Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Industrial and corporate applications of technology roadmapping, various business projects
Background: Anticipating external framework conditions, understanding markets and getting to know the needs of clients; observing technological developments and from all these factors drawing the correct conclusions for the company - these are important tasks for enterprises from all branches and size classes which enable firms to successfully survive against competition in the long term. A systematic look into the future helps to make strategic decisions on a solid foundation. A core method that helps companies in this context is technology roadmapping. The wide range of projects shows how enterprises can initiate, implement and anchor tailor-made Foresight processes in-house, even with only scarce resources available.
Aims and content: These projects aim to develop possible pictures of the future (scenarios) and the paths leading to them (roadmaps). The work offered in this context include, e. g., preparation, moderation and follow-up processing of expert workshops, in which scenarios as well as the associated roadmaps are developed. The creation of these core documents for corporate foresight is as a rule supplemented by market and technology analyses, patent and publication analyses in advance, as well as various survey formats.
Depending on the underlying purpose of technology roadmapping, these projects are usually of a confidential nature, e. g. if sensitive strategic and business-process-specific choices are concerned or internal information is being processed. In such projects, we maintain strict confidentiality towards third parties, even after completion of the project.
Status: Since 2008
Clients: Companies of various sizes, from internationally active global players via so-called medium sized 'hidden champions' up to small enterprises. The majority of the firms are active in emerging and future-oriented branches, among others e.g. in particular energy and aerospace, but also mechanical engineering.