Thursday, June 16, 2011

100 Years of Innovation

There is a great look at IBM's history over at thenextweb.com today that features the video below:



100 Years of Innovation at IBM 
The video showcases 100 Years of Innovation at IBM and "features one hundred people, who each present the IBM achievement recorded in the year they were born. The film chronology flows from the oldest person to the youngest, offering a whirlwind history of the company and culminating with its prospects for the future." IBM also created an impressive dedicated website to celebrate their 100 years of innovation.

Back End of Innovation
Lately, we have been thinking about the Back End of Innovation a lot, what it takes to build a system to continually drive innovation, ensuring innovation is a repeatable process, rather than a one-off occurrence.

Your Turn:
What do you think is needed to sustain a corporate innovation system? What made it possible for IBM to do so? Are there other companies with a comparable innovation history and/or systemic process? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Valerie M. Russo is a Senior Social Media Strategist at IIR USAwith a technology, anthropology, marketing and publishing business acumen. She is a published poet and also maintains a literary blog. She may be reached at vrusso@iirusa.com. Follow her @Literanista

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