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Yesterday was a full day of events in Toronto including SAP Inside Track Toronto 2013 + ASUG Ontario and the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) launch of the Mobile Accelerator Program (MAP). The theme throughout was goodbye lone genius, hello collaboration for innovation.
At the local ASUG session, Lalit Canaran, Director of Emerging Technologies and Ricky Cheng, Solution Advisor for the Global Mobile team gave an inside track presentation about innovative solutions from SAP. They stressed the importance of understanding the end user when building mobile solutions. Below is a slide from their session that highlights different personas and why one size does not fit all.
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Lalit Canaran and Ricky Cheng said that in order to truly understand the end user and their needs you must empathsize with them.  They stated that this is a task that is best done as a collaborative group. They shared examples of innovative mobile solutions that are the result of collaboration across the SAP and the SAP ecosystem. This was the beginning of the conversation about the end of the lone genius.

Later in the day was the kick off of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) Mobile Accelerator Program (MAP),  a new responsive website featuring videos from the Mobile Accelerator Program (MAP) 2013 series on New Product Development. The event included a review of the site and the content as well as a guest speaker session with Dr. Niels Billou about Innovating in Mobile: Lessons from Design Thinking. This program is an amazing example of local collaboration and how top mobile industry experts worked together to make something great. There was not a lone genius behind this initiative, but many collaborators!
SAP contributed to the MAP 2013 series and I would like to thank Wayne Pau and Sarah McMullin for their support. They both lead sessions in the program and you can find their presentations on the program site. Their willingness to share product development and deployment best practices was impressive and reinforces the end of the lone genius approach.
These two Toronto events were great reminders of the importance of collaboration for innovation however the end of the lone genius has already spread across the globe. About a month ago I chatted with Jeff Collier, Vice President, Mobile Innovation Center about the Mobile Innovation Program and how his team is using design thinking to deliver innovative mobile solutions. In this video we discuss the program, the design thinking approach and dive into an actual mobile app that was developed by the mobile innovation program. Check out the video below!

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