Innovation: a new way of doing the same old thing?

Morning coffee time for me is spent catching up on what’s going on in the world. My sources are email newsletters, RSS feeds in iGoogle and tips from tweets. Today I was caught up in an IT World article on innovation in IT. They weren’t talking about buying new gadgets but actually creating a workplace culture to develop new ideas and ways to do business. Having worked in IT for almost twenty-years, I understood what they were talking about and I’ve seen these ideas before. The IT World article shows shining examples of IT process innovation. Most IT departments, particularly in large organizations are sweat-shops. The pressure is on to find ways to have programmers write one more line of code a day and the help-desk to answer one more phone call an hour.  But is finding a new way of doing the same old thing – only more of it in a shorter period of time – truly innovative?

In the current economy businesses are struggling to just keep alive and survive until things turn around. Managing to the margins through cutbacks  is one way to get through. In other words – finding new ways of doing the same old thing. Finding innovative ways of doing business or even innovating by developing a new business can be a stretch but it may pay off in greater rewards.

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Windows 7 on a MAC…hmmm…why?

This story from CrunchGear featuring  Windows 7 being launched on NBC’s Today Show pokes some fun at an older MacBook showing up as a prop in the background.They never actually use it but there’s no reason it wouldn’t work.

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With the move of Macs away from Motorola chips and to Intel processors, running Windows on your Apple computer isn’t all that difficult. Of course die-hard Mac users wrinkle their noses up in disgust and ask why would you want to? But for business computer users it is an acceptable alternative and for many it resolves the dilemma they face when being forced to choose between WindowsPCs and Macs. Now they can use both. In the same computer!

Getting back to why . . .  some folks like Mac computers for their personal use and have used them for years but when they move into corporate computing they are often forced to use a Windows based PC. Traditional IT departments, outsourced organizations and infrastructure doesn’t support Apple computer technologies based in both technology and cultural mindsets. Custom and legacy business software applications are developed for PCs and not the Mac operating system known as MacOS – AKA Snow Leopard, the current version. Up until recently this has created the separation between the two. It seems that Apple is positioning their computers for business users by supporting the use of Windows on their hardware and providing support in their new MacOS for some enterprise tools such MS Exchange for email subscribers using MS Outlook. Microsoft makes a few versions of Office for the Mac and the files are transportable between either PC or Mac platforms.

Windows XP can and does run on the Intel based Mac computers in parallel with the MacOS. Windows Vista never was a choice but Windows 7 has been used during the pre-release period and now with the official release versions. There are two ways to do this.

Boot Camp lets you choose between MacOS or Windows when you first boot up your Mac. When you boot into Windows (XP or Windows 7) your Mac runs just like a PC. To get back to the world of Apple just reboot and choose the MacOS. There are folks who need both environments at the same time and by using software utilities such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion you boot into the MacOS and start up a Windows session in a window. You can swap data between the two environments and with this dual personality Mac users can get the best of both worlds.

Just so you know, I represent a company that sells computer hardware and we carry both PCs and Macs. My customers are home based consumers and business folks. Our techs setup Windows XP & 7 on Macs on a regular basis and it seems to work well for those folks who need both operating systems.

BTW: Hulu.com won’t show the video outside of the US but you can watch it on the NBC Today Show site by clicking here.

Dean

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