A simple definition of term innovation


To be competitive in this changing world, we have to put efforts on coming up with new ideas, products, and services that add value to our organization. This solution we call “innovation”.

Innovation has become and is a symbol of modern society, keyword for success and financial growth, an imperative for companies and enterprises. Now-days, innovation is all over ICT and car industry, but also every cosmetics have some innovation formula, most companies have innovation section on web pages and not to mention medicine and pharmacy who offers an innovative drugs. From a business perspective, it is a way to improve business and make more profit, and from a perspective of a regular everyday normal guy it became just a buzzword.

The word itself is overused and if you check with a single Google search you’ll find about 557,000,000 results in 0.32 seconds! Definitions vary and innovation means different things to different people, industries and even to different science.

Popularity that (term) innovation gained in the last decade, made us think what people mean when they say we need more innovation or we need to be more innovative?

After reviewing dozens of definitions from a diverse set of relevant sources, we decided to provide a simple description of innovation that our regular everyday normal guy can understand.

Most important characteristics/dimensions of innovation are:

  1. Creating something fresh! Innovation starts with an idea and “something” here may refer to process, product or service. As innovation is always about bringing something new, there are two paths of this dimension of innovation:
    (a) Creating something new, unique, original. Starting something for the first time. It is basically like inventing the wheel.
    (b) Improving something that already exists in a way of making it better than it was before. This way innovation doesn’t have to be about reinventing the wheel.
  2. Creating value! Creating something new is not enough for the definition of innovation. There are a lot of new things that are of no use or have no value. Innovation always has a tangible outcome that has value. Innovation must be valued, which means that it meets real need or resolves a real life problem. This reflects on commercialization of the idea itself.
  3. Innovation is a process. It has it’s structure and involves multiple activities. It’s a result. It’s an outcome. It’s something you work towards achieving “something fresh”. Mostly is a team work, team of people of diverse knowledge and expertise working together to produce something fresh. Technology helped to overcome the geographical barriers with innovation management solution that allows you to gather team in online environment around some new challenge. By encouraging and acknowledging your people whenever they come up with a new idea, you create an environment, where innovation is a part of the everyday life and work. It has always future dimension and is a positive change.

Cell phone innovation
Innovation is the reason our lives have improved since the beginning of civilazation. Innovation always means progress and in this changing world progress is expected. As technology is now in every part of our lives, we do expect that next generation of our android or iOS smartphone, will have some new features, like a faster CPU, improved battery life, more pixels on camera. But we can’t all be scientists, engineers and developers to create something new. But we all have came up with some ideas about improving our performance at work in order to work better, faster, easier. If those ideas are implemented, that is a successful innovation.
There is a significant need for a simple approach to finding new ways of overcoming the challenges that modern society bringing and innovation is logical response on it. If you have some other point of view on this subject, please leave your definition of innovation or your anecdote of an innovation in action as a comment to this post.

Top 5 Free Online Idea Management Software

Top 5 Free idea management software

Hi Innovator,

These are our top 5 free idea management solutions, based on the design, simplicity of use and available features:

1. Innovation Cloud

Our Top choice.

Free specialized idea management solution for 15 users, 100 ideas and 1GB of storage made and maintained by a software company DataStation from Belgium. They focus on the innovation management and collaboration and are on the market for 9 years now. The Innovation Cloud is a basic version of their Enterprise solution – covering complete innovation process, starting from ideas to launch. Website states some valuable references up to this point: Bayer, DHL, NASA, HTC, Etihad, Toyota, Schweppes, Electrolux, etc.

We went on to try the free version and were amazed with the design, simplicity and the amount of the features we were presented with. It doesn’t require any training, so thumbs up. The software supports ad hoc and challenge driven idea submission. It operates in three phases: submission, collaboration and approval. Voting, files and comments are there as standard, but wrapped up in nice intuitive and familiar design. Application is mobile friendly with big buttons you can’t miss, ensuring that you are always aware of what you need to do next. They announce some pretty cool features coming in the next few months. They are not spamming us with emails to go for an upgrade (25e) and they have some good newsletters with the tips and hints about the usage, best practices, etc. All in all, great tool to kick start idea management and come to the fast proof of concept for internal buy-in.

Downsides: Annoying tutorial at the start. One account per email address.

2. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a social collaboration and communications platform for all business operations. It’s owned by Bitrix, Inc, Intranet and Cloud company from  Alexandria, Virginia. It offers a full range of applications and tools to cover different aspects of business management: CRM, Knowledge management, Project management, etc.

They have a built in idea management system in which any employee can express an idea to improve operations and let colleagues evaluate the idea. First, we had trouble understanding the pricing from the website, but it seems that idea management is not listed as a free solution, but we presume it is free for 12 users and 5Gbs of space, so went on to test it.

Two downsides put this software on the second place: Complexity of the screens and the scope of the features. Largely tied to the fact that idea management is not a focus of this software.

3. IdeaScale

IdeaScale is an innovation management platform that uses crowdsourcing to help you find and develop the next big thing. IdeaScale HQ is in Berkeley, CA. They started as government open innovation platform and continued in the same direction, collecting enterprise clients on the way. They have a Free plan for 25 users, 5 Campaigns with profanity filter and mobile use.

They are focused on the open innovation, so once we started a test, we could not hide our work from the public. The software itself is nice, but we struggled with the fact that the privacy is reserved only for the enterprise plans.

4. Canvazify

Team collaboration and brainstorming tool for 5 users. Not exactly idea management, but it has an infrastructure which you can use to organize brainstorming sessions, Kanban views, flowcharts, etc.

You start a canvas and your team can collaborate, comment and add thingies. A cool tool for design thinking, 6 hats and brainstorming.

Still in BETA though, and very limited if your need surpass 5 users count.

5. Wridea

Wridea has been established in 2006 and after 2 years of beta testing phase, the final release has been put online on June 2008. It was developed and owned by Octeth Ltd. a web app development company established in 1999.

With the help of Wridea, you can store your ideas, manage and organize them, collaborate with your friends over your ideas, etc.

Although it is fully free solution, we found that the interface is very modest. So we gave it a 5th place on our list.

Have you seen our full list of the Free idea management solutions?

See other solutions here: Complete List of Free online idea management software

Complete List of Free online idea management software

Complete list of free idea management software


After some research, we at the Innovation  Post blog put together the list of free software solutions for idea management.

Free online idea management software list serves as an ideal starting point for any individual or team who wants to capture and develop ideas with no upfront investments.

These software solutions are specialized in idea management and can be used to test and kick start your idea management initiative:


Bitrix 24







Innovation Cloud




Tally Fox




The number of the free online software solutions is raising constantly, so it is possible that we missed some. We want this list to be complete and up to date, so feel free to suggest other solutions and your experience using them in the comments and we will put it on the list after review.

Thank you.

Innovation Post

Behold! Free Online Idea Management Software is coming

Dear friends and innovation practitioners,

From our perspective, free idea management tools are everywhere, but in poor quality and bound by countless limitations.

So Good and Free are a scarce combination when it comes to choosing right Free online idea management solution.

Last couple of days, we encountered news about the Beta version of the tool called Innovation Cloud. Behind that enterprise stands solid innovation background of  the DataStation Innovation Cloud – company from Belgium.

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What we gathered as an intel, this tool will be different. As it will offer all means necessary to gather and manage ideas.

Their aim is apparently S&M companies and teams, so limits are complimenting that goal – 15 users, 100 ideas tied to one free account.

They promise highly affordable premium packages, but we do not know the prices still.

Main goal: To liberate idea management field and give small market players access to good quality idea management software.

We wish them all the luck in that goal and will come back with the review once the tool is online.

Looking forward to it.

Kind regards,


Managing Tempus projects Online

It doesn’t matter If you are part of the Tempus team or leading Tempus projects in general, this post will save you a lot of time.


Monitoring is critical to all projects, especially for Tempus. Each project should have embedded internal project monitoring arrangements to check progress, milestones, identify problems, recognize the need for change and ensure quality.

When it comes to coordination and management of Tempus projects , it all comes down to these three things:

1) Level of coordinators commitment to keep people on track

2) General awareness of how far projects activities are done and what is overall performance

3) Control and check of the results of these activities


Tempus project coordinators are caught between tons of e-mails, constant deadline pressure and follow up documentation, resulting in one big mess. Burden is often to much to handle. However, there is hope and project still can be tamed.

Its not new that academic sector recognized the importance of using online software platform to communicate, coordinate and collaborate closely on the Tempus projects usually spanning multiple countries, years and people. But having the system that actually works, that is easy to start with and record the data is still hard to find if you don’t know where to look at.


Use a online platform that works. Ideally, management platform with high collaboration capabilities, intuitive  and simplistic interface, excellent document management capabilities and lean project management approach. You want to have control over the project progress, but don’t want to suffocate the collaborative activities.

Good example:

Project of grand magnitude WBCInno Tempus named  “Modernization of WBC universities through strengthening of structures and services for knowledge transfer, research and innovation”, spanning dozens of partnering institutions, countries and people is a good example. They have included a platform called DataStation to facilitate all cooperation, coordination and collaboration activities online. They have tracked all documents online, project progress, events and results during the Tempus project which lasted for three years.


Project passed successfully all monitoring evaluations in the first year and was consequently complimented by the monitoring officers as one of the neatest and best kept projects they had ever seen. End result = successful Tempus project with good chance to be confirmed through other Erasmus projects.


Because with unique platform capabilities to connect people, activities and documentation, it fell to project coordinator to occasionally remind, direct and energize the activities to keep pace to the overall project progress. Even that was supported with intelligent notification system this platform has in its arsenal.

After that projects successful pilot, other institutions reached out.