Alessandro Di Fiore

For 3D printing to go mainstream, it needs a platform

It is a truth all but universally acknowledged that in our digital age every great technology is in need of a platform to enable it to make the leap from technological renown to mass application. We have all heard of the stories of how sector after sector has been transformed by platforms. Think of telecommunications, media and entertainment and, […]

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    Heavy industries may become the next frontier for the platform revolution

Heavy industries may become the next frontier for the platform revolution

Several sectors have already been disrupted by platforms: think of telecommunications, media and entertainment and more recently hospitality and mobility. From Uber to Airbnb, platforms appear the business model revolution of choice for the B2C and service industries.

Little wonder perhaps that if you talk to executives in B2B companies in heavy industries they tend to think that platform business […]

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    Crowdscanning: The future of open innovation and artificial intelligence

Crowdscanning: The future of open innovation and artificial intelligence

Imagine a future where the CEO of a manufacturing firm turns to his Chief Innovation Officer and asks: “Bob, how can we innovate on our product and save 10 per cent of production cost to stay competitive against low-cost firms?” So far this seems to be a normal conversation that occurs daily across organisations around the world. Except that ‘Bob’ is really […]

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    What industry incumbents need to know about platform models before it’s too late

What industry incumbents need to know about platform models before it’s too late

Portland cab drivers protest, by Aaron Parecki, under a CC-BY-2.0 licence
Amazon, Airbnb, Uber, Facebook have been hogging the news. The headline figures are arresting. Amazingly, Uber has already surpassed BMW’s market capitalization. A seven-year old upstart company with a mere 6,700 employees is valued more highly than a hundred-year old company with one of the world’s best known automotive brands […]

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    Analytics will get you only so far: leadership requires judgement

Analytics will get you only so far: leadership requires judgement

What marks the great business leaders apart is not their capacity for hard work. Virtually all work insanely long hours. Nor is it their intelligence. Most CEOs are smart people. Nor is it good fortune.  In life and business luck tends to even out over a life or a career. No, what separates the great from the merely good is […]

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    Businesses need an Industrial Internet of Things strategy right now

Businesses need an Industrial Internet of Things strategy right now

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has the ring of some disturbingly dystopian vision of the future. It feels daunting, sub-human. Put such thoughts to one side and it presents a myriad of opportunities.

First, let us try to understand the concept and the potential. In its report, “Driving Unconventional Growth through the Industrial Internet of Things,” Accenture describes IIoT: […]

What makes innovation managers successful?

Despite good intentions — and widespread acceptance of the importance of innovation — efforts to innovate at large companies often go off the rails.

There is no other organisational capability with such a gap between importance and performance. In the 2015 BCG survey, 70 percent of executives replied that innovation was either the company’s top priority or among the top […]