Raout Talks 2016: disruption across the spectrum

People like to celebrate the tradition they are a part of, even innovators. But they also like realtalk — especially innovators, the builders of new realities. The theme of the evening was disruption. You’ve heard of disruption, of course. You may even have read about it on this blog. The noise around this word is impossible to escape. But so is the core of reality that it captures. This duality was quite familiar to the Raout audience. All those that were present are industrial innovators, many among them clients of Presans. That is something we’re proud of. We picked this theme because we knew there was depth behind the noise. In order to uncover this depth, we gave it the

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How the world of industry confronts the hurricane of digital transformation

When Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in 2003, it unknowingly created a textbook case of digital disruption. Initially designed to facilitate legal downloads in order to increase the demand for iPods, the platform has revolutionized the music industry by becoming an inescapable medium, capable of imposing the demands of its clients on its suppliers (purchase by song instead of by album, removal of DRM …). At that time, five major companies dominated the music market. Now there are only three of them. Since then, this exemplary scenario has repeated itself in almost identical fashion in countless sectors: through the use of digitalization and by adopting a fresh perspective on a given industry, new entrants have inserted themselves into value chains, captured client relations,

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GE: Digital Disruption Takeover?

Industrial titan General Electric and France keep the plot twists coming. 2014 was the year the merger with Alstom took place. Two years later, GE is deploying its first Digital Foundry in Paris, where developers and data scientists will create predictive maintenance applications for GE’s clients. The Predix platform is GE Digital’s answer to the disruptive GAFA barbarians. The GE Digital business unit was recently created with the mission to accomplish the cultural revolution towards digital, or, as we like to say in Presans, to become the barbarians. It is headed by Bill Ruh, who doubles as GE’s Chief Digital Officer. Louis Naugès recently provided an interesting competitive analysis of the digital industrial field. He first places the digital industrial vertical on

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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 Dukhan, 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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Industrial Digital Transformation: Interview with Robert Plana, General Electrics

Can you tell us about you and your career, which spans the worlds of research and industry? Collaboration with industry has been central to all of my work as an applied researcher. I have found this to be interesting on a personal level. In all the institutions I have worked for, I always sought to favor innovation and to make the relations between researchers and industry more fluid. After a stint at the Ministry of research, where I was involved in developing a strategy for future technologies, I got hired by Alstom to manage their open innovation program. I had in fact been doing open innovation long before the name was coined, by virtue of the collaborative projects and shared

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Business Performance Awards: GE, SEB… and Jeremy Rifkin

Somehow I landed in the prestigious and quite vast Théâtre de Chaillot to cover the first ever Business Performance Awards, organized by consulting company Ayming (thank you Albertino 🙂 ). The theme of the evening is: performance. A jury examined all kinds of projects implemented in companies located in France, and selected the most deserving ones. The dance troupe of the theatre house puts on wonderful show. This conveys the idea that performance is more than just economic performance, a point on which President of Ayming Hervé Amar insists. Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is also hosting the ceremony, which adds an additional touch of class to the proceedings. Two of the award winners draw our particular attention. First GE Predix, represented by Vincent

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Innovation Barometer 2012

Crisis and paradox   GE France commented on the results of the second annual GE Innovation Barometer a while ago. The results bear witness to the damaging impact of the economic crisis on the ability of businesses to engage in innovation. Managers who responded to the survey appear to expect innovation management to undergo a renewal. This would confirm a growing awareness of the need to adapt strategies and models to the new reality emerging from the crisis. The role of openness however still remains complex to describe, as underscored by the “partnership paradox” revealed by the survey: “However, a disconnect surfaced between the importance of partnerships and the need to pursue them in the near term. A “partnership paradox” presented

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Points de vue sur l’innovation : un entretien avec Dario Liguti et Laurent Wormser de GE France (1/2)

“L’avantage d’être un conglomérat, et l’avantage d’avoir une division dédiée à la R&D, c’est que cela nous permet de réaliser une cross-fertilization entre les différentes branches de la science, et entre les différents domaines dans lesquels nous travaillons.” – Dario Liguti Dario Liguti et Laurent Wormser, respectivement Directeur Marketing Stratégique et Directeur de la communication France de General Electric ont accepté de répondre à nos questions sur leur vision du management de l’innovation. Première partie de l’entretien. Presans : GE est souvent considéré comme un pionnier du management de l’innovation, et ce dès les commencements de son histoire. Comment faites-vous aujourd’hui pour trouver une inspiration à l’extérieur de votre organisation ? Dario Liguti : Comme cela a été démontré dans un

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Open Innovation – what’s behind the buzzword?

Yesterday (Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011), we were invited to by the Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness i7, the ESCP (Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Paris) and Accenture who presented their report entitled “Open Innovation: What’s Behind the Buzzword?” at ESCP Europe, Paris Campus. Introduction The presentation started by a very sound introduction by Pascal Morand (dean ESCP Europe) who explained that Research & Development is necessary, but not sufficient to innovation. He also also told us that open innovation processes, although they raise a number of questions (What about IP? If it is open, every goes in the same direction, so what? etc.), they tend to be more efficient than other processes. Take away of the report While Open Innovation

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