Monday, August 27, 2007

Innovation without Permission

This article today in the New York Times about Serena Software's effort to create a Web 2.0 platform for company employees to create their own mashups caught my eye.

The company claims that in the current environment of severe cut-backs, company IT departments probably won't be able to satisfy a company's application development needs. The frustrated employees will need to turn elsewhere.
“The generation that is sitting in their dorm rooms building Facebook applications is going into the workplace in the next few years,” Mr. Burton said. “The whole mindset is innovation without permission.”

How should in-house lawyers respond to this trend and these tools? Sounds like a project for CAIT (Committe on Corporate Aspects of IT). What do you think Don?

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