Invention or Innovation?

ice-cap-267x268If you sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo is that innovation?    Webster defines innvoation as —  1: the introduction of something new or 2: a new idea, method, or device . So you might think selling a refrigerator to an eskimo is novel, but hardly something new; after all nearly everyone has a refrigerator.  Similarly document management isn’t new or innovative. As CNN reported, (Veterans Affairs boss: ‘No veteran should have to wait for claims’) the VA is finally installing a document management system to handle their benefit claims backlog; again electronic documents are hardly new.

However, after decades of running on paper, I find it remarkable that the VA is finally adding document management.  For a stodgy bureaucratic agency, that’s an earth shattering innovative breakthrough. So how can something really old like document management be a breakthrough?

My innovation definition:  innovation is “the introduction of a new idea, method or device into a group of people”  No matter the group size, when the old standard way of doing things changes then that’s innovation. When group think changes and a new idea is adopted, that’s innovation. The group size doesn’t matter, it can be a company, a government agency, a state, or even a country. The key point is, the group adopted something new.
 

 

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Philip Topham

A technologist, with patents in data technologies, Philip joined Knowledge Bank in 2016, to focus creating software tools, like ReviewQ.com, to revolutionize the label regulatory review process. But Debra is the real expert on regulations. Philip blogs about food and dietary supplement labeling regulations.

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