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Collaborative innovation at Osram

At Osram’s SEI Day, the SEIC community learned how the German company is formally linking suppliers into its innovation efforts 

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One thing you can say about German technology group Osram is that it’s awake to disruption.

 

Having recently removed a silhouette of a lightbulb from its corporate logo, the Munich-headquartered company is actively working towards a future where its technologies are driving entirely different value chains to that of traditional lighting.

 

Thankfully, procurement – and by extension, suppliers – are a key part of this drive thanks to several different initiatives, not least its Supplier-Enabled Innovation program which it launched in 2016.

 

And so it was to Munich, where the Procurement Leaders’ SEIC community gathered in July at its headquarters to hear more about that journey, and how it is formally linking suppliers into its innovation efforts and new technology roadmaps.

 

With the first day dedicated to an SEIC Accelerator focused on technology scouting and the second day offering SEIC members access to Osram’s own SEI Day, which itself was focused on Smart Sensing and featured several key and potential suppliers who pitched, presented and explored how they could collaborate more closely, it was a full agenda.

 

However, it’s worth looking at Osram in a little more detail in terms of how its business model is evolving. And, equally, how quickly that’s happening.

 

CPO Ulrike Salb talked about the disruption noted above and how Osram is no longer a lighting company but one involved in whole new business areas, from mobility to safety & security, well-being & health and connection (think food freshness, iris scanning, autonomous driving as applications).

 

Indeed, taking things one step further still, Osram has launched its Lightelligence platform, an IoT ecosystem that encourages collaboration between myriad different stakeholders involved in the lighting business. This is entirely new ground for Osram – but it recognises that value will be generated in those blurred lines between organisations as much as it will within organisations in future.

 

For procurement and innovation leaders this isn’t easy ground to navigate – the former traditionally focused on process, governance and compliance; the latter on generating exclusive IP.

 

But it represents the future, and it’s something our colleagues in the Supplier-Enabled Innovation Center are working hard to harness positively.

 

To find out more about the Procurement Leaders’ Supplier-Enabled Innovation Center and the SEIC community, go to www.sei.center or email hello@sei.center.

 

David Rae

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