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Innovation @ Scale in Vodafone NYC

Elena Neira
September12/ 2016

Innovation at scale comes from collaboration, communication and formulation across the enterprise. Innovation at scale is also an effortless don;t make me think, don;t make me wait, but make me care endeavor. These and other great insights at the September 8, 2016 Vodafone America Enterprise Innovation NYC Forum addressing the issue at large that “businesses live in the era of innovation. Whether it is through improving a retail experience, delivering more efficient health care, or providing new ways for employees to work anytime, anywhere. As a result businesses are challenged to embrace the innovation process more than ever before. No small fete, especially when the benefits of most innovations are only realized when they can be brought to scale.”

 

Scaling Innovation from Ideation to Realization:   A thought-provoking panel at Vodafone’s New York office this September 8, 2016 addressed how to make innovation happen at  a scale and the must-haves to make it feasible. In innovation, going from ideation to realization isn’t easy. This event aimed at exploring how organizations and enterprises stay agile, competitive, and sustainable in the ever-changing world of mobile, digital and connectivity, where enterprises from retailers to carmakers need to leverage innovation for continuous improvement and to to stay ahead with anytime/anywhere connectivity services, new apps and next-generation collaborative communications as we move to 5G.

 

 

 

 

360, Effortless Innovation:   The panel shared with the audience some of recipes that they have seen working at their current and previous roles:

  • 360-Innovation is a must: A culture of collaboration, communication and formulation across the enterprise as enabler
  • Effortless-Innovation: don;t make me think; don;t make me wait; but Make me care is a competitive advantage

It was a great deal of discussion about how leaders need to understand and communicate how for example continuous improvement strategies, sustained over a long period of time, affect performance metrics and business development strategies. Leaders also need to reward these innovation strategies articulating, and in doing so recognizing innovation’s contribution to the success of the organization.

Really inspiring where the examples from Salesforce’s Laura Lindsey. She described how their customer-driven culture of innovation uses customer feedback for improvement, and how this happens in rapid and natural ways, and how results showing up almost immediately.

It was a great event. Wondering what Vodafone America has in mind for next week…

 

@elenaneira

Vodafone Group Plc operates as a telecommunications company worldwide. The company offers voice, messaging, and data services across mobile and fixed networks; broadband and TV services; cloud and hosting, as well as Internet protocol-virtual private network services; roaming services; and unified communications services. It also provides M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer and payment service; and Vodafone One, an ultra-high-speed fixed broadband service with Ono Fibre, home landline, 4G mobile telephony, and Vodafone TV. In addition, Vodafone Group Plc offers Internet of Things (IoT), which is communication between devices via mobile technologies; international voice transit and roaming; carrier services, such as fixed and mobile connectivity and other services; and smartphones and tablets. The company serves 462 million mobile, 13 million fixed broadband, and 9.5 million TV customers. It sells its products primarily through branded stores, distribution partners, and third party retailers. Vodafone Group Plc was founded in 1984 and is based in Newbury, the United Kingdom.

Vodafone Americas, host of this innovation event, is Vodafone’s specialist division for multinational corporate customers, has operated in the region since 2006 with more than 500 employees, operating across all business functions from six locations. The event “Ideation to Realization: How do We Scale Up?” highlighted that  “businesses live in the era of innovation. whether it is through improving a retail experience, delivering more efficient health care, or providing new ways for employees to work anytime, anywhere. As a result businesses are challenged to embrace the innovation process more than ever before. No small fete, especially when the benefits of most innovations are only realized when they can be brought to scale.”

Event Speakers:  Shannon Lucas Vodafone’s Director of Innovation; Aubrey Bruggeman-Smith Innovation & Commercial Strategist; Sonja Kresojevic SVP Global Product Lifecycle at Pearson plc; and Lora Lindsey Strategic Value Executive | Salesforce.

Vodafone is at the forefront of 5G innovation for consumers and enterprise. They recently reported that  “Working with Huawei we have recently completed a 5G field test in Newbury that demonstrates the capabilities of a trial system operating at 70 GHz. In our tests we have been able to reach data rates of over 20 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and support multiple users that receive 10 Gbps each.”  More details here

Elena Neira