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:
Advantages of this Idea Management Solution
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|Generate ideas from the bottom up||X||X|
|Generate ideas from the top down||X|
|Accessible on mobile devices||X||X|
|Competition function and|
|Ideas evaluated using graphic|
|Integrated with Office 365||X||X|
|Reporting via Power BI||X||X|
|Permissions managed within the tool||X||X|
|Continual updates in background|
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 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 implementation of TPG IdeaManagement is easy and fast: the solution is preconfigured and “remotely” deployed. The complete turnkey package includes the following:
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)
Activities: Prepare and carry out half a day training for decision-makers and idea providers
Deliverables: Standard training documentation
Duration: approx. 1 week
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
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:
If you do not have the relevant licenses yet, you can purchase Office 365 licenses from TPG The Project Group as well.