I presented in the CIO track at Software 2006 on the theme of New Florence. New Renaissance about how technology is revolutionizing work/life. The presentation is available for download below.
As part of the surveys during the conference, half the audience in the track thought future technology innovations would come from smaller vendors. Which is a good sign that CIOs may be back to spending more with startups. However, only about 10% said innovation would come from internal staff. As I present in my slides, considerable applied innovation is being done by CIOs and CTOs or by business process owners supported by CIOs with tactical technology support.
I told the audience of CIOs/CTOs it was too modest in not taking credit for the applied innovation, and from the nods in the audience and comments I heard afterwards, the point sunk in. And the one that if a tech vendor is only investing 7, 10, 12 c of each dollar in R&D, CIOs need to try and get the whole dollar back - "full oxygen" - and use that for their own applied innovation.