Top 5 Online Innovation Management Software

Top 5 innovation management software

Introduction to readers

Ideas are very important throughout all your life. Like small, childhood ones, how to get your sandcastle bigger, through the breakthrough ones, from industrial revolution ideas that changed the world as we know it.

Now you can choose from many innovation management platforms that can help improve your business in every way. But is there a universal one, or one size doesn’t fit all?

In this blog digest, we analyzed the most competitive Innovation management software that can assist you in your innovation process with their end-to-end innovation management platforms. With the focus on functionalities and usability as the requirements that all users are in pursuit for, you will know from the first hand what are the pros and cons of this type of software.

Innovation Cloud

Innovation Cloud is one of the most comprehensive, end-to-end innovation management platform, made available on the cloud. On whatever type of innovation you think, they will support it. Top-down innovation, bottom-up innovation, challenge-driven innovation, open innovation, crowdsourcing, phase-gated methodology, NPD, product portfolio management, market tracking…It’s so easy-to-use yet engage and stimulate end-users, that will pull out ideas even from the most elusive ones. The progress of innovation is followed from idea to market, with comprehensive and real-time reports and analytics, so you can always make educated decisions and track your future success.
To make adoption easier and speed up the implementation process, Innovation Cloud can be quickly deployed within your current environment so your end users can maintain their existing tools. And not to forget, their dedicated team of experts available 24/7, to assist you to utilize software to suit your exact needs.

End-users minimalistic Interface
The intuitive, minimalistic interface of the Innovation Cloud platform for the end-users is the result of years of fine-tuning, recently redesigned.
Functional Data Visualizations
Innovation Cloud flagship software, “Enterprise,” with built-in reports are actionable and ready for export. The capabilities of custom reports will make it much easier for your executives to make educated decisions.

Most features are customizable.
With the Global application, you can customize literally everything. Enables you to digitalaze every part of your innovation process.
Extensive Integration capabilities.

SSO integration is free of charge in any scenario. Possible integration with any other third party software, such as Microsoft SharePoint, Yammer…


  • With Enterprise solution, you can customize everything, literally.
  • Text editing features available, no need for uploading and downloading documents
  • Lots of advanced, real-time reports. Need more? No problem, customize your reports


  • The web presentation of their different solutions is a bit confusing. Clarification: Enterprise solution stands for out-of-box innovation management platform that can be customized to suit your company needs. The Global solution stands for a tailor-made software solution that you jointly design with their experts from the ground.


Founded in 2006, Qmarkets is one of the most acclaimed innovation management platforms on the market. Qmarkets’ Q-360 suite of collective intelligence products is tailored to address specific use-cases.

The various Qmarkets products are available in three editions, each of which is tailored to enterprises that are at different stages of the innovation process.

Easy Deployment
With Qmarkets, stakeholders are seamlessly added to the platform via a back-end integration that only requires a one-time setup. Deployment is also kickstarted thanks to pre-packaged solutions designed for specific innovation needs.
Intuitive Self-Admin Capabilities

In addition to offering a selection of best-practice workflow templates, Qmarkets has recently launched a flexible self-admin tool, which offers greater control over specific workflows, as well as a selection of customization capabilities.

Screening and Evaluation Tools
The Qmarkets platform offers intelligent crowd-voting tools, and other features designed to evaluate and incubate ideas within the pipeline. ROI and analytical capabilities are also included.
Intelligent Automation Tools
Qmarkets offers a variety of automation tools, including automated user selection and idea graduation. These utilize predefined criteria to trigger activity and progression within the system.


  • Ease of Use and creation challenge
  • Ease of multinational expansion
  • Scalability


  • General problem with language translation (Duch, Hebrew). Not supporting all functionalities on other languages.
  • More focus on idea management and crowdsourcing than on NPD


IdeaScale represents the emerging platforms in the innovation management niche. Founded recently in 2009, IdeaScale places heavy emphasis on features like gamification and mobile-responsiveness.

Using crowdsourcing, IdeaScale allows organizations to involve the opinions of public and private communities by collecting their ideas, voting on ideas, reviewing ideas and finally implementing those ideas.

Simplified Interface
IdeaScale’s has an easy-to-use basic interface, deriving concepts from social media networking sites. New users can be brought on board via invitations to a portal where they can submit and vote on ideas.
Manual Idea Pipeline Movement
IdeaScale requires a degree of manual effort to move ideas from conception all the way to implementation. On the flip side, the platform gives businesses more control over the quality of ideas being pushed through the pipeline.

Mobile Optimized
While the most innovation management software solutions utilize mobile app interfaces, IdeaScale’s solution is 100% built with responsive elements. This makes the user experience streamlined across all devices.
Open Customization
With IdeaScale, companies can modify every image, language, and interface structure within the platform. Alternatively, they can have a dedicated UX team modify the interface according to their needs.


  • It’s easy to install and use.
  • Highly reliable and scalable platform idea generation and management.
  • Customer support is high quality.


  • The lack of a few useful enhancements, for example, the ability to clear leaderboards or have leaderboards by campaign but, overall, I dislike very little.
  • Covers only idea management and crowdsourcing


Brightidea is another veteran in the innovation market, offering a robust feature set for businesses of all sizes. Its products focus on empowering the workforce, measuring the potential of new ideas, and consolidating insights for the resolution of company-wide problems.

With Brightidea you can engage your employees and partners at scale, collaborate on different ideas, and foster a culture of innovation within your company.

Flexible Modular Interface
The user-friendly and customizable interface of the platform offers simplified ideation monitoring. This makes it readily applicable to a variety of business models.
Intuitive Project Management Screens
Brightidea makes the process of managing and tracking multiple ideation projects from a single hub extremely simple. The platform’s transparent evaluation capabilities also take out the guesswork of shortlisting the best ideas.

Innovation Apps
Brightidea offers 15 separate innovation apps designed to address specific objectives, such as initiating employee engagement, tracking trends, and developing opportunities.
Engagement Metrics
To gauge the effectiveness of your innovation campaign, Brightidea comes equipped with built-in engagement metrics that track employee engagement and collaboration.


  • Modular platform, easy to use for back-end users.
  • Reactive support team in case of technical issues. You are never alone with your problem.
  • Talented team of Professional services team to get you up and running.


  • A similar, yet diverse submission form can be confusing and challenging for use.
  • More focus on contribution and engagement metrics than on metrics related to innovation process.  


Spigit is driven largely by a primary goal: to enable enterprises to leverage the collective intelligence of their stakeholders. Founded in 2007, the Spigit platform is recognized for its user-friendliness, scalability, and extensive employee-engagement capabilities.

Minimalistic Interface
Spigit’s simple and sleek interface can facilitate the management of several idea challenges simultaneously.
Idea Feed
The idea feed makes it easy to stay ahead of new and ongoing ideas in your innovation campaign. Valuable metrics, such as star ratings and incubation progress bars, let you spot high-priority ideas rapidly.

Open Idea Marketplace
With Spigit, employees are put in the driver’s seat when it comes to innovation management. They can pitch ideas, provide feedback, submit projections, and more via an interface modeled on popular social media platforms.
As employees push new ideas into the workflow, Spigit’s algorithm works in the background to highlight the most lucrative ideas.


  • End-to-end management of challenges/programs
  • Community management, including voting and comments
  • Great support from Spigit managers who are always ready to give you a good piece of advice


  • The admin side is a little less intuitive
  • Backend still a bit clunky and difficult to use and pricing is not very flexible. The mobile version also needs to be better improved

There it is. The list of Innovation Management Software that are the most used and have strong positions on the market. Everybody is constantly improving so there is a chance to find some new features and functionalities very soon.   

As far as usability is concerned, going with any of the platforms above should cause a minimal friction during deployment. After all, these companies constantly update both back and front ends to boost their adoption across enterprises of all sizes.

Features-wise, the top competitors are Innovation Cloud, Brightidea, IdeaScale. However Qmarkets has a slight edge. This is largely thanks to its versatile evaluation tools, streamlined automation capabilities, and recently-added self-admin features – delivering a broad degree of flexibility when crafting innovation challenges.

The impressive consulting capabilities of Innovation Cloud  – as well as its simple, distraction-free – make it well suited for getting innovation projects off the ground quickly. Brightidea, Spigit, and IdeaScale also offer a robust array of features and tracking capabilities.

However, in terms of achieving a good balance between usability, scalability, flexibility, and automation, Innovation Cloud is certainly the main contender and out top choise.

New application that will help startups through their crowdfunding campaigns

Innovation Cloud is working on a new application and wants to hear your ideas about necessary functionalities.

Startup Innovation Community Application

There are more than 600 crowdfunding platforms around the world, with fundraising reaching billions of dollars annually. But, is there a platform which will support you in creating and managing a successful crowdfunding campaign?

Innovation Cloud, a software company from Luxembourg, is developing a program called Startup Innovation Community application with a clear purpose – to successfully guide startups from ideation through crowdfunding and pitch decking to market delivery.

Almost every day you hear about an exciting new startup crushing their campaign goals and launching their company via Kickstarter or Indiegogo. While crowdfunding is an excellent way to generate funds for your new business or project, there are a lot of challenges you might face during the process of building a crowdfunding campaign. It needs a great concept, good timing, and most importantly, a ton of hard work to pull off a promising campaign.

To overcome all these challenges, Innovation Cloud is inviting the online community to contribute to this program. With a simple crowdsourcing form on their website, you can share your ideas and suggest features this new platform should have and, as a reward, join their team and develop the application based on your ideas.

The thing with startups is that we hear only about the ones that succeded. Most of them don’t even get to see the daylight. Innovation Cloud is trying to change this and create a path to success and new ways of funding for the future startups.

How to Keep People Engaged – Consulting with Technology

DataStation with Consulting
Starting the innovation initiative and launching it in an organization is just a tip of the ice berg. What happens afterwards is the real challenge.
As momentum starts to fade, you have to ask yourself:
Have I reached enough people?
Were my efforts enough to sustain innovation as essential part of organizational culture?

Will people keep coming back to share little bit of themselves?

We will explore the possibilities of using known innovation elements as fabric to sustainable innovation management.

Familiar Story

You got the job to connect people with the innovation strategy you developed with the management.

Top management recognized the essential importance of the innovation management. They did it because they want to grow, or they are in danger. The reason is not important, it is important that the change is now alive and has support of the top level.

You set the goal, set the milestones and gathered the I-team.

The battle can begin.

Management winds in your back are pushing you forward, I-team is highly motivated to work as all they are hand picked to drive the initiative forward. You organized few workshop, got some people on board. You managed to collect some ideas, one or two got implemented.

You gave a SOW report, results report and you shake a hand of your employer and ride on to the Sunset towards next Challenge.

Two months later, you are called back to the company (if you are lucky). Initiative withered and died. You have to kick start it again, only now you lost the initial momentum… no one wants to be part of it. Support from I-team is diminished, Management is frustrated and wants a quick and painless fix, but you can’t deliver.

All odds are against you. You have only couple of months to deliver some results, only now, they must last.

How can you avoid this situation? What is long term solution that will bring high motivation,  innovation culture and fertile ground for ideas to grow and flourish on the long run?

That puzzle are we going to tackle and complete in this article.

What is missing?

You had it right from the start. You had clear, achievable goals, motivated I-team and top management support.  You organized workshops, got people interested, created some momentum and harvested some ideas. They were even implemented. But the structure you nourished can live only for so long. You made a child and left him to roam without support.

What you need is the software tool to act as your Brilliant assistant to bridge that gap and to sustain the initiative once you ride on.

Combining your skills with a software tool will result in a same effect as a Doctors operation: Major first intervention with occasional follow ups.

You probably know this already, but please keep on reading to see where is the value for you precisely.

Tool as a Brilliant Assistant

Our experience is that short term interventions are not working. Tools do.

With good tool you can create innovation friendly environment directly from your mind to online community. In the right hands it will support, sustain and maintain all innovation initiatives activities towards innovation goals.


Keep in mind one thing. Tools are there to support Innovation initiative, they cannot harvest innovation potential without people, their collaborative effort, coordination and monitoring.

This is where you as a consultant fit in perfectly.

Online tools will empower you to scale, to save time and to service more clients in the form of micro consulting.

You will achieve more clients and more meaningful and lasting business relationships. That is the main value of the assisting online tools.

How can online tool help you?


Clear process, Clear roles, Clear goals and milestones are essential for any innovation initiative to succeed. If people do not understand what they are supposed to do in which step, and what should be the outcome of their actions they will fall out of the train on the first stop.

DataStation Metrics

Tool: People can actually see the process visualized. They know how many phases there are, what is expected in which and what is final outcome. They know who participates, what is their contribution and they can compare it to the contribution of others.


Everyone needs some incentive to keep doing something that is often regarded as “extra work” on the beginning.

They are different for all, but there is one general point to get people on board: When employees see that organization values their ideas on real problems, they will be more willing to engage in innovation going forward.

Tool provides large motivation possibilities to engage innovative people to act:

  1. Alarming, notification system that calls everyone to action at the right moment.
  2. Transparent idea status and execution results with lavish congrats message
  3. Improvement of the employee position and image within the company itself
  4. Influence with gaming aspect of the tool, as they come to raise their ranking, collect rewards and compete. Public recognition with Innovator of the month often raises participants sense of contribution.
  5. Some come to the tool as it is set as a must in corporate policy.
  6. Ability to resolve challenges as part of the Team.

Most valuable ones are those who see online tool as a way to affect ordinary way of working and whose only reward is actual transparent execution of their ideas.


Without collaborative effort which is often very hard to coordinate and sustain, innovation initiative is doomed. Nurturing employee collaboration and channeling it onto specific challenges is tiresome work, but necessary if you wish to harvest good ideas and to have enough to dig out the golden ones for implementation.

Without collaboration and knowledge exchange, ideation is just reduced to suggestion box, with no  real community test.


Tools are often designed to compliment three essential aspects of the innovation management (3C’s): Collaboration, Communication and Coordination.

With ability to keep conversations in context of the idea for a long time, tools are very valuable lessons learned and knowledge archives. With intelligent notification system, feed and social elements IM tools are becoming social collaboration environments where all the right ingredients are mixed to gain hopefully very good results.


Aligned with the innovation initiative goals. It must be clear to everyone involved what is at stake. Almost always, it is company’s future and survival. All should know that their activities are essential in order for company to survive and thrive.

Tools are there to help us implement our strategy. They are designed to sustain and compliment its meandric course with good flexibility options and usable simple to implement interventions. They are used as a centralized hub to collect the data, transform it to usable information and create new possibilities.

Tools are ideal for long term innovation management.


If by corporate policy you managed to spare a few hours for employees personal projects, ideas and innovation it might not be enough. It will all crumble is you expect all their ideas will come on work. They are coming at any moment. When we are under pressure, under shower, on the road, on the beach…


Several hours a week are often not enough, even if employees used it well. We need to empower them to contribute from their beds, roadtrips, even showers.

Cloud technology and Online available tools can bridge that gap. Any time, from anywhere. Office walls are only a suggestion. Especially if we bring open innovation into mix.


On the tool you can track various aspects of innovation performance, create reports and turn unorganized data into real usable information. To gain real time visual and metric insight into the results of the innovation initiative is something CEO’s are keen to have right now. Learning from your past mistakes, gives you power to raise from the necessary failures and turn them to opportunities on the next run.


Symbiosis needed – Consulting with Technology


Short term interventions are not enough. Why put all that hard work in creating excellent innovation strategy, when it will crumble after you leave office behind.

Combining  consultants expertise with technology, we gain the possibility to affect organizations on a level  never seen before with the same resources as you have now.

If you build it, They will come

Reach out to possibilities, find your partnering tool.

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As ever, everything started with a single thought of sharing…but before you start reading, let me explain existence and purpose of this enterprise.

After some thought the need for writing became so ripe in me that I had to start this blog, blog only dedicated to the Innovation.
As so many before me I`ll try to cover innovation from all sides to give you unique perspective of this world biggest hype. I am not limited to any social paradigms, I doubt everything and in that doubt I find perspective that rarely is shown to others.

I will often put myself into the position of innovation newbie to solve challenges which follow innovation so closely, including solutions to some of most difficult issues comprehended only by inno experts.
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