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Planbox Innovation Management Software Review by PC Magazine

PC Magazine has been active in building an extensive library of business software information and reviews. In 2016, PC Magazine published a detailed Planbox Innovation Management review. Some of the key excerpts of the publication include:

When businesses need to collect, generate, score, and analyze ideas, Innovate by Planbox is an effective cloud-based solution. With an event-based rules engine, the application can easily be configured without needless customizations to fit nearly any organization’s needs with minimal up-front expense.

Innovate excels at building communities around a challenge or idea. Diverse idea sources can be aggregated and combined to give insight into a solution or idea that might otherwise go unnoticed or unheeded. The software integrates with many other applications and platforms to create a robust and comprehensive tool to meet nearly any scenario.

The application can be configured to allow access to a specific group or can be tailored to allow anyone to access the software to give feedback or leave a suggestion. Moreover, the application can help employees connect with experts to facilitate an even greater level of value and return on investment.

Configurable User Interface

The Innovate user interface can be fully customized to match a company’s branding and culture. This means that the Innovate platform runs invisibly, as if the company making use of its features has a custom-developed platform. User engagement can be further enhanced with videos and images

Develop Challenges and Communities

Because the purpose of Innovate is to solicit a wide range of opinions from a diverse set of people, the interface is designed to be usable for all skill levels. This means that when a user logs in in to Innovate to submit an idea or participate in the innovation management process, no training is required to use the application. Furthermore, the application supports numerous languages, allowing an organization to receive input and participation from around the globe.

Configuring Workflow Design

Organizations have full control over how they want their idea innovation process workflow to operate. Workflows can be configured as a single step or set up to include multiple steps and procedures to maximize the idea generation process according to need. And, workflow processes can be changed at any time without affecting the overall workflow.

Automation is central to the Innovation workflow design, which uses an event-based rule workflow to trigger when certain actions must be taken. For example, if an idea has reached an approval stage, it can be automatically sent to specific department heads to implement the idea.

Analytics and Intelligence

Gaining valuable insight and intelligence from the idea innovation process was not an afterthought for the designers of Innovate. Organizations have access to a vast array of reports and analytic tools through the analytics engine to make the most of the data generated by the application.

Rewards and Incentives

Organizations can add incentives to reward participants according to any number of metrics, such as number of ideas submitted or number of votes per idea. For example, a company can award an employee whose idea received the most positive votes with extra vacation days. The employee who spent the most amount of time on collaboration with other participants can be similarly awarded.

Platform Integration

Innovate is ready and able to integrate with several third-party software applications to further enhance its value. In addition to its sister software, Work by Planbox, the platform can share data with customer relationship management software, such as Salesforce App Cloud. Innovate can also be linked with Facebook and Twitter.

For more information and to read the full Innovation Management Software review, please visit PC Magazine’s Planbox Innovation Management Software review. You can also sign-up for a tailored demo of Planbox Innovate or visit our resources page to access guides, whitepapers and videos on Innovation Management.

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Announcement, Blog|

Planbox Announces Record Breaking Results for 2016

Following the successful merger with BrainBank Software in November 2015 and the subsequent launch of the first Agile Work Innovation management platform, Planbox experienced a strong performance and its solutions achieved great market acceptance as a result of the merger and new innovations.

Company highlights:

  • Recognized as a global leader by Forrester in the Innovation Management Wave report and ranked in top overall categories based on the strength of the company and solution offering.
  • 90%+ customer retention including major new investments and renewed commitments to their innovation program by existing customers such as Bridgestone, Great-West Life, Sealed Air, Verizon and Willis Towers Watson.
  • Planbox customer base has increased by more than 50% in the last 12 months along with a 100% increase in recurring revenue. Many more new mid to large sized businesses have started to embrace innovation management as a system. New customers include Atco Electric, Hollister, CMHC, Sun Life and Koppers.

Planbox product team released many new enhancements to simplify ideation and idea development. Product improvement highlights:

  • Idea merge, similar idea search, enhanced user profile, profanity filter, activity feed, and multilingual forms.
  • Pre-designed configurable portals, business rules, forms, and templates to help speed up and simplify launching new activities such as an Innovation Jam, Challenge Driven Innovation and Shark Tank internal competitions.
  • Multiple product performance enhancements to speed up access for a globally dispersed user base and large scale deployments
  • Monthly customer innovation engagement and results report and quarterly reviews that include actionable recommendations to improve return on innovation investments.
  • Kanban boards to quickly visualize the idea funnel, easily group ideas based on various criteria, and collaborate on idea selection and development.
  • New integrations with Facebook private groups and Jive collaboration.
  • Innovation portfolio reporting, bubble charts and executive dashboards to help manage the innovation funnel and aid in strategic innovation management visualization and analytics.
  • Launched a new public site for support and an innovation management information library with great technical articles and an online community where you can participate in and contribute to ideas and suggestions on how Planbox can improve its product and service offerings to better suit your needs and priorities.
  • Release new innovation management guides covering key topics ranging from strategy to communication and gamification.
  • Launched Planbox Express – Innovation Management Simplified for a turnkey deployment in under 2 weeks with predesigned portal & challenges, best practice templates, preconfigured workflow and out of the box reporting.

Customer and partner success highlights:

“The reporting capabilities in Planbox are so user-friendly, flexible and powerful. Making impactful statements to senior management is just a few buttons away.”
– Fred Tavan the Global Head of Innovation Lab and Insurance Risk & Reinsurance

“We spent time carefully evaluating solutions that stated they could meet – and solve – complex requirements. Planbox was the only solution that not only lived up to their claim, but exceeded our expectation. To make our decision even easier, Planbox did all of the things we needed out of the box with no investment in customization! None. Zero. We were able to turn it on and go to work!”
– Doland White, CEO Rapid Crush, Inc.

“Planbox software met our criteria of capturing and managing idea submission, automatically generating reports to monitor the innovation process, and the flexibility to customize business rules and automate communications.“
– Karin Beckstrom, Sr. Product Manager, ERT

“The age of continuous innovation as a business necessity is upon us. Organizations face incredible demands to change, adapt and transform faster than ever before. Our collaboration with Planbox provides our customers access to a powerful agile work innovation platform they can invest in to address these challenges.”
– Nicole Herskowitz – Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft

About Planbox

Planbox (www.planbox.com) is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes and trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Blue Cross, Bridgestone, Honeywell, National Express, Panama Canal, Sealed Air, Willis Towers Watson and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

Additional Links:

Planbox on Twitter (www.twitter.com/planbox)
Planbox on Facebook (www.facebook.com/planbox)
Planbox on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/companies/planbox)

Contact information:

Amanda.Sarafian@planbox.com

 

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Announcement|

Planbox Offers Innovation Management-as-a-Service on Microsoft Azure

As a Microsoft Solution Provider since 1999, Planbox, a provider of Innovation Management solutions, has expanded its offering with the launch of Planbox Innovate as a Service on Microsoft Azure. The managed cloud service simplifies the process of deploying, operationalizing, and maintaining a modern innovation management and idea analytics platform in the cloud.

“Our customers are increasing employee engagement, accelerating innovation, identifying winning projects, delivering value, and reducing business risk by making  Planbox Innovate a core component of their innovation management strategy. Planbox Innovate’s fully-managed as-a-service offering on Azure allows our customers to move faster, be more agile, and expand the scope of their innovation-related initiatives,” said Ludwig Melik, CEO at Planbox.

Andrea Carl, director, Commercial Communications for Microsoft Corp said, “We are pleased to see Planbox Innovate as a Service available on Azure, The global scale and agility of Azure, gives Planbox and its customers a solution that has the potential of spurring innovation within a company while also growing the business.”

Planbox uses Azure, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Visual Studio development tools and technologies to provide a platform for:

  • Collaborating, developing and experimenting on creative ideas.
  • Ideation – online suggestion and idea generation tool.
  • Internal Shark Tank competitions.
  • Jam sessions and innovation events.
  • Challenge-driven innovation management.

Innovation management as a service helps organizations find, develop, fund, and manage the best ideas and experiments from employees, customers, partners, and their community to:

  • Explore new markets.
  • Better monetize existing products and services.
  • Enhance customer experience.
  • Increase employee engagement.
  • Identify new product or service and digital transformation opportunities.
  • Improve business processes.

To learn more, view:

Planbox on Azure Mini Case Study
Planbox on Azure Datasheet

And visit: www.planbox.com to unleash your innovation butterfly.

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes. Planbox is trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Stanford, ERT, Hollister, Philips, Great West Financial, CMHC and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

Additional Links:

Planbox on Twitter
Planbox on Facebook
Planbox on LinkedIn

Media Contact:

Amanda Sarafian, Planbox
514 743-4703
amanda.sarafian@planbox.com

December 15th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

Planbox Works with Leading Insurer to Bring Innovation Ideas to Life

The issue is a common one: the organization is large, the business complex, people aren’t always connected or connecting. How do you find those innovative ideas, easily surface them, and then how do you share that information with leaders and across the organization?

For Sun Life Financial, a leading international financial services organization, they’ve chosen Planbox to help with their global innovation management platform.

Sun Life selected Planbox Innovate after evaluating various alternatives. The key criteria during the selection process included a cloud-based innovation management solution with an intuitive user interface, process automation capabilities, and flexibility to support the different needs of various business areas.

The ‘plan’ is to use the Planbox System to:

  • Collect, track and prioritize feedback, suggestions and ideas from across the organization
  • Create a collaboration platform to foster development of innovation
  • Easily generate progress reports and dashboards for senior management

Sun Life intends to knit together innovation response teams in all its business lines to accelerate insurance innovation.

“We found the features in Planbox matched closely with our needs for innovation management,” said Joanna Kong, AVP and part of the Innovation Lab at Sun Life Financial. “This includes a simple interface for collecting ideas from across the organization, powerful automation to enhance tracking, evaluating and reviewing ideas, flexible configuration to tailor to different needs of various business areas, and easy-to-use reporting functionality.”

“Sun Life’s commitment to invest in technology that improves customer service, meets the needs of a fast-changing consumer landscape, and the due diligence of its selection process – makes us especially pleased to have been selected over other vendors and alternatives,” said Ludwig Melik, CEO Planbox. “Using Planbox Innovate’s comprehensive innovation management solution will help bring innovation ideas to life, demonstrate an easier way to collaborate on actionable solutions, and provide powerful analytics to identify winning ideas.”

Sun Life also intends to use Planbox Work, an agile project management tool, to further develop the best ideas by planning and running proof of concept projects and experiments.

About Planbox

Planbox (www.planbox.com) is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes and trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Blue Cross, Bridgestone, Honeywell, National Express, Panama Canal, Sealed Air, Willis Towers Watson and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

Additional Links:

Planbox on Twitter (www.twitter.com/planbox)
Planbox on Facebook (www.facebook.com/planbox)
Planbox on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/companies/planbox)

Contact information:

Amanda.Sarafian@planbox.com

December 9th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

Planbox Releases Planbox Express – Innovation Management Simplified

Planbox, the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions, today announced the release of a cloud-based innovation management simplified solution for organizations that want to implement a prepackaged fast-start innovation management system.

Planbox Express provides an all inclusive turnkey solution that allows any company to quickly launch and immediately benefit from a cloud-based innovation management simplified application with go-live in less than two weeks. The solution is designed to help organizations realize a sizable financial impact and drives instant innovation results.

“Building a sustainable innovation management system of record is still not second nature to most companies”, said Ludwig Melik CEO Planbox, “Planbox Express provides a packaged offering for any organization to quickly start and reap amazing ROI in record time from their innovation program and investments”.

Innovation Management Simplified

The Express solution is a quick start innovation management packaged offering that includes predesigned portal and business challenges, best practice user templates, forms, a preconfigured workflow, and out of the box reporting. Clients also receive the necessary services to define their innovation objectives, review business rules, import users, setup their innovation portal, configure ideation and evaluation forms, and launch campaigns.

Organizations can use the built in templates to launch challenges such as “We should stop doing this”, “Where should we innovate next?” and “How can we better connect with our customers?”. Additionally there is a preconfigured workflow, business rules and emails to completely automate the launch of a new challenge as well as its associated communication and evaluation process.

The solution is scalable for companies to efficiently build and develop their innovation management program. Once clients are live there is an online collaboration portal as well as access to an innovation library with informative how-to guides. Additionally there are bi-weekly public Q&A sessions available to ask questions and share information with other innovation managers and users.

Contact us for more information and a demo of Planbox Express – Innovation Management Simplified.

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes. Planbox is trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bridgestone, CMHC, Panama Canal Authority, Willis Towers Watson, Great West Life Insurance, and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

Media Contact:
Amanda Sarafian, Planbox
514-788-4703
amanda.sarafian@planbox.com

December 6th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

50% of all organizations have no formal system or process for tracking, developing and managing ideas – Study of Team Performance 2016

In Study of Team Performance 2016 by Actuation Consulting LLC, nearly half of all respondents (48.2%) indicated that their organizations have no formal system or process for tracking, developing, and managing ideas. Other responses were more equally distributed including use of a CRM tool (14.2%), reliance on an in-house solution (15.4%), and use of an off-the-shelf cloud or premises-based system (18.6%).

Product Requirements Gathering reprinted with the permission of Actuation Consulting LLC

How do you track, review, and develop ideas reprinted with the permission of Actuation Consulting LLC

“A key takeaway from this research for innovators and product managers is that good ideas can come from a multitude of sources. The findings show that an agile iterative approach supported by tools and automation demonstrably helps product managers identify the best ideas and develop them into winning projects.” stated Ludwig Melik Planbox CEO.

About the Study

Actuation Consulting conducted the fifth annual global study of product teams with the goal of continuously improving our understanding of why some product teams excel while others struggle.

Actuation Consulting also sought to expand the growing knowledge of the factors that drive or influence the best outcomes. Since 2012 Actuation Consulting has consistently identified statistically significant elements that correlate with top performance. Not all factors carry the same weight, and a regression analysis of findings has enabled Actuation Consulting to develop a weighted scale to help organizations prioritize their activities more effectively.

The survey itself is unique in that, since its inception in 2012, it has received support from a constellation of leading industry associations and market players – groups that generally don’t collaborate on such endeavors. As a result, a wide range of industry associations and companies have been working to support broader awareness of the findings through live meetings, webinars, and other events.

You can download the full study here.

September 20th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|
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