Elliott Wilkins

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Total’s Open Innovation Journey – How Partnership with Qmarkets Upgraded its Approachability and Accessibility

When Total, a global energy company that serves more than 4 million end-customers per day, was looking for a new Open Innovation (OI) solution in 2015, they turned to Morgan Ohayon, who became instrumental in choosing and implementing the Qmarkets innovation platform at both the company-wide and business-unit levels. Actively operating in more than 130 countries, Total is the world’s 4th...

Qmarkets & Amer Sports – An Innovative Partnership that Created Unprecedented Blue Collar Employee Engagement

From mobile innovation solutions to analog internal marketing, gamification, and employee meeting spaces, read our case study to learn all about Amer Sports’ approach to innovation today. Who Are Amer Sports? Amer Sports is a large, international, Nasdaq-Helsinki-listed sporting goods company with both B2B and B2C focus in 34 countries. Founded in 1950, with origins and history in several industries, Amer...

How Swiss Post’s Employee Innovation Program Achieved Award-Winning Results with Qmarkets

Lorenz Wyss, head of ideation at Swiss Post and the recent recipient of a prestigious international idea management award, talks about the major transformation efforts the 60,000-strong company has undertaken, and how Qmarkets’ innovation platform has helped manage and guide the process.  Swiss Post is a diversified group with five main subsidiaries – PostMail, PostLogistics, Swiss Post Solutions, PostFinance and...

Crowdsourcing with the Competition: Rewarding Venture or Precarious Proposition?

Why your company needs to think about crowdsourcing with the competition… “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” While not the original intent, many CEOs today would agree that this wisdom could be applied to relationships in the contemporary business world. Truly, the business world is getting smaller every day: drop shipping is giving the little guys an edge...

Think Your Company’s Pursuit of Innovation has Run its Course? Think Again…

For several years now, the pursuit of innovation has been established as one of the top priorities for senior leaders at large organizations. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these research reports from PwC, Deloitte, Forrester, and Gartner.  However, while many corporate leaders are eager to enter the race to innovate, the majority of them give up before they...

Can Crowdsourcing Support Your Operational Excellence Strategy?

Operational excellence is a business principle which is currently supported by a range of process management tools and methodologies, however, these approaches fail to utilize the most valuable resource at the disposal of all large organizations – their employees. This audience is already delivering results across a huge range of use cases, from disruptive innovation to new product development, so why is...

Future-Proofing Financial Market Innovation – Fighting Digital Disruption with Digital Disruption

The term ‘Digital Disruption’ describes the situation where an existing industry is being altered by emerging digital technologies. These new technologies lead to innovations, often creating new markets and value markets that can impact the established leaders in the industry. Financial organizations of all shapes and sizes are being disrupted by small, agile, innovative and technology-oriented companies which offer convenient...

Qmarkets & Intesa Sanpaolo Card: Tailoring Innovation in the Financial Sector

Intesa Sanpaolo Card Intesa Sanpaolo Card is a provider of payment solutions, which was founded in 2009 as a member of one of the largest banking groups in Europe. The company is renowned for championing unique initiatives to drive innovation in the financial sector. With headquarters in Croatia and Slovenia, it services clients from the financial and banking sectors across...

The Secret Ingredient to Operational Excellence Success

Understanding Operational Excellence If there is one buzzword in business language today which is most guilty of confusing workers with its obfuscating fog of convoluted terminology, it would have to be Operational Excellence. The whirlwind of discussion surrounding this subject includes terms such as Performance Excellence, Business Process Management, Process Improvement, Economic Efficiency, and Incremental Innovation just to name a few… For...

Swiss Post & Qmarkets – An Innovation Management Success Story

Qmarkets currently maintains successful deployments with over 200 customers across the globe, ranging from multinational fortune 500 companies such as Total, Nestle, and PMI, to high-tech SMEs such as Emergent Biosolutions, and Recaro. The Qmarkets team endeavors to ensure that all projects are successful, however sometimes this is easier said than done. This post will discuss a project which posed...

How Innovation Management can Revolutionize the Video Game Industry

Art or Strictly Business? The Figures – A Growing Economy Since its introduction to the general public in the 70’s, the video game industry has become one of the most popular and engaging forms of entertainment, estimated to be worth $113 billion by 2018. To put this into perspective, this figure is almost $10 billion more than the gross domestic product...

“Embrace Open Innovation or be Destroyed by it…” – A Case Study on Lego & Bagels

Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Job Arguably, the principle of Open Innovation was utilized for the first time by Professor James Murray in 19th Century Oxford, England. In the time that has passed since then, this concept has become infinitely easier to implement thanks to the development of Innovation Management technology, however some companies are yet to wake...

How to Facilitate Experts and Streamline Your Innovation Management Process

The problem with democracy is that we can’t all always be in charge; one way or another there has to be someone at the top who holds the power to make that crucial final decision. As drastic as this comparison might seem, the very same quandary exists within the field of innovation management: How do you combine the invaluable collective...

Crowdsourcing Continuous Improvement: Kaizen Principles and Practices for Amplifying Excellence

Many companies seek to improve their operations through the documentation of best practices. From personal experience in a large, multinational enterprise technology company, I saw how well-articulated procedures can be beneficial to the immediate users and their successors. However, these reflect only one person or one department’s experience, and lack collective insights. The Kaizen Management Method is based on the...

Ideate or Deteriorate – Why Companies Must Learn How To Be Innovative to Achieve Major Growth

“Innovate (verb): To Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.”  Just a buzzword? To many people, it might seem as though the business world has become over-saturated with innovation. This buzzword is now thrown around in conjunction with all manner of postulations and stratagems, with authors often straying away from its actual meaning in favour of...

Qmarkets’ Innovator’s Kitchen Newsletter – June 2015

This month’s newsletter contains three informative news articles, and one invitation to an exciting webinar that we will be hosting next month. Click here to take a look for yourself! The main announcement for June is the release of a major update to our core system, featuring significant upgrades to both the visual and technical elements of our platforms, providing our...

Driving Innovation in the Workplace – Is Configuration Crucial?

Up until the turn of millennium, the world of business was stuck in a vicious circle of homogenisation. There was a traditional way of attaining success, and if you strayed too far from this paradigm, then you would lose all credibility and  any chance of being prosperous. Because success relied so heavily on maintaining the sterilised veneer of “business”, radical...

The Winning Formula – The Advantages of Combining Higher Education and Innovation Management

Ideally, a university should be an ecosystem in which ideas are developed, challenged, and experimented with. As such, it would be natural to regard both education and innovation as mutually compatible. It’s surprising, therefore, that many academic institutions still lag when it comes to implementing well-structured innovation processes. Invention DNA, Genetic Fingerprinting, CDs, Computers, and the Internet. This is just...

Unlocking Potential with an Innovation Pilot – 6 Reasons for SMEs to use Idea Management Tools

Typically innovation management is seen as the domain of large organisations who can afford to invest a lot of time and effort into pushing forward a company-wide initiative. While previously this may have been the case, smaller organisations are now discovering that they have got just as much to gain from the implementation of this software as the larger corporations. While...

6 KPIs of Innovation Management Solutions

There are certain benefits to innovation software that are difficult to measure, and others that are quite obvious. This blog post will discuss the innovation KPI (Key Performance Indicator) examples for calculating the success of an idea management platform at 6 key stages within the workflow. Determining success at each of these stages within the platform will allow you to...

And the Oscar goes to…Prediction Markets – Harnessing Collective Intelligence to Anticipate Success

Once again the power of Prediction Markets was displayed last week, as it correctly predicted 19 out of the 24 winners at the 2015 Oscar awards; an accuracy level of 79%. This blog that tracked the predictions of 18 pundits, found that only three pundits got 19 or more correct, with almost 80% of the pundits making less than 18...

Welcome to the Qmarkets Blog – Gain Cutting-Edge Insights from the Innovation Experts

We’re excited to welcome you to the official Qmarkets blog! Here, you’ll find a treasure trove of readily-applicable tips and insights for maximising the effectiveness of your innovation management strategy. Our articles are contributed by our own team, as well as a variety of other innovation experts from a diverse array of fields.  We’re always looking for new ways to...

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