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Competitive Intelligence

Together with and for our private and public customers, we develop solutions for continuously monitoring and analyzing the competition. Constantly keeping an eye on the international competition and evaluating the current technological developments is a key to success for technology companies and research institutions. Our focus here is on technology analysis. On the basis of our Book of Competitors platform, we develop tailor-made, interactive and constantly updated applications. The right recipients in the company are thus provided with the latest findings in an ongoing process so as to be able to make the right decisions. Customer-specific data and innovative analysis methods can easily be incorporated, which we combine with the Fraunhofer know-how on technologies, markets and regions. In this process, data protection has top priority for us.

Current publications

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) brochure: Future opportunity digitalization – a roadmap

In collaboration with Hagen-based business development agency HAGENagentur Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung, Stadtmarketing und Tourismus mbH, the Berlin-based BVMW German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses and the skills network wisnet e. V., which is also based in Hagen, the Leipzig Fraunhofer center designed the digitalization roadmap "Zukunftschance Digitalisierung" for Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). This brochure helps medium-sized companies with digitalization. They learn why digitalization makes sense for companies, where added values are created and what opportunities it offers small and medium-sized enterprises. At the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, junior professor Dr Lutz Maicher was charged with the task alongside Dr Marija Radic and Dr Sandra Dijk from another of the institute's units.

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Selected projects in the annual reports of the Fraunhofer IMW

In its annual reports, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center presents the wide scope of its socio-economic services spectrum. The expert teams' contributions provide a compact overview of the institute's projects and product, subject and research focuses.

News

New edition of digitalization roadmap published to coincide with German government's IT summit

Together with HAGENagentur and IMK Consulting, a group of experts headed by Dr. Marija Radic and JProf. Dr Lutz Maicher are currently working on the second extended edition of the "Zukunftschance Digitalisierung" digitalization roadmap for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The revised edition was published to coincide with the German government's IT summit on 16 November 2016. The roadmap provides small and medium-sized enterprises with inspiration and guidance for implementing digital measures step by step in their own enterprises.

 

Fraunhofer IMW unit leader speaks at this year's Stuttgart software technology forum

Conference on results of electric transport project in Leipzig

In order to advance electricity-powered mobility, the German government initiated the "Electric Mobility Showcase" in 2012. Within the scope of the project "Bavaria-Saxony: Electromobility Connects", the Unit Business Models: Engineering and Innovation investigated how street lights with integrated charging units could become a viable business model for the public charging infrastructure. The results were presented on 3 June 2016 at a final conference.

 

Commercial returns for innovative research

How can technology transfer from universities and public research institutions in Europe be improved and generate financial profits? The Competitive Intelligence Unit at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW is becoming increasingly involved in this issue.

Industrial Data Space e.V. established

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, sixteen commercial enterprises and ZVEI, Germany's main national electrical industry association, have founded a non-profit industrial data space focused organization in Berlin. The association aims to establish links between the research and the business communities in order to develop sustainable solutions; it intends to become involved in the design of the industrial data space architecture and a main hub for the collaboration with similar initiatives.

Big Data Center at Leipzig Fraunhofer Center

The worldwide volume of data doubles every two years. The currently available storage capacities will therefore be completely exhausted by 2020. Big Data offers solutions for this. The realization of a Big Data Center at the institute facilitates the large-scale storage and evaluation of digital data. This makes data analyses, simulations, real-time forecasts or visualizations a key element of innovative solutions for clients and research partners.