Weekly Member Update - Monday, December 14, 2020

Looking forward to next year? Who isn’t! The guiding principle for IRI in 2021, we will be operating as a virtual organization. We will deliver exceptional value, including networking, research, and content development and distribution virtually. To do so and to inform our community as early as possible, we have developed a calendar of events for the year. Let us know what you want to hear about as we plan the content for 2021. 

Check out the content you may have missed: 

Digital Transformation Case Study - BASF: In 2016, BASF kicked digitalization of their R&D operation into high gear.  Learn about their approach, including how they integrated IT into their efforts in the latest case study from IRI’s Digital Transformation Community.
Best Practices for Virtual R&D Teams: In the wake of the biggest shift in work practices in modern history, CTOs and directors from a range of IRI’s member companies worked to update the findings from our 2014 study of Virtual Teams. Here are the best practices that they identified.
DXC Thought Leader Interview: If you missed November’s Digital Transformation Community Thought Leader Interview with Shah Karim of SafeRock, you can check out the podcast of the interview here or read the summary here.

Interested in working with IRI members to tackle key challenges?  

Apply for up to $3,000 through IRI's PILOT Funding Scheme.  IRI’s goal for this initiative is to get SMEs working with our members on well thought out, organized projects that will address the top challenges our members face.  The deadline for applications for 2021 is January 22.  Please contact Lee Green for more information.

Register for our upcoming webinars & events!

Webinar: New Innovation Metrics to Drive Your B2B Growth
Who: Dan Adams (The AIM Institute)
When: Wednesday, January 06, 2021, 11:00 am
Abstract: A popular innovation metric today is the Vitality Index: % of sales from new products. But it’s a lagging indicator. Changes you make to your front-end of innovation could take years to register significant revenue. This is like turning up your thermostat and having the furnace come on next week. Join Dan Adams, founder of AIM, as he offers two new innovation metrics, the Growth Driver Index and the Commercial Confidence Index. They help you build growth capabilities and understand customer needs, respectively. Both satisfy 4 key tests: leading, actionable, benchmarkable, and impactful.
Dan Adams is the Founder and President of The AIM Institute, and author of New Product Blueprinting: The Handbook for B2B Organic Growth. He is a chemical engineer and holder of many patents and innovation awards, including a listing in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. One of the foremost experts in B2B innovation, Dan has taught B2B professionals in every region of the world in hundreds of workshops. An award-winning speaker, he has lectured at Wharton’s Executive MBA program and other North American & European universities, and is a popular industry keynote speaker.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has collaborated with ExxonMobil to jointly explore technology research and development (R&D) opportunities across the upstream oil and gas value chain.
DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences is accelerating its open innovation strategy to prepare food and beverage manufacturers for fast-developing trends and disruptive change.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and SafeAI, a pioneer in autonomous heavy equipment, today announced a strategic relationship to incorporate tire intelligence into the programming of autonomous heavy equipment vehicles.
General Electric has announced a multiyear agreement with Veolia Environnement to recycle GE's onshore wind turbine blades based in the U.S. The deal involves Veolia processing blades that have been removed for upgrade purposes for use in cement production.