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The +3 magazine asked, and Henning Breuer was among the professionals who answered the question how innovation succeeds, within 1440 characters: "The very concept of innovation (unlike the ones of product improvement or ideation, for example) implies an extraordinary level of ambition, success, and risk. There is no simple recipe for successful innovation. However, organizations can create the necessary conditions and a culture conducive to innovation. For this, they need resources that are not absorbed by everyday business. They need methods and experience to think ambitiously into the future and to handle risks in a learner’s manner. Above all, they should know why they want to be innovative at all. A short-lived hunt for new trends and market opportunities is neither efficient nor successful. Companies need to clarify their ideas of what is desirable, and important to customers, employees, managers and other stakeholders. These values offer a heuristic for the development of new business fields, orientation for their design and starting points for the integration of even contradictory interests. Values understood in this way help formulate visions and a mission that is worth working for. They do that especially well when it comes to shaping our future, developing new processes, products, services, business models, or designing new organizations and networks."

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For the European Institute of Technology EIT we are looking into recent trends regarding smart energy and smart spaces and mobility. Since October 2006 we are continuously scouting for new developments in ICT in Japan and Korea we found more than five dozen and initiated first German-Japanese contacts for research and development in telecommunication. For the Technology Radar of the Deutsche Telekom-Laboratories we delivered more than 200 topics and profiles for more than three dozen technologies like mobile multiplayer games, domestic robotics, large screen interfaces, projected displays, wireless sensor networks for disaster management, robotics or context-aware computing. Last but not least it keeps us up to date.

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We are continuing to scan the global frontiers of innovation for Telekom Innovation Laboratories. Again our focus is on IT and telecommunication technologies from east asia and beyond, and diverse topics such as Microtransportation Networks with Drones and Next Generation Dating showed up on our radar screens. Since October 2006 we are continuously scouting for new developments in ICT in Japan and Korea we found more than one hundred and initiated first German-Japanese contacts for research and development in telecommunication. For the Technology Radar of the Deutsche Telekom-Laboratories we now delivered profiles for more than five dozen technologies like mobile multiplayer games, domestic robotics, large screen interfaces, projected displays, wireless sensor networks for disaster management, robotics or context-aware computing. And we keep on looking.

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We reviewed and updated results from a comprehensive strategy and scenario project in collaboration for Telekom Products & Innovation. We were quite impressed to see how the normative vision became the basis for the new innovation strategy regrading access products. Only slight changes were required more than a year after the project entered its communication phase.

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