Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Hasso Plattner

For Hasso Plattner 70th birthday the SAP Mentors created congratulations videos. So did Roel van den Berge and I, to say "Van harte gefeliciteerd" and to thank for:
  • SAP R/2
  • SAP R/3
  • SAP Fiori
  • Design Thinking

Monday, January 20, 2014

Design Thinking with field service engineers (continued)

In december I had a talk at the VNSG UX focusgroup, it was a next chapter in my Design Thinking with Field Service Engineers story. As we are in the middle of development, I have added some examples why Design is also important during Development.

Make sure that your designer is still involved during the development process. Developers encounter issues during realisation that might require a change in design. Only a close collaboration enables that these changes will be in line with the overall design.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Ciber Kickstarter Finals 2013

Yesterday the Ciber Kickstarter 2013 finals took place. Five finalists took the stage and presented their idea to the jury in order to win the “innovator of the year award”. 

Some background

How did we get there? What started out as “So You Think You Can Innovate” in 2011 and 2012, turned into Ciber Kickstarter in 2013. Still a gamification of innovation ideas, extended with a ‘social’ element: 
Submit your idea on our site and get funding to work on your project. Funding not like real money, but with friends, people who like your idea on LinkedIn with a voting button. To make it to the next round the jury evaluated every idea on a few aspects:
  • Innovative value
  • Fit with Ciber portfolio
  • Presentation of the idea 
  • Number of votes on LinkedIn
With the initiative we want to create a platform to facilitate innovative ideas. Don’t just think of it, create it! See how it grows into a working prototype. Get support and coaching from Ciber management and join the competition. As the world changes so fast, it is important to provide this platform to stimulate innovation and collaboration. Don’t try to do it all yourself, find colleagues with similar or different expertise to make your project a success.