IBM Offers To Manage Your R&D. Does It Make Sense?

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on June 14, 2006

I’m reading in the Money Section of USA Today that IBM is launching a new service to help companies manager their R&D efforts. Corporations are cutting their R&D budgets and are demanding more efficiency from their efforts.

I realize there is a real nashing of teeth (is that an expression?)on the trimming of R&D budgets in recent years. It makes me nervous as well. Yet, invention is not automatically innovation and spending on science does not automatically lead to product development. You can boost efficiencies and cut R&D—if you do it right. With the global expansion of talent, with really, really smart Russian, Polish, Indian, Chinese, Argentinian, Israeli—it goes on—scientists and engineers now available to companies, you can increase your creative work at less cost if you organize it right.

IBM is trying to build a business in this space and I wish it luck.

Reader Comments

Georges de Wailly

June 15, 2006 9:53 AM

Well, IBM has a very big advantage in this way of doing business. They manage perfectly well all the value chain. So, why not selling this expertize to other companies? The cost cuttings problem is a false one. Frenches use massively interns to perform unpaid tasks and the global level of innovation is one of the lowest in Europe. The problem is the systems efficiency and you cannot reach a good level with non motivated people.
I do believe that IBM engineers and researchers are highly skilled and motivated people. So, propose such a service is a way to increase the company's intellectual yield.

Mihail Molin

June 15, 2006 3:35 PM

"IBM is trying to build a business in this space and I wish it luck." - Me too. I would offer this thing - a mobile standard keyboard instead of a standard numeric keypad - http://geocities.com/gene_technics/

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