Gartner Research

Extreme Collaboration Beyond the Firewall Is Necessary for New Product Innovation

Published: 03 March 2014

ID: G00236167

Analyst(s): Michael Shanler


This research outlines the need for extreme collaboration between R&D and external parties. It outlines five practical steps that IT leaders should take to support innovation.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Review Your "to Be" Collaboration Process With R&D Staff, and Map Changes Before Making Investments
    • Example: A U.S. Pharmaceutical Company
  • Investigate the IP and Risk Implications for Cloud-Based Collaborative Technologies, and Work With Stakeholders to Alleviate Fears
    • Example: Materials Company in the Netherlands
  • Create a Goal for "Any X" Connectivity Within Your Company's R&D Ecosystem — Any Application, Any Group, Any Data Source, on Any Device
    • Example: A Furniture Design Company in Denmark
  • Assess Tools and Readiness of R&D IT to Adapt to New Technologies, and Address the Hype and Your IT Maturity With Proper Application Architecture and Infrastructure in Mind
    • Example: A Food and Beverage Company in France
  • Focus on Creating a "Pit Crew" Mentality With R&D, IT and NPI Stakeholders to Address Rapidly Evolving Collaboration Needs
    • Example: A Consumer Products Company in Germany

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