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Innovation

My eyes lit up when I was sent the link to the Royal Bank of Canada’s Next Great Innovator Award

There are many of us who have chosen to be entrepreneurs in life because we have vision to bring change within existing industries. There is great freedom to be able to act without the norms of bureacracy however we are continually faced with the struggle of gaining the resources to make the difference at the scale we desire. Maybe this is a new avenue for some of us to expend some energy and gain from the systems and resources of more established institutions. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the school board to consider this as an option. Then they could gain the change they desire with the buy in from their existing clientele.

The Royal Bank have not only laid down the challenge with a $20,000 reward but have begun to open the doors for a new way of change. I am interested to see what comes from this campaign so I hope that they keep the public informed as to the change they implement as a result.

I hope that this is only the first phase of this new approach. When they and other corporations invite entrepreneurs and thinkers who are not students to participate they will begin to open themselves up for some of the success that Google and 3M have experienced by acting on ideas that come beyond the normal sources.

Well done RBC

Posted on September 26th, 2006 by Mark

Service Cloud

Nicholas Carr talks about technology services being available as a utility in his post, An IT sea change for smaller companies.

It is no longer enough to give your employees access to the network while they are in the office during business hours. Your team needs access to data and services from anywhere at anytime. All of a sudden the SMB has to provide 24/7 support, protect their network from outside intruders and ensure high availability. Large companies have provided this for years with their on site data centers, firewalls, VPN’s and network administrators. This is a tall order for a small company.

I believe the concept of a small business having a server room will become as ancient as switching tapes on an answering machine. Every essential service will be available securely on the internet cloud. It won’t be the extreme of giving Google or Microsoft all your data with some generalized offerings. It will be a hybrid of online services integrated with dedicated servers running your applications in data centers, staffed with professionals. Economies of scale will make it affordable.

Imagine the scenarios; no more hearing an explanation from your college student network admin on why email has been down all day. You can move offices without worrying about those mission critical applications becoming unavailable. Opening a new branch, no problem, just get it connected to the internet and work can begin. Finally, when that low cost DSL connection at the office goes down, your servers won’t skip a beat, every email will get through, your website will stay up and your remote workers remain productive.

Posted on September 24th, 2006 by Bobby
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