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How to improve your tech discovery skills

See how successful innovators discover emerging technologies, research, companies, experts, and new markets.

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More practical "how-to" advice, tips and tricks, and best practices

Our blog has a growing series of articles that help you strengthen your innovation analyst skills. For example, you will learn how to do back-of-the-envelope market estimates, how you can beat analysis paralysis, how Wikipedia helps you with tech discovery, and many other practical tips and tricks.

Case Study


Mergeflow enables effective technology scouting and management

Mergeflow has been supporting BMW’s IT Tech Offices for several years with discovering, tracking, and deeply exploring new technologies, companies, and ideas.

Now, BMW's IT Innovation and Technology Management has designed the Tech Radar. It provides the basis for further monitoring, and facilitates the detection of technological relationships.

The solution is built on top of Mergeflow’s data lake and analytics, and offers additional functionalities and integrations, targeted to BMW Group’s individual requirements.

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Mergeflow Slides

Our slides are a summary of what we do, and why we think that a 360° view of the outside tech world is important. The slides describe our approach to data collection, analytics, and user interfaces, and how you can integrate Mergeflow with third party solutions.

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Mergeflow Tour Guide

The Tour Guide is not a manual. It assumes that you have seen and used Mergeflow before, and that you are familiar with basic syntax.

"I know where to find the buttons and all that. But sometimes I am not sure how to best address my questions using Mergeflow."

Do you agree? Then our Tour Guide is for you!

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Publications by, on, or related to Mergeflow.

Identifying gaps in automating the assessment of technology readiness levels

Safa Faidi and Alison Olechowski

University of Toronto, ReadyLab


Crucial in the design process, Technology Readiness Levels are a common form of technology maturity assessment. Studies suggest that the TRL scale can be subjective and biased. Automating the assessment can reduce human bias. This paper highlights important challenges of automation by presenting data collected on 15 technologies from the nanotechnology sector. Our findings show that, contrary to claims from the literature, patent data exists for low maturity technologies and may be useful for automation. We also found that there exists unexpected trends in data publications at TRL 2, 3 and 4.

Proceedings of the Design2020 Conference, pp. 551-558.

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Agility enables employees to act

Andrea Gruss, interview with Florian Wolf


Many companies want to become agile. But what are concrete benefits of agile work methods? What are necessary preconditions? And in what scenarios are they most beneficial? Andrea Gruss discussed these questions with software entrepreneur Florian Wolf, CEO at Mergeflow, and speaker at the GDCh conference "Tanker or Speedboat? Agile Management in the Chemical Industry", organized by the Association for Chemistry and Economics.

CHEManager Online, 22 January 2020.

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