Weekly Member Update - Monday, December 21, 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.

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
Wednesday, January 06, 2021, 11:00 am
Dan Adams (The AIM Institute)
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.
IRI and Babson College Research Roundtable: R&D in the New Normal
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:00 pm
IRI and Babson College are teaming up to do a long term study on the ‘new normal’ for R&D. We will begin a series of quarterly roundtables to learn how your industry peers are being impacted by and addressing these topics over time.  In this first roundtable, we will hone our topics to ensure that they are covering the areas with the greatest impact on how your organization approaches R&D.

Sealed Air Corporation today announced its participation in the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)’s Innovation Accelerator, an initiative that convenes the brightest minds in science and technology to develop and scale high-potential solutions for ending hunger worldwide.
General Electric’s renewable energy division has been chosen as the preferred turbine supplier for the third and final phase of an offshore wind farm that’s set to be the largest on the planet.
Through a new partnership with meditation app Headspace, CPG manufacturer Colgate-Palmolive is hoping its smart electric toothbrush Hum can create a sense of calm for people doing their best to get to the end of 2020.
John Deere has launched a new digital platform to help farmers in Australia and New Zealand leverage the data of their technology more effectively. René Groeneveld, Future Farming correspondent for Australia writes that the new John Deere Digital Agriculture Hub will offer digital information, insights and learning resources.