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The Five Sources of Innovation Consultants

The Five Sources of Innovation Consultants | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Innovators, and innovation firms, spring from a wide array of sources.  Since there is no "standard" for innovation, in the manner of AICPA for accountants, or even a framework like ASQ or others provide for Six Sigma, innovation remains an umbrella term that contains a wide array of very different providers. 


Via Peter Verschuere
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Decent answers but IT IS NOT ANY SINGLE TYPE OF INNOVATION of CONSULTANT that you should seek to support your corporate efforts but one who recognizes that all 5 are viable directions:

  

Strategy - Marketing - Creativity - Training/Coaching - Process

 

Note to Self: Including them all together without which a comprehensive take on innovation from your advisor / consultant and you are going to get beat.  

 

Reason:  Innovation methods / practices are the tactics of strategy, and if your tactics are without an understanding of the larger picture, tools, mechanisms and outcomes that you'll get from a given method then your process will be weak and you will open yourself up to getting defeated by a hungeier, nimbler, more adaptable competitor.

 

Remember: Adapt or die is the call of innovation and why you do it, not so you can hire one of the 50 Thinkers on Innovation, that's pointless, and a likely, long term path to failure. for being a sycophant

 

 

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The Corporate Innovator - Samsung

How Samsung does innovation systematically and systemically, repeatably and reliably.
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How Samsung does innovation systematically, systemically, repeatably and reliably

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B&N, Samsung unveil reading-focused Nook tablet

B&N, Samsung unveil reading-focused Nook tablet | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets.
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From a incremental innovation / product development standpoint this was a good move by B&N to team up with Samsung and makes good sense, however even with all of the changes and some of the benefits of the newly designed Nook may not be enough to significantly increase sales.  


Our reasoning; given what little we know, is that it doesn't illustrate a "better than" in performance, cost or features (the functionality) than other readers like Amazon's Kindle FIre or other Android tablets.  It's a tight market for reader's and tablets, the only way we see for anyone of the contenders in this market to breakout is to lower the cost - keeping the performance the same &/or adding additional services that are of interest and value to the demographic of readers who do or would use a reader like the Nook.  We suggest any firm working in this product space really needs to understand people and what they are doing with a reader and why they read, that effort will more than likely yield a better than" product when it is designed as such. 


Suggestions: One concept that would need to be validated as useful and valued by this market, is a digital journal.  Since readers are some if not in many cases writers and people who journal about themselves, their work, their personal life, etc... as a result of what they read.  So add / create a journaling capability that is currently done manually by many,  Ideas that pop up / come to mind during the reading process can be captured via a cut and paste into a different app / document with attribution and then additional thoughts of the reader can be added sort of acting as digital concept/ journal for the reader who is capturing their own understanding and learning as they read.  Not everyone reads just for the pure pleasure of reading.  Additional content suggestions are a good move, amazon does that on their website when you are looking at similar subject material, might be worth considering as functional feature as well

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GE in Talks to Sell Appliance Business to Electrolux or Quirky

GE in Talks to Sell Appliance Business to Electrolux or Quirky | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Electrolux and Quirky, working with the Blackstone Group, are interested in one of the conglomerate’s oldest businesses.
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Of the two we like Quirky best to take over. However the value of the GE Appliance biz is ~$9B in value, pretty sure Quirky doesn't have that kind of $$ just yet, perhaps their backers will provide?


Why like Quirky? They've got a lean, high-speed model of product design and development.  Their crowd sourced process produces products (similar to Marblr by Samsung) that typically get to retail chains like Home Depot in 3-4  months, To quote a VP of Quirky, "Time is our weapon" - we agree that is the best approach to take.

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School system CIOs are sold on Chromebooks

School system CIOs are sold on Chromebooks | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The popularity of Chromebooks in school districts may be the main reason they're seeing strong year-to-year growth.
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Huge win for Google, Samsung and Intel, all major players in the Chromebook.  We saw this product as under performing for a few years but the functionality improved over time, enough to become a viable alternative for expanded application in the education demographic, that addressed the needs of customers (educational institutions) and users with low cost but effective platforms.  Not sure if it qualifies as disruptive per se, but definitely has a market. 

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Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Large-screen iPhones could pose a threat to Google's dominance, said Strategy Analytics
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Android accounted for 249.6 million smartphones shipped in the quarter, up from 186.8 million a year earlier, about 7X more than the 35.2 million Apple iOS phones shipped. The market share of Apple’s iOS slipped to 11.9% in the quarter from 13.4 % in the same quarter last year. - “Android’s global growth is being driven by strong demand for low-cost smartphones across most major regions such as China, India and Africa,”

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BlackBerry to acquire Secusmart; open to more such acquisitions

BlackBerry to acquire Secusmart; open to more such acquisitions | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
BlackBerry will acquire Secusmart as part of its efforts to ramp up enterprise service offerings.
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"With Secusmart's talents and technology, BlackBerry is well-positioned to address the growing interest in high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft,"

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Apple strategy to unseat Amazon behind Hachette Dispute

Apple strategy to unseat Amazon behind Hachette Dispute | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The ongoing dispute over Amazon eBook prices comes after Hachette was accused of conspiring with Apple to raise prices.
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According to Amazon’s blog post, while not specifically blaming collusion for higher prices for some titles, comes after Apple  executives allegedly met with higher-ups at 5 of the largest US book publishers to discuss how they could knock Amazon eBooks off of what one executive called “the wretched $9.99 price point,” - Amazon's defense is that more $$ is made by publishers at the lower price of $9.99 - Both publishers and consumers win at the lower price point that Amazon is arguing for.  

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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
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Amazon Web Services takes a major hit when Google cut cloud prices by up to 53 per cent across parts of its Google Compute Engine infrastructure, undercutting Amazon. and MSFT followed suit dropping their cloud prices, forcing Amazon to do the same.  And the Winner is the Consumer -   Yaaayyy

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HP Drops $50M on Hortonworks' Hadoop - Big Data support

HP Drops $50M on Hortonworks' Hadoop - Big Data support | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Big Move for HP in the IoT:  The open-source Apache Hadoop is a framework for processing large data sets. It is intended to provide insights into large stores of structured and unstructured data.  HP and Hortonworks will integrate their engineering strategies and work together to enable HP customers to deploy the Hortonworks Data Platform as the Hadoop component of HP HAVEn.  The HP CTO joins Hortonworks Board to assist in integration and development work

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Another Failure of the IoT Market: Belkin’s Smartphone-Controlled Crock-Pot

Another Failure of the IoT Market: Belkin’s Smartphone-Controlled Crock-Pot | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
“OMG, you’re such a nerd.”
That’s the response I got from my brother when I told him I was testing a smartphone-controlled Crock-Pot this week. But I couldn’t have been more excited.
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This review and the one for the  smartphone-controlled coffee makers: is that you’re paying a premium for a device that doesn’t offer much benefit over a regular slow cooker." - We take major issue with companies that design like this - the use case doesn't show a value add for consumers / buyers- this is kitsch and not very good- it solves no real problems.  The Lesson: May we suggest some process improvement professionals be included on the design team next time?

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Samsung and Digital Signage

Samsung and Digital Signage | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If business trips are fun for you, you are a lucky person. But many people will agree that business trips tend to be tiring and exhausting… right? Therefore, people are always looking for better services from hospitality businesses.
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An imaginary use case by Samsung on how to use their digital signage solutions across multiple aspects of a business trip - interesting value proposition

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Schools Are Gobbling Up Chromebooks: 1 Million Sold in 3 Months

Schools Are Gobbling Up Chromebooks: 1 Million Sold in 3 Months | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Schools bought more than 1 million Chromebooks -- budget laptops that run Chrome OS -- in the second quarter of 2014, Google announced on Monday.
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Major win for Google, HP, Samsung, Acer and Intel, all of whom have made major bets in this direction.  The reason why Public Schools are buying these over others -  "The affordability and easy maintenance of Chromebooks clinched the deal — we could buy three Chromebooks for the price of a single desktop computer and the district’s small IT team wouldn’t have to struggle to keep up with the repairs and updates on aging PCs,"  "We would also save on support time and costs since Chromebooks update automatically"

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Product Development Lessons from "Coolest Cooler"

Product Development Lessons from "Coolest Cooler" | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A cooler with built-in blender, Bluetooth and more becomes a Kickstarter sensation, giving new meaning to the word "cool"
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The 2 Big Lessons and the Latent Opportunity 

First make sure that the timing of the product matches the mood of the market (season to buy) - it was originally pushed to the market in winter.  

Secondly, the first rev of  product is usually never market ready, it always needs some tweaks to make it better/improved.   

Latent Opportunity:  A suggestion for Rev 3 might be connected to the internet with audio/video streaming, as this is yet another domain of undiscovered territory for the IoT - news, weather reporting, on a larger screen than a smartphone.


All we can say now is that we wish all the best to creator Ryan Grepper 

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New Competitor for Apple and Google - Verizon in talks to launch new app store

New Competitor for Apple and Google - Verizon in talks to launch new app store | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc is planning to launch a mobile software store that could present a third alternative in a market long-dominated by Apple Inc and Google Inc, according
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The proposed store, available on Android devices, would recommend applications to people based on their location and overall profile and would allow software developers to advertise their work, the website reported. In 2013, customers spent a record $10 billion on Apple's App store. Google does not release revenue figures for its store.  Interesting..... 

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Samsung to acquire SmartThings, the open connected home platform

Samsung to acquire SmartThings, the open connected home platform | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
By bringing SmartThings under the wing of its Open Innovation Center, Samsung is admitting that to succeed in the smart home space, you can't count on customers to buy all their products from one company.
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This is part of Samsung's strategy to append it's approach against Apple’s HomeKit and Google’s Nest Developer Program for the IoT, SmartThings will join Samsung's Open Innovation Center.  Samsung's approach is to “fully support” SmartThing’s vision of a “totally open smart home platform that brings together third-party developers, device makers, and consumers.”

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Profits Slipping, Cisco Plans to Cut Jobs

Profits Slipping, Cisco Plans to Cut Jobs | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In a conference call, Cisco executives said the company planned to cut up to 6,000 jobs, or 8 percent of its work force, in the coming months.
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The plan is to cut up to 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its work force. Dominant player in hardware for digital information around and between computer centers, but faces challenges from younger companies that, have made it harder for it to command the profit margins it once did.  - Cisco has also been pushing something called an “Intercloud,” a kind of high-performance series of cloud computing systems. the focus is in areas like “security, data center, software, cloud and Internet of everything,” or sensor-rich networks.

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HP jumps on the smartwatch bandwagon with a luxury designer device

HP jumps on the smartwatch bandwagon with a luxury designer device | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The first glimpse of the HP and Gilt tie-up, a smartwatch designed by Michael Bastian, has been posted online today.
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And yet another joins the smartwatch fray

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Microsoft vs. Google and Apple: Cortana vs. Siri and Google Now

Microsoft vs. Google  and Apple: Cortana vs. Siri and Google Now | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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"While all the three digital assistants – Google’s Google Now, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana do the basic functions like setting an alarm, playing a song or setting a reminder with ease, it’s the predictive search abilities that creates a big difference between the three..  Google Now is the undisputed leader when it comes to predictive search, letting a user know something even before he or she asks for it. Cortana sits in the middle but Siri comes in a distant third its fine when it comes to being a digital assistant but Apple needs to work on search technology like the others if it has to even give a good fight in the battle of predictive search."

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AMD Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Server Chips

AMD Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Server Chips | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The new AMD Opteron A1100-Series developer kit for server makers is now available.
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"AMD is ahead of the pack when it comes to ARM 64-bit server chips and this helps them maintain that lead. But all of that said, it's way too early to count out the x86 camp, as there are many low-power alternatives coming out there too."

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Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition

Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If that $3 billion acquisition of Beats didn't have you convinced, Apple is getting serious about the radio business.
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Recent study found that iTunes Radio is now the 3rd most popular streaming service out there, it has nothing on Pandora’s traction. Not accustomed to being beaten at its own game, Apple is now putting its full heft behind building a better streaming service. - the possible Swell deal—valued at $30 million—suggests Apple is approaching the space from all angles, targeting not just music, but podcasting as well. Swell lets users personalize their podcasts based on their interests and learns more about them based on the podcasts they skip or listen to.

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Will police body cams change the face of law enforcement?

Will police body cams change the face of law enforcement? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Alleged police brutality caught on camera in New York and Los Angeles has prompted public outcry for better police officer training. But in some cases, authorities say the full story isn't always shown. As Teri Okita explains, police departments are responding to social media with some high-tech tools of their own.
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Wearable tech helps everyone to act better. Drops in claims of police brutality, when folks know they are on camera. Even the ACLU endorses the body cameras.  - This is another excellent use case of where issues are being resolved by the use of wearable tech.  

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Jimmy Kimmel proves that we’ll buy iWatch just because it’s made by Apple

Jimmy Kimmel proves that we’ll buy iWatch just because it’s made by Apple | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Jimmy Kimmel is messing with Americans again. This time, he passed off a $20 Casio watch as the upcoming Apple iWatch.
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The Power of Brand recognitionWhen asked what they liked about the (fake Apple) smartwatch, (a Casio with an Apple sticker on the back)  the majority said they liked that it was from Apple. “If it’s Apple it’s good, right?”  

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Apple, Samsung lose ground in cooling tablet market

Apple, Samsung lose ground in cooling tablet market | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Apple and Samsung have lost ground in the tablet computer market as growth cools in the once-hot segment, the research firm IDC said Thursday.
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The biggest gains came from China's Lenovo, which boosted its market share to 4.9 percent on 67 percent sales growth. Taiwan-based Asus, which makes some Google-branded tablets, saw its market share edge up to 4.6 percent. "The market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles,


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Hidden network packet sniffer found in millions of iPhones, iPads

Hidden network packet sniffer found in millions of iPhones, iPads | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Plus host of spying tools. But Apple's backdoor not totally open for all, expert tells us
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More NSA shenanigans, this time on your iPhone

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2nd Generation Six Sigma the Breakdown (at Samsung)

This breakdown of the different methods used by Samsung in the development of their 2nd generation Six Sigma program are compelling. I've already published wi…
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This breakdown of the different methods used by Samsung in the development of their 2nd generation Six Sigma program are compelling. I've already published widely on the benefits Samsung has derived from using TRIZ (theory of inventive problem solving), in it s product and process development domains. What I thought might add some additional clarity and understanding for readers would be other aspects to their 2nd generation six sigma program that has gained them significant value - they do of course drive a value driven strategy.

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Google brings on Ford exec, leaves no doubt it's serious about cars

Google brings on Ford exec, leaves no doubt it's serious about cars | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If Google hasn't already proved it's all in when it comes to Android Auto, this should cinch it.
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Great choice Alan Mulally - may just be able to help, time will tell.

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