Pretty ambitious title!
The batch of Web 2.0 tools available to help companies embrace the concept of Enterprise 2.0 is myriad. As I’ve reviewed the various offerings I noted it was difficult to find a comprehensive list. So this is my attempt at assembling a definitive list of tools in this space.
This list includes several sub groups: Innovation Systems, Innovation Consultants, Collaborative Platforms, Idea Management Tools, Content Management Systems, Community Building Systems, and Mind Mapping. Frequently the vendors listed below can fall into multiple categories.
For instance, Cognistreamer is a wonderful open innovation system and collaboration platform. It has usefulness as an idea management tool and it also has content management attributes. Lastly it is used to build an internal social community. They could have been listed in any or all of those categories. I picked one.
If I missed any vendors you feel should be on this list, write a comment or send a note to email@example.com and I’ll add them to the list. If any vendors feel I mis categorized them, let me know and I’ll move your listing. I tried to use the descriptions given by the vendors themselves, but if any vendor would prefer a different blurb, send it along and I’ll swap it out with what I’ve written. I’ve already changed several listings and added a few since the first publish point.
March 10, 2010 update. I’ve added at least a dozen vendors since first publishing this list. I probably need to add a new category. There are a bunch of vendors who offer on line idea slash solution brokering that I have listed in other categories. We’ll see as I continue to get suggested updates. Also several vendors have clarified their descriptions and have asked to be moved into different categories. I’m happy to accommodate such requests and have done so.
March 23, 2010 update. Several new companies have asked for their offerings to be added to this list and it has been my pleasure to add them. This list has been re-posted on a number of sites worldwide including a Portugal doctorate program syllabus.
May 13, 2010 update. About 200 people a week look at this list which is truly remarkable. Vendors write virtually every week asking their name be added, changed, clarified or moved. Viewers from over 30 countries have seen this. If you have any input just send me a note please.
My goal is to have a comprehensive list and not to make judgments or express preferences.
At the end of this very long list is a bunch of links to others who have attempted similar lists. Others have assembled “white label social networking software” lists. There are some very good blogs on Innovation, on Collaboration and on Idea Management. Gartner, Forrester and Wainhouse are in the business of making recommendations along with their lists.
My apologies if I made any errors. Again, just make a comment or shoot me a note and I’ll make corrections as rapidly as possible.
Innovation, Collaboration, Idea Management is a very exciting milieu for corporations. This new, open environment can enable professionals and other smart people to be productive in whole new ways. The following vendors have the vision required to develop tools that are useful, easy to use, and likely to produce exciting results.
BTW, IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING AN IDEA MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION YOU SHOULD CONSIDER JOINING THE ONLY IDEA MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION GROUP ON LINKEDIN! CLICK HERE.
R. Todd Stephens has a blog covering Web 2.0 technologies and has a list here of 400 software tools labeled Web 2.0. It’s a long list, but there are no links and doesn’t seem to be replicated below.
JULY 2010 UPDATE: I continue to get requests to add new offerings who I may have missed initially. Still others have joined the fray with the increased focus on innovation the business world is experiencing. I also still get thank you notes for assembling this list, so I’m gratified to learn this continues to be a useful resource to those exploring the subject. In June of this year, after looking closely at the list below, seeing demonstrations of many of the software products and interviewing for a position at just shy of a dozen…I joined the CogniStreamer group as their VP of North America. I really believe CogniStreamer has an exceptional idea management software tool and I spend my days introducing it to those seeking a solution. CogniStreamer is the innovation backbone for dozens of organizations throughout the world. It is a collaborative tool providing Organizational Engagement and a scientifically driven idea management tool providing Strategic Guidance and, most importantly, valuable ideas, products and solutions for those who use it. They have pioneered the use of Persuasive Design to get your team engaged…you should see it. As your search continues please feel free to contact me for a more in depth discussion of your needs.
Also Geoff Zoeckler has done a nice job reviewing several software offerings. He takes an in depth look at his favorite top five here.
Innovation Software Systems
adenin TECHNOLOGIES delivers Intranet portal solutions that help mid-sized to large organizations around the world improve the productivity of their employees, gain agility and innovate more successfully.
Accept software Innovation management solution that combines market insight, strategic alignment and unified execution capabilities
Brainbank BrainBank is a full end-to-end SaaS innovation management software platform, not just “suggestion programs built on web service technology”. In fact our specialty is post-ideation workflow management once the innovation reaches the active stage.
Brightidea on-demand innovation management
Chaordix delivers the technology and know-how to help organizations adopt crowdsourcing for competitive advantage. Simple to invite crowds to submit, discuss, vote on, and often refine and rank contributions via the web
Induct Innovation Community, is a social software supporting the innovation process from ideation throughout the innovation pipeline
Invention Machine provider of innovation software and services, helping companies drive sustainable innovation and breakthrough ideas
Ingenuity Bank Created specifically for breakthrough innovation, features incremental and breakthrough idea paths
InnoCentive@Work™ is an internal web-based community, customized by InnoCentive for your organization
Innovation Factory Suite of software solutions ensures successful implementation of idea management in your organization
Innovation Framework With a front end of innovation and new product development module approved by Stage Gate, Inc.
Invention Machine an innovation intelligence platform that knowledge-enables innovators across the organization, helping them more rapidly and consistently generate and validate ideas and making innovation a repeatable and sustainable process.
Jenni helps you identify strategically focused business ideas that will power your innovation initiative
NovaMind Produce unique, information rich, vivid solutions for enhanced creative thinking and compelling presentations.
OVO Innovation Software and Services
Skild Prize resource management platform to empower producers of skill-based competitions with the valuable tools and resources needed to run innovation challenges, competitions and prizes
Spigit internal innovation pipeline, leveraging employee contributions, enterprise integration, contest tool, prediction tool
Innovation Consulting Teams
Bottom Line help you develop your core competency in innovation in a systematic way
C.F.I. SYLLAB Our consultants unleash the hidden potential within you and your organization. We can positively enhance your adaptation and innovation skills
Dachis Group Dachis Group has developed an approach to help businesses create and capture value from emerging trends in technology, society and the workplace
Destination Innovation improves innovation and leadership in business through presentations and workshops on lateral leadership
Ideaconnection a community of Problem Solver consultants providing solutions to your innovation challenges
Ideas To Go Focused methods for better thinking. Where critical thinking and creative energy converge. Productive projects with real results.
InnoCentive an open innovation community of smart, creative people who provide solutions to tough problems in business, science, product development, math, and computer science.
Innovaro Europe’s leading innovation consulting and insight firm
Ispim a worldwide network of academics, business leaders, consultants (A, B, C) and other professionals involved in Innovation Management
Management Innovation Group building a culture of innovation provides the foundation upon which to pursue multiple growth strategies with more confidence in an uncertain future.
New and Improved an organizational development firm that focuses on the people skills organizations need to create growth through innovation. They develop groups of individuals who excel at creative thinking and working productively together.
NineSigma full array of state-of-the-art products and services that will engage your company with the global innovation community
Strategos teams work with your organization to identify and act on growth opportunities and game-changing strategies. We help you build a systemic capability to innovate
UTEK provides world class innovation services including strategic innovation consulting, foresight research, technology sourcing and acquisition
37signals Manage Projects and Collaborate with Your Team & Clients.
Alfresco Open Source, document management, web content management, collaboration,
Acquia http://acquia.com Based on and enhancing Drupal
Akiva Secure and customizable enterprise collaboration and online communities with knowledge management, document sharing
Asana a Collaborative Information Manager that we believe will make it radically easier for groups of people to get work done
Central Desktop For SMB, requires little IT support
Cisco Webex With conferencing now WebEx Connect a collaborative platform.
CogniStreamer Open innovation and collaboration platform to create enrich and assess innovative ideas within strategically selected areas.
Cornerstone OnDemand empowers people around the world with on-demand, integrated learning & talent management solutions for connecting
Engage is a smart set of employee communication and social collaboration tools to boost daily productivity
e-tipi Web-based collaborative thinking platform
eTouch solution that combines the best of wikis and blogs to effectively support, streamline, and manage collaborative team efforts.
Exago pioneering the use of Information Markets as a tool to support decision making in organization
EZ Collaborator ezCollaborator is a web-based application that allows your employees and customers to submit work requests and then easily manage them in a collaborative environment.
GroveSite secure way for companies to collaborate and share documents with team members outside their firewall.
Huddle simple, secure online workspaces containing powerful project and collaboration tools. Huddle is hosted
Incentive an enterprise wiki, a corporate blog hub, a personalized startpage with widgets, a tool that monitors your surroundings through RSS, social bookmarking and so on (for eternity)
Induct Innovation Community, is a social software supporting the innovation process from ideation throughout the innovation pipeline
Insight Results Combines development tools, workflow algorithms, dashboards, budgeting and planning tools and focused and relevant collaboration tools.
Jama Contour offers the industry’s most collaborative enterprise solution for requirements management that provides companies a better way to build great products faster, cheaper and with exceptional quality.
Liferay social collaboration solution for the enterprise
Novell workspaces, collaborative application development, workflow, social capabilities.
Open Text Strong collaboration and social attributes, content and collaboration functionality.
Oracle Beehive Messaging, team collaboration, social interaction. Reliant on email more than social media
PB Works Online Team Collaboration: shared workspaces for working with colleagues, clients, and partners
Qontext An enterprise 2.0 product with collaboration tools and corporate social network that is designed to easily integrate with many different business applications (like CRM, HRMS, ERP, etc…); Offers simple, yet powerful tools for communication, content sharing and collaboration
Saba unified solutions for people management across learning, collaboration, performance, compensation and talent management
Sametime 3D (Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime)- This solutions gives remote teams the ability to meet and collaborate in a 3D immersive space. Participants use text or voice chat, share presentations, take notes using virtual flip charts and share and prioritize ideas and other information by putting sticky notes on a brainstorming wall – just like in a face to face meeting
SiteForum More external facing, SaaS collaboration and external customer communities
SmallWorlders’ Sandbox intranet platform encompasses: Enterprise Content, Knowledge & Digital Asset Management (CMS) Enterprise Social Networking Collaboration
Socialcast a simple, secure, enterprise microblogging platform that helps employees easily connect and share in real-time
Telligent online collaboration and community software
TWiki enterprise wiki, enterprise collaboration platform, and web application platform
VersionOne Offers agile organizations of any size a collaborative way to engage with their most important asset – their customers
Vignette More external facing, integrated Web content management, portal and collaboration software
Idea Management Software Systems
Kindling Idea management and collaboration tool for groups; makes it easy for your group to submit, discuss and vote on ideas
BrainReactions Provides a private space online for you to brainstorm with a team you invite
Brainstorm Software Takes all of your random thoughts, ideas and jottings, and helps you organize them into a logical structure
Brainstorm Well, someone had to grab this name! It looks like it’s Intuit. A new entrant into the market they bring the weight of Intuit into the idea management game. They developed this product for their internal innovation and have a few initial clients.
Brightidea on-demand innovation management
Brightspark an idea management system facilitating direct engagement from employees and customers. Developed with large organisations in mind BrightSpark supports and incorporates innovation from your most valuable source, Your Employees.
Consensus Point the leader in enterprise prediction market software, created the Foresight platform
Creativity Pool a database full of creative and original ideas
Creator Studio™ software by CompXpress, Inc., stimulates creative thinking on demand, radically transforming how businesses can quickly bring to bear the power of new ideas, new solutions, invention and innovation to achieve the most challenging goals.
Crowdcast Collective Intelligence platform. It enables companies to tap the wisdom of their employees and translate it into accurate and timely forecasts. For employees, Crowdcast is a forum for expressing opinions about key metrics as well as a place for learning from colleagues
Employee Suggestion Box Provides everyone in your organization an on-demand platform to capture, develop and incorporate good ideas companywide
FellowForce WEB BASED Idea Management Solution
Global Ideas Bank contains over 4,000 edited best social inventions (socially innovative ideas and projects)
HypeInnovation internal Idea Management Processes, as well as the capturing and implementation of external ideas, the In-Licensing of external Technologies or the cross-linking of Contributors and Idea Managers within an Innovation Community
Hyve AG Idea management solutions in Web 2.0
hypios is an online marketplace that enhances the global exchange of solutions by connecting Seekers, companies looking for solutions, to a large panel of Solvers worldwide
ideaken is a software as a service platform, powered by innovation centric collaboration techniques, best practices & processes bundled into one single service conducive for open innovation
Ibykus id-Force, id-Force is the modern idea management solution for every size – from the small business to the multinational corporation
Idea a day Idea A Day publishes an original idea every day, the best of which appear in the The Big Idea Book edited by David Owen
Ideascale Idea Management – Innovation Management – Crowdsourcing – Suggestion Box – Customer Feedback
IdeasCount Suggestion & idea management system
IdeaJam by Elguji – IdeaJam is a place where people can post and share their ideas, and gauge the marketability, popularity and viability with input from others
Ideation By Qmarkets, idea management software allows companies to build the perfect “idea market place”
IdeaWicket India’s first “Open Innovation” Portal
Imaginatik idea and innovation management software firm
Present.ly Like Yammer, a microblogging tool, but whose distinguishing characteristics include its behind the firewall deployment.
Incent Web-based employee suggestion system based on the Toyota Production System; reward engine, report engine and email alerts
Innovation Exchange (IX) is an online open innovation marketplace. It’s where diverse community members from all over the world respond to challenges sponsored by Global 5000 companies and not-for-profit organizations.
ISDE PrisM, Helps employees contribute novel ideas, improving their involvement
Kirei Helps organizations capture and prioritize ideas, helping them to better understand what to work on first
MindGenius Idea management software to help with planning, brainstorming, problem solving, mind mapping
Mindjet Transforms brainstorming ideas, strategic thinking and business information into blueprints for action
MindMatters state-of-the-art idea management and intellectual property management solutions
MindTouch Open source, lots of add ons and integration offerings
MuchBeta Teepin is an idea management and channeling system that allows to engage and listen to everyone working at your organization
MyIdeaShare Ideation software that helps organizations generate, evaluate and manage ideas
Nosco Idea generation and management software
ParaMind ParaMind Brainstorming Software offers you an automated way to develop ideas
PhpOutsourcing IdeaBox, Web based suggestion box software that is easy to use and install, giving every employee access to this virtual suggestion box
Red Dragon an on-demand social media platform that combines the full range of – idea management, blogs, discussion groups, tagging, search optimization, videos etc. – with security, control and content moderation
Social Technologies innovative futures programs provide our clients with up-to-the-minute knowledge, expert insight and foresight, high-level learning experiences, and opportunities to network with experts and peers.
Sopheon is an international provider of software and services for product life cycle management. Sopheon’s Accolade® solution enables manufacturers and service providers to achieve sustainable market differentiation by synchronizing strategic roadmapping, idea development, and innovation process execution
Thought Farmer Social Intranet Software. It combines traditional intranet features with social software features like blogs, wikis and social networks
TQS-Sim Universal Global Idea Management Software
xpoint Provides a common environment and collaboration tool with a structured methodology
Community Building Software
Atlassian IT focused, wiki, community capabilities, large plug in library, customizable prebuilt integration with SharePoint and Louts
Awareness More external facing, online communities for companies that want to leverage social media marketing to engage with their customers
Blogtronix More external facing, used in small financial institutions, open public communities, customer communities and employee communities (don’t be fooled by its name)
BlueKiwi More external facing, enterprise social software for people-centric organizations to create powerful and secure social networks and collaborative environments, widely installed in Europe
Crowd Factory engages site visitors with a wide range of social features, such as profiles, ratings, favorites and activity stream
CubeTree wikis, microblogging, file-sharing, link-sharing, polls and group chat are integrated into CubeTree’s social networking platform
Customer Vision enterprise wikis, blogs, widgets, mashups, social networking, and RSS
HiveLive Merged with Rightnow, create the best possible experience for your customers across the three engagement points that really matter – the web, social and contact center
Igloo social software solutions help organizations create vital connections between people, processes and information through the creation of online business communities
Ingage (aka Neighborhood America) More an external facing social network. Focus on social marketplaces
Jive From a social perspective, community capabilities, recent announcements about idea management and innovation applications
KickApps More an external facing social networking tool. Build your own community with social networking and photo & video sharing; create your own widgets, custom video players
Kwiqq social networking platform for corporations and entrepreneurs
Lithium More an external facing social networking tool. Social CRM is the next generation in customer engagement
LiveWorld More external facing, builds, operates, and moderates social networks and online communities
Leverage creates enterprise-grade social networks
Mzinga social media and networking, web collaboration, and learning and performance applications on one single platform
NewsGator Reliant on SharePoint, Create communities and social networks
Omnifuse a social technology marketing company focused on improving the ways marketers reach consumers and business professionals by building social communities
ONEsite More external facing, online community and social media solutions
Pluck Providing syndication, blogging, user interaction and news aggregation software and services
Pringo enterprise portal, corporate social networking software
The Port Network online social networking and media software platform
rSitez creates unique revenue-based social networking sites
Six Apart More external facing, focused on connecting bloggers, connects marketers and bloggers
Small World Labs More external facing, Enterprise social networking service provider. Allows organizations to build customer engagement communities
Socialtext content generation, communication, wiki, social attributes, microblogging
Sparta builds social networks for enterprises. Sparta provides social network software for enterprises and social media
UserVoice Makes it easy to build a customer community and quickly start engaging your customers; online suggestion box that sorts itself
Tomoye Community Software is community and social networking platform for SharePoint
VMix video publishing and rich media management software, and community tools such as ratings, comments and blogs
Yammer Enterprise Microblogging, Company Social Network, Collaboration Tool, Knowledge Base, (Mobile) Productivity Tool
Traction Teampage an E2.0 Social Software platform that blends together the best facilities for blog, wiki, discussion, social tagging, document management, notification and search
Content Management Systems
Bridgeline providing scalable web application management software
Drupal open source content management system
Ektron functionality necessary to create, deploy, and manage your Web site and share documentation
EpiServer Widely installed in Europe, g provider of .Net based Web Content Management (WCM) and online social community platforms
FatWire web content management (WCM); collaboration and community; content integration; audience targeting and measurement; and mobile publishing and delivery
IBM Lotus Content services, workspace capabilities, tight integration with content management, modular
Inmagic provides web-based solutions for social knowledge management, library automation and information management needs
Microsoft SharePoint Document workspace, search, portal, business intelligence, content management
Realcom (aka AskMe) knowledge management systems create a knowledge networking environment that is integrated with your existing information infrastructure with social networking
SelectMinds Corporate networking solution, reliant on external content management.
Yakabox secure knowledge sharing system with four applications: search, social media, collaboration and content management.
Codmart MindMeister, Enables users to create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere
Comapping Collaborative web-based mind mapping tool with instant updates, real-time collaboration, and auto-layout technology
Computer Systems Odessa Manage your ideas effectively; use this application for process construction, mind mapping and brainstorming
Expert Software Mindomo, Web-based mind mapping tool; create, edit and share mind maps
FreeMind a free mind mapping system available for download
MindMapper A visual mind mapping software tool for organizing thoughts and ideas, decision making, presentations, planning, and more
Varatek MindApp, Helps you create elegant mind maps quickly and easily; provides complete support for all mind mapping techniques.
mind-mapping.org has a great list of mind mapping software with the capability to sort on various criteria.
Roy Grubb has a great list of free mind mapping software on his wiki and was nice enough to share the link above as well.
Special thanks to the following. These sites can provide great additional sources of information for those researching the Web 2.0 topic.
The Forrester Wave: Collaboration Platforms
Seek Omega Enterprise 2.0 Blog
Gartner Magic Quadrant Collaboration Systems
Open Innovators Blog
Social Text Blog
Wikipedia collaborative software listing
Stefan Lindegaard’s 15inno blog for examples of corporate deployments
Value Co-Creation Blog
Jeremiah Owyang’s Web Strategy Blog with the most complete white label s/w list (the inspiration for today’s blog listing)
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