Aljosa Pasic is currently working as a Technology Transfer Director in Atos Research & Innovation (ARI), based in Madrid, Spain. He graduated from the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands, with a degree in Information Technology. He has worked for Cap Gemini in Utrecht, The Netherlands) until the end of 1998. In 1999 he moved to Sema Group (now part of Atos) where he held different positions. During this period, he was participating in more than 70 international research, innovation or consulting projects in the areas of Information Security. He collaborates regularly with various International Organizations and has been a frequent speaker at major international conferences.

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Ahead of the 9th Edition Market-Driven Innovation in R&D conference we spoke with Aljosa Pasic, Technology Transfer Director at Atos

In a nutshell, what is innovation network and ecosystem?

The first generation of innovation models had a more linear appearance with several steps executed sequentially, whether these were focused on research push (“funnel”-like models) or on the market pull. While variations of these models are still used in individual companies, more recent models, such as open or networked innovation, advocate for non-linear approach with multiple loops between idea and concept definition.
Horizontal alliances or networks are usually referring to companies working in the same field, while ecosystems are covering the whole supply chain of a product/service that affects wide range of stakeholders. A typical example is Cyber Security.

What does the EU policy provide for Cyber Security?

There are many policy and regulatory initiatives at EU level such as the adoption of the European Cyber Security Act by the European Parliament on 12 March 2019. It introduces for the first time an EU-wide Cyber Security certification framework for ICT products, services and processes. Another recent EU policy initiative is to help to create an inter-connected, Europe-wide Cyber Security industrial and research ecosystem. It should encourage better use of existing Cyber Security resources and expertise spread across Europe through creation of three layer organization with Network of National Coordination Centers, a Cyber Security Competence Community and a European Cyber Security Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center.

What are the main challenges during joint implementation of innovation project with EU stakeholders and how do you solve them?

One of the pilot projects for the above mentioned Cyber Security ecosystem is called CONCORDIA and many important organisations are already participating in it. In the scope of this project I believe there are several gaps and challenges. One is related to the gap between the top-down policy and bottom-up research items and priorities. Another one is the challenge of co-innovation model, that should fit both small, medium, as well as large organizations, from the supply and the demand side of Cyber Security. There are also cultural challenges related to pan-EU environment, differences in maturity and capability levels, international outreach and others. Finally, important challenges also include forward-looking approach (how to address future evolution of the model in the scope of Cyber Security context) and innovation for the societal benefit.

What are the benefits and conclusions that come from the design of cross-industry innovation ecosystem Concordia?

Cyber Security is a highly volatile, dynamic, as well as fragmented domain. Although there are some resources, such as lab infrastructures or datasets, these are often not shared, and due to the highly competitive market, there is also a lack of culture of the joint value creation. Dynamic ecosystem of stakeholders, with different profiles, perspectives, and organizational cultures needs to be integrated in this innovation ecosystem. Initial focus will be on community build-up around threat intelligence sharing and finding the most suitable cohesion channel between market pull and technology push, that we call “touchpoints”. 

What would you like to achieve by attending the 9th Edition Market-Driven Innovation in R&D?

I would like to share experiences with the other participants, and to learn what works in their models. There are not many experiments like the one we are doing in CONCORDIA, so it might be useful to pick up best practices, especially when it comes to crossing the “valley of death” by innovative products or services. Having said that, I would also like to invite others to join this open initiative, given the fact that Cyber Security is increasingly important to all organisations.

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Market-Driven Innovation in R&D  

Take advantage of new approaches in innovation and R&D in a disruptive business environment

25-27 September 2019
Mövenpick Hotel Berlin, Germany 

An interview with Aljosa Pasic, Technology Transfer Director, Atos

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Our Market-Driven Innovation in R&D Conference annual conference will enable you to discuss main challenges and solutions in a disruptive business environment. In the context of growing competition, innovation and R&D departments are under a lot of pressure to deliver the best product for the customer in a timely fashion. Our practical case studies and interactive sessions will focus on how to realise innovation through successful commercialization, how to capitalize on the advantages of global and local R&D, how to work on innovation together with your customer and other external innovators, and how to organize R&D to stay truly agile. We will explore building the business on digitalization, the best organisational strategies and new approaches in R&D for your company, as well as the main factors for identifying the best incubators for partnering. 

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