Faster, cheaper, and open… Innovation

Innovation is the hottest topic in digital transformation today. It includes technology accelerators such as IoT, machine learning, robotics, new API platforms, and so on. The topic of innovation also evolves around the “who, what, and how”-questions, and it is evident that the faster, cheaper, and open you can run your innovation process, the more value you will be able to create.

The latest report and update of our digital transformation framework (“The Innovation Paradigm for the Digital Age“) dives deep into these aspects, so I recommend spending a few moments and take it to heart. Download it here…

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Blog updates

I’m in the process of updating/redesigning the blog and the purpose is to create a clearer focus on digital transformation and innovation. Meanwhile… I am sorry for the mess, potentially broken links, empty pages, etc.

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Current digital transformation topics

In the last few months, I have traveled to meet customers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. A handful of topics seem to be in focus, regardless of country and sector:

  • Innovation
  • Digital ecosystems
  • Customer journey mapping (in a truly customer oriented way)

Below are some key questions being asked and thus also indicate where companies are spending attention in their ongoing transformation programs.

Innovation

  • How do we best work with innovation?
  • Optimal innovation processes?
  • Dedicated innovation group or everyone involved all the time?
  • Interfacing external parties, such as the startup-scene, partners, customers, etc
  • How can achieve traceability between ideas to incubate/try and our business’ core business objectives?
  • How can we experiment externally, without hurting the brand?

Digital ecosystems

  • How can we open up our products, services, operational processes, and systems, to better collaborate with the world outside the company?
  • How can we both protect our data and at the same time provide easy access to it?
  • If we don’t know how to make money (business model) from sharing data or participate in new digital ecosystems, is it at all worth the efforts?
  • What are the best API-platform management practices?

Customer journey mapping

  • How can we better understand WHY our customer buys or product/service?
  • What happens before and after that the customer has interacted with us, and how can we digitally improve those experiences?
  • How do we test the outcome of changed digital touchpoints acorss entire customer journeys?

 

 

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Connecting my retinal implant to Google Translate

Update: Yes, this is an April’s Fools’ Day joke. But consider that given the increase of adoption of wearables and IoT in general and that research on retinal implants is serious already, it’s not strange that most of the comments I received through various channels indicate that many believed this specific retinal implant experiment to be true. I am not laughing, because eventually we will see these implants in the market.
My opinion regarding implants is that they are irrelevant in the form of NFC or if they serve as authentication vehicles alone. We can solve those challenges without going under the skin. Only when implants actually belong in the body, meaning they add value to the body itself, will adoption be likely. I am sure most agree with me on this standpoint and that’s also why we look forward to improving lives with technology like this. The key to getting there is fundamentally about making it safe and always ensuring that the individual always has full control of data being passed in and out of its body. Health, personal integrity and security take on whole different meanings once we start interacting digitally with our brains. Exciting times ahead!

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I have just had my latest implant surgery done, and it’s amazing! As you know, I recently experimented with an NFC implant to board an aircraft, and concluded that implants just for the sake of authentication are irrelevant. The chip has to do more than that, to justify the “cost” of putting something under your skin. I therefore went and got myself a retinal implant, a chip that connects to my optical nerves.

I’ll cover this in more depth soon, but in summary the chip is connected over bluetooth to my phone, and it augments digital images into my optical nerve. The benefit is that not only can I “see” through the lens of the phone’s camera, but I can also see what is on the screen of the phone, without looking at it.

Below you can see how I connected to Google Translate to automatically get everything I see translated from one language to another. This weekend I will experiment with map directions and generally how much I can do without actually picking up my phone!

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So, when I look at the cover of the book “The App Effect”, I can have the app translate it into German and augment the translate directly into my optical nerve.

This is what the book cover looks like…

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… and this is what I see!

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Circuit Hacking Mondays at Noisebridge

This week I am San Francisco for meetings at Capgemini Group’s “Applied Innovation Exchange”. It’s a great new venue for us, which we will use to accelerate innovation with our customers.

While being in town, it’s easy to find interesting meetups and just show up to learn and meet really cool people. Yesterday evening, I went to Circuit Hacking Monday at Noisebridge. From their site: “Noisebridge is a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by our members. We are a non-profit educational institution intended for public benefit.”

Inspiring and friendly place. The evening was spent over breadboards, cutting wires, putting together integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, and LEDs. Some participants were already very knowledgable and others had just begun their hardware hacking journey.

In these times of IoT and sensification, basic electronics is where it all starts. A blinking LED is the new “Hello world”. Thank you Jason and Noisebridge for a great evening!

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