Innovation software survey results: Who’s using what?

By Scott Cohen, Co-Founder

According to our recent survey of 115 innovation executives, most companies have just scratched the surface when it comes to utilizing software to manage innovation programs. “We’ve got a long way to go,” confessed an innovation executive at a $40 billion global telecommunications company.

According to the survey, conducted by Innovation Leader in Q1 2016, the most widely-deployed innovation software packages are those that assist with “idea collection.” Those idea collection tools, utilized by 62.3 percent of respondents, typically enable companies to gather, sort, and evaluate ideas; often, idea collection tools include voting or discussion features as well. Those numbers were remarkably aligned with data from our 2015 Innovation Benchmarking Report, conducted in partnership with the consulting firm Innosight, which found that 62.2 percent of companies were utilizing “idea capture” tools. (This survey on software was not sponsored or fielded with the involvement of any software provider or consultancy.)

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