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    Advances in technology have transformed the way businesses operate and the way they interact with customers, prospects, and suppliers. While this has been evident throughout the history of Information Technology, the pace of change and effect on business is growing at an exponential rate. Software is no longer just a cost centre; it has become a strategic commercial advantage (or disadvantage). In today’s high-tech world, innovation and new business processes can typically only be accomplished with the assistance of new software or by updating, changing or extending existing software. This means that flexibility with enterprise software can be a major, differentiating factor for organizations that need to rapidly innovate in our increasingly competitive world.
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    “Almost 90% of companies contend IT Innovation has become even more important over the past five years and yet investment has declined”, according to A. T. Kearney’s report on Innovation. A few take-aways from this study: * IT innovation is “game-shifting, technology-enabled strategies—the kind that create sustainable competitive advantage or lead to significant cost reductions” * “High-growth companies look to their IT organizations to drive revenue, not just to reduce costs or streamline operations.” * “Executives believe that a larger amount of their IT budget should be devoted to innovation, but only an average 12 percent of the IT budget is actually allocated to innovation” Organizations who are successful leaders with IT Innovation reap their rewards by higher growth and, according to A.T. Kearney, this does not happen by chance. These high-growth companies understand the need for innovation and invest in people and structure that encourages new ideas and implements them effectively.
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    One of the most challenging barriers to IT Innovation has been cited as the complexity of core business systems. Just as the Internet, ecommerce and Software as a Service transformed the nature of business and IT in the 90’s and early 2000’s, the disruptive forces today – Mobile, Cloud, Big Data, and Social Business – continue to transform how businesses must operate and how IT must react. Agility is key to survival and speed to market is vital. Legacy applications, finely tuned to a business and marketplace that are demanding more and newer services and interfaces, present significant challenge to many organizations. Underlying operations rely on these systems but simply extending to new interfaces is not sufficient. The organizations who can optimize systems, processes, and people to respond to demands and get on the innovation trail are rising to the top. Traditional approaches to software development and delivery and deployment are not good enough to keep up with these demands.
With 25 years’ experience in leadership and consulting, Eden Watt, PMP, has worked with client organizations on leading-edge, business-transforming digital projects.

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worked directly with clients on management, design and delivery of software solutions, and has overseen teams of consultants.

She has been a frequent speaker and contributor to industry events and publications, and has had more than two dozen articles published on topics such as mobile applications, modernization, and ecommerce.