Posted by: meikah | 27 October 2011 | 7:31 pm
This week’s edition of innovation update celebrates the companies that have embraced and sustained innovation in their respective organizations.
These companies, among which are International Business Machines Corp., Novartis AG, Intel Corp., Abbott Laboratories, Xerox Corp. and runners-up Hewlett-Packard Co. and Yahoo Inc., are the winners of The Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Awards this year.
- Does the innovation break with conventional ideas or processes in its field?
- Does it go beyond marginal improvements on something that already exists?
- Will it have a wide impact in its field or on future technology?
Filed under: Innovation, Innovation Update, Novartis, Xerox Corporation
Posted by: meikah | 22 July 2011 | 2:44 am
This week’s edition of innovation update features the renewed focus on innovation at Merck.
A global healtchare leader, Merck wanted to make sure that they are among the successful stories in business. To achieve that goal, Merck knows that innovation is the only way to go.
Here’s what Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier has in mind and what he plans to do to achieve this.
“We must make certain Merck is among the success stories,’’ Frazier said.
Filed under: Healthcare, Innovation, Innovation Update, Merck, Pharmaceuticals
Posted by: meikah | 13 June 2011 | 9:13 pm
This week’s edition of innovation update features USAA Bank‘s check deposits through mobile, called remote deposit capture.
Filed under: Innovation, Innovation Update, USAA Bank
Posted by: meikah | 30 March 2011 | 7:51 pm
This week’s edition of innovation update features Steve Jobs and his latest gadget iPad 2. To be featuring Steve Jobs shouldn’t come as a surprise. The man has been churning in innovation one after another.
Steve Jobs’ decision to return from medical leave long enough to unveil a barrage of new iPad 2 features wasn’t just savvy strategic marketing. It was a genuine display of entrepreneurial passion that, sadly, is all too scarce in corporate America’s upper echelons.
Filed under: Apple, Innovation, Innovation Update, Technology
Posted by: meikah | 14 January 2011 | 3:33 am
This week’s edition of innovation update features China. The country is finding ways to spur innovation to spark domestic economy.
McKinsey Quarterly reports:
China’s latest five-year plan promises to shift the economy from its dependence on exports toward domestic consumption as an engine of growth. The key to achieving this will be for the nation to enhance the ability of its economy to innovate. Yet China’s record on this score is mixed. Understanding why that is, and how to fix it, is important to estimating the likelihood China will succeed in its ambitious goals.
Filed under: China, Innovation, Innovation Update
Posted by: meikah | 2 September 2010 | 10:55 pm
This week’s edition of innovation update features Nissan. With its new products, the company is playing up an innovation angle.
New York Times online reports:
Eight years after urging consumers to “Shift” their buying behavior when it comes to cars, trucks and minivans, Nissan North America is changing brand themes.
In a campaign that is scheduled to get under way on Saturday, Nissan North America, part of the Nissan Motor Company of Japan, will proclaim its mission is to provide “Innovation for all.”
Filed under: Innovation, Innovation Update, Manufacturing, Nissan
Posted by: meikah | 19 August 2010 | 9:46 pm
This week’s edition of innovation update features the story about a new generation iPod shuffle.
Is Apple granting touch treatment to the lowliest of iPods, the iPod Shuffle? Maybe, if the rumors are to be believed; and, unlikely as it may seem, a touchscreen iPod Shuffle is actually a good idea.
Rumors of a possible 1.7-inch iPod Shuffle with a touchscreen comes from iLounge, which published a bunch of unsubstantiated details on upcoming Apple devices. My colleague, Ian Paul, already wrote at length about the likelihood of these rumors. But I wanted to take a moment to just want to focus on the iPod, because let’s be honest, with all hoopla over iPads and iPhones, the music player’s just not getting any love.
Filed under: Apple, Innovation, Innovation Update, Six Sigma, Software/Technology
Posted by: meikah | 29 July 2010 | 7:44 pm
This week’s edition of innovation update features the story about generating fuel from sunlight.
Want to generate innovation? Build a hub to make it happen. The U.S. Department of Energy is embarking on an ambitious plan to speed up energy innovation with a $122 million cash injection for an Energy Innovation HubÂ in California. Dubbed the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, the research center will do exactly as its name suggests–develop a solar energy fuel conversion system through artificial photosynthesis and bring it to commercialization.
Filed under: Innovation, Innovation Update, Sustainable Business
Posted by: meikah | 24 June 2010 | 7:15 pm
This week’s edition of innovation update features Russia, which aims to build its own Silicon Valley.
The Wall Street Journal Europe reports:
Russia has feted its scientists for generations, but the fall of the Soviet Union forced the country to come up with a new way to harness their talents.
Earlier this year, President Dmitry Medvedev appointed the businessman Viktor Vekselberg to help set up an international center for technological innovation, which is aimed at attracting the world’s best engineers, programmers and venture capitalists to Russia. So far, the project has won support from Nokia, Cisco and a large U.S. private equity fund.
Filed under: Innovation, Innovation Update, Six Sigma, Technology
Posted by: meikah | 4 June 2010 | 12:39 am
This week’s edition of innovation update features a talk by Anil Gupta, founder of Honey Bee Network.
Gupta shares where to get inspiration for innovation, even in places where you least expect it.
Listen to his talk here.