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3 Questions a Digital Product Studio Can Answer (& 3 Where We'll Try)

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 6/28/17 10:00 AM

You've got the questions. We've got (some of) the answers. As a Digital Product Studio, ONEFIRE solves a variety of business challenges using the latest technology (and a passionate team of creatives). That means that ONEFIRE has experience answering questions across a broader-than-usual spectrum. Chances are, if you have questions related to a business challenge, ONEFIRE has some answers. But, before things go too far, it's important to remember that nobody has ALL the answers. In fact, below, you'll find 3 questions a Digital Product Studio (like ONEFIRE) can answer and 3 where ... we will give it a shot. No promises. 

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4 Innovation Process Steps to Kickstart Your Next Success

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 6/21/17 10:00 AM

"Innovation" is hard to pin down. Depending on who you ask, there are 15, 10, 6 or 4 types of innovation. Then, there are several schools of thought on process. Feel overwhelmed? You're not alone. It's easy for enterprise leadership to get lost in the details, failing to see the bigger picture: that innovation, no matter how it is defined, is a necessity. With that in mind, it's important to identify some starting points. Instead of getting bogged down in definition, partner with a Digital Product Studio for your project. With the right partner, you can work together to define innovation for your business in particular. 

Here are a few steps that will appear in any innovation process, regardless of the situation. Use these innovation process steps to kickstart your next major success:

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Build a Culture of Innovation in the Enterprise

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 6/19/17 10:00 AM

It isn't easy for innovation to break through in the enterprise. Tradition stands tall and executives cling to once-successful strategies until the company sinks. But, if the enterprise wants sustained future success, it has to embrace innovation. Now. 

Technology has enabled exponential growth. The days of doing the same thing and expecting to remain on top are over. Longstanding business models are in dire straits due to technology. As technology (like the ability to buy goods online) becomes more ubiquitous, more industry giants will start to feel the pressure. To survive, it will take a shift in strategy and some truly innovative ideas. The time to uncover those ideas is now, before the upstart is able to.

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10 Awesome Facts About ONEFIRE's HQ

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 6/14/17 10:00 AM

ONEFIRE has a new home! 

After spending its first few years in the Peoria Next Innovation Center near Bradley University, ONEFIRE now calls the new Cooperage 214 building 'home.' The mixed-use residential and commercial space can be found on Pecan St. in the Warehouse District in Downtown Peoria.

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Internet of Things Companies Are Ahead of the Game

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 6/5/17 10:00 AM

Internet of Things companies are ahead of the game, capitalizing early on what will soon become the norm. Connectivity is only going to grow, as more companies, products, and services leverage the immense data and functionality that the IoT can provide. Businesses that are early adopters will have a step or two on their competition for years to come. If you haven't explored the Internet of Things for your business, start today. Think through ways that your product or service can become connected. 

Here are a few benefits that Internet of Things companies enjoy and why you should join them: 

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Augmented Reality Examples That Solved Real Challenges

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 5/29/17 10:00 AM

AR helps people solve real challenges in business and beyond. That is, after all, the overarching point of any new technology that gets introduced. If technology doesn't solve challenges, then it's a diversion, not a tool. While AR CAN be a captivating diversion, its greatest potential is acting as a transformative tool for the enterprise. AR can change how the enterprise does business. It can solve real challenges. It can cut costs, improve efficiency, and make life easier. 

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8 Benefits of Organizational Innovation You'll Notice Immediately

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 5/24/17 10:00 AM

There's a reason that the enterprise is slow to change: it's not easy. It can be a challenge to get a birthday card circulated and signed in a single department, let alone the entire company. When asked to change in a more fundamental way, it garners scoffs. The enterprise should embrace Organizational Innovation and do everything in its power to move towards it. For most, though, that's change with a capital 'C.' Insurmountable. Absurd. Dangerous. Sure, 'dangerous' sounds dramatic, but that's the sense that creeps up on those confronted with an inconvenient truth: business is growing exponentially. Rapid technology growth is allowing upstarts to topple giants overnight. That's great news if you're the former and a call-to-action if you're the latter. 

It's time for the enterprise to move towards Organizational Innovation. When yours does, here are some good things you'll notice immediately:

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Why Building a Proof of Concept is Necessary

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 5/22/17 10:00 AM

Prior to the creation of a new product or service, building a Proof of Concept is necessary. Innovation works best when it's put to a process. As part of that process, your idea for a new product or service has to travel through a number of stages (ideation, testing, etc.). Among them, is the stage where you construct a Proof of Concept. Why is it necessary to build a Proof of Concept

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Augmented Reality Ideas: 5 Enterprise Use Cases

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 5/15/17 10:00 AM

Augmented Reality is as valuable to the enterprise as its use cases. While AR is stunning, compelling technology on its own, the enterprise needs to be able to justify its cost and see clearly how it will solve real business challenges. Fortunately, there is no shortage of augmented reality ideas for the enterprise to capitalize on. Exploratory AR proofs of concept are being developed across several industries, bringing training costs down, creating more efficient operations, and helping to supercharge marketing capabilities. While many use cases are in the infancy of development, many are already making an impact and changing how the enterprise does business. No matter the stage, AR is proving its worth in the enterprise and inspiring business leaders with its unmatched potential. 

Below are a just a few augmented reality ideas that the enterprise should take notice of: 

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Internet of Things Innovation: Technology Unseen

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 4/26/17 10:00 AM

It's a common complaint when it comes to technology: 'I don't understand how to use this.'

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