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The expert consultants on staff with Innovation Vista bring C-level Technology leadership experience to their roles and insights for our clients.

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Searching for a keynote speaker for your conference or seminar?  Looking for an expert on Innovation or IT strategy to stoke the creative fires of your group? Many of Innovation Vista's expert consultants are also expert public speakers! Sometimes an outside expert can bring just the new perspective that's needed to get your group thinking differently.  Any of our core services or areas or expertise are fair game: Innovation IT Strategy Using IT to Drive Revenue & Market-share Artificial Intelligence Data & Analytics Digital Transformation Monetizing Your IT Optimizing Your IT Stabilizing Your IT Weaponizing Data Information Security Disrupting Your Industry with Tech Transitional IT Leadership How to Succeed as a CIO System Implementation Tech Assessments Contact us today if you're seeking a speaker for your event.  (Also note: We are happy to do pro bono speeches for non-profits and worthy causes...)

By |2020-10-19T09:03:18-06:00November 8th, 2019|News|

Not Every Company Needs Our Services – Only Those Which Have Data

A recent McKinsey study found that companies which invested in data quality and analytics increased their profit margin an average of 6%.  For context, the average profit margin across Fortune 500 companies was just 10.7%...!  Who isn't interested in pursuing an increase in their profits of 2/3?  And unlike traditional IT automation, Digital Transformation can not only reduce costs but also potentially increase revenue. Unless your company does not track or utilize data at all, you are missing an opportunity at these kinds of returns if you're not "weaponizing" your data.  GAAP Accounting does not currently allow companies to book their data as an asset on the balance sheet, per se, but it’s safe to say that between two companies with similar financials, the one with the highest quantity & quality of data is truly “worth more” (and will have tangibly better results!) than one with limited, low quality data.  [...]

Innovation Vista Announces Acquisition of Tech-Advisors.net

Houston, Texas, USA   For immediate release   Innovation Vista announces the acquisition of Tech-Advisors.net, a tech site originally established in 2011 as an online IT consultancy. Effective today, visitors to tech-advisors.net will be redirected to InnovationVista.com for our combined online materials and consulting offerings. "This acquisition represents a quality addition to our online offerings, and we could not be more excited. The resources acquired will add significant depth to our client-only materials", a spokesperson for the company commented. Innovation Vista, LLC is a technology consultancy providing senior business leaders technology insights and a full suite of strategy consulting services from experienced C-level IT leaders with proven track records.   Please direct inquiries to news@innovationvista.com.

By |2020-10-02T14:54:47-06:00August 28th, 2019|News|

Turning IT into a Profit Center – Client Success Story

Innovation Vista keeps our past clients and partnerships confidential.  Unless you choose to publicize our joint work, the public - and specifically your competitors - will not know you are working with us, or planning anything new or different.   Sun Tzu said it well: All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.  -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War It is often useful for new and potential clients, though, who are envisioning possible innovation and digital projects, to consider how our approach has benefitted other companies, even just in broad anonymized strokes... One recent example was a financial intermediary involved in connecting counterparties with specific investment needs [...]

Kodak – April Fools Day cautionary tale

Kodak was a household name. Everyone either knew of Kodak or owned one of their cameras. Their success was admired by brands worldwide. Their success didn’t last forever. Over the course of a few short months, the brand started to disappear. Other brands, like Sony and Canon, took center stage. It wasn’t too long before younger generations were asking, “What’s a Kodak?” Kodak failed. But how did such a successful company fall so hard in a very short period of time? The answer has a lot to do with their resistance to change. Resistance to Change Kodak invented the first digital camera in 1975. Most people don’t know this because it was kept secret. Why? They were afraid if they let anyone know about it, their film-based business would end. Unfortunately, not releasing that information ended up leading them to their fear. Sony and Canon jumped on the chance to [...]

By |2020-02-29T08:55:17-06:00April 1st, 2018|Tech Disruption|

Borders – April Fools Day cautionary tale

The bookstore giant Borders at one time operated over 500 stores and employed 20,000 people.  From these highs, the company crashed quickly - so quickly that most people had no idea it was going under until it did. The debts were high, and the income wasn’t high enough. No one, including publishers, wanted the bookstore to die, but it couldn’t be resuscitated.   What Happened to Borders It started in the 1970s in Ann Arbor. Tom and Louis Borders created an inventory tracking system that was as intelligent as computer systems allowed at the time. In addition to their books, the Borders’ brothers licensed out their inventory system starting in the 1980s. This enabled them to expand their store into Michigan and Philadelphia.  From their they launched nationwide. In 1991, Borders was sold to KMart, who was interested in both their stores and their inventory system. This was the start [...]

By |2020-10-19T09:04:39-06:00April 1st, 2017|Tech Disruption|

Be the Business – CIOs in the New Era of IT

Be the Business is the latest offering from well-known CIO recruiter Martha Heller, author of the CIO Paradox, a well-written guide to the myriad trade-offs involved in being a successful CIO. In her latest book, she further explores the challenges faced by CIOs in the new Digital era of disruption and transformation, and she proposes a significant shift in mindset as the key answer.  Rather than a service provider, partner, or other analogous relationship, Heller’s suggestion is to envision IT as identical with the business, in the sense of how it measures its success and how it should set its priorities. Increasingly, with new technologies rising in impact and disrupting so many industries, it is IT which both enables and envisions many companies’ futures.  Owning that responsibility helps CIOs set their mindset on the right compass heading, and should also increase their wingspan and influence at the executive table as [...]

By |2019-10-13T22:21:38-06:00September 27th, 2016|Book Review|

Why We Build Trust First for Innovation Success

"Build Trust First" is Innovation Vista's mantra on all engagements relating to change, transformation and transition.  We believe it is absolutely necessary for success! Gartner reports that 75% of Digital Transformation initiatives will fail, highlighting particularly higher risks when these are seen as "IT Projects".  That is a daunting estimate, but one based on real facts and track records.   ..and one we believe is based on human nature...   Trust is a universal Human Need Turbo-charger   Although we apply this approach to IT-driven transformation, it is truly in effect in every aspect of our lives.  Myriad leadership studies have proven the connection between success/efficiency/effectiveness and trust.  And each of us can confirm in our own lives the "difference" between situations where trust was absent vs. present; it is not difficult to recall in which situations we were at our best... As with many things, the impact of trust may be [...]

By |2020-10-31T22:34:23-06:00June 5th, 2016|Digital Transformation, Innovation, IT Leadership|

Blockbuster – April Fools Day cautionary tale

It is a hallmark of the disruptive nature of digitalization that it has turned the tables on surprised companies who have gone from industry leaders to bankrupt has-beens in relatively short periods of time.  In an effort to encourage our clients to avoid similar thought traps, and to commemorate and analyze a few of the most famous of these failures, Innovation Vista is initiating an annual "April Fool's Day" article series.  We are pleased to kickoff this series with the sad & strange case of Blockbuster.   The Multiple Missed Opportunities of Blockbuster with Netflix The disruption of the video rental industry is very unique in that the industry leader had multiple chances to purchase, and then to partner with, its disruptor, less than a decade from its own bankruptcy. To our knowledge, this seems to be the best example of opportunity of this kind being offered, and of course, [...]

By |2020-10-01T15:21:15-06:00April 1st, 2016|Monetizing IT, Tech Disruption|

Forbes Highlights Demand for Digital Consultancies

A Forbes article yesterday about Digital Consultancies highlights a major change underway not only among Big 4 and Big 3 consulting firms, but across the economy.  Increasingly, firms are building out their "Digitalization" consulting practices to respond to the increase in demand in these services among their clients. Some are hiring experts to handle the current and projected future project increase; other firms are acquiring smaller firms at a frenetic pace.  It is this same trend in demand that created the reason for the formation of Innovation Vista in the fall of 2015... What is so different about this trend in consulting and in technology at large? New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Smart Process Automation, Augmented/Virtual Reality are reaching maturity to be ready for mainstream adoption worldwide.  Most companies will find one or more use cases for these capabilities. Because these tools are new, there are not enough experts [...]

By |2020-10-04T14:34:18-06:00March 24th, 2016|Digital Transformation, Innovation, IT Leadership, News|