Innovation 101: Executive Dashboards 2.0

Welcome to my trinary era. Call it binary 2.0. I have a reason to do so and a good one at that. Because I plan to write a book titled Web 2.0 101 which will discuss the new thinking required to innovate – even to survive – in post-Industrial times.

Take for example the Executive Dashboard. When I transpose Web 2.0 philosophies coupled with FoS, it makes all our BI companies look Jurassic. I’m not KlipFolio - a Desktop Dashboardtalking about creating snazzy animated callouts or jazzing up interactions. I’m talking about individualization and making the technology pieces completely invisible.

Shown here is a fine example of a customizable, desktop dashboard from Serence, that epitomizes Web 2.0 dashboard design. No more static fuel-gauge graphics that confuse the user more than providing the quick overview s\he’s looking for.

So what’s this whole fuss all about? Pabini Gabriel-Petit‘s excellent book review of Stephen Few’s Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data underlines the direction –

… while today’s business intelligence (BI) software vendors have developed technologies that can gather data from disparate sources, transform data into more usable forms, store huge repositories of data in high-performance databases, and present data in the form of reports, “we have made little progress in using that information effectively.”

One part of the problem is in accurately visualizing ‘what’ needs to be presented and the remaining parts are in understanding ‘how’ each business user needs to see information, critical to the role s\he’s performing in an organisation, so that decision responses are timely.

The aspect of innovation I’m touching upon requires that we bring a width of knowledge – user psychology, state of technology, business understanding, data visualization – and ‘right’-brain thinking (pun is intentional) into the equation rather than the Industrial R&D mindsets and processes.

Innovation is perhaps the best example of a mashup.


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That’s a Cartoonist and journalist rolled in one!!!

That’s my friend Madhavan. Guess what … Innovation ONE-on-ONE became the Editor’s pick just as soon as it was created. Way to go Madhavan!!!

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Innovation goes bananas

Innovation is difficult to define – it perhaps even defies definition. We may be better off not even trying to. Can innovation be taught? Short answer, no. Can wisdom be bought? DITTO.

Courses in innovation are being created without any focus on the human being. Today’s innovation bandwagon focuses on philosophy, methodology, tools and what not. I ask a simple question. “Do you not need something more than education and training to be a musician”. Basically, can anybody become a musician or does s/he have to be one in the first place? If I simply teach musical notation after which you practice strumming for 6 hours a day, can you become a guitarist OR do you have to be a musician before I brush you up?

Are there some intrinsic traits or talents or experiences that are prerequisites for innovation?

Think about it!!! Continue reading “Innovation goes bananas”

Can Innovation be taught?

Since I have decided to write a book on the much hackneyed topic of innovation, I thought I should share a podcast (Lunar’s Icon-o-cast) recorded earlier this year at Lunar Design‘s San Francisco office. Lunar’s co-founder and CEO, Jeff Smith, has become a good friend. This is a conversation with Lunar’s President, John Edson where you’ll hear both of us meandering through the complex business landscapes of the future.

 Listen to the podcast here …

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