Tuesday, 12 July 2011

New Zealand Innovation

So, some irony - two articles forwarded to me yesterday, both regarding software innovation in NZ, both at opposite ends of the optimism scale:

(1): "Kiwi Software Skills 'Shallow'" (thanks Ann)

Dr McKendry is a New Zealander who has built a successful career overseas and has basically come home and done a talk dissing the nation that launched him. 

Original link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/5264129/Kiwi-software-skills-shallow

(2): "Your Business: Timing Right for Software Success" (thanks Dad)

This is my uncle, talking about the successful SME that he has built over the past 15-to-20 years and his plans for it's future. 

Original link: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10737621

My $0.02...

Perhaps the overqualified expat CRM corporate executives of the world (seriously Dr McKendry, please don't tell me you think that Siebel is an innovate product?) should remember where they came from.

NZ'ers split the atom, climbed Mt Everest and invented the electric fence; what's wrong with producing actual solutions to actual business problems in between?

Go uncle Ed!

Go back to Silicon Valley Dr McKendry...

PS: I'm fairly confident that my response is exactly the sort that Dr McKendry was hoping to invoke with his talk!

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EDIT - 20131204: 

Since I wrote this post - just about two years ago today - my thinking has changed (perhaps due to the business studies that I have taken over the past two years) and I do now sympathise with Dr McKendry's perspective more.

There is room for improvement in NZ business. The cost of complacency is high and growing.


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