ITMM 16: Innovation & Automation
Part I: Automation
Autonomous cars are on the roads now and will hit the market around 2018. How will this affect your business?
The big scientific shift for autonomous vehicles occurred via DARPA competitions in 2004-7. Since
then prototype automated vehicles have done hundreds of thousands of miles in real driving conditions on real roads. The engineering barrier for commercialization is just now being broken. Cars
in the US market today are already doing parallel parking , in Japan they can identify a parking spot while going down a lane in a parking lot and then with the permission of the driver park in the spot. On
regular roads they slow down if too close to the car in front of them, they also do numerous other actions to help drivers stay in the same lane and avoid crossing into a lane that is occupied.
We will briefly discuss the history and near future of Autonomous Vehicles and highlight how the
approaching change due to Autonomous Vehicles will be greater than that posed by the transformation from horses to cars of the early 20th century.
How can you know if your business will be affected in the mid-term by these advances? If your
industry will be affected, you need to start making your plans now in order to stay ahead of the curve. The primary variables to be aware of include whether your products and services are highly used,
repetitive and of low to moderate complexity. Driving, food preparation, and food production all fit this profile. In the next five to ten years, problems like these have a high likelihood of becoming
Part II: Innovation
"Innovation" is a subcategory of the larger category of "improvement". In a business environment there
are gradations of both 1) ‘How much improvement occurs’ and 2) ‘What can be improved’. Both of these
gradations need to be understood in order to understand innovation in a business environment.
The breadth of ‘what can be improved’ includes: Business Process, Technology, Product, Service,
Partner Integration, Vendor Integration, and Leadership. In all of these categories, improvements in quality, cost, speed, and feature are of merit. We will briefly discuss how the above mentioned
advances in automation will significantly affect many of these areas of innovation.
Part III: Enterprise Maturity
To be mature and stay competitive, enterprises need strategies to realize improvements across the
above discuss broad spectrum. This means that Solution Providers need to both, themselves have enterprise maturity (i.e. a breadth of continuous improvement), as well as provide commodity
innovation solutions and services to their customers.
IT Maturity, Inc. (itmaturity.com, 866-614-6888, firstname.lastname@example.org) provides Enterprise Maturity,
Leadership, and Innovation training and services.