New mobility and connectivity trends at IAA Cars 2015 in Frankfurt.


IAA Cars 2015

Before the official start of the automotive exhibition IAA Cars 2015 in Frankfurt on Thursday, September 17, a group of four experts of ILI CONSULTING AG visited the IAA yesterday at the first press day (September 15). After starting the day with the surprisingly short BMW press conference (due to the collapse of Harald Krüger, CEO of BMW AG), Dr. Serhan Ili and three senior consultants used this prime meeting of the automotive industry for intense talks with clients, experts, and network partners.The IAA slogan this year is ‚Mobility Connects’, which describes the major innovation topics at this IAA: networked and automated driving. These topics are at the core of the strategic consulting approach and of the competencies of ILI CONSULTING AG in the fields of innovation and growth. The IAA Cars 2015 shows that automotive OEMs and suppliers currently have to cope with substantial transformations of their industry and environment in a variety of dimensions, including market evolution, technology trends, and regulatory requirements.

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Innoboard’s emphasis and place among the top innovation blogs

by Dr. Serhan Ili

We have recently transformed our innovation blog Until 2014, we had developed the blog to a leading innovation blog in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with many contributions in German language. This year, we have enhanced and redirected the blog in order to further enhance its impact – also beyond the German speaking regions in Europe. Consequently, nearly all future contributions will be in English, and we will cover a broader set of global topics with a focus on innovation, growth, entrepreneurship, and sense for opportunities.

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“Innovation is an idea which becomes real“

Hélène Huby, Head of Transversal Innovation at Airbus Defence & Space

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition for innovation. Every industry and every department has its own definition. How do you define innovation at Airbus Defence and Space?

Hélène Huby: Innovation in general is an idea which becomes a real, new and profitable business. We have three main types of innovation. The first one is an improvement in the production line, the manufacturing process, etc. like augmented reality, automation and industry 4.0. I would call it “operational innovation“.

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“If we do not believe in a better future, it will not happen.“

Dr. Remigiusz Smolinski, VP Business Development & Innovation Management at comdirect

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition for innovation. Every industry, every company and every department has their own definition. How do you define innovation at comdirect? 

Dr. Smolinski: Indeed, there are many definitions of innovation. The simplest is the one proposed by the father of innovation: Joseph Schumpeter. According to Schumpeter, an innovation is a sustainable change of the production function. More pragmatically, we can define innovations as monetized ideas.

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“The doomsday for traditional banking“

by Dr. Serhan Ili

Being a banker used to mean something. Now, the future for traditional banks looks gloomy for numerous reasons: social networks, low interest rate policies, and government regulations, to name just a few. If you become a banker today, you can count on your image dropping a few notches and on having to simply dream about the fat bonuses of recent years.

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“Permanently question the existing.”

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