Supporting the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry to be more innovative
The large Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry typically employs highly educated and skilled workers. With wages being the greatest expense in this sector, attracting and retaining the best people while maximising their performance is a critical success factor.
Achieving this means ensuring the profit motive doesn’t crowd out the business’ purpose. You must provide purpose, mastery and freedom to get the most from this critical resource. Likewise, you need to monitor technological advances, such as artificial intelligence, to ensure that your offering’s elements don’t become commoditised.
At Fortitude, we work with businesses in every sector of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry, bringing our wealth of knowledge and extensive experience to help you achieve the profitability, security and lifestyle you seek.
Case study: Inventor needs commercialisation capabilities to extract value
A small business owner and serial innovator has been responsible for many technology-based inventions, including the development of:
Automated train control and fail-safe systems
Communication switching hardware used in TV broadcasting and submarines
Advanced level graphics and network cards for the personal computer industry
Radio frequency modems
He has several key innovation projects underway, including one that may revolutionise global regional and remote rail network safety forever. The invention promises to create extraordinary value – for the business owner, his partners and global transport safety. But it may never get off the ground.
Though the business owner had undertaken significant testing and proof of concept, the enormous global potential of his solution may never be realised. His innovations will only be effective for him if he can connect with interested parties who are willing and able to help commercialise it, and (critically) can refrain from misappropriating it.
While smaller businesses typically devote fewer resources to ongoing innovation, that doesn’t mean they’re not inventive. Small businesses willing to commit time and effort to innovation often have ideas with relatively greater market opportunity, intrinsic value and impact than those generated by larger corporates.
What smaller businesses lack in the knowledge and resources required to commercialise innovative ideas, they often make up for in terms of their creativity, agility and customer knowledge. This allows them to deliver both incremental and highly valuable radical innovations. The innovation opportunity is a matter of choice, commitment and seeking the right help – especially when you seek funding!
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