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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....
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...
Expert Q&A: Michael Stilger on Performance Excellence and the Continuous Improvement Process
Qmarkets’ SVP of Global Solutions, Michael Stilger, will be leading an innovation ideas session at the 2016 Business Performance Excellence summit, San Francisco, at 17:00 on the 27th of September. In anticipation of this event, we gave Michael the opportunity to share his thoughts on performance excellence, the continuous improvement process, and specifically what we can expect from Qmarkets at BPE 2016. Qmarkets’ Senior VP Michael Stilger has a unique understanding of how to successfully implement innovation strategies and optimize idea management, based on his experience as a senior innovation manager in large global firms as well as startup companies. Michael has inspired,...
Majority Rules: Idea Evaluation Criteria & Voting Methods for Efficient Innovation Management
Continuing our series of posts from Qmarkets’ experts, Elio Boton,VP of R&D at Qmarkets, borrows from his experience in designing and implementing various voting methods into the Qmarkets innovation management platform to discuss voting – the importance of voting, how votes constitute an important set of idea evaluation criteria, why you need to implement voting into your Innovation Management platform, and the different voting methods you can use to obtain the most accurate results: In Ancient Greece, all eligible Athenian citizens were allowed to speak and to vote in the assembly which determined Athens’ laws. Voting is used to...
Who’s Afraid of Innovation Management? – How to take a small step towards innovation, and a giant leap for your company
With crowdsourced innovation now a proven profit maker – many companies are rushing to initiate innovation programs and deploy innovation management platforms. Despite the success of these systems, however, many senior managers are still wary of them. This post will offer a few tips to...
Aiming High: Qmarkets’ Innovation in R&D Journey Towards Improved Idea Management Solutions
Albert Einstein once said “Why is it I always get my best ideas while shaving?” Unfortunately this is one of the few conundrums which he was unable to provide an answer to, but if I had to theorize, I would posit that it is...
The Corporate Dilemma: Disruptive vs. Incremental Innovation
While taxi companies have come a long way over the years in improving service to their customers, nothing could compare to the radical change engendered by the introduction of Uber, a company which drastically changed the taxi industry almost overnight and captured a large...
Delivering Innovation: 5 Insider Tips to Streamline your Innovation Software Implementation Process
Our experts talk innovation – Qmarkets’ employees discuss their personal experiences and provide tips and best practices for the successful deployment of Innovation Management systems: Some will say that there are no bad ideas, only bad adaptation from idea into reality. My name is Joel Ben Nescher,...
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 many challenges, but also garnered many rewards. It also serves to highlight the outstanding results that can come from sharing innovation management best practices.  More Than a Postal Service Founded in 1849, Swiss Post began as the Federal Post...
Brexit, Switzerland and Wind Turbines – The Difference Between Direct Democracy and Citizen Involvement
Are polls and public referendums on decisions affecting the future of a country actual portrayals of citizens being involved in the running of their country? The People Voted in June 2016, the United Kingdom held a public referendum, the United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum. The referendum had but one question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” 51.89% of the voters chose to leave the EU, which led to a parliamentary crisis, the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and an unclear path as to the future of the...
Gartner Research Insights: 5 Innovation Hacks to Boost your Digital Return
Hackathons, internal innovation programs, open innovation, technology acquisitions…these days it seems like everyone is jumping onto the innovation bandwagon. However the popularity of business innovation techniques is equalled by the confusion surrounding them. How is innovation best performed? Can guidelines for innovation be created? Recently, Gartner released a presentation,...
Hunting Innovation: Incorporating Tech Scouting & Corporate Venturing Into Your Internal Innovation Process
Acquiring a company is a common way to stay relevant in a quickly changing business world. While tech scouting is a crucial element in any large company’s ability to stay ahead, it is also an extremely challenging task requiring lots of skill, experience and a...

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