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Co-Innovation Intersections in IoT Event

The SAP Co-Innovation Lab (always known as COIL after a first encounter!) spends a portion of its time learning about what it takes to drive successful co-innovation and to evolve and refine how COIL, as a platform of co-innovation services, can apply what we’ve learned to enhancing this platform. We explore and enable problem solving in ways that seek to harness outside-in ideas and capabilities from the ecosystem. We pay close attention to supporting co-innovation directed towards solving complex problems by leveraging the collective intelligence which underscores rich collaboration within the SAP ecosystem.

From COIL project work, we strive to always better understand how to characterize which things contribute to the most to successful co-innovation outcomes and then work to offer this know-how and capability as a co-innovation service to help project teams increase the yield from a co-innovation project. With a platform approach to the delivery of co-innovation services, we find an opportunity to observe projects more widely and as a means identify potential new synergies possibly spanning multiple projects.

Through engaging in multiple projects with partners and customers, innovation platforms have an aggregate view of the technologies and problem solving activities among all co-innovation projects. This insight enables an opportunity to more readily identify unique intersections among the resources, capabilities and technologies of unconnected partners that form the basis for new value creation. These new projects or innovation intersections can spawn from existing SAP Co-Innovation lab projects but are not always observable from an individual partner’s vantage point. 

We know chance encounters occur (accidental innovation) but it is interesting to learn of more deliberate ways for increasing new co-innovation opportunities that are more observation or problem driven through existing co-innovation project efforts.

COIL Intersections, Half-Day Session-

COIL Silicon Valley invites you to an insightful and engaging interactive event giving you a front row seat to an exploration of IoT Co-Innovation occurring between SAP and 3 Companies all active in our unique lab working to craft new industry and market solutions.

The session offers the chance to learn how new and emerging SAP partners, Telit, Kore and Stellium are working with SAP in the realm of IoT. Together with 3 SAP executives tasked with managing different aspects of the formation and execution of SAP Cloud, IoT strategy and innovation, our six participants will examine some discrete intersections and how they might contribute to forming additional IoT-based solutions and truly contribute to driving the art of the possible.

How does one identify innovation intersection opportunities? How can they be leveraged to create and capture value? What is their potential impact for a company’s innovation engine? Our half-day session will seek to advance our understanding of how to capitalize on these unobserved, often overlooked, innovation opportunities.

This will be a co-moderated session with David Cruickshank, Sr. Director for Strategy and Operations for the SAP Co-Innovation Lab and Dr. Tammy L. Madsen, (Ph.D., UCLA) Professor of Strategy in the Management Department at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

Both David and Tammy have been pursuing co-innovation research together since 2010 with a focus upon exploration of Ecosystem Dynamic Capabilities and the positive outcomes from co-innovation intersects commonly described as spillover effects.

With an interest to ensure a robust and productive discussion, We’ve asked the participants to do a bit of homework prior to the event, by exploring the potential intersects in advance. This small amount of preparation will help to keep the discussion well-framed and yet remain open to an array of comments and questions posed. Should be interesting.

Our Event is November 2 (this Wednesday) from 1:00PM to 4:30PM pacific. The event will be streamed and a recording will be posted within a week or two. If you are SAP Internal, you can also pick up additional event details via our JAM page.


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