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Innovation Insights from across the Net

Welcome to The Q-Review – Qmarkets’ recap of some of the best innovation insights on the web! In this space we plan to bring you the most interesting powerful and helpful ideas from the world of innovation, searching the net to bring you the latest and greatest stories in innovation as well as our recent blog posts, highlighting innovation uses in the real world.

Talent And Diversity Drive Barclays Digital Innovation

Barclays has been a bank for 300 years, and is one of the world’s leading innovative players in the FinTech industry. Read this interesting article which explores the culture of innovation at Barclays, Barclays Accelerator – the first FinTech accelerator to be run by a financial organization, and the steps Barclays are taking to remain an innovation powerhouse in the competitive British banking industry.

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Finding Your Company’s Second Act

In July 2016, Pokemon Go became the latest hit to take the world by storm. At the height if its popularity, nearly 30 million people were spending at least...

In July 2016, Pokemon Go became the latest hit to take the world by storm. At the height if its popularity, nearly 30 million people were spending at least an hour a day playing Pokemon Go. Three months later, the game virtually disappeared. FitBit, GoPro and TiVo all followed the same path, ballooning rapidly and then fading just as quickly. This is called the Second-Act Crisis, and is what happens to all companies that disrupt but don't follow up. This interesting article from the Harvard Business Review explains why this happens and how to prevent it.

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When it comes to creativity, are you a sculptor or a painter?

There are many different types of creators and innovators. Some, the painters, look at something and realize what is missing. They then set off to innovate, creating something from...

There are many different types of creators and innovators. Some, the painters, look at something and realize what is missing. They then set off to innovate, creating something from scratch. Others, the sculptors, look and see what the problem is, and what shouldn't be there. They then set out to remove the things holding the innovation back from being a success. Which one are you?

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Why your innovation lab is failing

Innovation labs are a very popular way for companies to focus their innovation efforts and channel them into ways to move forward in an ever-changing and ever-disrupting digital climate....

Innovation labs are a very popular way for companies to focus their innovation efforts and channel them into ways to move forward in an ever-changing and ever-disrupting digital climate. Some companies, like Google with their innovation lab, X, have done this quite successfully, but others see their labs flounder and fail. This article presents several reasons why these labs aren't succeeding. 

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Mismatch between CEOs and investors could hold back transformation efforts

In the age of digital disruption, the classic market players keep looking over their shoulder as newcomers leverage new innovative technologies to cut into their market share. Traditional businesses...

In the age of digital disruption, the classic market players keep looking over their shoulder as newcomers leverage new innovative technologies to cut into their market share. Traditional businesses know that transforming operations to meet these disruptors head on is the key to staving off the new competition. CEOs, however, are torn between staying the course or completely rethinking their practices, many because they believe that their investors are both wary and weary of change. This could have disastrous effects on future digital transformation efforts. What should CEOs do?

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How to Navigate the Politics of an Innovation Project

You would think that innovation is something that everyone in the company would strive for, until you encounter the first barrier put up by one of your colleagues or...

You would think that innovation is something that everyone in the company would strive for, until you encounter the first barrier put up by one of your colleagues or coworkers. Regardless of the reason, internal politics play an important part in getting innovation off the ground. This interesting article from the Harvard Business Review gives a quick guide in how to get your innovation project up and running. 

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Lufthansa Technik Saves 40 Million Annually by Using Idea Management System

Qmarkets would like to congratulate Lufthansa Technik on generating 2000 ideas within the first year of using a digital idea management solution, and generating millions in savings for the entire...

Qmarkets would like to congratulate Lufthansa Technik on generating 2000 ideas within the first year of using a digital idea management solution, and generating millions in savings for the entire Lufthansa Group. Qmarkets is proud to be Lufthansa's Innovation partner of choice, and as we enter the third year of our relationship, we look forward to building on this foundation and to many more successful years together.

Read the Lufthansa press release to learn how they are taking advantage of an idea and innovation management system to promote ideas company-wide and save Lufthansa millions each year! 

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Open Innovation: The Cooperathon Approach

Open innovation. Hackathons. Collaboration. All innovation buzzwords, and all important. One company, however, decided to combine all three into an overall concept, the Cooperathon. In essence, it's a hackathon...

Open innovation. Hackathons. Collaboration. All innovation buzzwords, and all important. One company, however, decided to combine all three into an overall concept, the Cooperathon. In essence, it's a hackathon on steroids, but in reality, it's so much more than that, proving that by listening to your employees, your customers, involving experts and external stakeholders, you can reach innovative success. 

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How Attention From Top Managers Impacts Innovation

Innovation often comes from an external source. In many cases, global enterprises will purchase an innovative company and bring them into the fold. In other cases, companies will partner...

Innovation often comes from an external source. In many cases, global enterprises will purchase an innovative company and bring them into the fold. In other cases, companies will partner with innovative companies, or just license their product. Intuitively we would think that of the last two, partnering with an external innovative company will by far create the better results, but is that really true? This article examines the two types of external innovation models, and reaches the conclusion that far more important than the type of model used, is that the leadership in the company doing the innovating is the real difference maker when it comes to actual results - strong leadership can make or break the innovation program. 

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The Coming Wave of Digital Disruption

Digital disruption is one of the hottest things occupying the thoughts of executives all over the globe, and every innovation expert worth their salt is spreading the word. However,...

Digital disruption is one of the hottest things occupying the thoughts of executives all over the globe, and every innovation expert worth their salt is spreading the word. However, as Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive once said "You ain't seen nothing yet!" It turns out that in the past 15 years, company value in 36 of the top 39 business sectors has only shifted by 6%. We've only just begin to witness the beginning of the snowball effect, with much more yet to come. Is your company ready to act?

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Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

If a person were asked to name the most innovative company in the world, chances are their immediate, instinctive answer would be Google, followed by Apple. These companies have...

If a person were asked to name the most innovative company in the world, chances are their immediate, instinctive answer would be Google, followed by Apple. These companies have made global-scale innovation look easy. Now, we dive down to take a close look at X, Google's innovation factory, where thinking outside the box is considered the norm, and thinking outside the realm of possibility is not only encouraged, it's the only way you can get through the door.

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From Our Blog

How the Israel Securities Authority is Engaging Employees to Boost Innovation

Yael Weiss Efron is an Innovation Manager at the Israel Securities Authority (ISA). Earlier in 2017, the ISA approached Qmarkets regarding the implementation of Qmarkets’ platform in order to run...
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Generating Value: A Talk with Qmarkets’ New VP Product

Sivan Leshem joined Qmarkets in 2011 as a project manager, before going on to manage the product delivery department during a period which would see Qmarkets grow into a...
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How Qmarkets Partnered with NHS to Create the Most Sophisticated Healthcare Innovation Exchange Platform in the UK

Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), talks about the changes in the healthcare industry in England, the challenges in...
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Discover the Next Generation of Idea and Innovation Management…

Learning from the Best… From multinational automotive manufacturers to high-tech medical organizations, at Qmarkets we’ve now helped hundreds of leading companies across the globe to achieve astounding and innovative...
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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...
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