Continuous innovation has become essential for sustained competitive advantage. This innovation has to be organized as a systematic process of continual improvement. This article identifies and discusses organizational characteristics which foster learning, innovation and renewal. It reviews recent research findings on innovative organizations as well as some theoretical discussions of innovation in the global economy. Special attention is paid to the role of information practitioners, looking at how they can reposition themselves so as to play a more valuable role in a dynamic and fast-changing environment.
The technologies that make the WWW possible have some potentially negative components. Privacy and security issues are major concerns for many (Ferraro 1998:1). The biggest concern most executives and managers have about implementing an intranet is security. 'Security, whether physical or virtual, is a continually changing balance of value, risk and practicality' (Telleen 1996:1). Some consider digital information highly at risk today.
'One of the most recent and significant changes in the business environment has been the growing demand for mobility. This means that customers, partners and employees should be able to access the information resources and services of a company wherever they are and whenever they want' (Nokia White Paper, 1999:2). In response to this demand, the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) has been a recent development on the Web. In 1997 and 1998 WAP was being discussed as a possibility. Standards were set up and development was underway, and in 1999 a variety of WAP enabled products were released, making this a reality. Imagine being able to make a call, check your calendar, make the date, book the tickets and send confirmation e-mail, all using a mobile phone. This is just one of numerous examples of what this technology will make available. This article looks at the development of WAP, how it works and what the major advantages and disadvantages are, especially when applied to the use of information.
The transmission of images over the Internet is currently somewhat problematic and little has been done to simplify locating images on the Internet. In this article some general as well as specific image search engines are discussed. Thereafter tips are given for finding an image, hopefully in the fastest and easiest way.