Why Cisco Builds, Buys, and Partners its Way to Innovation

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According to the The New Reality of R&D  article in the May 2014 issue of Fast Company magazine, organizations are no longer investing large amounts of money into long-term research that only offers a return on investment way down the road. Instead, they are teaming up with other organizations that have the necessary resources to improve the amount of time it takes to see a return on R&

Infographic: Rapid Product Development

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According to a recent APQC survey, 51 percent of organizations consider reducing the time to market for their products and services to be a top priority. Many organizations are looking to address this and other priorities through the use of rapid product development initiatives. To find out how prevalent and successful these initiatives are, check out the infographic below or download a copy.

Does Your Organization Have Best Practices for Rapid Product Development?

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APQC is conducting a best practices study in the fall on rapid product and service development. We are currently looking for best-practice organizations to learn from and showcase in this study. Does your organization have best practices and processes for getting products and services to market faster?

Infographic: 2014 Product Development and Innovation Top 4 Priorities

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Organizations are constantly looking for ways to make their product and service development efforts more efficient so they can get to market faster. In some industries, the rapid pace of technology development makes the pressure to stay ahead of the competition even greater.

Game-Changing Innovation at Caterpillar

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On Wednesday, December 4, APQC and the Edison Awards will be hosting a Webinar presentation by Caterpillar Inc. on the development of an innovative product. Randy Peterson, advanced technology development manager for Caterpillar, will be discussing how the organization developed the game-changing 336E H hybrid excavator.

How Cisco's Barbarians Program Uses Crowdsourcing to Stay Ahead of the Competition

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Last week, Jennifer Cheung, director of knowledge management at Cisco, presented on an APQC webinar. She discussed how Cisco utilized crowdsourcing to harness the collective IQ, identify experts, and increase its competitive intensity. 

Open Innovation: Findings from APQC’s Best Practices Study

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This Tuesday, September 17, APQC and the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be hosting a Webinar on the findings from the recent best practices study Open Innovation: Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration.

Successful Open Innovation Strategies and Leadership Engagement

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Enthusiastic and engaged senior leaders can play a vital role in enabling a successful open innovation strategy. This is one of the key enablers for open innovation identified in APQC’s recent Best-Practices Report Open Innovation: Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration. Nearly all of the best-practice organizations featured in the report have senior managers that take an active sponsorship role for the open innovation initiative.

Supply Chain Management and Social Networking

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Should social networking be implemented for the supply chain? That is a topic of interest to Adrian Gonzalez of Adelante SCM. He argues in a blog post on Logistics Viewpoints that social networking can be applied to the supply chain because it is “about facilitating people-to-people communication and collaboration, which is at the heart of managing and executing supply chain processes.”