How successful is ePaper?

I first got an access to read Indian newspaper online in full content as ePaper while I was living in Helsinki, Finland during 2000. I was happy reading Times of India’s ePaper seeing every Indian city edition and was having instant access to my favourite section there.
Life has moved on since then, many newspaper has added ePaper and now living in UK I wonder that I dont see such initiative from many in UK though has such facilities.

With small scale CMS, hundred of free online news, bloggers publishing information steadily, I am no longer a fan of ePaper and this random news feed makes me to be on the tip of information-berg and no longer bound by a single soure. So in one way I am liberated.
Has the ePaper been a success ?? I don’t think so because no longer reader treat one newspaper as the only reliable or centre of new information. This pattern has been broken to pieces with information popping from various corners.
However new technology such as paperless newspaper or electronic paper will further enable traditional newspaper to stay ahead in competition with and may make ePaper approach relavant. But what stops disintegrated news source to integrate to offer a electronic paper. So the user has flexibility to choose what they want to read and the same will be packaged and delivered. Therefore it is better to stay disintegrated at this moment and get integrated later. For now ePaper has not much value offerings.


Managing innovation and turning innovative ideas into products

I came across an excellent article by Roger Smith (his blog : on “Technology Impacts on Business: Disruption, Globalization, and Innovation Management”

This is an old article but I found this has excellent information on technology impacts. In one part of this article, Roger has attempted to identify a process for managing innovation and turning innovative ideas into products. The following are the activities of such process

Market Learning
Instill a mindset of constant market learning. Use large, small, formal, and informal sampling to extract information.

Find a Place in the Value Chain.
Map technical innovation to business success. Every innovation must demonstrate that is has value to the company.

Effectively Build Business Models.
Understand the value chain and how the company plays in that chain. Modify the business model to incorporate innovative products.

Fight for Funding.
Every innovation team should include an expert in resource acquisition.

Build Partnerships.
Modern products and services often require more resources than exist within a single organization.

Transition to a Business Unit.
Establish a transition team and write a transition plan.

Managing Individuals.
Balance the composition of the innovation team.Include people with skills beyond intelligence.