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The 5 Essential Traits of Digital Innovators

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    Bring Business and IT Together

    Digital innovators bring business and IT together in a collaborative environment that ignites creativity. Fundamentally, this requires a common language between business and IT. In addition, innovative companies establish innovation desks to help uncover and vet new ideas; build small, cross-functional teams focused exclusively on these projects; and embrace agile methodologies to bring them to market through rapid iteration.

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The 5 Essential Traits of Digital Innovators

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    Bring Business and IT Together

    Digital innovators bring business and IT together in a collaborative environment that ignites creativity. Fundamentally, this requires a common language between business and IT. In addition, innovative companies establish innovation desks to help uncover and vet new ideas; build small, cross-functional teams focused exclusively on these projects; and embrace agile methodologies to bring them to market through rapid iteration.

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." – Steve Jobs

More than ever, digital innovation is required to distinguish your company from a growing number of competitors. From startups like Uber and Airbnb to old-line companies like John Hancock and The New York Times, digital innovators successfully bring new ideas to market, transforming their customer experience, products and services, and business models.

For many organizations, however, digital innovation is easier said than done. And many are unsure where to start. To help, Roald Kruit, co-founder of Mendix and head of the company's digital transformation practice, defines the five core capabilities that set digital leaders apart from digital laggards, enabling them to drive innovation.