As part of an interesting consulting project for FAST Search & Transfer, we got the opportunity this week to interview their CEO – John Marcus Lervik. The full interview will be posted on the FASTforward Blog , where we are hosting a conversation on Enterprise 2.0.
One particular thing that struck me was when we asked him about their Innovation process. As you know, search is at the core of many things 2.0 – including Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Community 2.0, etc. And staying ahead of the innovation curve in fast moving markets like that is not a trivial task. As it turns out, FAST has over 400 engineers, including 65 PhD’s – a little more than 60% of their workforce is working on product innovation. And they do not stop there, they co-opt engineers from within their customer base into an extended innovation community – and as such they have a network of over 2,500 engineers driving their process innovation process.
If you have any interest in joining the Enterprise 2.0 conversation, drop me an email at symbiotic [at] emergencemarketing [dot] com.