Percentage of products that are based on common development platforms

This measure calculates the percentage of products that are developed on common platforms, providing companies with key data for their "perform discovery research" process. Within this function, companies coordinate research and development activity to identify new technologies to incorporate into products/services; conduct early-stage R&D activity to close gaps between existing solution offerings and changing market expectations; and triangulate appropriate technologies to support the development of revised products/services. This measure is part of a set of Supplemental Information measures that help companies evaluate additional variables not covered elsewhere for the "perform discovery function" process.

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Supplemental Information
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Total Sample Size:
1,344 All Companies
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Percentage of products are based on common development platforms

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Supplemental Information

Supplemental information is data that APQC determines is relevant to decision support for a specific process, but does not fit into the other measure categories such as cost effectiveness, cycle time, or staff productivity.

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Cross Industry (7.3.0)

  • - Identify new technologies (10070) - Determining new technologies to revise the portfolio of solution offerings. Identify recently developed technological advances that can be leveraged in the development or advancement of the organization's product/service portfolio. Enlist senior management in conjunction with personnel responsible for the design, processing, and delivery of products/services. Have the organization's research division(s) carry out the process.
  • - Develop new technologies (10071) - Developing new technologies from scratch to integrate into a revised portfolio of solutions. Develop new technological processes, models, and/or implements in-house, with the objective of improving existing solutions or creating new ones. Consider market realities, as well as the portfolio of products/services. Assess the results in conjunction with senior executives and personnel responsible for the design, processing, and delivery of these solutions. Engage the R&D function, and consider external sources such as offshore providers, specialized research agencies, and crowdsourcing communities.
  • - Assess feasibility of integrating new leading technologies into product/service concepts (10072) - Appraising the feasibility of integrating new technologies, whether developed as a custom solution or adopted from an external source, into revised portfolio of solution offerings. Examine recently developed technological advances for suitability to incorporate them into the concept of revised and/or new solution offerings. Enlist senior management, in consultation with in-house personnel responsible for the design, processing, and delivery of these solutions, as well as key supply-chain stakeholders.