Supporting the Next Generation of Problem Solvers

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That transition from the educational environment to the work world can be daunting. It's one thing to understand the theory behind a concept; it's something else to put that theory into practical application, with deadlines, consequences, and real dollars behind it. That's why we're so excited to be a part of Industry Problem-Solving Week.

There are so many advantages to a venture like this. It's always great to get a fresh set of eyes on a project. As we've discussed in the past, the best teams blend a variety of perspectives and experience levels, and IPSW lets us see what a completely independent group of bright, young students can bring to the equation.

As well, this aligns nicely with our commitment to the local educational system. We've benefitted greatly from the incredible talent that's come out of both Western University and Fanshawe College for years. This is a great opportunity for us to give back in a way, providing a case study and feedback on the solutions that will be developed.

It's true for any business, but it's vital in the technology field -- you have to constantly be aware of what's new and emerging, challenge yourself to think differently and embrace new perspectives, and, of course, provide innovative solutions that keep you at the fore of the industry. Any opportunity you have to share in this type of experience is going to be a positive.

We have a customer experience formula that we talk about on our own site that states talent plus empathy, multiplied by experience equals success. All three components are vital to delivering a solution that doesn’t just meet, but exceeds your customer’s expectations. And IPSW combines the best of all three worlds.

  • Talent: New students coming in with the latest knowledge and a fresh perspective.
  • Empathy: The students work to understand the business’ needs and use that to help come up with solutions to the problem.
  • Experience: It’s never enough to say, “We’ve always done it that way.” But it’s also good to have a wealth of experience to use to vet new ideas. New doesn’t always mean better -- especially if it has been tried before, or there are other considerations. But new can also lead to different, or alternative, theories. New can lead to changed perspectives and additional tools, information, or approaches that can make things better. And new can infuse passion and energy into a project.

We invite you to learn more about the program. And if your business can support it with a project or an idea, please reach out to see how you can get involved!

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