Lisa Flieg

Corporate Innovation | Hager Group: “Digitization is changing every aspect of our business”

Digitization, digital transformation, industry 4.0 – these buzzwords, along with their inherent opportunities, are currently on the minds of established companies from the industry. Yet how does one deal specifically with this digital transformation? What solution strategies are being implemented to propel traditional industries into the future? And at the end of the day, what has been proven to be successful? CODE_n shines a light into the darkness and talks with decision-makers from the CODE_n community. We ask about their lessons learned and actions taken off the beaten path in order to blaze new trails – Get excited about our exclusive insights into the world of corporate innovation! Today we are speaking with the CEO of CODE_n partner Hager Group, Daniel Hager. This family company is one of the leading providers of electro-technical installation solutions and has been an active partner in the CODE_n community with various innovation activities since 2013.

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Lena Gaede

German Digital Hub Initiative: CODE_n and partners will accelerate Stuttgart Hub

Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and now Stuttgart – to name just a few! The Federal Ministry of Economics Affairs and Energy recently announced the launch of twelve digital hubs in Germany as part of its Digital Hub Initiative. The aim of the program is to foster collaboration between companies and business entrepreneurs, thus allowing them to work side by side in close quarters, similar to Silicon Valley. The program will also help fuel collaboration between the German startup scene and industry hotspots. An alliance of regional players, GFT Technologies SE and CODE_n among them, formed a consortium that nominated and qualified Stuttgart as a leading digital hub in Germany. The focus: the industries of the future! The Initiative is a great opportunity to bundle the strengths of the lively local startup scenes, international world market leaders and the excellent science in Germany!

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Moritz Gräter

Corporate Innovation | Boost how you innovate with CODE_n

Adopting the right approach to digital transformation creates new and exciting opportunities for companies and new ways to shape their own success. But every journey has challenges, especially at established corporations. Equally, even smaller initiatives like trying to promote more digital innovation or adopting new ways of thinking within an organization seem to create obstacles for corporations. Of course, companies have already unearthed a number of potential corporate innovation methods and have learned a lot. But the journey to become a digital pioneer not only involves managing the many different aspects of digital transformation, firms also need access to global networks – experts, experienced pioneers, people who know about tech-related topics, the broader challenges (e.g., engendering an effective culture of innovation), and specific innovation formats (e.g., startup co-creation models).

CODE_n has been a key player in the innovation scene for years and is now opening up its network and experience to established corporations and SMEs. Why? To help them to boost their innovation processes themselves; to allow them to become a digital pioneer under their own steam.

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Lisa Flieg

Recap of The Art of Guidance event held on February 21, 2017 – CODE_n talks about the complexity of leading corporations and startups

A highly insightful panel discussion, two inspiring talks from the different worlds of corporate life and startups, plus an audience which just kept digging deeper. These were just some of the highlights of the CODE_n event held on February 21, 2017 at CODE_n SPACES: The Art of Guidance – The Complexity of Leading Corporations and Startups

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Lena Gaede

Pillars of leadership in digital transformation: why managers need IQ, EQ and DQ to succeed

Digital transformation is not just about technology. Even access to the best tech doesn’t ensure digital success. Instead, successful digital transformation requires an overall cultural change! What companies really need to face the challenges of digitalization are flexible and proactive employees. And ahead of them: managers embracing the cultural change and driving digital transformation forward. But, as you might have noticed, many traditional managers struggle to keep up with the fast-changing environment and new working styles. So, let’s see what makes the difference for leadership in digital transformation!

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Lena Gaede

Digital transformation and customer experience – how data mining and big data analytics improve customer understanding

The customer is king and the king wishes new services nowadays. Induced by digitalization he has changed his expectations on services and products. While the customer can access product information and purchase easily mobile – whenever and wherever he wants – the competition between companies grows stronger. Thus, the most effective way to distinguish yourself from competitors remains the customer experience: it already drives two thirds of the decisions customers make, according to an insight by McKinsey. The motto is: provide a great customer experience – or you may lose your customer. And as usual, technology is your friend! Read on to find out how digital transformation and data analytics help to improve the customer experience.

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Lena Gaede

Digital Darwinism: why companies must step up to digital transformation to survive

We witness a mass extinction. Only the ones who adapt to their environment will survive. No, we are not talking about birds on the Galapagos Islands – we are talking about companies everywhere! The laws of nature equally apply to the business world: digitalization rapidly changes technology and society and forces companies to adapt fast enough – or die. Corresponding to Darwin’s principle of natural selection, we call this phenomenon Digital Darwinism.

Digital Darwinism is a threat for the “business as usual”. In fact, only 71 companies remain today from the original 1955 Fortune 500 list. The one thing that the failed companies have in common: a missing or miscarried digital strategy. No threat, you say, as most modern companies already went digital? So far so good, but the crux of the matter is the very fast pace of digital change: it is not some innovation now and then that companies need to react to. It is digital disruption that completely revolutionizes business models and consumer expectations – and it won’t end. It is possible because technology is now approachable by anyone with an idea to do something different or better. This constant innovation leads to disruption: everything can change and everything is changing. More…

BMBF

Guest feature | What makes photonics disruptive?

“Photonics 4.0” is one out of four themed clusters on the agenda at this year’s CODE_n new.New Festival. The German photonics community is taking advantage of the occasion to meet up there at the “Photonik Strategie Forum 2016“. The sector is expecting a wide selection of input on the subject of the digital transformation at the start-up festival.

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(Quelle: VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH)

The international photonics market generates annual sales revenues of around 350 billion euro and is expected to grow to around 615 billion euro by the year 2020. But what is photonics? Photonics is derived from the word “photon”, which is the light particle, and electronics. The term photonics is used for technologies which generate light, control it or harness it for our use.

These typically include high-power lasers which can cut effortlessly through metal sheets measuring several centimetres in thickness. Or super bright LEDs in car headlights which illuminate the road in every situation perfectly using an intelligent sensor system. This also includes various types of high-precision optics which are used in lifesaving imaging techniques and microscopes, which are installed in compact smartphone cameras or which look into the depth of space as eyes of telescopes.

When we encounter the science of photonics in everyday life, it is often “visible invisible”. And yet it is essential for many aspects of life in our modern digital age. This is particularly significant in the case of the Internet. Only with an almost infinite number of short light pulses in fibre optics our gigantic volumes of data actually can be transported around the entire globe. More…