 29% of their total budget on “blue-sky projects”—research into areas outside of current products or offerings—while laggards spend just 18% on these efforts.

Tiny StepsTiny Steps

81% of innovation leader organizations say their approach to improvement is to make lots of small, frequent changes (as opposed to large “big bets”), while only 19% of laggards do this.

Up and DownUp and Down

Overall, 56% of survey respondents describe their company’s approach to strategic development as “top down,” but their approach to innovation is “bottom-up.”

Competitive EdgeCompetitive Edge

“Bottom up” innovators earn 24% more in revenue growth (and 17% higher profit margins) than “top down” innovators.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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