Research and Innovation
|TO MEET THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR CLIENTS, INNOVATION IS VITAL.|
With them we prepare for the usages and technologies of tomorrow, from forward thinking through to engineering. That is why we advocate an across-the-board approach to innovation in our company. We believe that innovation must be fostered at every level and continuously promoted.
Atos Worldline's approach to innovation is decentralised and based upon the creation of optimal conditions for it to emerge. It is structured around the Worldline Innovation Network (WIN) which includes representatives from every corner of our business, from every unit, every site, and every country. The purpose of this network is to encourage teams to share their questions, experiences and results, in order to develop a cross-cutting approach nourished by our diversity. In an approach of that kind, innovation is not only technological; it also covers sales, production and all the processes that shape the life of the company.
Three key words can be used to identify and stimulate innovation at Atos Worldline: Mindset, Stimulation and Implementation.
» "Mindset" refers to the attitude required to facilitate innovation. An example is the creation of breathing space in our employees' work for them to be creative.
» "Stimulation" refers to the need for Atos Worldline to accurately forecast market moves and understand their overall needs in order to stimulate and properly focus innovation. If we take population aging, for example, it focuses our research on innovative solutions for better accessibility to services.
» "Implementation" means innovation techniques and the quality of the processes we implement in order to move from an idea to its engineering. It is one of the basic motivations for R&D. Generally, R&D focuses on future technologies in an attempt to grasp their potential and propose ways of implementing them, from making "proof of concept" models to setting up pilot projects.
R&D is therefore liable to play a significant role alongside our customers in allowing them to visualise the practical details of new services on which their future success will be based. For example, the developments in mobility technology (from phone to smartphone and smart objects, etc.) are going to cause a revolution, comparable in scope to that which led to the emergence of the Internet. That revolution can be perceived today in the growing role of mobile phones to serve as a bridge between the individual and the digital sphere. That is why technologies and practices related to mobility are one of the key research projects undertaken by Atos Worldline.