CIOs must reward employees who seek out new technologies and attempt to pioneer them in the business, delegates to the IDC conference in Paris were told.
If they fail to identify the people who look for new developments, CIOs risk adopting emerging technologies later than their competitors.
IDC’s research director Gilad Nass told CIOs, "you probably have at least a few people in the IT department who are passionate about developing new technologies and you need to nurture them, otherwise they will hit a glass ceiling and they will leave you.”
The analyst’s chief research officer John Gantz said that companies adopt new technologies in one of two ways.
He said, “Technologies either come into their own, or a pioneer comes into the organisation and rallies the organisation around the technology.”