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The results of applying TRIZ to several information technology (IT) problems are summarized and reported. Two case studies demonstrate examples of applying the 9 Laws to predict the next state of technology in IT Services and Business Intelligence. Four case studies demonstrate examples of problem formulation and conflict resolution via the application of the 40 Principles to IT problems, including data security, software development estimation, long-term service contract flexibility, and IT cost reduction associated with server and storage utilization. In each case, a summary of the business problem is presented, followed by an overview of the TRIZ analysis, and a review of the outcome. TRIZ helped uncover novel and innovative solutions in these cases. These applications offered an opportunity for assessing the usage modalities TRIZ in a non-physical domain, and the lessons learned regarding the applications of the 9 Laws, system conflicts, and the principles are also presented. These cases demonstrated that TRIZ is a viable approach for systematically solving certain IT problems, and guidelines for selecting these problems is also discussed.   

Kas Kasravi is an HP Fellow and a Patent Strategist at Hewlett-Packard. He has been with EDS (now HP Enterprise Services) since 1985, where his efforts have been focused on developing and leveraging advanced technologies. His areas of interest include artificial intelligence, data mining, computational linguistics, predictive analysis, and simulation. He has developed innovative solutions for clients in diverse industries, including engineering, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, financial, securities, supply chain, insurance, defense, and government.


Kas has been the recipient of two General Motors trade secrets, eight patents, and has a dozen patents pending. He has published a number of papers in various topics including artificial intelligence, business intelligence, data analysis, and innovation methodologies. Kas has BS and MS degrees in engineering and a law degree with emphasis on intellectual property and patents. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer. 


In addition to his work at HP, Kas has been involved with academia for many years, and he has taught engineering subjects at the University of Detroit-Mercy, Highland Park Community College, and Central Michigan University.

Inside TRIZ

Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation

Inside TRIZ
Photo of Darrell MannMarch 2012
Darrell Mann
Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation
"Starting in August 2004, the Hong Kong government began sponsoring a deployment of TRIZ to a cluster of eight local companies. Over the course of the next 15 months, each company was invited to assemble a team of between 5 and 8 engineers and designers each of whom would be exposed to a series of six three-day TRIZ education and utilization sessions. The aims of the program were for each company to realize new products, patents and tangible financial benefits, and to measure the extent to which TRIZ allowed companies to accelerate their rate of innovation. This paper describes a collection of some of the success stories emerging from the program."

TRIZ Features

Alexander Selutsky

TRIZ Feature

Alexander Selyutsky - a key figure in the history of TRIZ!

Alexander Selyutsky

Selyutsky Alexander Borisovich was born April 6, 1933 to an intelligent Jewish family residing in Leningrad. During the World War II the plant where his father was working was evacuated to the Urals, and the family (the parents and Alexander) moved to Chelyabinsk. Here, Alexander graduated from high school. He wanted to go to a military school, but didn’t pass vision test and entered the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute. In his first year he was forced to learn boxing (because of frequent anti-Semitic attacks) and became a Komsomol activist.

After graduation, he was sent to Petrozavodsk Onega tractor plant, where he worked as a designer. He continued leading a very active social life, organized and led voluntary militia patrolling the streets of the city because the situation was very criminal. In the search for more satisfying work he became interested in patenting, completed appropriate courses and became a patent agent.

In 1960, Alexander married Dolly Naumovna Audleys, and had a daughter Alla in 1961. The same year G.S Altshuller published a book " “Learn how to invent"[1] . After reading this book in 1965 Selyutsky wrote a letter to Altshuller. This letter started their acquaintance by correspondence. Since then, Alexander became one of the most dedicated Altshuller’s disciples and an active promoter of the emerging new science.

They finally met in 1968 in Dzintary (near Riga), at the seminar organized by the Central Board of VOIR (state leading inventors’ and innovators’ society) that invited Altshuller and several of his associates. It was the first time that Alexander and others got a chance to work under the direct guidance of Altshuller and to learn from him. Later, in 1983, Alexander participated as one of the instructors in the seminar conducted by G.S. Altshuller in Moscow at the Institute for continuous education for chemical and petroleum industries.

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