Fraunhofer IAO initiates research and development network for businesses
On Thursday, June 30, 2016, Fraunhofer IAO launched the Business Innovation Engineering Center (BIEC). This initiative is designed as a platform where business and science can advance their innovation capabilities in the digitalization age. Companies are invited to take part in the network and help shape the initiative.
Increasing digitalization is transforming the innovation landscape for good. New technological possibilities for products and services are being created at an ever faster rate. How can companies recognize their specific opportunities and threats as a result of digitalization at an early stage? What does a successful digitalization strategy – an individual digital agenda – look like?
Actively shaping the digital future
Together with partners from industry and science, Fraunhofer IAO launched the Business Innovation Engineering Center (BIEC) on June 30, 2016 to support companies in the development and implementation of their digital innovation strategy.
The goal of the initiative is to build up a research and development network at the interface of digitalization and innovation management. The initiative benefits companies, as it allows them not only to encounter new technologies at a very early stage, but also provides them with the know-how required to gage their potential – whether for developing new products and business models or simply for speeding up processes.
The cooperation is carried out on an open, networked basis, from the early phases of innovation generation through to the development and simulation of digital business models and smart products and services. “We want to leverage the potential of digitalization for and with companies and develop future-oriented services,” says Prof. Wilhelm Bauer, director of Fraunhofer IAO.
From network to individual strategy development
Under the motto “Think – Do – Enable,” the BIEC network initiates and promotes an exchange of experience with experts and of examples of best practice. Moreover, the activities are also controlled using a jointly developed R&D roadmap. In this way, practice-oriented solutions are developed and made available to companies.
So that the individual companies can then implement suitable measures for themselves as the next step, the BIEC offers numerous services: from identifying individual strengths and weaknesses in a digital assessment and developing a future-viable digitalization strategy through to businesses generating their own innovative ideas and implementing them in smart products, services and new business models in a digital context. To this end, Fraunhofer IAO and the other network partners provide innovative tools and methods as well as modern laboratory facilities and a creative and collaborative working environment.
BIEC is structured as a jointly funded collaborative project. Membership in the partner network is subject to an annual fee. The first phase is currently planned to run for three years.
Phone: +49 711 970-2238
Juliane Segedi | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO
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