Tag: Innovation

Scouting emerging tech: the advantages of university relationships

Looking within universities for innovation is win-win.

Investing in innovation? Here’s how to make the biggest impact

It’s not the number of dollars you spend. It’s how you spend them.

How to use accelerators and incubators as a tech scouting tool

Engage in the VC ecosystem to stay on top of emerging tech.

What women leaders bring to tech—and how to bolster their ranks

Making the case for female CEOs and directors as we reflect on International Women’s Day.

The coding craze isn’t a fad

What coding teaches besides just how to build software: problem solving, the elegance of simplicity and teamwork.

Sportifying STEM through robotics to stimulate learning

What can businesses learn from programs that use robotics and gamification to spark kids’ interest in math and science?

What emerging technology should we invest in?

How to assess emerging technologies to know if they’re worthwhile investments for your company.

A beacon for personalized customer engagement

A case for using beacons in combination with other technologies to create a truly custom customer experience.

Forest or trees: Navigating the emerging technology wilderness

How to stay informed about emerging technologies without becoming overwhelmed by the endless possibilities.

Not quite ready for the (fourth industrial) revolution

With few businesses prepared for Industry 4.0, it’s time to hone your strategy for emerging technology.

12 challenges of testing mobile apps

Learn more about a dozen mobile app-testing challenges that can sabotage your company’s mobile strategy.

4 hidden secrets from Mobile World Congress 2016

Four secrets from Mobile World Congress 2016 that can help you put the media coverage in perspective.

4 trends spotted at Mobile World Congress

Four trends spotted at Mobile World Congress 2016-and what they might mean for your organization.

Demystifying machine learning: Part 3 – Exploring deep learning

What exactly is “deep learning” and what accounts for its rapid rise in popularity and media coverage?

Blockchains: Bitcoin’s boundless building blocks

We explore block chains—the foundation of Bitcoin—and how this innovation might impact industries worldwide.

Thought experiments help transform search at PwC

How we used thought experiments at PwC to get started on a massive project to transform search.

Guiding principles of technology innovators

PwC’s 2015 Digital Survey IQ results explore what digital leaders do to capitalize on their technology investments and drive stronger performance.

Why every company needs its own tech lab

The importance of a having a lab that where you can run experiments and perfect existing systems to improve the business.

Agile coding in enterprise IT: Code small and local

Big SOA was overkill. In its place, a more agile form of services is taking hold.

Microservices architecture: A change worth making

How can your business shift to microservices architecture (MSA): a decoupled approach that suits today’s nimble approach to applications development.

How 3D printing puts manufacturers at risk of cybertheft

The rise of 3D printing provides a new portal for cyberthieves—so you better protect your trade secrets.

Lessons in innovation from the future of shopping

How retailers can uncover the innovation opportunities promised by the internet of things.

2015 digital technology trends for business

Cybersecurity, NoSQL databases and the internet of things top the list of business technology innovations for 2015.

Enterprise innovators: Thinking big, acting small

Four ways to encourage innovation in your enterprise to effectively compete in the digital age.

How is software advancing 3D printing?

Exploring the ways that software can advance and improve 3D printing.

To liberate healthcare data, dip into data lakes

How data lakes can help healthcare companies make better user of their data while protecting confidential patient information.

6 technology innovation sources for outside-in learning

How to stoke the flames of innovation in your company by bringing the outside in.

Smarter business intelligence through sensors

Sensors and embedded computing are quietly re-architecting companies’ operations and business intelligence capabilities.

Engaging employees for an innovation advantage

Bridging enterprise silos to bring employees into the process and encourage innovation.

Businesses Banking on Breakthrough Innovation

Post co-authored by Rob Shelton, Global Innovation Strategy Lead. Last year if you asked a CEO what he or she is doing to achieve growth, the answer would have been investing in China. This year the answer is innovation. Business executives are banking on bold innovation to meet aggressive growth targets, so they are taking innovation more seriously than ever before. In the spirit of Peter Drucker who said, “innovation is work,” business executives are focusing less on informal processes that produce incremental improvements to internal operations and more on formal innovation approaches that generate “breakthrough” and “radical” innovation. In our latest innovation study, 69% of 1,757 senior executives contend having a well-defined innovation process is important to establishing a culture of innovation. This rigor is necessary to improve the chances of innovation success.  To make headline-worthy innovations happen, a significant percentage of companies are looking to new innovation models such as open innovation (collaboration with outside partners), design thinking (looking at the need from an anthropologist’s perspective), corporate venturing (investing in startups), and incubators (small groups of intrapreneurs that use rapid prototyping). Corporate venturing is the most popular approach among technology companies. To meet tenacious growth targets, established technology companies …

4 Customer Experience Disrupters

I firmly believe that the more opportunities you have to reinforce your brand promise with customers, the better your balance sheet. So, I see the proliferation of customer touch points as a positive development for businesses. Organizations that are committed to cultivating a customer-centered culture can gain a significant edge over the competition. Recent research proves my point. According to the Watermark Consulting 2013 Customer Experience ROI study, customer experience leaders outperform laggards by 43% when indexed against the S&P. That’s a massive difference and a major opportunity to leverage the art and science of customer experience to distinguish your company from the competition. Innovation will always be important, but customer experience is clearly the number one factor in determining your market valuation and validity as a business partner in today’s digital marketplace. It’s never been more important to empower employees across the board with the information and inspiration they need to live the brand promise in every customer interaction. Making that happen will require more than expanded and enhanced resources. You must build an integrated organization that is infinitely capable of delighting customers consistently across multiple channels. New strategies, culture change and different corporate governance processes are necessary to …

Making DevOps and continuous delivery a reality

Automation, thoughtful choices, and a well-designed workflow are pivotal to making good progress.

A CIO’s DevOps approach to resolving the agility-stability paradox

Real process change to DevOps requires a break with the past.

Powering the innovation life cycle

Several technologies help raise the innovation performance of enterprises.

The strategic CIO’s new role in innovation

Innovation is the next frontier for all CIOs, and now is the time for the CIO to prepare and take action.

Contacts

Chris Curran

Principal and Chief Technologist, PwC US Tel: +1 (214) 754 5055 Email

Vicki Huff Eckert

Global New Business & Innovation Leader Tel: +1 (650) 387 4956 Email

Mark McCaffrey

US Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Leader Tel: +1 (408) 817 4199 Email