“Innovation is complex, although we strive to simplify it in multiple ways.”

Paul Hobcraft, Advising on Innovation Transformation

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. How do you define innovation?

Paul Hobcraft: We all fall into the trap of offering a standard ‘potted version’ of innovation, it is a mistake yet it also does allow everyone to begin to relate and gain some definition. The worry is it can freeze this early definition in our minds and we often fail to mould it to our circumstances, we often fail to adjust it or even be prepared to radically revise it. It gets filed away and never challenged to see if it is “fit for purpose”.

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“AI is best delivered as service because there is always something that needs special adjustment.”

Dr. Joseph Reger, Fujitsu Fellow and Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu EMEIA

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it and react differently. How would you define innovation as Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu Europe, Middle East, India and Africa?

Dr. Joseph Reger: Nor do we need one, that’s my personal view. Innovation is supposed to produce something new for the company. In what sense, what depth, how radical and how transformative a piece of innovation can or must be, this will vary not just between companies but between departments of a single company, too.

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Executing on Innovation – The Required Key Ingredients

Innovation: We all have seen the biggest, most successful companies talk about it and share their success stories. We have read about it in the latest business journals and magazines. We all want it in our organization but the right recipe with the right ingredients is often elusive. In this article we will share different views and discuss key ingredients required to create, execute, and innovate in your organization.

Innovation presents one of the greatest challenges facing many organizations today. As business leaders, we must ultimately deliver business benefits. To this end we ask the question: “How do we support innovation strategy in a way that best sets our organization up for success and growth?”

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Top 20 Most Influential Innovation Blogs from 2016

Over the past few weeks we have done the analysis of all of the big innovation bloggers to find evidence of who really are the best innovation bloggers of 2016, and who you should look out for in 2017, ranked into the official Top 20 list.

This was a joint effort between three innovation focused blogs, namely Idea to Value (with Nick Skillicorn), InnovationManagement.se (with Amelia Johannsen) and Innoboard (with Manuel Kaiser).

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Industry 4.0 and the Internet-of-Things (IoT): Learning from the German Chemical Industry

The keyword “Industry 4.0” is no longer an empty cliché or a black box; it is currently probably the most important topic within the German economy. Not only will existing processes be revolutionized – but also new businesses and business models will arise. More and more companies have already started to tap into its potential.

At the heart of Industry 4.0 is the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). What will the IoT mean for the chemical industry? A chemical company is naturally process oriented, with excellence in managing ultra-complex processes, and very strong in product and processes innovation in existing business models. But it may be less well prepared for a fast changing business environment and the emergence of new business models.

What future business models will arise through the avalanche of data becoming available and utilizable for the business? How will the IoT change supply and value chains? How will the expanded data integration change manufacturing capabilities and IT infrastructure? What should the chemical industry do to prepare for the IoT?

These and related questions were discussed from different perspectives by leading IT vendors and engineering companies focusing on implementing the IoT and first movers amongst the chemical industry on a conference organized by the VCW (Chemistry & Industry Section of the German Chemical Society) at Merck, Darmstadt, on September 1, 2016.

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Interviews

“Innovation is complex, although we strive to simplify it in multiple ways.”

Paul Hobcraft, Advising on Innovation Transformation

Friday, February 3, 2017

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. How do you define innovation? Paul Hobcraft: We all fall into the trap of offering a…

“AI is best delivered as service because there is always something that needs special adjustment.”

Dr. Joseph Reger, Fujitsu Fellow and Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu EMEIA

Friday, January 27, 2017

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition of innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it and react differently. How would you define innovation as Chief Technology Officer at Fujitsu…

“Startups are the lifeblood of creativity, yet they need focus and execution skills to convert that creativity into innovation.”

Peter Cook, lead of Human Dynamics and The Acadamy of Rock

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Innoboard: There is no consistent definition for innovation. Every industry and every department perceive it differently. How would you define innovation with your vast experience in innovation? Peter Cook: I…

“IT is collaborator and driver – we partake early in the blossoming of new ideas, as most have a digital root.”

Ralf Gernhold, CIO of Miles & More GmbH

Thursday, December 22, 2016

There is no consistent definition of digitization. Every industry and every department perceive it and react differently. What does digitization mean to the Miles & More GmbH? Ralf Gernhold: Digitization…