Idea Management Software

Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped dozens of companies find the right idea management software to manage and profit from all of their best ideas.

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Brightidea

Brightidea is a cloud-based innovation management solution designed for midsize and large companies. It offers communication tools and suggestion management. Android and iOS apps are also available. Brightidea features discussion... Read more

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Ideawake

Ideawake is a cloud-based solution that helps medium to large businesses manage the entire innovation lifecycle, from idea collection to its execution on an organizational level. The centralized platform allows enterprises to increase... Read more

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Aha!

Aha! is a cloud-based project management solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. It caters to industries including education, energy, finance, government, legal, IT services, marketing, medical, non-profit and others. Primary... Read more

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Idea Drop

Idea Drop is a cloud-based idea management solution designed for the midsize businesses. It offers an idea submission portal, collaboration tools, campaign management, idea curation and analytics. Idea Drop features idea submission,... Read more

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Confluence

Confluence is a project management solution that enables organizations to create, collaborate, organize and review project documents. The system offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployment. Confluence’s editor feature allows... Read more

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Miro

Miro is a cloud-based idea management tool for small to midsize businesses. The solution features a digital whiteboard that can be used for research, ideation, building customer journeys and user story maps, wireframing and a range... Read more

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Viima

Viima is a cloud-based idea management platform that caters to small, midsize and large businesses. Primary features include idea contribution and development, idea ranking, campaign management, email notifications, an activity dashboard... Read more

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MindMeister

MindMeister is a cloud-based solution that helps businesses manage innovation pipelines through brainstorming, collaboration, visualization and more. Key features include idea ranking, status tracking, activity dashboard and chat. Designed... Read more

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Exago Smart

Exago SMART is an idea management solution for midsize and large businesses that helps collect, improve and review idea portfolios and execute selected ideas. Key features include customizable processes, idea pipeline management, multiple... Read more

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OrganisedFeedback

OrganisedFeedback is an idea and innovation management solution for businesses of all sizes. Both cloud-based and on-premise deployments are available. It’s suitable for various industries including law firms, state governments,... Read more

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Zoho Desk

Zoho Desk is a cloud-based help desk solution from Zoho Corporation, catering to businesses of all sizes. Key features include management of customer support tickets, a customer support portal, contract management and report creation. Zoho... Read more

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Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects is a cloud-based project management solution designed for small and midsize companies. It offers project scheduling and budgeting, which allows project managers to define project tasks, assign them to their teams, estimate... Read more

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Quip

Quip is a project management and task collaboration tool that helps users work together and communicate without emails. Users can create and edit spreadsheets, documents and checklists in the system, and team members can chat and comment... Read more

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Flow

Flow is a cloud-based task management and project management solution that helps businesses plan projects, assign tasks, prioritize to-dos and manage work. Flow allows users to visually organize their projects with top-down project... Read more

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Mind Vector

Mind Vector is a cloud-based mind mapping and idea management solution for businesses of all sizes. It offers idea mapping, idea ranking, brainstorming, activity dashboards and collaboration functionalities within a suite. Android... Read more

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Spigit

Spigit is a cloud-based idea management solution suitable for banking, insurance, construction, engineering, energy, utilities, manufacturing, health care and pharmaceutical industries. It offers innovation management, business crowdsourcing... Read more

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UseResponse

UseResponse is a cloud-based customer support solution that provides users with customer service tools and a social customer relationship management(CRM) solution. It features a help desk ticketing solution, feedback system, knowledge... Read more

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IdeaScale

IdeaScale is a cloud-based idea management platform that manages all processes of idea innovation via crowdsourcing, from launching ideas among community members to collating feedback, review and final implementation. Key features... Read more

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Planbox Innovate

Planbox Innovate is an idea management tool designed for teams across all industries. Key features include a configurable setup centered around a four-level structure: initiatives, projects, items and tasks. Users can create unlimited... Read more

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iMindMap

iMindMap is an idea management solution that caters to businesses of all sizes across various industry verticals such as education, aerospace, technology, animation and more. Key features include idea ranking, brainstorming tools,... Read more

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Buyers guide

“There's no good idea that can't be improved on.” Michael Eisner, CEO of Walt Disney Corporation 1984-2005.

Ideas come and ideas go. Some live, some die—and some need to be chased down. The trick to profiting from the good ideas is, as Eisner implied, to continually improve them. But given their intangible nature, identifying and improving upon good ideas is much easier said than done.

Idea management software—also called ideation management software—is a new collection of tools designed to help companies do just that: identify and develop the best ideas they come across, whether from customers, employees or members of the public. This Buyer’s Guide will help you understand how idea management software works and how it can help your business. It covers:

What Is Idea Management Software?
Common Features of Idea Management Software
Software Market Trends You Should Understand
Example Idea Management Workflow

What Is Idea Management Software?

Idea management software is designed to help collect, develop and collaborate on ideas that are relevant to your business. The software helps companies categorize ideas and even open up idea submission and development to customers and other interested third parties.

Home page in Wazoku's Idea Spotlight
Home page in Wazoku’s Idea Spotlight, showing four categories of ideas for an example company

 

It’s not always immediately obvious if a new idea is actually worth pursuing. But, few new ideas seem worthy until they’re developed at least a little. Not wanting to waste time on fruitless ideas, most companies are forced to ignore all but the most obviously great ideas. This leads to missed opportunities or, worse yet, competitors developing the same idea at a later date.

The main goal of idea management software is to prevent good ideas from going to waste. It does this by systemizing the process of idea management, so that new ideas can be vetted with less effort. This helps the company consider more of them and miss fewer opportunities.

Common Features of Idea Management Software

Idea management software has elements in common with other genres of software, like mind mapping software, knowledge management software, even project planning and project management software.

But despite some general similarities, idea management software is purpose-built for the workflows, processes and permission controls needed for idea submission, collaborative development and selection. It is available in many forms and different packages that will contain some or all of the following applications:

Idea campaigns Organize ideas by grouping them into specific campaigns and challenges. Campaigns can be open to the public, employees or select groups.
Idea funnels Set up discrete stages for ideas to pass through as they progress from initial idea to final approval, helping systemize, monitor and benchmark the entire process.
Mind mapping Visualize how the various elements of an idea (or several ideas) relate to one another. These are graphical tools, usually with drag-and-drop UIs.
Collaboration tools Many idea management platforms come with tools that help teams work together, like document and file sharing, collective to-do lists and automated notifications.
Custom branding Some idea management platforms allow for custom visual branding, so the interface can match your website and the look and feel of your brand.
Gamification Make idea sharing and development part of a contest, competition or on-going game. Gamification can encourage people to help in the ideation process.
Customizable workflows Rearrange and configure the various stages of the idea management process and control which users get to participate in which stages.
Organizing ideas by category with Qmarkets idea management software
Organizing ideas by category with Qmarkets idea management software

Software Market Trends You Should Understand

Cloud-based software, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), is an SMB’s best friend. Compared to on-premise installations, cloud software can usually be expected to be more:

  • Affordable: It typically uses a pay-as-you-go pricing model—meaning no large investment is needed to get started. Services are also easier to cancel.
  • Accessible: Cloud-deployed software can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.
  • Integratable: It’s also often easier to integrate applications. Since the apps are deployed from the vendor’s servers, you won’t need to set up or maintain your own.

For these reasons, most idea management systems suitable for SMB use are cloud-based. It’s the best option for a majority of SMBs, excluding only those with very specific IT integration requirements.

Example Idea Management Workflow

Idea management software typically allows for a lot of workflow flexibility. This is helpful, even necessary, given the fact that companies have very different approaches to and requirements for idea management. That said, the idea of idea management might be entirely new to you, so below is an example of the types of stages that could be used.

  1. Collection. The company puts up a public-facing website with a description of the problem it’s trying to solve. The company invites its customers, employees and members of the public to submit ideas directly on the website.
  2. Vetting. The company’s management looks over the submitted ideas, eliminating any that are impractical or don’t sufficiently address the problem. They create a shortlist of five of the best ideas. All five ideas could work, but management is unsure which would work best.
  3. Voting. The company creates a new page online to present the five best ideas, each with a short explanation. Employees and customers are asked to vote for their favorite idea and add any additional comments.
  4. Selection. Management reviews the comments and tallies the votes, selecting two finalist ideas. Potential problems and downsides are listed for each idea. Company employees are invited to comment on the ideas, adding any potential problems and solutions of their own.
  5. Refinement. The company uses its idea management software to internally collaborate on, improve and implement the remaining ideas.
Idea Funnel overview in Qmarkets
Idea Funnel overview in Qmarkets’ idea management software. It shows the quantity of ideas being actively considered as they progress through the various stages.