Breakthrough Factory Interview: Albert Meige & Eric Kirstetter

The Breakthrough Factory is a new approach to systematically and efficiently create breakthrough innovations based on technology. Arthur D Little and Presans are partners in this brand new offering. Breakthrough Factory mastermind Eric Kirstetter, Partner at the ADL Paris office, and Albert Meige, Founder and CEO of Presans, give us their thoughts on the motivations behind this industrial open innovation game-changer. What has changed in the way industrial companies innovate today? Why are they putting their focus on breakthrough innovation? Eric Kirstetter: Products that add value in a way that gives you the option of either gaining market share, or of raising your price, are what breakthrough innovation is all about. What counts is the value as it is perceived

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Arthur D Little & Presans Join Forces to Launch Breakthrough Factory

Paris, 16 June 2016: The collaboration between open industrial innovation startup Presans and management and strategy consulting firm Arthur D. Little aims to make breakthrough innovation systematic and effective. In order to achieve high success rates, breakthrough innovation needs to set the technological focus of innovators on sustainable differentiation, short deadlines, and under control budgets. Why disruptive innovation? In a study conducted in 2014, Arthur D. Little found that companies want to increase the contribution of breakthrough innovation in their income (+50% over 5 years), but that a majority of them (87% ) declare themselves unsatisfied with their capabilities in this area (low success rate, uncontrolled costs and delays, lack of access to skills, attention sink …) An original approach? Arthur D. Little

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Sofia 3 : five million experts at your fingertips – interview with the wizard behind this prodigy

Presans is proud to announce the new version of Sofia (presans.com/x-search), the search engine and management tool for international experts. Sofia 3 is both more accurate and more relevant: Comprehensive coverage of global expertise, over 5 million experts identified, as well as their relationships. Search scientific and academic experts as well as startups. Innovative search features. Because searching for an expert isn’t the same as searching for a web page, the new version of Sofia allows to search by similarity, working relationships, communities of interest, etc. Fabien Coulon took the time to discuss this important milestone with us. Can you tell us about yourself? Fabien: After my Computer Science PhD, I worked at startup called Linterweb on a search engine.

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Interview with Two Wizards: Albert Meige & Rémi Larrousse

Albert Meige and Rémi Larrousse are both exemplars of a rare breed of magicians / entrepreneurs. They recently embarked on a completely new type of project: delivering innovation + magic corporate seminars for project-oriented companies who want to revamp their innovation strategy. In this interview for Open Your Innovation, they provide some background on this unique offering. * How did you guys meet? Albert: I went to see Rémi’s show. Then I googled him and I first thought there was another Rémi Larrousse who was an innovation consultant who’d gone to Sciences Po. After a while I eventually figured out both were the same person. Then I contacted Rémi through LinkedIn. It turned out we share a lot of connections… and

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Sofia, the World’s Most Advanced Expert Management System

Today, we are the 21st of September 2013, exactly 4 years after the launch the beta version of our expert management system. This was a long way! We have learnt a lot, from both our clients and our experts. Today, I am very proud to announce that we have a new kid at Presans, Sofia 2. Sofia 2 is the new version of our expert management system. Sofia is the world’s most advanced expert management system. Sofia, the world’s most advanced expert management system Sofia is composed of two main parts. The first part is called X-Search. X-search is our expertise mapping and profiling system. X-Search is organising global expertise by extracting and analysing information from various sources of information (scientific

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Is Our Niche Safe from Google?

At Presans, a question we ask ourselves every now and then is: could it happen that a big player, say, Google, decides to enter the business of open innovation in one way or another? Google already provides very decent patent and search tools for free. What about crowdsourcing or crowd innovation? Just to be on the safe side, let’s take a quick look at a few things they have going on in these areas. 1) Google Science Fair Science challenge for bright minds aged from 13 to 18, currently in its third year. The focus is on ideas that will change the world, such as Simplified Hydroponic Methods for Swazi Subsistence Farmers. 2) Solve For X “A forum to encourage

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PRESANS: exciting news

On the 18th of January of last year, PRESANS launched X-Search, the first worldwide expert search engine. We decided to choose  the 18th of January again to announce some exciting (at least for us!) news. In the past few years, we’ve had to learn a lot in order to develop fairly robust applications and high-end services to boost innovation. The time has now come to streamline a number of things and to structure our offering in a clearer way. Keep on reading to find out about Sofia, X-Search and X-Call… and to discover our brand new corporate website. Why did we change ? First of all, PRESANS is still PRESANS: our recent evolution is a logical step towards doing what we already

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Diversity In Expert Search

Diversity in Expert Search When Web search engines deal with a broad or ambiguous search query from a user, it is often better to try to present in the results documents matching various aspects of the query to increase the user satisfaction. Is this practice specific to Web search, or can it be applied to expert search as well? When a user has a technological or scientific need and searches for experts, there are several aspects in which diversification of results can be useful. First, the need may be ambiguous or related to more than one scientific discipline. Hence, the expert search engine must ensure that the related disciplines are represented in the results. Second, a user may be searching

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One Million Experts on X-Search!

PRESANS has launched X-Search (presans.com/x-search), the first Worldwide Expert Search Engine less than 3 months ago. It took us a while to go through all the awesome comments and feedback you sent us. We read them all and today, we have great news to announce: more, more and more! Access one million of experts worldwide for free! PRESANS is proud to announce that X-Search, has recently reached 1 000 000 (one million) experts in base. This is an amazing progression since the launch of the of the tool in February 2011. The expert database behind X-Search covers most European countries, including France, England and Germany. Worldwide! We have been claiming that X-Search is worldwide, and then we put a temporary

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X-Search, the worldwide expert search engine is live

Since a few hours ago, PRESANS Expert Search Engine, X-Search is live. You can create a free account and start finding hundreds of thousands of experts worldwide in a few clicks. If you have been invited to the Beta, we will send you your activation code in a few hours from now. If you are not yet invited, you can ask us for a free activation code. All the instructions are here: presans.com/x-search

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