We've talked at length on this blog about the power of harnessing the social computer... The power of connecting people who otherwise wouldn't be, the power of enabling everyone to have a voice, and encouraging open-sharing of ideas for global collaboration on scales like we've never seen before.
It's powerful stuff, and we're watching it transform our company first hand.
So I get a nice reminder yesterday that it's again time for our annual Innovation Conference. Don't read that to mean we get together once a year to innovate... That's not the case. Innovation is an inherent part of this culture. The Innovation Conference simply celebrates the trait through an annual gathering.
Two years ago there were about 300 participants. Last year, over a thousand participated thanks to live video feeds and a strong community presence on EMC|ONE. It's an exciting event and definitely a humbling thing to be a part of.
One of the things that caught my eye this year is a new approach for collecting and sharing ideas within the employee community. The team is leveraging something that feels very similar in capability to Dell's IdeaStorm or My StarBucks Idea. It enables submission, and subsequent collaboration / commenting and ranking from other EMC'ers.
It's only recently been launched... Perhaps a week old, maybe two, but there are already over 200 ideas submitted from our global employees. By no stretch are these bad ideas, either. In fact, the vast majority falling in the 'wow, THAT'S cool' category.
So, you're employees are innovating 365x24x7. The question is, are you encouraging them to do so? Are you providing the channel and tools necessary to help explore and share their ideas?