Innovation without risk: How to speed up change without sacrificing productivity

Posted by Justin Hesser on December 3, 2012

Innovation takes time. And, according to Harvard Business Review, this concept has existed as far back as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which wasn’t widely accepted by the scientist’s peers until a solid decade after he published his findings in “On the Origin of Species” in 1859.

While information may have traveled at a slower rate in the 19th century than it does in the 21st, the fact still remains that change – regardless if it’s for better or worse – still takes a decent amount of time, especially when a business is attempting to implement innovative ideas. This may be because change involves risk and, oftentimes, it can take time to evaluate the entire effect of a risk and to get the necessary decision makers on board with this process.

But, one way to speed up innovation is to use technology to ensure that a company’s productivity can remain stable during times of change, thereby limiting the risk while still gaining a reward.

Using custom database software to increase innovation

While the actual implementation of new processes, beliefs or ideas into a business’s daily routine may take some time, it’s critical that during times of change businesses can remain productive.

For example, if a business begins to develop a new product or service to add to its existing catalogue, workers may get shuffled around. In that sense, it’s critical that a company has a custom database that can hold all its critical documents and employee records, as well as project management information.

By ensuring that productivity is not lost during times of change through an effective and organized database of key task lists and other critical information, businesses can smoothly implement innovations in a timely manner without worrying about any setbacks due to the changes.