Special Report: Innovation

November 2013

Cloud. Mobile. Social. Big data. The Internet of Things. There's no doubt these technologies are shaping the world, and creating new opportunities for business that know how to leverage them.

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Right now, you can register to attend an Oracle Day event, being held in 75 cities around the world. There, you'll hear stories of innovation in practice, and come away with a deeper understanding of how to use technology to create new opportunities for your organization.

In this special report, get ahead start by hearing from thought leaders, including Oracle's own executives. about how to manage both your teams and your technology to become a more successful innovator.

Making Your Mark
Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian shares lessons he's learned as an Internet entrepreneur — and how to build real connections with customers on the cheap.

7 Ways America's Cup Champions Sail Like Successful IT Teams
“While watching Oracle TEAM USA's unprecedented comeback victory in the 34th America's Cup in September with IT leaders who were in town for Oracle OpenWorld, I was struck by the parallels between winning America's Cup teams and successful IT organizations,” says Mark Sunday, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Oracle.

Back to the Drawing Board
“Critical thinking is finite, structured, disciplined and regulated. It will get you from point A to point B but nowhere else,” says Unthink author Erik Wahl. “By tapping into our ability to unthink, suddenly the possibilities becomes limitless. We can differentiate ourselves from the competition, and use emotion and creativity to engage our employees and drive future efforts.”

Six Steps to Innovation
The pursuit of innovative ideas is a delicate dance.

Doing Business and Doing Good at the Same Time
“We've moved beyond corporate responsibility to how do we actually solve problems,” says William D. Eggers, global director at Deloitte Research and coauthor of The Solution Revolution. “It’s not enough to write a report anymore. When executives at these companies use the core of their business to solve problems, it’s actually sustainable over time.”

America's Cup: 5 Tech Innovations Behind Extreme Sailing
“Building and sailing an AC72 catamaran demands extensive performance analysis based on collecting huge amounts of data, and applying the right analytics to improve boat design and performance,” says Asim Khan, Director of Information Systems, Oracle Team USA. “Essentially, we need to be information gluttons and analytical gourmands.”

Five Ideas: Innovation
Watch the latest Innovator's Playbook to learn how BT Group's leaders are leveraging cloud, mobile and social to provide an outstanding customer experience. Plus, find out what Oracle's latest research reveals about creating an innovative culture, and more. 

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