My colleague, Sheppard Narkier wrote a great post on my company’s blog today. The overall concept is that when new innovations come around they often enable us to automate or get rid of deeply engrained tasks that may not be obvious. Once we’ve done that, we’re free to use the new innovation to conquer exciting new propositions. Sheppard goes in to detail about a specific Enterprise IT example (Application Portfolio Management), but the logic can be applied all over the place.
I’ll give you a more startup based example. Thanks to Google Docs and Skype, collaboration is much easier. The forward thinking manager immediately realizes that this can be leveraged to hire workers who live farther away or skip his next business trip. What about something as fundamental as the daily commute though? What if you let your workers stay at home and used the time they saved from not commuting and the money you saved on an office towards a project you’ve been intending to do for a while but were a few hours or dollars short of.