Creating a New Approach to Engineering and Innovation at Hitachi Metals - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HITACHI METALS, LTD.

Harvard Business Review

As the new general manager of the Global Research & Innovative Technology Center (GRIT) at Hitachi Metals, Kenichi Inoue is tasked with creating an updated framework for research and development in advanced materials, helping his organization make the shift to a new approach to engineering and innovation in a disrupted world. Innovation Design Product development Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure Manufacturing Sponsor Content

Use Big Data to Create Value for Customers, Not Just Target Them

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Simple examples include recommendation engines that create value for customers by reducing their search and evaluation costs, as Amazon and Netflix do; or augmenting commodity utilities with customized usage information, as Opower does. Big data holds out big promises for marketing.

The Impact of the Blockchain Goes Beyond Financial Services

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Blockchain technology can also take networked business models to a new level by supporting a whole host of breakthrough applications: native payment systems that run without banks, credit card companies, and other intermediaries will cut cost and time from transactions.

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Using Digital Exhaust to Improve Sales

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The tool’s analysis of inside sales calls at one company found that although reps had long been coached on a broad set of practices, four specific behaviors correlated most closely with sales close rates.

The Real Solution Is Growth

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Recent headlines have focused on the debt ceiling , the recent credit rating downgrade , unemployment , and the other thorny fiscal challenges facing the United States. But consider this: increasing the country's average growth rate by one percentage point over the next 20 years would not only result in much higher incomes and more jobs for all Americans but would also obviate the need for drastic spending cuts today to reign in the government deficit.