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Mittelstand Innovation: focus, frugal and efficient


The medium-sized companies are becoming fashionable. Helping the crisis, their long-term vision has transformed these organizations ideal company. They are called innovative but ultimately knows how badly it is organized in this area. Analysis.

Do you know the “Global Niche players”? These businesses, often family, who managed to impose itself on the world market by cultivating excellence in a very specific area. This category is called the Mittelstand in Germany or ETI  (midsize) in France, all show a system very similar values. They cultivate the art of long-term independence (including financial), love of work well done and are very attached to the mastery of skills (they prefer when it is “homemade”).

These “guidelines” have clearly shaped the culture of innovation in these companies. Several things make it unique compared to large groups. Highly specialized, these companies focus, for example, their efforts in R & D technology and a single. This feature could be deadly but instead stimulates the creativity of the teams. These last are always looking for new uses, new developments to expand the scope of the technology.

Develop performance for the customer

Management “good father” of these companies also impacts the way we consider the return on investment in innovation. Financing capacity is limited, ensure all develop applications more than concepts. SNF, a polymer specialist based in Saint-Étienne (France) providing chemical solutions including hydraulic fracturing, this “constraint” requires chemists to house state of the art scientific literature before making their new polymer and complete the project in six months to prove the concept.

This very applied creativity also requires businesses to include the end user of their product very early in the design. The goal is not to co-develop but to understand what competitive advantages they expect the products they sell them. Rational, a German manufacturer of kitchen equipment group, sells its customers ovens and cooking systems but places great emphasis on saving space that allows for innovation in the kitchen.

Hamburg: smart connected city


We have smart cellphones, smart televisions, smart cars, and even smart baby monitors, but most of us don’t live in a “smart city.” At least, not yet. As the Internet of Things grows into the Internet of Everything, it seems many processes that make a city tick—from first responders and law enforcement to hospitals, traffic and street lights, and beyond—would benefit from the actionable data M2M technology could help collect.

Hamburg is one of the highest-ranking cities in Europe in terms of economy and quality of life. Technical innovations, the networking of business and science, and the balance between economy and ecology will all continue to play an extremely important role in the future development of the city. Like in most major cities worldwide, the population in Hamburg is growing. This results in a high level of social responsibility for these cities. A smart city, i.e. one that is well connected and well designed, improves quality of life through intelligent, innovative infrastructures that help to make mobility more efficient, protect resources, and reduce negative environmental impact. As such, sensor and information technologies will continue to play an ever-greater role in the future.

Partners interested in pilot projects

As part of these efforts, the City of Hamburg and Cisco concluded a Smart City Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 30, 2014, at Hamburg City Hall. The MoU follows on from the Smart City Summit in December 2013, where representatives from public administration, research, academia, and development, as well as local and international industry, met to define the initial approach to creating a smart city. The MoU now envisages the creation of pilot projects focusing on the areas of transport, intelligent streetlight control, citizen services, the port, and the HafenCity urban development project. A whole host of technology partners have declared their interest in taking part in the first pilot projects, including AGT International, avodaq, InnoTec DATA, Philips, Streetline, T-Systems, and Worldsensing. Other partners can also get involved with projects that have already been defined.

Overview of Planned Pilot Projects

Thanks to intelligent network solutions provided by Cisco, these are just some of the smart port and smart city projects that are in the pipeline:

  • Intelligent streetlight and traffic light control
  • Optimized registration and management of traffic flows
  • Virtual citizen kiosk—an intelligent citizen service with a video link
  • Port of Hamburg as smartPORT


How to innovate to reduce discrimination against women


Is there really a discrimination again women?

The film shows what kind of images are showed by some commercial medias. The film showed American medias but in all industrialize countries, we can found these movies that gives this women’s vision.

Beyond medias, is there really some discriminations against women, and especially in industrialised countries ? Simple fact allows us to see the evidence; in Europe, in Russia and Australia, Women are less paid from 17% in comparison with Men, in United States 19%, in UK 21%, in Japan 33% and in Korea 38%. There is no country without any discrimination against women but Scandinavian and New Zealand countries have low discriminations.

But there are other discriminations that have higher consequence.

What are the ratio of Women who have Top Board responsibility?

The best, in Norway, 39% of Board seats are attributed to Women. In USA, 15,7%, in France, 12,7%, in UK, 12,5% and in Germany 11,2%. In the BRICST countries, Brazil, 5,1%, Russia 5,9%, India 5,3%, China 8,5%, South Africa 15,8% and Turkey 10,8%.

Women managers are 20% less paid that men in France; average salary discrimination is around 17% for all categories of Women jobs. Higher the level in the hierarchy is, higher the inequality is.

Anyway, progress is there but the equality will be long to obtain in the current trend…

In 1980, 25% of managers were female; in 2010, 38%.

25% of worldwide countries have legal restrictions on women’s right to work. There is some reductions of restrictions, decade after decade.

Around the world, almost 20% of national parliamentary seats are now occupied by women, up from 17.2% five years ago.

It will take more than 50 years in the current trend to reduce completely the discrimination against women. Can we accelerate the trend? It is up to all of us, women and men to be informed and to make some concrete actions to reduce them.

Check this very interesting blog with a lot of statistics about women’s discrimination


April 2013: Stats of WorldOfInnovations.net


Global overview

For the first month, 623 pages have been viewed and 385 unique visitors have seen WorldOfInnovations.net website. The visitors come from 53 different countries.

Top views by country

% calculated in comparison of pages viewed.

1. France: 193 (31%)
2. United States: 149 (24%)
3. UK: 33 (5%)
4. Japan: 27 (4.5%)
5. Canada: 13 (2%)
6. India: 13 (2%)
7. Germany: 13 (2%)
8. Colombia: 13 (2%)
9. Netherlands: 11 (2%)
10. Pakistan: 11 (2%)

Top pages viewed

% calculated in comparison of pages viewed.

1. Home page & archives: 250 (40%)
2. Q1 2013 Tablets stats: 33 (5%)
3. Babolat: 33 (5%)
4. Top Internet Browsers: 30 (5%)
5. How to innovate with social media: 26 (4%)

Top sites which referrer

% calculated in comparison of unique visitors.

1. Google: 87 (23%)
2. Bing: 29 (7.5%)
3. Yahoo: 24 (6.2%)
4. Twitter: 21 (5.5%)
5. LinkedIn: 19 (5%)
6. WebCrawler: 17 (4.4%)
7. WordPress: 14 (3.6%)
8. Blogger.com: 6 (1.5%)
9. Facebook: 3 (0.75%)

Why uncreative companies survive?


We Don’t Want to Innovate!

“Creativity? What’s that? I don’t want my people to be creative”, said the owner and CEO of a very successful company. About ten years later his company, an important financial services company, has grown very profitably and it is still doing very well.

We often say that today companies have no option but innovate or die. Yet why do some uncreative organizations survive and even do well?

There are no competitors

Monopolies can flourish for many different reasons – regulation, small market size, government control. But also some monopolies have produced incredible innovation: NASA landing man on the moon, the state health system of Germany and France. Many have succeeded in prolonging stagnation. The catholic church took hundreds of years after incontrovertible proof was provided to accept that the earth revolves around the sun, and it did so only when science became perceived as a true competitor to religious dogma.

Competitors are even less innovative

“The one-eyed man reigns in the kingdom of the blind” goes an old Greek saying. Or, as some have said in the modern conference room, when a bear is chasing you and your friend, you don’t need to run faster than the bear, just faster than your friend. Being slightly innovative when most others are entirely uncreative does indeed give a competitive edge. And for a variety of reasons some sectors/countries/niches etc are clearly slower to change than others. In these cases companies are clearly “getting away” with little or no innovation. The question is for how long?

Innovation works well at one level only

While the full innovation potential of an organization may not be realized, it is quite possible that it is or has been by design or default quite innovative at some time and place. The case of pharmaceutical companies with brilliant product innovation in spite of unimaginative marketing comes to mind. Or the opposite where brilliantly innovative marketers sell products that leave much to be desired.

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Smartphone World Market: what’s new on Feb 2013?


The previous photo shows the TOP5 SmartPhone on Feb 2013: Samsung Galaxy S3, Nokia Lumia, iPhone 5, Google Nexus 4 and Motorola Droid.

1 main winner if we compare Feb 2012 & Feb 2013: Android with Samsung phones over 50% everywhere.


In American countries, the progress of Windows is not significant. Black Berry OS and Symbian are not representing  anythink in 2013. In Mexico, the progress of Android in incredible from 25,9 to 55,8 in one year.


In Europe, there is 2 main winners. Of course Android with Samsung phones over 70% in Germany! But also Windows with Nokia phones more that 5% everywhere and more than 6,5% in GB and Germany. In Italy Windows is over than 10% with 13,1%. Symbian is nothing in Europe now. RIM is over 5% in GB and Germany.

TOP4 Leaders in Europe for their Innovation performance


This post is based on an European memo provided on March 26, 2013 about Innovation Union Scoreboard. It provides an overview of the research and innovation performance of EU Member States and associated and neighbouring countries, as measured by the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013. No surprise, the four leader in Europe are: Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland.

What are the main indicators used for the Innovation Union Scoreboard?

The Innovation Union Scoreboard captures a total of 24 different indicators with three main categories:

  • Enablers: human resources, open, excellent and attractive research systems, and finance and support.
  • Firm activities: firm investments, linkages and entrepreneurship, and intellectual assets.
  • Outputs: innovators and economic effects.

Who are the innovation leaders in the European Union?

  • Innovation leaders: Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland, all show a performance well above that of the EU average.
  • Innovation followers: Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, the UK, Austria, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Cyprus and Estonia all show a performance close to that of the EU average.
  • Moderate innovators: The performance of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Malta and Lithuania is below that of the EU average.
  • Modest innovators: The performance of Poland, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria is well below that of the EU average.


Is the innovation performance of Member States converging?

No global convergence about Innovation in Europe. Two main groups: over 0.550 and below 0.550. A certain convergence for 11 countries : Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Ireland, Austria and last & least France.


How does the EU fare in comparison to its international partners?

3 leaders better than Europe with South Korea, United States and Japan as the three main leaders in Innovation.


See the complete European memo