Broadening the definition of "innovation"

I caught Jonathan's keynote this morning at SunNetwork. Excellent, classy introductory video with live performers on stage. Packed house. Good speech. Nice smooth cadence with a touch of elegance. Clean slides. Clear messages. I bought it. The best bit for me was this quote: "Network innovation isn't just about technology. It's just as much about business models."

Love it. We need both. Innovative products and innovative business models. It was nice to hear Schwartz talk at length about communities. How the network helps enable the development of communities, which leads to new -- oftentimes unforeseen -- opportunities and innovation. None of this is new to Sun followers. Schwartz has been talking this way for years, especially when he ran Software. The big deal here, though, is that the "community message" is starting to pervade the entire company. This is a pretty big deal. What you are watching is the complete transformation of the company. Sun is re-inventing itself, but it's doing it by not only leveraging new ideas but also by getting back to its roots: The Network is the Computer ... Stanford University Network (Sun) ... SUN"W" (Sun Stock Ticker noting "Workstations" and Schwartz's leak of some hot new boxes in the pipeline) ... Innovation ... Disruption ... Communities ... Standards ... etc. Schwartz hit on all these foundational themes.

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