IPL – T20 Innovation or Invasion

Traditionally, innovation is seen as capacity for something new or different
introduced, but in the world of sport, especially in the context of
IPL, the term innovation has to be rather more liberal, accepting in its
sheathe more than just the new or original thought. In other words,
recent innovations in T20 cricket vis-a-vis IPL borrowing and adopting
ideas from other popular sporting leagues like National Basketball
Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) tend to lean on
imitation, yet irrelevant of its broad acceptance; imitation can never
be equated to innovation. From terms like private franchises, player
auctions and cheerleaders to buzzwords like strategic timeouts &
dug-out that are conventional to a NBA or a NFL follower are now
familiar with cricket followers courtesy IPL. Watts Humphrey rightly
said “Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and
marketable form”, with its tremendous success, IPL serves as a standing
testimony to his words, boasting a billion dollar revenue generating
business that is largely targeted to benefit the investors/franchise
owners and partly the players.

Personally,
the bottom line in writing this has nothing to do with IPL’s great
capacity to spring surprises, nothing to do with its much talked about
glorious future. On the other hand, it has to do with what have taken on
the nightmarish dimensions of a dark reality – Cricket will never be
the same. But this is a harsh reality that is not easy to deal with for
the great sport’s many puritans, who often love the game more for
quality than for cheap entertainment. What started out innocuously as a
profitable vision has gained sizable force and substantial magnitude
needed to hold for large-scale and long term expansion. Truly, IPL has
invaded and deeply penetrated in all walks of T20 cricket and you just
have to scratch the surface to see it.

As it turns out, almost
all top class players from all cricket playing nations have been lured
to this wheel of fortune, forced to sign up for the league and for the
huge ransom they sign on, it would not be surprising if IPL dictates
them to put league before nation. For sure, players who once took pride
in playing for the country have succumbed to the pressures of IPL. As a
matter of fact, the very dimension of the sport has changed, making it a
highly demanding and stressful one. Tight schedules and frequent
travels are not expected to help the player’s cause anyways. But then
the real question is what drives them to return fit as a fiddle to play
for the league and not for the nation in its dire needs. The key to this
drive lies elsewhere and any attempt to unravel it would prove a futile
exercise.

IPL
did not seem to spare commentators either, who scream and shout at the
top of their voice making a conscious effort to contrive extraordinary
things out of ordinary stuff just so to breed a sense of drama. And
commentators here are not amateurs taking a shot on the big stage but
are who’s who in this profession brought down to the levels of ordinary
salesmen making a sales pitch to promote their product. For viewers it
definitely is an annoyance to constantly hear brand jargons like DLF
maximum (six runs hit by batsman), Karbonn Kamaal Catch, Citi Moment of
Success (bowler taking a wicket), Maxx Mobile Time-out from reputed
commentators who make a mockery of the sport in the name of
entertainment. Ultimately the greatest entertainment that this sport can
provide has to happen within the playing yards and not through the hype
and hoopla that surround it.

The Innovation From Barrett M82 to Barrett M107

Barrett M82 was adopted as the Special Application Scoped
Rifle with the version having the .50 BMG caliber ammunition. It became a
major militray success during the combats of 1990s. The most important
features of M82 rifle were effective ammunition, long-range targets
reaching upto 1,800 meters and targets remained the radar cabins and
army aircrafts, target of humans was rare. In competitive shooting too,
Barrett 82 got an extra edge.

Making of Barrett M107 after M82

M107 uses a
Mark 4 scope and is shoulder fired automatic gun. Bolt action is the
main mechanism that works making it an extraordinary sniper rifle,
advance than the Barrett 82. The manageable recoil made this an
exceptional model. The recoil springs inside with every shot fired with
force. This version of Berrett has a rear grip and long accessory rail.
The barrel assembly in this model was a more detailed innovation than in
M82 model. The barrel could absorb the force at which the shot was fire
and the receiver sprang inside the weapon (recoil). The improved muzzle
brake assists in the recoil mechanism of the gun. Monopod socket is
another added feature seen in Barrett M107.

The striking or
firing mechanism was also made simpler in M107 than it was in Barrett
82. The bolt locked itself with the barrel in its every stroke and the
cartridge returned to feed itself with ammunition rom the magazine, but
in Barrett M107 versions, the barrel was made stronger to receive
extreme force on firing and the recoil was sharp.

How Barrett M82 is different from Barrett M107 ?

Barrett
M82 is a semi-automatic sniper rifle with recoil mechanism. It is one
of the best models manufactured by the Barrett Firearms company with two
later variants M82A1 and M82A2. It has a caliber of .50. It does not
have a strong recoil mechanism like its successor M107. The recoil in
this model is just around 1 inches, hence of short distance. The target
range for M82 is 1,800 meters. Used in competitive shooting purpose.

While,
the Barrett M107 model or XM107 is a later version and is a bolt-action
gun. It is a long-range rifle that also has the .50 BMG caliber and is
semi-automatic in nature. Like M82, this was not an army rifle alone.
The use of M107Q and also M107 A1 were wide in naval and aircraft
forces. Though Barrett M82 was called the “Light Fifty”, the later
versions of M701 measured even 5 pounds lighter making it a secret model
to be easily carried by snipers during military warfare. The minimum
target range for M82 is 1,829 meters while the maximum distance it can
reach is 6,812 meters. Is not used for competitive shooting.

With
its potential for long distance firing, strong barrel, recoil and
faster action even on human targets, Barrett M107 became one of the best
inventions of US military.

The Ethos and Innovation of Contemporary Police Watches

Police is a popular Italian brand that started out as the
maker of quality prescription glasses and sunglasses but soon expanded
its innovation to watches and it has since stamped its name, Police
watches, on the sand of times as one of the few quality timepiece brands
available on the market. This brand is not only durable and fashionable
but it is also great to look at and stylish whether you wear casual
clothing or you are dressed in suits with it.

The talking points about Police watches are their
innovative designs and their distinctive patterns. Many people love this
brand because these are designed to define your personality and give
you a warm tone. Wearing the Police brand of timepieces could make you
stand out in the crowd as a non-conformist and yet be greatly admired
and loved. Really, thesemodels are trailblazers because they define new
trends among fashionable watches. So, if you are an individual with a
cosmopolitan lifestyle, this brand will offer you the trendy and stylish
pattern that you need in order to keep up with the fashion pace.


The Italian Police brand also encompasses a wider range of fashion
items and accessories which includes clothing and fragrances apart from
watches, sunglasses and prescription glasses. The company only started
to produce Police watches in 2004 but it has become very popular and
successful among innovative brands of time measuring devices within a
short time. In fact, the growth of the Police brand is so phenomenal
just because the company has been so successful with creating products
that capture individuals’ attention in terms of quality, style,
aesthetic appeal, and unique design, all in one.

The brand
consists of perfect timepieces for both men and women. There are watches
for men and there are unique designs for women. Whether for men or
women, the Police models are sought-after innovative timepieces and
that’s what makes the Police brand sell so easily.


There are notable celebrities in all walks of life including sports,
business and entertainment that have been seen by the media wearing
Police models that range from sunglasses to watches. Whether for casual
events, formal events, or urban living, Police models come in different
styles that fit into different occasions and events. While some are
sporty like those designs with chronograph, others are rather smart such
that they are quite fitting for business or formal events.


Police watches are made with quartz. The quartz is a mineral with very
low thermal expansion and that is what makes every model of Police
accurate and reliable for timing. These watches come in all colors and
while some are made with leather straps and in tan and black dials,
others are made with metallic steel straps with excellent finishes that
show the ethos of Police as a unique Italian brand. All Police models
are collections for people who delight in making a statement with their
styles. All categories of users are captured by the Police watches.
While some designs are for the super-rich in the society, some other
designs are for everyone that cares for quality timepieces that come in
grand styles and patterns.

The Reasons of Initiating Reform And Innovation

In 2008 year the financial storm changed the situation of
international sports trademark in the Chinese mainland bazaar. It was
said by the Bao Cheng Group Annual Report 2009 that pattern that Nike,
Adidas was prevailing in mainly market, which was shaped in Chinese
sports requisite field for many years, was altering and the continent’s
trademark was increasing. In this context, Nike, Adidas must seek more
fine and deep sales in domestic market channels. At this time, Bao Cheng
group took advantage of an opportunity to create a new brand in
domestic sales market-Bao Yuan shoemaker. In 2009, Cai Qi ,who is the
managing director of Bao Cheng International Group and the president of
Yu Yuan Industrial Group, announced the Bao Cheng group would take the
long-term strategy of diversified management to change a single foundry
pattern and they would start a company with the concept of Bao Yuan
shoemaker to sell their own products.

Cai Qiongwen told reporters that the products of
BaoYuan shoemaker included both famous sports brand such as Nike,
Reebok, Lining that manufactured by Bao Cheng Group and its own brand
name, such as movement life footwear brand FOOT SPORTS, fashion female
shoes brand RYEE, etc.

It is the true origin for Bao Cheng Group
to create its private trademark of native sale. The added value of the
products under its own brand name is much higher than OEM, and its gross
margin is higher than OEM many times.

However, the action that
Bao Cheng Group intends to create their own brand is just a big fear of
sporting goods field. The risk will be very high to develop their own
brands. If Bao Cheng evolves its private trademark, the primary problem
is that how to keep the fellowship with brand firms. The world famous
brand all put the whole confidential design to share with Bao Cheng
without reservation. If Bao Cheng creates its own brand name, the brand
will probably be the enemy of brand firms, and may be the number one
enemy, and thus brand relations of cooperation can not keep going.

Then how Bao Yuan shoemaker step over the business dangerous line between a trademark customers and foundry business?

Based
on the industry professors, the Bao Yuan shoemaker and Sheng Dao
biggest distinctiveness is that Sheng Dao is a single-product stores,
and the Po shoemaker is the number of international brands and brand
integration multi-brand stores. So the agency and international brands
under its own brand name not only don’t conflict but also can be
complementary to each other.

Transnational trademark and private
trademark have different characters. There is no competition, instead
they meet a family of consumer one-stop needs through various product
lines combination and achieve win-win way. After a joint cooperation
with transnational trademarks such as Nike, Adidas, and doing a market
survey deeply, the first flagship store of the Bao Yuan shoemaker
started in Shanxing Town in Zhongshan City on the summer in 2010.

Expedite Innovation With Idea Management Software

Idea management is defined as “a structured process of
generating, capturing, discussing and improving, organizing, evaluating
and prioritizing valuable insight or alternative thinking that would
otherwise not have emerged through normal processes.” Normally a typical
ideation process involves a storyboarding session involving a few
stakeholders. Though it results in products, it lacks innovation. This
is because only a few minds are at work and hence only a few ideas
emerge. Instead of a few minds, many minds need to be at work to bring
in different ideas. Hence, more people need to be involved during the
storyboarding session. But how to do that? Convene a meeting involving
all and sundry to churn out ideas or meet each person individually for
idea generation. None of the above, since it can only result in
unnecessary waste of time and efforts. What is required is idea
management software that

* inspires those people (both internal and
external)who work closely with the products that end up in the market to
contribute ideas

* involves more people during the
storyboarding process – clients, product engineers, analysts –
stakeholders from various product development phases

* sets up an efficient feedback system where end users’ issues can be heard and addressed

*
encourages healthy expression of suggestions by allowing all
stakeholders to put forward and resolve their concerns and contribute
towards solving problems

* provides an opportunity for all
stakeholders to better understand the product development process so
that there is no gap between expectation and delivery

Ideation
software provides a platform for people with so many diverse experiences
and backgrounds to come together for realizing a common goal. This
results in many different cost, time and process improvement related
ideas. Screening these ideas lead to not only innovative products but
also innovative business processes, workflow management and market
trends.

The following are the advantages of idea management implementation.

* New competitive products and services

* Process improvements

* Improved collaboration and decision making across teams

* Competitive advantage

* Identify hidden talent and new areas of growth

* Enhanced Brand Value and Brand Loyalty

* Transform the organization to leadership position by expediting innovation

* Foster innovation culture

* Encourage participation and generate enthusiasm in employees towards driving the solution

* Operations optimization to reduce costs and hence increased bottom lines

* Gain competitive advantage over rivals

Idea
management software is the need of the hour as it empowers the
employees with a platform to think aloud and submit their ideas and
suggestions.