The Turnkey Solution for the Idea Management Process with Office 365 Services

In today’s competitive market, the right ideas for innovations, enhancements and cost-savings are more valuable than ever. But creative inspiration alone is not enough – the important thing is to use it profitably.

In many companies, the process of innovation and idea management is inefficient because staff use multiple channels to collect their ideas. They work on ideas with a range of different tools until the company eventually decides to implement or reject the idea – or until the idea just fizzles out due to a lack of attention or oversight. This way of working often leads to resentment and is a waste of valuable time.

It’s therefore advantageous to have a solution that helps you manage the standardized process effectively − one that combines all the activities in a single tool.  TPG offers you the choice of two Microsoft Cloud tools, both based on Office 365:

  • edison365 ideas: This enterprise solution enables ideas to be generated from the top down triggered by managers via challenges and from the bottom up from the employees.
  • TPG IdeaManagement: The simpler solution for gathering (bottom-up) and evaluating project ideas.


Advantages of this Idea Management Solution

  • Efficient: Noting and managing ideas has never been easier – due to the mobile app and automated processes.
  • Reliable: The centralized data storage offers an overview of your idea pipeline and status.
  • Fast: TPG IdeaManagement is preconfigured – you can use it within a very short time.
  • Future-ready: Microsoft SharePoint and Cloud technology ensure full flexibility for future enhancements.

Comparison of the two solutions

 TPG IdeaManagementedison365 ideas
Generate ideas from the bottom upXX
Generate ideas from the top down X
Accessible on mobile devicesXX
Email notificationsXX
Competition function and
idea collaboration
Ideas evaluated using graphic
interface, scoring
Integrated with Office 365XX
Reporting via Power BIXX
Permissions managed within the toolXX
Create campaignsXX
Continual updates in background
mode (“evergreen”)

Edison365 Ideas

Edison365 Ideas is included in our partner’s Edison365 Suite. The tool has a visually appealing user interface and accesses the existing Office 365 module in background mode. It’s easy to use and accessible on all mobile devices and browsers.

In addition to collecting bottom-up ideas, it also lets you create challenges and competitions for generating ideas. This creates a friendly competitive atmosphere that encourages employees to submit ideas for achieving corporate goals and enables you to gather and evaluate these ideas.

Ideas can be checked to ensure that they align with the business strategy, and monitored via live reporting and real-time statistics.

For more information on Edison365 ideas, > download this document (PDF) or use the red contact button at right to arrange your personal consultation.

TPG IdeaManagement

TPG IdeaManagement is another alternative, a simplified solution for collecting and evaluating ideas (for example, within a corporate department). It is ready to use and based on existing Office 365 modules.

A standardized process for managing ideas can be quickly and easily configured.  Employee ideas (generated from the bottom up) can be gathered and documented using any type of user device. Detailed reports are used to evaluate the ideas. The process is described below.


”This solution optimally supports our process from the initial idea right through the project itself. We were pleasantly surprised at how fast it was to implement. Thanks to this flexible Microsoft-based tool, we now have clearly-defined responsibilities, good documentation, and an instant overview of all the projects and their statuses.“

Heinz Lanner, Senior Director Operations & PMO, WeEn Semiconductors Co., Ltd.

The Process: From the Idea to the Project

  • Step 1: Your staff note down their ideas in an app on their mobile device.
  • Step 2: Decision-makers automatically receive these ideas and can either approve or dissapprove them.
  • Step 3: Interactive reports about one idea or the idea-pipeline support the decision-making process.
  • Step 4: In combination with Project Online, you can transform approved ideas into projects (optional).

What Does TPG IdeaManagement Include?

The implementation of TPG IdeaManagement is easy and fast: the solution is preconfigured and “remotely” deployed. The complete turnkey package includes the following:

  • A Project Ideas list in SharePoint with 3 predefined views (+ 4 lists to be defined in the background)
  • A workflow for approval board notifications and authorizations
  • An app enabling staff to note down their ideas on their mobile device
  • 2 Power BI reports for idea evaluation and for an overview of the idea pipeline (incl. filter function)
  • Java Script programming for authorizations / creation of the “approval board” group in SharePoint
  • Options for personalizing the basic version (e.g. geographical data, categories, individual approval)

    3 Steps to Your Customized Idea Management Solution

    Phase 1: Creation of Basic System

    Activities: Run kick-off & configuration workshop, execute configuration, create configuration documentation, handover of system and acceptance

    Deliverables: Configuration documentation

    Duration: approx. 1-2 weeks (installation / configuration / licenses of Microsoft solutions not included in the package)

    Phase 2: Training

    Activities: Prepare and carry out half a day training for decision-makers and idea providers

    Deliverables: Standard training documentation

    Duration: approx. 1 week

    Phase 3: Extension of Basic System

    Activities: 8 hours’ consulting for coaching, support and extensions (to be ordered within 4 weeks after system handover), final project meeting

    Deliverables: Updated configuration documentation

    Duration: approx. 1-2 weeks

    Licenses for the Tools Used

    Before you get started, please ensure that you meet the license-related requirements. In order to run TPG IdeaManagement, you need the licenses for the following Microsoft products:

    • SharePoint
    • Microsoft Power BI
    • Microsoft Power Apps
    • Project Online (optional)

    If you do not have the relevant licenses yet, you can purchase Office 365 licenses from TPG The Project Group as well.