Looking back, it is sometimes easy to see how basic scientific research benefits our society and our economy. But, early on in the process of scientific discovery, it’s not always clear what research will result in life-changing innovations.
Command-and-control, top-down organizations have the most trouble innovating.
In particular, the fearful mindsets that review, align, and sign off on “decks” to be presented to Vice President-level colleagues often edit out the insights and recommendations that have the power to grow the business in new ways.
La voiture autonome, l’intelligence artificielle, les trackers d’activités et autres assistants personnels chamboulent les métiers de l’assurance. Pour éviter la "disruption", le pôle Assurances du Crédit Agricole s’organise. Caroline Nicaise, Directrice de l’innovation, de la communication et de la RSE de CA Assurances, expose la stratégie à L’Usine Digitale.
Imagine your organization in 2025: your purpose and your Global Business Services (GBS) have intertwined and evolved together to drive stakeholder value. With a robust governance model in place, GBS has become a key pillar of the organization; it is the main keeper of processes, data and technology, and hothouses innovation and talent.
Richard Watson’s latest infographic is a more refined aesthetic compared to the futurist and scenario thinkers previous work. Focused on the less buzzy (but ultimately dizzying) subject of High-Performing Computing (or ‘supercomputing’), Watson has cut through the complexity of this subject to find some interesting patterns.
The electric power system makes our modern, mobile, information-age economy possible. But it is organized in much the same way it was in 1884, when Thomas Edison created the first system of power plants to light up homes and businesses in lower Manhattan. By way of comparison, the iPhone, which is the spiritual descendent of the telegraph, packs more computing power in a user's pocket than mainframes that once filled entire rooms. Meanwhile, the electric system is still built around central generating plants delivering power to customers via a monopoly provider—the local utility company.
Bring up the topic of wearables these days, and you’re likely to see rolled eyes, shrugged shoulders, and a general sense of “whatever.” The problem, of course, is that wearables were badly overhyped and haven’t even come close to living up to the expectations that many companies, analysts, and industry observers had for the category.
City officials worldwide are bursting blood vessels trying to figure out how to create their own version of Silicon Valley. From the Silicon Hills in Austin, Texas to Silicon Alley in NYC, the Silicon Docks in Ireland’s capital city to Silicon “Wadi” in Israel, potential new global tech hubs are popping up everywhere.
The consumer financial services industry currently boasts a $33.5 billion market cap globally.
For years, the most common and accurate way of indicating whether consumers qualify for an approved loan or line of credit was by analyzing general online data and traditional credit intelligence metrics. Today, with real-time consumer data becoming easily accessible and more emphasis is placed on creating cutting edge banking solutions for a mobile generation, financial technology companies have risen and claimed a reputation for actively disrupting the traditional banking infrastructure.
India is increasingly becoming the new hub for tech startups in the world. It is already known for its technological prowess, but never really showed growth in the startup ecosystem until PM Modi took over providing incentives to new startups under the ‘Make in India’ campaign.
Businesses are like sharks: if they stop moving they die.
In a traditional team, everyone knows their job and what’s expected of them. This is certainly true of the pit crew of a Formula 1 car team, for example. However, for the team charged with innovating and eliciting change in a fast moving and ambiguous environment, clarity of this order can be counter-productive.
hese technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.
The great advances mankind has enjoyed in health, prosperity, food production and longevity are largely taken for granted. Around one billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in the last 20 years. The march of progress in technology is remarkable - the computing power in your mobile phone is many times that which first put men on the moon. Science, innovation, entrepreneurship and global free trade have raised prosperity, education and opportunity around the world.
The best way to predict the future is to create it. — Peter Drucker According to the World Economic Forum, five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics.
You’re an engineer. Let’s say you’re charismatic enough to have the persuasion skills to pull other engineers to you. You decide to take the startup route, packaging yourself, your colleagues and an aspect of your research as ‘doing X for Y within a market’ where the market size is something in the X$billions.
How is technology shaping the healthcare sector and what is on the horizon? A digital healthcare transformation is taking place globally that will have an immense impact on patients and providers alike. Here are four trends shaping the future of digital healthcare.
American business publication Fast Company has released its list of the most innovative companies of 2017. The annual list ranks enterprises that “tap both heartstrings and purse strings and use the engine of commerce to make a difference in the world” according to its website.
Innovation is generally thought of in terms of leaps and bounds. The giant steps forward that transform industries and change the way we live. But smaller acts of ingenuity can also deliver lasting, meaningful benefits.
You don't have to be an entrepreneur and own a business to be entrepreneurial and innovative in the workplace. However, if you want your team to show entrepreneurship and pride of ownership, then you need the support from the company's leadership team. Company leaders have to foster a culture that encourages idea sharing, inspires innovation and rewards employees for exploration, collaboration and taking pride in their work.
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