HEC-Roundtable: Managers from GE, Safran, IBM, Total, Airbus Discuss Digitalization

On April 11, 2016, the HEC Advanced Technology Group organized a roundtable on the topic of the digitalization of capital-intensive industries. 120 people attended this sold-out event, which took place in the now well-known halls of Remix Coworking, rue des Petites Écuries. Albert Meige, CEO of industrial open innovation company Presans, handled host duties. The invited panelists were: Ghislaine Doukhan, Executive Vice-President Safran Analytics Jean-Philippe Desbiolles, Vice-President IBM Cognitive Solutions Denis Gardin, SVP New Technologies Ventures at Airbus Yves Le Stunff, Chief Digital Officer at Total Exploration & Production Robert Plana, Senior Engineer Emerging Technologies at General Electrics It’s no secret a big digital push is currently underway from all the major industrial players. How big? How disruptive? Are we sure

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The Game-Changer Mindset

A company’s corporate culture prescribes to its members what to believe, what to prefer, what to do and how to do it. Such a set of prescriptions is based on the example of leaders, on the traditions of the past, and on bureaucratic rules. It follows that changing a corporate culture is a complex undertaking fraught with perils. In addition, given that successful firms tend to evolve a culture that is adapted to their industry, changing that culture should not be attempted on frivolous grounds. On the other hand, companies stand in front of massive waves of disruption that threaten to wipe out their established positions. Their long-term dominance or survival hinges upon their ability to go beyond incremental innovation,

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Panel Discussion on Accelerators @ HEC Advanced Technology

There are a lot of accelerators out there, and Presans has its eye on startup ecosystems. Earlier this month, the HEC Advanced Technology Group, the board of which Albert Meige is a member of, organized a conversation on the value proposition and business model of accelerators. This timely event organized by Christian Coutenceau and Silvia Carter was held simultaneously in Paris and Toulouse. Participants included: Eric TARDY, Axandus / EFI Automotive Cécile BROSSET, Head of BPI France Le Hub Jean-François GALLOÜIN, Managing Director Paris&Co Marielle Charpin, remplacing Pascal LATOUCHE, Director Orange Fab France Bruno GUTIERRES, Head of Airbus BizLab David COHEN, Managing Partner at Techstars Here are the main takeaways, courtesy of our man Dominique: Various types of accelerator There isn’t a

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Garage Renaissance: Jean Botti @ Raout Presans 2015

Last Friday, Presans brought in an innovation heavyweight for its annual Raout. After being introduced by Albert Meige, CEO of Presans, and Philippe Lavialle, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Essonne, Airbus Group Chief Technical Officer Dr. Jean Botti delivered a series of powerful punches to the gut of corporate complacency. Airbus tripled its revenue and now employs 130 000 people, however, to quote from Botti’s presentation, “death is something that can happen to people in good health”. Indeed, it is a rough and tumbling world out there. Barbarians are coming for the established businesses, and they are coming fast. They ride the waves of digitalization in startup mode, even as their capitalization and cash assets number in the

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Is Uberization the Future of Intelligence?

[The French Version of this article was published in Harvard Business Review France] A grinning Jean Botti, CTO at Airbus Group, entrusted us with one of his dreams: A smartphone app that would produce a synthetical and analytical overview of the knowledge possessed by the best experts in a given domain ; the sum of all knowledge components inside a brain. Is it possible to imagine monetizing immaterial assets such as knowledge, expertise or know-how, as is already the case with Uber and Airbnb, who make a network available and then monetize underused physical assets? Are we on the cusp of the Uberization of intelligence? We’ve conducted interviews with several tens of innovation managers, from R&D, strategy, marketing of big corporations for

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Panel Discussion on Innovation Intelligence @ Mardis de l’Innovation

Marc Giget strikes again. The innovation thinker who pens forewords is also the focal point around which the French innovation community gathers. Over 200 people attended this week’s edition of his seminar. Topic of the session : Open Innovation — perspectives after ten years of practice in a digital world. Presans coordinated the session. This isn’t Albert Meige’s first gig here. This time he came to present the main trends from the book he just finished co-writing with Jacques Schmitt. His talk was interspersed with subliminal encouragements to acquire it. The vision of the future he described is shaped by the twin waves of digitalization and commoditization. This rapidly approaching scenario would also see players of various sizes converge towards similar strategies. On the level of intermediaries and service providers, time hasn’t decisively answered the question

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Innovation Intelligence: Commoditization. Digitalization. Acceleration. Major Pressure on Innovation Drivers.

In our book Innovation Intelligence, we give an overview of recent, disruptive trends that induce changes in the way large corporations deal with open innovation. The book was written after approximately 40 interviews with the Chief Technology Officers and Chief Innovation Officers of large international companies such as Airbus Group, Danone, TOTAL, and Faurecia, among others. We are very pleased to have two prestigious preface authors: Marc Giget, President, European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation Jean-François Minster, Senior Vice President Scientific Development, Total The book is 318 page long and is composed of 7 chapters (in addition of the introduction and of the conclusion): Chapter 1: The Internet of Skills & Knowledge Chapter 2: The Parrot AR.Drone Case Chapter 3:

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