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The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation by Peter Matthews, George Watt, Andi Mann

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Innovation Matters

The less things change, the more they remain the same.

—Sicilian Proverb

Why Innovate?

In 1986, 3.5 million people were inflicted with dracunculiasis.1 This disease, commonly referred to as guinea worm disease (GWD), was then known to have infected people in at least 20 countries. The Drancunculus nematode or guinea worm—often referred to as “the fiery serpent” owing to the intense burning pain it causes—is a spaghetti-like parasite that grows up to a meter in length in the subcutaneous tissue of its hosts. Spread via contaminated drinking water, this disease impacts impoverished and disadvantaged people most. The disease ...

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