Brussels, January 17, 2017 – EY Belgium today announced the acquisition of CogniStreamer, a Belgian company specializing in guiding collaborative innovation paths. This acquisition marks a further step for EY Belgium in the development of its offer of specialist consultancy services and enhances its expertise with regard to disruption and innovation.
Innovation remains a key focus and stated priority for many organizations, and for good reason. The world is enamored with Uber, Airbnb, and other disruptive company success stories. For leadership, it creates both a desire to create their own equally disruptive offerings and a fear of becoming obsolete. But with disruption leading the conversations around innovation, have we lost sight of the value of continuous improvement? Research indicates that much of the time, it’s these small, incremental changes that yield much better results.
In the wake of Brexit, the Republic of Ireland could become the go-to European hub for FinTech companies, and among them, its many specialists in blockchain technology.
Following the UK's leave vote, Dublin was found to be the second most attractive financial center in Europe by a PwC survey – and although London still topped the poll, uncertainty over the terms of Britain's exit from Europe make the Irish challenger more appealing by the day.
Sometimes the simplest inventions can be the most profound. That was certainly the experience for Jordan Daykin, who developed the basic concept for GripIt Fixings in his garden shed, after being frustrated at the inability of other available solutions to hang heavy objects from plasterboard walls. "That was the moment," he said. "It was a solved problem."
Chris Lattner’s jump from Apple(AAPL) to Tesla is surprising. That’s like leaving NASA to go work for a company that makes horse saddles. As I had written yesterday, the whole self-driving car thing is wildly overblown. Autonomous vehicles and electric powertrains are lipstick on a very mature pig. Regardless of what Peter Thiel thinks, the real exciting things in tech in the future will be outgrowths of the smartphone market, because moving information, not pounds, is where the value is.
A simple analysis of inventor data from the US Patent and Trade Marks Office (USPTO) records reveals something interesting but, upon reflection, unsurprising: invention does not happen in a vacuum. Prolific inventors tend to be associated with other prolific inventors, and/or with prolifically inventive organisations.
The Internet of Things is expected to grow quickly to tens of billions of connected devices, from smart refrigerators to smart showers to smart cruise ships.
But at some point, the wireless data networks won’t be able to handle all that traffic from the connected devices. That’s why tech companies want to upgrade to 5G wireless, which is a fifth-generation mobile network that can transmit data at gigabits per second, compared to the single-digit megabits per second that we get today on our smartphones.
In the mid-1990s, before he became an acclaimed indie designer, Brendon Chung was a game modder. He would dig into video game programs to tweak code to wreak new havoc in the virtual world. Chung rooted around the install folders of Duke Nukem, Doom, and Quake, building his own maps and figuring out the effects of tinkering with each object.
Digital hospitals provide an incredible opportunity for the health care industry to improve their quality and safety of patient care significantly. Digital hospitals would support world-class clinical research while enabling better management and administration of the hospital environment.
After a decline in 2015, U.S. patenting activity rose to a record high in 2016. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 304,126 patents last year, up from 298,407 in 2015. The increase was largely driven by West Coast technology companies, including Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Boeing, IBM, Intel, Google, and Microsoft.
“A passion for innovation is something that comes deep from within a person,” wrote innovative thinker and author Dee McCrorey in her book “Innovation in a Revinvented World“. “It isn’t something that can be faked or taught in a classroom using textbooks. Of course, you can teach someone to use the tools of successful innovators, but passion for innovation lies dormant until it is tapped, released or expands on its own.”
When we think of a successful brand, company or organization, we can all agree the ones deemed successful are those that have done something new, exciting or revolutionary. They are the businesses that stand out from the rest. But with new and on-trend products or services created in seconds, this is not a simple task.
What was once a relationship fraught with unfamiliarity between global businesses and startups is increasingly collaborative, with both parties far more self-aware of what they need to do to make it work.
We require innovation in every activity we do. It is a part of our daily life that helps us do better and move forward. Innovation if strictly managed can fetch you excellent results for your business. Considering the startups, there is a huge competition among different firms. It is simply the way you manage, the innovation you make that distinguishes you from others.
Up to 80 percent of an organization’s improvement potential could come from frontline employee ideas. However, the average employee suggestion box or idea program gets less than 10 percent adoption, has fewer than .5 ideas per employee per year and can hurt employee engagement. High performing employee idea management programs, on the other hand, have over 50 percent adoption, many ideas per employee, and make a significant contribution to the bottom line. Even more, it results in increased productivity and employee engagement.
Innovation is one of the driving forces in our world. The constant creation of new ideas and their transformation into technologies and products forms a powerful cornerstone for 21st century society. Indeed, many universities and institutes, along with regions such as Silicon Valley, cultivate this process.
For decades, managers have been focused on efficiency. From Frederick Winslow Taylor and his Principles of Scientific Management early in the 20th century to more modern practices like Six Sigma, executives continually honed their operations to achieve maximum productivity at minimal cost.
Several key milestones were reached last year by those laying the groundwork for the Internet of Things (IoT). Impressive progress has been made in preparing the architecture of what will soon connect billions of devices globally across highly diverse contexts. Such progress underscores the contribution operators have made through collaboration on various standards.
Atlassian’s $425 million acquisition of task management provider Trello this week could signal increased industry consolidation with more enterprise collaboration chat providers buying asynchronous collaboration tools, an analyst told CMSWire.
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