I've been helping engineers buy software and hardware for over 30 years. After experimenting with careful benchmarks and other attempts to quantify and qualify products and vendors, I came to the conclusion that the very best approach to choosing among a variety of software-or hardware-systems is simply user interviews.
Innovation is more than generating novel ideas and products. It is about creating good, profitably producible, highly marketable products, and doing so on a consistent basis. That's the innovation Hamel is referring to in the quote above-not novelty for novelty's sake, but new things that are needed and wanted by the market.
The demise of the CAD/CAM trade show has been slow, but it is now almost complete. SME's Autofact is a memory. Reed's National Design Engineering Show is a shadow of its former self, having lost its footing in McCormick Place, and moved to the trade-show "elephants' graveyard"-Rosemont Expo Center.