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The New Polymath: Profiles in Compound-Technology Innovations

ISBN: 978-0-470-61830-1
384 pages
June 2010
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Prepare for a world of compound innovation which blends 3, 5, 10 strands of infotech, greentech, biotech and healthtech to solve the "Grand Challenges" our world faces-and the more routine ones

Polymath is the Greek word for a Renaissance person like Leonardo Da Vinci or Ben Franklin who excels in many disciplines. The New Polymath is an enterprise which has learned to amalgamate 3, 5, 10 strands of technology-infotech, cleantech, healthtech, nanotech, biotech-to create compound new products and to innovate internal processes.

Anchors around case studies on innovations and creative processes at 8 New Polymath enterprises - BP, Cognizant, GE, Kleiner Perkins, National Hurricane Center, Plantronics, salesforce.com, WRHambrecht+Co

Details eleven building blocks these Polymaths are utilizing - from cloud computing to sustainability to social networks

Calatogs over 100 mini case studies of other innovators who are defining state-of-the-art in those eleven building block areas

The New Polymath brims with innovation examples from a variety of industries, countries and business processes.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxxiii

Prologue: The Field of Polymath Dreams xxxvii

PART I SPREZZATURA: THE ART OF MAKING THE COMPLEX LOOK EASY 1

CHAPTER 1 The New Polymath: In an Age of "Wicked Problems" and Technology Abundance 3

CHAPTER 2 Modern-Day Dark Ages: So Much Stagnation 17

CHAPTER 3 Polymath Profile #1: General Electric 31

PART II THE R-E-N-A-I-S-S-A-N-C-E FRAMEWORK: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE NEW POLYMATH 51

CHAPTER 4 Residence: Better Technologically Equipped Than the Offi ce 53

CHAPTER 5 Exotics: Innovation from Left Field 67

CHAPTER 6 Polymath Profile #2: Cognizant 81

CHAPTER 7 Networks: Bluetooth to Broadband 89

CHAPTER 8 Polymath Profile #3: Plantronics 107

CHAPTER 9 Arsonists: And Other Disruptors 113

CHAPTER 10 Polymath Profile #4: W. R. Hambrecht 129

CHAPTER 11 Interfaces: For All Our Senses 137

CHAPTER 12 Sustainability: Delivering to Both the Green and Gold Agendas 151

CHAPTER 13 Polymath Profile #5: Kleiner Perkins Cleantech 165

CHAPTER 14 Singularity: Human–Machine Convergence 175

CHAPTER 15 Analytics: Spreadsheets, Search, and Semantics 191

CHAPTER 16 Polymath Profile #6: National Hurricane Center 205

CHAPTER 17 Networks Again: Communities, Crowds, Contracts, and Collaboration 213

CHAPTER 18 Clouds: Technology-as-a-Service 233

CHAPTER 19 Polymath Profile #7: salesforce.com 251

CHAPTER 20 Ethics: In an Age of Cyberwar and Cloning 257

PART III GROOMING YOUR OWN NEW POLYMATH 275

CHAPTER 21 Polymath Profile #8: BP CTO 277

CHAPTER 22 Moon Shots for Budding Polymaths 295

Epilogue: The Beginner's Mind 303

Notes 307

About the Author 325

Index 327

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Author Information

Vinnie Mirchandani, who goes by the moniker of "Deal Architect," coaches enterprises on how to exploit disruptive technology trends. His firm has been recognized in The Black Book of Outsourcing as a top advisory boutique. He is also a prolific blogger, writing about technology-enabled innovation on his "New Florence, New Renaissance" blog and about waste in technology on his "Deal Architect" blog. Earlier in his career, he was a respected analyst at Gartner, the technology research firm, and handled numerous international assignments at PwC Consulting. He has keynoted at many business and technology conferences and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, CIO Magazine, and other executive and technology publications.
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Press Release

June 04, 2010
The New Polymath Mirchandani

Author Vinnie Mirchandani talks about his new book The New Polymath and about the enterprises that are innovating in multiple technologies at the same time.

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