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Innovation for Growth
For nearly every enterprise, strategic innovation is important to long-term success, and investing in innovation can help an organization thrive in a dynamic business landscape. With the Microsoft platform, you can implement collaborative processes to rapidly turn great ideas from your employees, customers, and partners into profitable activities. Balancing creativity with a systematic process can help strategically identify ideas that deliver financial return and differentiate your business from others for ongoing success.
Imagine a day when your employees and partners share ideas freely and safely, using secure portals and social networking tools to collaborate on ideas with their combined intellectual resources. When an especially promising idea is developed, it’s vetted with your customers using online surveys and forums. And if it looks like a winner, your teams use tools to shorten the time to market.
EFFECTIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Turning innovations into action can be accelerated by effective project management and the use of electronic forms and workflows. Microsoft solutions support an approach in which a project must clear certain “gates” before proceeding. Your project managers can oversee the project life cycle with task and resource planning, tracking, and measurement tools. Plus, integrated enterprise search from Microsoft provides instant access to systematic, searchable content.
PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Protecting valuable intellectual property is just as important as creating it. Dow Corning, a global leader in silicon-based technology, has deployed a SharePoint-based solution that allows employees to share rights-protected content with usage rights and encryption that follow content wherever it goes. The solution helps the company to protect documents, email, and content stored in SharePoint libraries and to share rights-protected content with business partners. “Information security is becoming increasingly more important in today’s global business climate, and our new solution will help people do a good job in a complicated world,” says Mark Gandy, Enterprise Architect at Dow Corning. Busy enterprises full of great ideas can fully appreciate the value of this solution, a system that helps them enter data quickly and easily while automatically relieving them of the time-consuming task of securing that data.
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