A Look Back at 2012, A Look Forward to 2013

global-translation-smallWelcome to the new year! 2012 was a busy time at IdeaScale. We’ve made a lot of changes and added a cornucopia of new offerings to our platform. But isn’t January better with another Top Five list? So, we’ve picked out our five favorite new features from 2012 and have also included a sneak peek of what’s coming up in 2013.

The Top Five Features From 2012

1. Translation: IdeaScale’s new translation tool makes global collaboration possible. Worldwide communities can now communicate within the IdeaScale network, because content is automatically translated in ideas, comments, and suggestions.

2. Private Campaigns: When conversations and questions are reserved for particular groups, IdeaScale allows moderators to restrict certain campaigns to those members with an assigned community role. Dialogues, decisions, comments, and voting can all be consigned to the most relevant participants.

3. Improved Facebook Integration: Your users are already on Facebook, but IdeaScale’s improved Facebook app now allows the entire innovation experience to take place directly on your Facebook page: suggesting, commenting, voting, and all (and it’s all automatically synchronized with your web community in real time).

4. Custom Status Tabs: You define the idea lifecycle, which means if you want to change the tabs defining the process, you can. Administrators can not only change the status of ideas but now they can easily customize or disable them, as well.

5. Migration Tool: When you’re trying to get communities to speak to each other, IdeaScale now offers you the option of combining your communities with the migration tool.

Of course there were many other new features and changes in 2012, including the newadministrator dashboardpolling functionality, enhanced search capbilities, IP address restrictioncrowdfunding capabilities, a new moderation UI, additional profile photo options, active directory SSO integration, as well as SSAE 16 and EU Safe Harbor security compliance, among other things. We’d love to hear what your favorite features were.

Looking Ahead to 2013… We’re looking forward to lots of new features in 2013. But here are some of our favorites:

Assessment Tool: One of the greatest challenges in the innovation process is the evaluation of different suggestions, comments, and conversations. With the assessment tool, not only can community members vote ideas and comments up and down, but they can also evaluate that content across a number of different criteria in custom fields that are defined by system administrators (for example: quality of idea as it affects potential return on investment, how it meets company mission, delivers overall company progress). It’s one of the ways that we’re making innovation implementation even easier.

You should also look for improvements to the user interface, a souped-up super widgetcapable of managing the entire IdeaScale experience within the bounds of its tiny widget package, a Q&A tool, the advanced commenting module and the introduction of ourchallenge module as well as improved infographic-style reporting. What else would you like 2013 to hold?

If you have questions about any of our upcoming or existing features, feel free to contact us at any time.

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