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The Two Sides of Innovation – Moving from Experimentation to Exploitation

  • Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Davenport University Sneden Center, 6191 Kraft Ave SE • Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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Explore approaches that can be used to experiment, prototype and pilot new technology to make a positive impact on the business as well as the role of IT within the organization. This session will address in detail the two concepts of “Beneficial Disruption” and “Design Thinking” as key components in this journey. Looking at theory and examples and discussing how they can be applied in practice within IT organizations at varying levels of maturity and scale. Creating value and innovating means different things to different organizations, but technical leaders are called to provide value proactively to the business – whether the business asks for it or not.
Topics to be covered include:

  • Creating mindset within the IT organization surrounding emerging technology
  • Establishing responsibility and time for thinking and proposals of technology exploration
  • Using crowd sourcing techniques to facilitate employee participation
  • Phases of emerging technology exploration
  • Moving new technology concepts from exploration to exploitation


8:00 - 8:30 | Registration & Networking

8:30 - 8:45 | Welcome & Introductions

8:45 - 8:55 | ITMA Technology Update - John Dean

8:55 - 9:10 | Member Profile - Sherri Meachum, IT Director, Schupan & Sons, Inc.

9:10 - 9:55 | Innovation in Action - Steve Harmon, Director of Innovation, Steelcase Inc.

9:55 - 10:10 | Break

10:10 - 10:50 | Applied Innovation Practice within IT - Jim VanderMey, Chief Innovation Officer, OST

10:50 - 11:30 | Panel Conversation - Starting the journey: Steve Harmon, Director of Innovation, Steelcase; Jim VanderMey, Chief Innovation Officer, OST; French Williams, IT Manager, Royal Technologies

11:30 - 12:00 | Discussion & Lunch

Our Panel will cover:

  • How does your company encourage/enable research and proposals around emerging   technology?
  • On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), comparatively how good is your company at reacting to emerging technology, and how good were you at it 5 years ago?
  • What lessons can you offer the audience as key indicators of an effective emerging technology discipline?
  • What’s the big deal – In other words, what do you lose as an IT leader if you don’t study emerging technologies?
  • How does your organization fund these experience?

Who should attend:
IT Leaders, Practitioners, Developers, Innovators...

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