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Planbox Legalizes Idea Management with Stoel Rives LLP

Planbox Innovate Press Release – Idea Management for Law Firms and Legal Services

Stoel Rives LLP, a prestigious business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States, has selected Planbox Innovate as its idea management system. All 850 employees and partners of the firm working across all 10 of its offices in the U.S. will use the Idea Management for Law Firms and Legal Services system.

Stoel Rives LLP’s initial objective of investing in an idea management solution is to invite and encourage the entire firm to contribute to ideas that help improve and add-value to the delivery of their legal services. The firm also plans to use the platform for ideas that optimize its internal work processes, in addition to soliciting feedback from and collaborating with their Clients.

Idea Management for Law Firms and Legal Services selection process took approximately two months and several other products were considered. Ultimately, Planbox Innovate was selected for its ability to track and report on the implementation of ideas, its ease of use and turnkey deployment plan.

“We are looking to foster a culture of change and continuous improvement, and to encourage collaboration on ideas about how to better deliver our legal services to our clients. We want an idea management platform that makes it both inviting and easy to do. Planbox’s Innovate solution provides us this platform with powerful and easy to use reporting. We couldn’t be more excited about our decision to partner with Planbox!”, stated Ryan Schlunz, Chief Innovation Officer at Stoel Rives LLP.

About Stoel Rives LLP

Stoel Rives is a leading U.S. corporate and litigation law firm. One of the largest national firms focused on energy, natural resources, environmental and climate change, Stoel Rives also serves the agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, life sciences and technology industries. With more than 350 attorneys operating out of 10 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia, Stoel Rives is a leader in regulatory and compliance matters, business, labor and employment law, intellectual property, land use, real estate development and construction law. For more information, follow us @stoelrives or visit www.stoel.com.

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 and trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Blue Cross, ERT, Honeywell, National Express, Panama Canal, Sealed Air, Willis Towers Watson, Sun Life Financial, Great West Life, and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

To see the official press release click here.

March 13th, 2017|Categories: Announcement|

Innovation Forum: Creative Innovation Activities to Drive the Right Outcomes

Planbox, the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions, announced today that Ludwig Melik, CEO of Planbox will be speaking on March 21 at 2:35 pm about Creative Innovation Activities to Drive the Right Outcomes at ISPIM Innovation Forum 2017: Fostering Innovation Ecosystems Conference. Ludwig will speak about:

Driving innovation is now the collaborative responsibility of everyone in the organization. Innovation teams are looking for creative activities that result in the most impactful outcomes on their journey to achieving a sustainable culture of innovation. This presentation provides you with a simple guide to selecting and planning innovation activities that deliver actionable and effective solutions aligned with your organization’s strategic objectives. We will explore innovation activities such as Challenge-Driven Innovation, Shark Tank, Innovation Jam, Decision Sessions, and Innovation Day. We will discuss key considerations for when to launch them and how to ensure a successful event including: desired outcomes, frequency, business rules, executive involvement, event duration, communication plan, gamification strategy, importance of rewards and recognition, diversity of participants, as well as measuring engagement and results.

For more information on or to register for the event please visit the ISPIM Innovation Forum.

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 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

February 28th, 2017|Categories: Announcement|

Great-West Life Excels at Challenge-Driven Innovation with Planbox

Great-West Life, a multi-line global financial services company with operations in Europe and North America, has adopted and deployed Planbox to run several challenge-driven innovation campaigns. Greatwest Life developed multiple communities that welcomed over 13,800 employees and achieved a 25% engagement rate resulting in immediate ideas and actionable solutions that were retained by the business for consideration – some of which were eventually selected for implementation. The rapid pace at which the innovation management solution was deployed and embraced by users was praised by the innovation team.

Core innovation is critical to an organization of Great-West Life’s size. While the company may find some success in more ambitious areas, unless it is able to quickly and effectively create new and useful offerings within the core of its business, it will be challenged. That was the main driver in seeking a challenge-driven innovation management partner that can help Great-West Life continue to improve and innovate around its core offering.

One of the main goals that we identified is market-leading customer satisfaction, advisor satisfaction and where we see the Planbox solution play is really around the employee engagement piece. We cannot expect to grow and achieve success with customers and advisors in the market if we’re not first delivering a really great employee experience and engaging employees in this journey.” stated Ben Harrison, VP of Innovation Great-West Life

Great-West Life has adopted crawl walk run approach to ideation and idea development. The initiative started with running several challenges for the entire organization and within specific segments of the business, to get people familiar with how the application works, what it looks like and how to engage with the tool. The company is planning to run a shark tank type challenge with its employees to identify more high value opportunities in 2017.

The total challenge-driven innovation audience is 13,800 Great-West Life employees. 3,500 users were engaged in this initial phase. Those numbers have varied by challenge. There has been higher uptake within the business unit challenges specifically which is considered a good sign and the team is learning what works as the company plans a broader scale and larger initiatives for 2017 with the entire organization.

One of the benefits of the ideation tool for Great West has been that it has simplified what was historicallya paper-based manual process within the organization. That has helped a tremendous amount just to get the process started, to get leaders to buy in, and to go through the process to get ideas identified. Ultimately you can do that amazingly well with an innovation management tool. But if you do not actually do anything with the ideas then you’re going to quickly lose employees interest and ultimately employee engagement.

When the innovation team started to look for a partner Ben Harrison states, “We didn’t know what we didn’t know. What we found great about the Planbox solution was that it fit exactly what we needed at the time to get things going and to start. The flexibility aspect very much ties in with the fit aspect in that this is also a solution for us that we can grow with over time. As our capabilities evolve, we are in a position to leverage the tool in bigger and better ways.
– Ben Harrison, VP of Innovation Great-West Life

To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and 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 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 26th, 2017|Categories: Announcement|

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|
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