Exago partners with Microsoft for optimal innovation software performance

Exago announces a technological and business partnership with Microsoft, to strengthen its product scalability and performance and to accelerate growth in sales. Now hosted by the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, Exago’s collaborative innovation SaaS solution is fully set to grow alongside corporate innovation programmes, supporting unlimited users’ increase in multiple geographical locations. The software is already available in eight different language options.

Exago’s CEO, Diana Neves de Carvalho, explains that this technological partnership “answers clients’ increasing security concerns worldwide. Exago’s infrastructure, hosted by Microsoft Azure, can now guarantee total network and perimeter security, as well as compliance with all major industry standards”. Based on the most frequently used web technologies, Microsoft software ensures fast and controlled upgrades, as well as business continuity.

Exago and Microsoft will be working together to open new business channels and explore strategic markets. Recognising the needs of start-ups and small- and medium-sized companies that develop technology solutions, Microsoft also wants to accelerate existing and new solutions and applications to the market. “Exago’s Idea Market software allows companies to efficiently manage their innovation challenges and continuously find new solutions and growth paths. We therefore believe we are investing in the future,” says Diogo Pinto de Sousa, Partners Director at Microsoft.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

Say ‘inovaţie’: Exago’s innovation software now available in a seventh language

Since this September, Romanians have been able to use Exago’s innovation software platform in their mother tongue. Available also in English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese versions, this idea management software is enabling thousands of people – across 10 sectors, four continents and a variety of cultures – to contribute to their organisations’ innovation and business evolution goals.

The new translation eased the adoption of Exago’s US patented model by a new client operating in Romania. This multinational client is seeking to align and engage its entire staff in key innovation efforts.

Each employee can now share expertise and opinions, by submitting ideas and insights and collaboratively evaluating everyone’s contributions. Exago’s platform market mechanism activates and gathers the client company’s collective intelligence, to find the ideas ‘the crowd’ considers of most value to the organisation and its business.

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Online platforms are powerful innovation enablers – the building blocks to produce outcomes. But they won’t stand on their own. If you want to create a true innovation culture, you need to have as many people as possible participating in the process. You need to manage those tools efficiently.

The typical suggestion box mechanism in which participants’ activity gets restricted to submitting ideas is certainly not up to the challenge. The forum model – where people can submit and comment on other people’s ideas – also has its limitations.

Your participants need to get involved in the evaluation and selection processes, as well. This is the only way to boost the scope of your target and to convince people their contributions are valued.

Idea management software, functioning as an ‘idea market’, has proven to be highly effective at unleashing your people’s and communities hidden innovation potential, crossing all boundaries. Geared to reaching goals, this gets each person to engage and participate more over time, whether you’re seeking to improve performance, find new products and methods or develop a widespread, collaborative culture of innovation.

These platforms can collect everyone’s ideas and insights, regardless of individuals’ geographical dispersion, when carefully designed to:

  • Be flexible and customisable to several languages and different look-and-feel;
  • Be inclusive, motivating different types of people;
  • Be transparent, so that participants understand the rules and constraints;
  • Provide (immediate) feedback for people to remain engaged and understand how they can improve their participation;
  • Provide social interaction, since sharing, competition and collaboration are decisive stimuli motivating people to contribute;
  • Have clear incentives and recognition mechanisms;
  • Be entertaining – using gamification mechanics, that make the process more attractive and sustainable.

Following these guidelines, we base our solutions on expert services and a software platform that mimics a stock market – all can submit, comment and next invest in the ideas they believe in, and be recognised and awarded for creating value. Using gamification, this model keeps adoption levels high over time.

Additionally, we use and recommend the adoption of prediction markets mechanisms. They allow dealing visibly with high volumes of information, typical in multinational organisations, and make decision-making more efficient, harnessing your community’s collective intelligence.

# Make participation inclusive
# Make work fun – gamify
# Use prediction markets’ powerful evaluation engine

Pedro do Carmo Costa, Exago’s director and co-founder
pcc@exago.com

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Exago patents method for fairer operations in prediction markets

Exago was awarded, on 21 October, a patent by the US Patent Office for a model that reduces purely speculative trading in prediction markets, such as the ones used in idea market platforms. This model encourages relevant participation and promotes the best process output in idea management initiatives.

Processing high volumes of information, prediction markets are the most efficient way to select the best contributions out of the vast array submitted by participants in idea management platforms. Exago’s system and model lessens the effects of any deliberate attempt to interfere with the free and fair operation of these markets.

At its core, Exago’s method increases the risk of purely speculative or manipulative trading strategies, diminishing their expected payoffs. Thus, participants have fewer incentives to engage in such undesirable strategies, greatly reducing their impact and frequency of use.

Exago’s ‘System and method for adjusting asset value and availability in data records for mitigating speculative trading in a prediction market’ has now been officially recognised as a way to address this problem (patent number 8,868,459 B2).

How does it work?
The transaction control software introduces several methods to mitigate speculative manipulation, working together or independently. Among others, they enclose minimum holding times for operations, profit/loss adjustments selective delays and dynamic user risk profiling that adapts the mitigation mechanism to user behaviour patterns.

Exago´s software platform includes a prediction market mechanism to evaluate large numbers of ideas and insights. Successfully implemented by companies worldwide, the platform harnesses each organisation’s collective intelligence, to find the best solutions and tackle specific business challenges.

Find out more about this patented method here.

Exago Spring 2014 release is out

A great step up in usability and design; Exago’s new release revolutionizes how users experience the entire process of participating and creating value. Our design looks cleaner, with smoother transitions between different areas. It promotes more creativity and deeper analysis, whenever participants generate content.

An entirely new approach to content-centric discovery makes finding specific content that much easier. In this highly intuitive navigation system, using search and tag filtering, all elements pop up quickly, while trending tags allow users to explore freely along new pathways.

We have added a unified section for creating content—visible at all times in a tab and dedicated to ideas and insights. Our module for idea management integrates all insight creation, increasing the available information and promoting knowledge sharing amongst participants. Managers can also associate insights with multiple challenges, inspiring participants to generate increasingly valuable ideas.

In navigation and usability, dozens of adjustments — including different levels of tabs — allow easy access to the most relevant platform areas at any time:

    • Challenges stand out as the central concept of the platform, linked to every other type of content and all process information.
    • Much more detailed and based on O-Data reports, reporting now offers system administrators all relevant information needed for analysis.
    • Last, but not least, participants can directly translate the content they generate, using integrated Google translation tools.

In essence, Exago’s new release makes life easier for participants. It incentivizes users to participate with more valuable and informed content. Our more user-centric approach enables administrators to analyze activity more deeply, reconfigure at will, and update communication plans — maximizing performance and bottom-line results.

Not merely a touch-up job, the Spring 2014 release offers a complete makeover that gives our users a state-of-the-art experience in innovation management.