The Future of the Innovabee Group
The Innovabee Group GmbH & Co. KG is a German consulting company, headquartered in Waiblingen in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, that provides comprehensive services for business organization with SAP solutions. Many small and midsize enterprise clients rely on support from the Innovabee Group when implementing SAP solutions. The Innovabee Group was one of the first customers worldwide to successfully migrate to the SAP S/4HANA finance solution and now benefits from much better, real-time financial insights. As a company that maintains SAP solutions, it is important for the company itself to not only use the most cutting-edge available solutions, but also to stay innovative and understand the needs of its customers.
Building on an excellent, long-standing relationship with SAP, the Innovabee Group also had a major interest in mastering the Design Thinking methodology. The Innovabee Group and SAP’s Design & Co-Innovation Center worked together in a one-day Design Thinking workshop, where the Innovabee Group was enabled with business innovation methodologies. Twelve managers from the Innovabee Group focused on how to create a vision for the company’s future.
Providing a Vision
While being introduced to Design Thinking, the workshop participants first faced a hands-on experience in which they had to design the Innovabee Group’s work environment for colleagues in 2025. Through empathy and understanding of others’ needs, they tackled the main challenge of the workshop and worked on an answer to the question “How can the Innovabee Group still be innovative as well as successful in 2025?”.
The group was split into two teams, which were asked to analyze the Innovabee Group’s goals, its critical success factors, and possible upcoming obstacles. During brainstorming, both teams focused on the human factor: employees and customers. In addition, one team also focused the importance of the SAP product itself, while the other concentrated on the selling process and the authentic image of the Innovabee Group. At this point, the challenge was refined and the participants concentrated on the specific question of how customers can be better supported when implementing SAP software.
What I still remember is the creative atmosphere. At one point all the participants started to generate really wild ideas that helped the process.– Matthias Langholz, Workshop Lead
With the support of “Scenes”, a tool that helps storytelling, the managers were given the opportunity to present their ideas in the form of illustrative storyboards, without requiring any artistic talent.
Finally, the “Remember the Future” exercise summarized the ideas gathered to that point: counting back from 2025, the groups assessed the strategic actions and milestones that have to be taken into account, to accomplish this vision in the future. This change of perspective made it much easier to shape the next steps to becoming an innovative and successful Innovabee Group in 2025.
Mission Accomplished: Innovabee Group is Empowered with Design Thinking
With the help of the strategic workshop moderated by SAP’s Design & Co-Innovation Center, SAP’s Gold Partner Innovabee Group was acquainted with Design Thinking, giving them specific ideas about how to work on future prospects independently. The Innovabee Group has worked on new ideas and created an initial draft of how they can improve their business development and win more customers in the future. In particular, putting themselves in others’ shoes allowed all the managers to explore a new working culture, as well as perceive creativity as a very useful tool.
Subject to a few constraints, all participants were empowered to generate exceptional ideas by parting with their daily routines. “You could tell by the way Yvonne and Matthias coached the workshop that the DCC is experienced and knows its way around this field”, says Michael Riedel, CTO Innovabee Group.
The biggest advantage wasn’t just that we got to know the Design Thinking methodology; we also took our colleagues out of their daily routine and taught them visionary thinking.– Florian Häußler, CEO Innovabee Group
In the end, design coach Yvonne Banschbach was satisfied with the results: “It was impressive to see how easily the participants were convinced to use Design Thinking and how much they realized how it opened their minds and brought them to greater results, more than they have imagined.”
I was extremely pleased that the workshop showcased how our managers had a common mission for the company’s future. Without the external help from the Design & Co-Innovation Center at SAP, we would never have generated so much output in such a short period of time.– Florian Häußler, CEO, Innovabee Group