We take innovation seriously here at TIBCO. Since even before we were TIBCO, we were creating innovative products and working with innovative customers. A software company cannot reach a billion dollars in revenue by accident.
Over the past few years, we have looked at TIBCO’s track record of innovation and realized that we could do innovation better. Innovation can happen in a lot of different ways from the ad hoc random to the tightly controlled and everything in between. To find the right mix for TIBCO, we wanted to consider the company’s short-term and long-term corporate goals, as well the corporate strategy to get there. With these concerns about innovation in mind, we’ve taken our innovation to the next level, and kicked off our innovation program:
We want TIBCO.next to help us deal with change. It seems like the world is changing more rapidly than ever. TIBCO itself is certainly changing. In 2014, we started an extensive process change cycle, kicked off after being acquired by Vista Equity Partners. At the same time, technology changes have significantly altered our markets with the rapid adoption of cloud, the emergence of practical uses for artificial intelligence, the complicated data and compliance challenges created by massive numbers of mobile devices, the Internet of Things and, of course there’s Moore’s Law. Without an innovation program, we realized we ran the risk of focusing too much on merely sustaining our existing business and not enough on helping our customers chart the best course through all these changes. A focused innovation program is essential for their business and ours.
We’re totally excited about the program and where it is going.
We’ve rolled out new training opportunities for employees, including a focus on Design Thinking. We aim to help people throughout TIBCO understand the need to empathize with customers before we start building products. Employees that have taken this training have already reported back that it was surprisingly engaging and extraordinarily helpful in framing the process.
We emphasize the importance of Business Model and Value Proposition Design to ensure our innovators are thinking of the customers’ needs as they consider their ideas and that those ideas fit into a viable business model. By training people across many departments, we are building out a team of people who can now use a common language for solving problems that demand innovative thinking.
Just these two training areas have already changed what we do. We look forward to 2017 as these and other innovation-related activities in TIBCO.next help our employees feel a part of the innovation engine that is TIBCO. Want to join our team? Here are our current career opportunities and more information.