Try technologies to showcase value.
Create proof of concepts around business goals. Think ‘proof of value’ rather than ‘proof of concept’. Look for rapid application development techniques while avoiding specific vendor lock-in.
Make sure your proof of concept is good enough and is the real thing. Good proof of concepts implement a thin slice through the whole anticipated architecture covering all areas so as to identify any flaws or limitations. The thin slice should be the real thing in as much as it interfaces with the same things, it’s built to the same standards and same way as the final system. This means it also tests the real practicality of implementing. It also ensures there’s less waste – what’s created can be re-used and built on sideways to add more slices to create the final system.