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When Standards And Innovation Don't Mix
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chachi04
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chachi04,
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7/10/2012 | 7:08:25 PM
re: When Standards And Innovation Don't Mix
Good read on an interesting topic. I work for Juniper and am viewing this from a vendor's lens - while balance is important, innovation should always win out. The lack of mainstream adoption of a standard typically means that the status quo just isn't cutting it. Finding new and creative (and usually better) ways to solve a problem is the way vendors differentiate and continue to add value.

The API is a logical next step in that direction. Bringing the power of users, partners, and other vendors not only opens up access to the (usually brilliant) community, but it provides some tremendous insight into how customers use products and technology.
kathymast
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kathymast,
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7/5/2012 | 3:55:21 PM
re: When Standards And Innovation Don't Mix
Good article on a complex topic. I/T has a strategic need for both innovation and standards. I suggest creating a team solely focused on innovation, training or hiring the expertise needed to achieve a breakthrough or new functionality and use your brightest and best to ensure I/T is innovating for the business. When the innovations are ready for real-time production, analysis must be done in regards to standards - will they fit, need to be adjusted, etc. You have to "break the rules" to innovate and should do so to keep your company competitive - in an innovation environment. Then figure out how to make the innovations fit the standards or standards adjusted to support the innovations for production. You really want the best of both worlds!
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MyW0r1d,
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7/5/2012 | 2:04:17 PM
re: When Standards And Innovation Don't Mix
"The problem with standards is that they're the diametric opposite of innovation" paints a vague picture with a rather large brush or defines a yard by a single blade of grass. Standards define what are known, proven methods to make something function as advertised. I consider the Steve Jobs, the Bill Gates, the Steve Wozniaks all innovators, but look at their products Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, and almost any other that have made standards (open or proprietary) a critical part of their success. The true innovators are few and far between while there are thousands of wanna bes for each. Standards NEED to be followed in IT production environments where performance depends on service availability and stability. Perhaps you meant ignore standards exclusively in development environments, sandboxes, etc, and perhaps here I could agree, but when you bring it to market or production, set your standards in order to be supportable.


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