Originally trained as a physicist and undertaking research into innovative multi-layer semiconductor devices, Dr. Peter Allen has 20 years of experience in technology and innovation consulting (Coopers & Lybrand, Sagentia, Monitor Group, and nu Angle).
Peter is a key contributor to nu Angle's multi-faceted toolkit for identifying, prioritizing, and evaluating key technologies and external solutions to deliver against commercial needs. During his career over the last two decades, he has been exposed to a wide range of industry sectors and technologies: medical devices, fast moving consumer goods, food & drink, rail, automotive, and government R&D labs.
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Technology roadmapping is a topic that is gaining a huge amount of interest amongst the many companies who are looking to invest for growth. Recent economic conditions have led to greater caution; at the same time, there has been a growing desire to invest for growth and develop new revenues by organic innovation, rather than top-line growth via acquisition.
Roadmapping is one of the tools that you can use to develop robust investment strategies for technologies to support innovation and growth. It can be structured to directly support ‘challenge-led’ innovation and direct ‘open innovation’ programs, as well as identifying opportunities for new IP.
Many methods for building roadmaps are based leveraging internal knowledge, building timeline pictures and are predominantly workshop-based. They also focus on the roadmap as the output of the work. We believe that there is much more that can be gained by
- Connecting the roadmap scope directly to the commercial needs of the business – making it less about ‘technology push’
- Utilizing external subject matter experts to help build a roadmap that goes beyond boundaries set by internal knowledge
- Building a roadmap that can then be applied to the future strategic direction of a business – i.e. using the knowledge to create commercial advantage, with the roadmap as a ‘means to an end’
- Incorporating IP analysis into the roadmap to support sustainable innovation
- Translating the analysis into action plans that can then be assessed by a company’s leadership team –enabling informed investment choices