20 09, 2019

Information is key, part 1

By |2019-09-20T12:25:38+02:0020. September 2019|

“If we live in a world where information drives what we do, the information we get becomes the most important thing. The person who chooses that information has power.” Seth Godin (author of “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”, “Small Is the New Big”, “All Marketers Are Liars”) As we have seen in the blog-series Industrial Espionage versus Business Intelligence (part 1 see here), in our modern information society and the technology-intensive market of nowadays, a statement of Benjamin Disraeli (former prime minister of the UK) from the 19th century is standing stronger than ever: “As a general rule, the [...]

19 02, 2019

An Innovation Manager / Coach Training is useful for most organizations

By |2019-09-20T13:29:04+02:0019. February 2019|

Florian Weihard is CTO of ruhlamat Suzhou and General Manager of ruhlamat Smart Technologies. After participating in the creaffective innovation manager training program he initiated changes at ruhlamat in Suzhou. We interviewed him to talk about his experience. Why did you decide to take part in the innovation manager / coach training? What were your expectations? Florian Weihard As CTO it is my task to create an environment in our mechanical engineering company that supports us to find innovative solutions. Especially in times of the fourth industrial revolution it is necessary to conduct a systematic innovation management. This helps us [...]

15 09, 2016

Information is Key, Part 3

By |2019-09-20T12:19:55+02:0015. September 2016|

For the first two installments, please click here: Part 1 and Part 2. So the question we try to answer here is why not all of us operate as a white mage of business information, despite the fact that the application of ethical and legal business intelligence system in a company, especially in an innovative firm seems to be of crucial importance. Hedi Nasheri, a professor at the University of Kent, has written a book on Economic Espionage and Industrial Spying. He pointed out that industrial spies are mostly creative individuals, capable of analyzing large amount of information quickly. He [...]

20 07, 2016

Information Is Key, Part 2

By |2019-09-20T12:22:11+02:0020. July 2016|

The question stated at the end of the previous blog article was: Why not to be an industrial white-mage, or white-witch? According to periodic national surveys collecting data from more than 400 SME, there is a large playfield to improve the efficiency of gathering strategic business information. The findings of the 2005-2009 survey is explained and illustrated below. What does it tell us? Though almost two third of the innovative companies have some feedback from and contact with customers, those are not sufficiently structured and focused information gatherings. More than every second company tries to keep up with technology trends [...]

12 04, 2016

Information is key, part 1

By |2019-09-20T12:26:31+02:0012. April 2016|

“If we live in a world where information drives what we do, the information we get becomes the most important thing. The person who chooses that information has power.” Seth Godin (author of “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”, “Small Is the New Big”, “All Marketers Are Liars”) As we have seen in the blog-series Industrial Espionage versus Business Intelligence (part 1 see here), in our modern information society and the technology-intensive market of nowadays, a statement of Benjamin Disraeli (former prime minister of the UK) from the 19th century is standing stronger than ever: “As a general rule, [...]

23 03, 2016

Industrial Espionage versus Business Intelligence, part 4

By |2019-09-20T12:18:08+02:0023. March 2016|

Based on the findings and results of the surveys and reports introduced in the previous parts of the blog series on Industrial Espionage versus Business Intelligence, there are a few important consequences for the market stakeholders. Let us finally draw some conclusions: All companies, but especially creative and innovative ones, should be able to analyze and recognize the sources and directions of threats regarding industrial espionage. Also, they should be able to recognize the importance of making preventive steps towards securing their worthwhile business assets. As we can see, in most cases it takes a three-fold approach to protect our [...]

29 02, 2016

Industrial Espionage vs Business Intelligence, part 3

By |2019-09-20T15:31:20+02:0029. February 2016|

In our last blog article on this subject we saw that there are different types of application – in terms of its legal aspect – of business intelligence, and that white – in other words lawfully available - sources of information are free to use. These sources take up 70-90% of all business information even in the cases of industrial espionage. This has several important implications for companies. Be aware of information leakage In many cases companies do not recognize the importance of filtering information flow. Small pieces of information, which seem not to be worth worrying about, could add [...]

10 02, 2016

Industrial Espionage versus Business Intelligence, part 2

By |2019-09-20T13:08:55+02:0010. February 2016|

In our last article on the subject, we talked about the threat of industrial espionage in general and how important it is for companies to protect sensitive information. Based on the “Recommendation on Business Intelligence and Fighting Industrial Espionage”, a report prepared by the Security Management Research Committee of BUTE, acquisition of the information may be categorized as follows: As we can see the categorization strongly differentiates between black, gray, and white business intelligence, based on the nature of how the information is obtained. While industrial spying is illegal and unethical, business intelligence (also many times referred to as competitive [...]

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