Innovation in Business: Change As the Game Changes

In today’s times with new ways of working, better manufacturing processes etc. coming up, the need for business innovation has risen greatly, with the world becoming a unified marketplace and globalisation, liberalisation etc. making trade and commerce and basically any and every kind of exchange of information raw materials, data etc. very easy, it has become very important for an organisation to keep reinventing and changing itself to help tackle the increase in competition. Also, it becomes very important that companies keep trying to find out better and more advanced ways to cut down costs, get better profits and at the same time help in deliver better and better value to the customer.

Business innovation now a days doesn’t only mean making the product development better but it also means that the companies should keep in mind in inventing themselves in ways so that the internal and external customers goodwill towards the company increases.

Kinds of innovation that a company can make

Basically there are two kinds of levels where the company can make innovations:

• For the internal customer: This includes bringing in more advanced technology, making the work processes, the way of working for the company, making innovations in the company which help increase the internal customer loyalty as well as his interest to work.

• For the External customer: this includes making better and technologically advanced products, increasing safety standards for the various products better, giving the external customer more value for money.

A company can try and achieve the type of innovation required to beat competition by using the ‘Innovation Life Cycle’ effectively. This is basically a step by step way of innovating in your business, it includes:

• The first step is where the overall innovation idea is formulated, thought about in its infant form, in this various basic pros and cons of the innovation are thought about and then any irregularities are smoothed out.

• The second step is where the overall advanced concept is developed, in this the idea is usually tested out or simulated against real time market conditions and then the final blueprint of how the idea looks, where should it be implemented etc. is made.

• The third step simply is checking out the idea against real market conditions (with the help of test runs), it helps know how the concept fares against changes in the business environment and helps understand the market better also.

• Business innovation strategy plans are then prepared out and then the final commercialization is done.

• It becomes very important that the company keep following up closely with the plan, in fact innovation consulting says that it is only through constantly performing these kind of control measures that an organisation can remove out any chinks or flaws in their plans.

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