Open Innovation for Enterprise

Unlock the full potential of your organization’s innovation ecosystem and drive growth through collaborative problem-solving and idea generation using open innovation software.

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Cultivate a long-term innovation mindset

Commit to building an innovation mindset for long-term success by letting employees and stakeholders understand the value of idea experimentation, learn from failure, and embrace changes in product development operations. Set clear goals and provide resources to support long-term innovation initiatives. Create spaces for idea sharing, recognize innovative efforts, and celebrate successes.

Forge strategic partnerships

Identify and form partnerships based on complementary strengths, shared objectives, and mutual benefit to foster trust and alignment in the organization. Establish formal agreements, joint ventures, or innovation avenues with strategic partners for effective co-creation, resource sharing, and risk mitigation toward the organization’s ability to innovate at scale.

Encourage customer-centric innovation

Build stronger customer relationships, drive loyalty, and stay ahead of market trends by engaging customers throughout the innovation process—from ideation to implementation. Leverage customer feedback, user testing, and co-creation sessions to gain insights, validate ideas, and prioritize development efforts.

Foster collaboration across departments

Drive synergies and accelerate innovation outcomes through consistent leadership support, clear communication of goals, and incentives for cross-functional collaboration. Allow the exchange of diverse perspectives, expertise, and resources for effective product and operational innovation using tools for communication, idea sharing, and project management for streamlined workflows and improved teamwork.

Empower employees to innovate

Ensure a sense of ownership and empowerment to fuel creativity and innovation by providing employees with autonomy, resources, and opportunities to explore and experiment with their ideas. Encourage risk-taking, reward innovative thinking, and value diverse perspectives to empower employees to challenge the status quo and pursue new ideas.

Drive improvement through open innovation strategies

Ideation Management

Innovation Pipeline Management

Collaboration Tools

Open Innovation Analytics

Knowledge Repository and Sharing

External Partnership Management

Risk Assessment

Trend Analysis

Portfolio Optimization

Performance Benchmarking

Resource Allocation

Process Automation

Feedback Loop Management

Opportunity Identification

Strategy Alignment

Innovation Impact Assessment

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Create powerful workflows

Automate manual tasks and get the most out of your operational data by integrating your current systems within our platform. Connect with BI tools like Power BI and Tableau, and virtually any cloud or on-premise system with our Integration Builder.

Create a standardized system for sharing ideas

Simplify the process of submitting ideas, suggestions, and feedback related to operational procedures, process improvements, and product development strategies using templates, checklists, and forms. Collect input from employees and customers to encourage continuous learning and refine innovation strategies through a dedicated workplace communications platform.

Measure and evaluate innovation performance

Track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on open innovation strategies such as conversion rates, implementation timelines, and product development outcomes by gathering valuable insights in one platform. Identify improvement areas and assess strategic alignment with business objectives to make data-driven decisions using straightforward analytics and reports.

Get unparalleled support from trusted advisors

Get up and running fast with dedicated onboarding support to meet your unique open innovation management needs. Our team of experts will help you navigate complex challenges and enhance operational efficiency with ongoing success support.

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“We capture it, we analyze it, we measure our outputs to identify what we’re doing well – or not so well! – and we learn from it. It creates a continuous improvement state where we’re constantly adapting. And there’s still so much opportunity to keep automating how we work to make processes smoother and efficient.”

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Senior Quality Engineer, Bri-Stor Systems
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Frequently Asked Questions

Within the framework of open innovation, there are three primary modes that organizations can adopt to leverage external sources of knowledge, expertise, and resources:

  • Outside-In Innovation – Organizations actively seek external ideas, technologies, and solutions to address innovation challenges.
  • Inside-Out Innovation – Companies focus on commercializing and leveraging their internal innovations by licensing or spinning off technologies, patents, or know-how to external partners to maximize the value of their intellectual property and expand market reach.
  • Coupled Innovation – This combines outside-in and inside-out approaches, where organizations engage in mutually beneficial relationships with external partners to co-create and co-develop innovations, sharing risks, resources, and rewards and achieve mutual success in the marketplace.

Open innovation is fueled by collaboration and the exchange of ideas with external sources to enhance creativity and problem-solving within organizations. Here are some key sources of open innovation:

  • Startup ecosystems
  • Online innovation platforms
  • Customer feedback
  • Technical consultants
  • Partner companies/suppliers

To realize its benefits fully, organizations must effectively navigate various challenges related to implementing open innovation, including the following:

  • Intellectual property management
  • Cultural resistance
  • Coordination and communication
  • Risk management
  • Resource allocation

As businesses increasingly recognize the value of tapping into external expertise and resources, open innovation will become more pervasive across industries and sectors. Add to that the continued advancements in technology that enable greater connectivity and collaboration among organizations and individuals on a global scale.

However, navigating challenges on intellectual property, cultural barriers, and data privacy will remain critical to realizing the full potential of open innovation.

Open innovation tools and platforms encompass various types of digital ecosystems tailored to foster collaboration, idea exchange, and co-creation among stakeholders. These include crowdsourcing platforms, innovation marketplaces, collaborative ideation platforms, open-source communities, and industry-specific innovation networks.

In general, organizations can leverage the features and functionalities of an open innovation platform to enhance the implementation process of their strategies and standardize best practices effectively.