A New Kind of Solution-Sharing Network - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management

A New Kind of Solution-Sharing Network

Leverage solution-sharing networks for innovation.

VentanaView™

Ventana Research agrees with many others that higher levels of innovation performance are likely to occur if innovation is founded on a collaborative paradigm. One way this can happen is through the establishment of solution-sharing networks (SSNs) — something Microsoft recently borrowed from the environmental movement.

View

Microsoft recently announced a SSN aimed at facilitating collaboration in the public sector by enabling global public sector partners and customers “to share their unique IT solutions, architectures, best practices, application source code ... and research.” If this kind of SSN takes off, then some kind of innovation is almost guaranteed to result.

A SSN is potentially a good approach for improving performance at the innovation-generation stage of the innovation management process because, according to the “Movement as Network” website (www.movementasnetwork.org), all SSNs focus on:

  • Problem articulation
  • Solution development
  • Strategy development
  • Solution implementation

The fact that Microsoft is adopting the SSN paradigm indicates we may see more technology companies going this way as a means to drive the discovery and definition of more innovative products and services. In effect, Microsoft’s SSN is little more than a solution-focused “community of interest,” but it’s still an initiative worth pursuing as a means to stimulate innovation.

Assessment

Ventana Research recommends businesses that have identified a need to improve the performance of their innovation-generation activities consider investigating SSNs by participating in one or establishing their own. For example, a micro-SSN could involve a small group of organizational stakeholders comprising employees and business partner representatives, all focused on a specific innovation solution objective. We also expect more technology companies to follow Microsoft’s lead in establishing SSNs as part of their innovation activities.

Stewart McKie is European Analyst Director at Ventana Research.

Ventana Research is the preeminent research and advisory services firm helping our clients maximize stakeholder value with performance management throughout their organizations. Putting research in a business and IT context we provide insight and education on the best practices, methodologies and technologies that enable our clients to leverage assets to understand, optimize, and align strategies and processes to meet their goals and objectives.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

News
How SolarWinds Changed Cybersecurity Leadership's Priorities
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/26/2021
Commentary
How CIOs Can Advance Company Sustainability Goals
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  5/26/2021
Slideshows
IT Skills: Top 10 Programming Languages for 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  5/21/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Planning Your Digital Transformation Roadmap
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Slideshows
Flash Poll