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Metricell Ltd. Wins 2020 Queen’s Award for Innovation


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Telecommunications specialists Metricell – software and service supplier to government, enterprise and network operating clients worldwide – are celebrating a 2020 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the category of Innovation.

Since 2007, Metricell has helped those working in communications better understand the performance of mobile and fixed-line broadband, and drive greater connectivity between service providers and their customers.

Metricell’s Innovation Award is recognition of how their crowdsourcing technology is helping customers around the world measure and monitor network performance: from WiFi hotspots to mobile coverage. Not only does this approach help to improve networks, but it also serves to address the continuing challenge of breaking down the digital divide and ensuring connectivity for all.

“We are immensely proud to be have been chosen as a 2020 Queen’s Award recipient. Winning this award for the third time is testament to the commitment our staff show to being first-to-market with best-in-class products. It is also recognition of the faith our customers place in us and their willingness to invest in leading-edge technology .” Tom Staniland, Managing Director of Metricell.

Metricell will celebrate the award win at a Buckingham Palace reception later this year.

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A New Innovation in BBQ Grilling – Blazing Bull


Blazing Bull Launches Innovative Portable Infrared Grill
Have your steak and eat it too, anywhere you want.

Waynesboro, GA – Blazing Bull Inc. announces the all-new Blazing Bull Infrared Grill, a revolutionary portable gas infrared grill made for consumers to achieve premium steakhouse quality taste at home. The secret lies in the innovative infrared heating technology, used by the world’s best steakhouses, that heats from above at extreme temperatures up to 1500°F to sear the steak in as little as 60 seconds per side and produce a wonderful, flavorful crust. Consumers can now enjoy premium steakhouse quality in any outdoor setting by grilling with the same infrared heating technology used by famous steakhouses such as Morton’s Steakhouse, Peter Lugar (Brooklyn, NY), CUT (Beverly Hills, CA), and Gibson’s (Chicago, IL). Each Blazing Bull Grill is Made in the USA and constructed with high grade stainless steel materials.

“Our intention has been to create a product that allows consumers to enjoy the best tasting steak possible in the comfort of their own backyard,” said Oliver Schwank, Blazing Bull’s Founder and CEO. “The compact design and portability of Blazing Bull enables the ability for anyone to grill premium steak in any outdoor setting – perfect for a get together with friends, tailgating at sports events, or camping.”

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Oliver Schwank is the Managing Director of the Schwank Group, a worldwide leader in infrared heating. Schwank has supplied commercial broiler manufacturers with their patented infrared heating technology for over 40 years. These manufacturers have installed their broilers in world renowned steakhouses to deliver the most flavorful steak possible to restaurant goers. Now, consumers can enjoy steakhouse quality taste without leaving their home by grilling with the exact same heating technology used by the world’s best steakhouses.

Premium Steakhouse Quality Taste
Traditional grills cook meat over a longer period of time at around 600 F or less. Blazing Bull revolutionizes home grilling by heating overhead at extreme temperatures of 1500°F which activates what scientists call the “Maillard Reaction” causing the amino acids to react with sugars to create the juiciest steaks previously only possible when dining at the world’s best steakhouses. A drip tray located at the bottom of the grill is used to collect meat juices used to enhance the flavor of your food. Placing the steak in the drip tray and tossing it in the meat juices enhances the flavor immensely in a way that was never possible with traditional grills. Butter, spices, and oils can also be added to the drip tray for even more flavor.

Portable & Durable
Blazing Bull’s compact design is constructed of durable 304 Marine Grade Stainless Steel. The carrying handles and small footprint (25 inches long x 15.5 inches wide x 15” inches high) make it perfect for grilling great tasting food in any outdoor setting. All you need is a propane tank and your Blazing Bull and you’re ready to grill mouthwatering steaks in any outdoor setting. An optional 1 lb propane bottle adapter is also available for sale for smaller bottles.

Not Just for Steak
While Blazing Bull does an incredible job at grilling superior steaks, the intense radiant heat also increases the flavor and juiciness of chicken, fish, hamburgers, lamb, and more. You can also convert your Blazing Bull into a pizza oven with our pizza stone accessory to cook delicious crispy pizza ready in only a few minutes.

Quick Start Up Time
Traditional gas grills require about 10 minutes to preheat, and charcoal grills need about 20 minutes. Blazing Bull can reach full 1500 F temperature in under 5 minutes from ignition. The battery-operated push button igniter makes it easy to get the grill fired up within seconds.

Ready in Minutes
By reaching extremely hot temperatures, Blazing Bull can grill incredibly juicy steaks much faster than traditional gas or charcoal barbeques. Grilling with a traditional grill, a steak can take anywhere from 4-10 minutes depending on wellness. Blazing Bull grills a medium-rare steak in as little as 3 minutes. This means less time from the grill into your mouth.

Easy to Clean
Cleaning is made efficient with the simplicity of the Blazing Bull’s fully removable components. When grilling at extreme temperatures, things can get messy. The Blazing Bull allows you to completely remove the entire grilling area to clean easily and without any hassle. All removable parts are dishwasher safe so you can get back to grilling in no time.

Pricing & Availability
Blazing Bull is Made in the USA and is available for purchase online at blazingbullgrills.com at a retail price of $1,250. Various accessories are also available to make the infrared grilling experience even more enjoyable. Some of the accessories available on the Blazing Bull website include a grill cover, Blazing Bull apron, cutting board, pizza stone, and pizza peel.

About Blazing Bull Inc.
Blazing Bull Inc. is a subsidiary of the Schwank Group, who have been providing their infrared burner technology to the restaurant industry for over 40 years. We are a manufacturer of innovative infrared barbecue grills for consumers. Our products are Made in the USA and assembled at our manufacturing facility located in Waynesboro, Georgia. We are committed to provide high quality grilling equipment to consumers in North America. For more information on Blazing Bull, visit blazingbullgrills.com.

For more information please contact Andrew Aceti at press@blazingbullgrills.com

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Board of Innovation Opens its Inaugural APAC Office and Appoints JF Legourd Managing Director APAC


Global business design and innovation strategy firm Board of Innovation today announced that it has launched an Asia-Pacific hub in Singapore and appointed Jean-Francois (JF) Legourd as its Managing Director, effective March 1.

JF joins Board of Innovation from Singtel and HaloLife, where he served as Group Director – Strategy, and CEO, respectively. JF will be bringing his experience in corporate strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship to Board of Innovation to accelerate the emergence of Southeast Asian innovative global champions.

Additionally, Board of Innovation will benefit from JF’s past experience as:

• Samsung (APAC) Head of Digital and Regional Strategy Lead
• Samsung (Korea) Chairman Office, Group Strategy
• Gartner (CEB) EMEA Director of Research & Consulting

Jean-Francois holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc from Audencia. He has lived and worked across Korea, ASEAN, South Africa, the UK, and the US for most of his career.

“Joining Board of Innovation is choosing a meaningful impact over a comfortable status quo, walking the talk we so often recommend to others. I feel energized by our mission to grow APAC regional and global champions using our industry experts, proven entrepreneurs, and unafraid innovators,” says JF. “Our first mission will be to cast away the innovation theatre that is creating cynicism and wasting scarce resources. Our second mission will be to build business models from, by, and for the developing world, putting ASEAN in the driver’s seat. Lastly, our overarching mission will be to inspire others to do the same, regardless of their scale.”

“I’m excited to see JF joining our company,” says Philippe De Ridder, CEO of Board of Innovation. “His unique track record in corporate strategy, consulting, and venturing make him an ideal leader to head up and grow our APAC business. Our new hub in Singapore will enable us to better serve our clients in the region.”

About Board of Innovation: Board of Innovation is a business design and innovation strategy firm. For more than 10 years, its consultants have helped Fortune 500 organizations uncover new opportunities for growth by developing innovation strategies, innovation capabilities, and new businesses using their assets and core strengths.

Board of Innovation operates from offices in New York, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Singapore with clients in health/life sciences (Roche, Novartis), banking/finance (ING, NN), heavy industry (Lafarge Holcim), fast-moving consumer goods/retail (Danone, Estée Lauder), telco (Liberty Global, Telnor), mobility/aviation (KLM, Volkswagen), and more.

Board of Innovation’s long-term mission is to inspire 100 million people to innovate for a better tomorrow. To achieve this goal, its team has built the most comprehensive open-source innovation knowledge base on the web. Boardofinnovation.com publishes tools, guides, in-depth breakdowns of methodologies, how-to articles, and webinars to give you everything you need to develop successful new businesses.

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GNB Industrial Power Wins ServiceMax Award For Innovation In Field Service


Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored energy solutions, has won a ServiceMax award for innovation in providing field service to its clients. The award went to GNB, the division of Exide responsible for Motive Power and Industrial applications. The awards were presented at the recent Maximize London event on 7–8 October.

ServiceMax is a leading software platform for field service provision, and its annual awards recognize customers whose innovative use of its solutions leads to outstanding delivery of field service. GNB won its innovation award in the category “ServiceMax – Keeps The World Running”.

ServiceMax has helped GNB to vastly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our field service operation,” said Max Hemmingsen, Director Digital Tools EMEA at Exide Technologies. “The software gives excellent visibility into our operations, and allows GNB to be more responsive to customers. Thanks to ServiceMax, we now precisely measure performance in areas such as utilization, first-time fix rate and average response time.”

GNB has used ServiceMax to fully standardize its service delivery model across Europe. It increased uptime and productivity, improved invoice efficiency and introduced more consistent processes for service technicians. Real-time analytics allow management to fully understand the field service operation at a glance.

Maximize is the world’s premier conference on service execution management, showcasing the ways that companies around the world use ServiceMax to perfect their customer experience while boosting revenue and business performance. The two-day event includes talks, demos, previews, product updates, case studies, and networking opportunities for the EMEA community in the industry. This year’s event took place at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in King’s Cross and featured motor-racing legend Christian Horner as a special guest speaker.

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Wazoku Announces Autumn 2018 Product Release

London, United Kingdom – 18 October 2018 – Wazoku, a leading idea management platform,
announced its Autumn 2018 product release, focused on driving engagement across the platform.
Our Autumn release includes many features and enhancements designed to enable our global
customer base to further embed idea management across their entire organisation and broader
ecosystem. This release incorporates machine learning and AI, productivity and efficiency features,
as well as improved ways to engage the varied audiences Workforce, Ecosystem and Customer in a
single platform, reinforcing Idea Spotlight as the Global Home for Ideas.

“One of the best parts of this Autumn 2018 release, as always, was the pure collaboration between
our customers and the team. By co-creating with our customers, we not only optimise their tools for
increased engagement, but we build and enhance the platform for all customers – current and future,”
said Rosemarie Diegnan, Wazoku’s Chief Strategy & Product Officer. “At Wazoku, we’re passionate
about improving the customer experience and enabling them to change the world – be it their
organisation, their customer network, partner ecosystem or beyond – one idea at a time. The
enhanced Recommendation Engine, in particular, is leveraging the growing corporate memory and
ensuring that hidden gems don’t get overlooked.”

Here’s what’s new this quarter:

Building and Leveraging Corporate Memory: Wazoku’s Recommendation Engine
We have fully redesigned the Recommendation Engine based on proprietary machine learning and AI
algorithms to surface relevant Ideas to users, based on what a they view and input. Automatically
surfacing content ensures contributors find unexpected Ideas and can collaborate and review multiple
similar Ideas, which can them be combined to create a unified solution. Evaluators gain more
perspectives by topic and subject and Administrators can see popular trends that may impact the
business. The Recommendation Engine promotes transparency, engagement and visibility with
automatic and relevant recommendations.

New to the Evaluation Toolkit – Tokens
As Ideas progress through the innovation process, organisations look to crowdsource time, budget or
other representations of commitment or support for an Idea. Tokens can either be another form of
evaluation or as a means to gather the necessary commitment from the business to deliver Ideas.

The new tokens can represent time, money, sponsorship, votes – the sky’s the limit! Used as an
evaluation tool, Challenge Managers can assign them to everyone or specific groups, such as budget
holders or senior leadership, to identify preferred Ideas. A great addition to any evaluation toolkit.

New ‘On Hold’ Status for Ideas
When Ideas are ahead of their time, Challenge Managers and Lead Evaluators can temporarily put
them “on hold” with a reason for that decision, as opposed to letting them rot or be prematurely
rejected. To ensure these gems don’t get lost or forgotten, contributors can continue to refine Ideas
and Challenge Managers and Lead Evaluators are prompted to reconsider the status at a predefined
time.

Comment and Vote Within the Evaluation Stage
Provide more flexibility in the Challenge workflow and allow contributors to continue commenting and
voting whilst the Idea is in the evaluation process. This enables further crowd discussion that
Evaluators can consider when determining whether Ideas should progress.

Custom Co-creation Community Home Page
Custom home pages allow Co-creation Community Administrators to tailor the content shown to each
community. Show the best widgets and content blocks to engage everyone, including anonymous
contributors, and entice more conversation, Ideas and overall interaction.

Terms & Conditions Now Support Multiple Language Platforms
Having launched our proprietary localisation functionality earlier this year, we’ve now added support
for Swedish, German and French Canadian. Alongside our new languages, we’ve enhanced the
T&Cs so that any site or individual Open Innovation Co-creation Community with a geographically
diverse user base, will be able to provide the Term and Conditions, as well as community content, in
all required languages.

New Homepage Widgets: User Map, Activity Stream, Keyword Cloud and Leaderboard
Where do your great Ideas come from? Does one site or location drive more than other? Our users
can now add more data visualisations to the homepage: whether adding a map of user locations, a
leaderboard, activity stream or a keyword cloud – engage all Contributors in Challenges,
Conversations and Ideas, right from the home page.

Increased Detail for Comment Moderators
Working with many regulated companies, we understand the importance of reporting – we therefore
work with these clients to build relevant enhancements. This quarter we focused on comment
moderation. When comments are flagged on Ideas and conversations, Moderators now have
advanced data capture and reporting, enabling further insight into why something was flagged and
how it was resolved, for streamlined auditing. One way to make life a little bit easier for those
customers needing audit reports!

For more information on Wazoku or to see a demo of the platform, visit www.wazoku.com.

About Idea Spotlight, Wazoku’s Idea Management Platform

Idea Spotlight is a highly scalable and flexible platform that enables internal and external
crowdsourcing initiatives for organisations around the world.

• Collaboration space: foster a culture of innovation through easy collaboration.
• Co-creation Communities: tap into your external communities, including suppliers, vendors
and other external stakeholders for ideas and input.
• Idea Spaces: create private spaces where teams can collect their own ideas separate from
your organization-wide space.
• Gamification: attribute goals and rewards towards participation, making contributions all the
more tempting.
• Integrations: Idea Spotlight integrates with many platforms including Microsoft Office products
and more.

Discover untapped business opportunities, identify areas for improvement, adapt your strategy to
emerging priorities and find new ways to boost your bottom line, with Wazoku’s Idea Spotlight.

About Wazoku
Wazoku helps companies become EveryDay innovators, where innovation is a core,
strategic, everyday capability.

Our cloud-based idea management software enables you to crowdsource solutions to challenges that
keep you up at night. We are passionate about enabling organisations to engage and collaborate with
their workforce, ecosystem, customers and the world – to generate new ideas as part of a wider
innovation strategy.

Wazoku is the global home for ideas, giving a voice and role to everyone in the innovation process.
For further information:
Marketing@wazoku.com