Probably one of the coolest companies around from a “pushing technology” perspective, Google has two new web sites that I am really impressed with. The first, Google Maps is a really cool competitor to Mapquest.
The second is Google Suggest. This one is way cool and makes searching a hell of a lot easier than normal.
This is one company that has their “innovation” strategy together, even having an official policy that their employees work 20% of their time on any project they choose in order to foster innovation.
Now, the trick is to figure out how to initiate a policy like this that isn’t effected by the day to day work of a “non innovation” driven company, which I would guess is the environment that most IT people work in.