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Planbox Innovate is an end-to-end innovation management solution that serves as the system of record for ideas, suggestions, or feedback, allowing organizations to transform creative ideas into winning projects and cultivate a culture of continuous innovation. The software lets them significantly reduce the time and manpower necessary to identify the top ideas from a pool of suggestions, as well as keep track of their life cycles from ideation to implementation.
Planbox Innovate leapfrogs the concept of traditional idea suggestion boxes into challenge-driven innovation workflows and implements company-specific gamification strategies to boost user engagement. Backed by 16 years of experience in the innovation management space, Planbox Innovate brings together in one platform people from diverse backgrounds with varying skill sets, knowledge, and expertise so they can submit ideas, brainstorm and collaborate on them, and bring to the fore the best ideas.
The app’s key features include a highly configurable framework, event-based rule engine, visualization tools and analytics, social communication and challenge-driven collaboration, communities, categories, and gamification.
Technological breakthroughs, innovations considered the best of the century, and life-changing products or services originate from ideas. Planbox Innovate is a cloud-based idea management solution that aggregates ideas from customers, suppliers, partners, and employees in one place, where they can be organized, discussed, voted on, and gauged for viability.
The user interface can be tweaked and configured to match your unique business needs. If you have HTML capabilities and your user permissions allow for it, you’re free to edit your page, add and remove graphics or videos, and refresh your content more frequently. Categories, on the other hand, exist to help you better organize ideas and quickly move tasks forward using the Planbox Innovate automation engine.
For organizations with employees from various parts of the world, the app supports multiple languages. These include English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Arabic, simplified and traditional Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish, Thai, and Ukrainian, among others.
Planbox Innovate is equipped with a highly configurable user platform. It allows you to tweak the interface so that it matches your corporate DNA, client vernacular, messaging, and innovation program. You can add any UI component that drives long-term engagement with the platform, such as videos and images, or a news feed where all user activities are broadcast.
From a design perspective, your company’s innovation management page can include sections showing the number of ideas submitted, categories and their corresponding subcategories, a leaderboard displaying the top ideas and contributors, and the total number of ideas and their stages in the innovation pipeline. Social sharing features can be disabled if you don’t want any of your ideas shared to the public. The down vote button, which measures the likability of an idea, can also be turned on or off as necessary.
When users log in to Planbox Innovate, they immediately have two options: submit an idea or take a challenge. Any of these they can do even without prior training on the ins and outs of the app. Challenges can be likened to campaigns, which are extremely useful if there are specific questions you’d like your user base to address. As opposed to ideas randomly submitted to the system, challenges present a more direct or top-down approach to ideation, as answers are directly tied to the organization’s priorities, strategies and goals.
Planbox Innovate also lets you create communities or user groups, which help ensure that all marketing-related surveys can only be accessed and answered by users from the marketing department, financial-related questions by the finance team, and so on. Communities can be built for the various departments in your organization. Clients, outside partners, and third-party suppliers can have their own personalized communities, too.
Workflows can be configured as single-step processes or multi-stage procedures. A workflow can include the following stages or steps: idea submission, approval or verification, evaluation, collaboration, and idea review. Workflow steps or branches can be created, rearranged, or deactivated as necessary. The simplicity or complexity of your workflows all boils down to what your innovation program requires.
Planbox Innovate has a patented rules-based workflow engine that automates the various innovation management stages your way. It lets you specify the actions that need to be done when an event is triggered. For example, when a user leaves a comment to a submitted idea, the system can be configured to automatically send a “thank you” email to the commenters and a notification alert to the original idea poster. When an idea enters the evaluation stage of the workflow, notifications are automatically sent to subject matter experts, with the various forms they need to fill out attached.
To measure how your innovation program stacks up against targets, Planbox Innovate offers a reporting and analytics engine that tracks the innovation metrics that matter to you. These include the number of ideas submitted per employee or community per month, the number of ideas in the evaluation or collaboration phase, engagement by location, ideas by challenge, the number of opportunities moving to the next stage, and many more. All data is captured in real time.
Planbox Innovate’s advanced reporting functionality offers dynamic and robust visualization tools like charts and graphs that showcase how ideas are moving along, promoting transparency and visibility across the entire platform. Role-based reports are likewise available.
To increase user participation and encourage long-term engagement with the platform, Planbox Innovate incorporates gaming dynamics into the system. Depending on what’s on the table, users can earn lunches with the CEO, a mentorship session with top management, or a LinkedIn recommendation from the VP of innovation after unlocking a particular badge.
Planbox Innovate gives you the freedom to decide which rewards system to push and configure.
Planbox Innovate has ready-made integrations with Planbox Work, SharePoint, Facebook, Twitter, and Salesforce App Cloud. It also offers a developer API that allows you to sync third-party or proprietary apps you already use, such as reward management systems, agile project management solutions, CRM software, and more.
Planbox Innovate starts at $6 per user per month for up to 250 users. Prices vary based on your requirements, number of users, desired features, and subscription terms. More details can be obtained from the Planbox sales team.
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