Register for our upcoming webinar "IdeaJam: Corporate 'social networks' for innovation and idea management

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IdeaJam idea and innovation management software

Join us for this free demonar (webinar) on Tuesday, December 4th, at 1:00 PM EST (GMT - 5). Learn how other companies are using IdeaJam with their employees, customers and partners. See how they customized and configured IdeaJam to meet their specific challenges and see how easy IdeaJam is to quickly get up and running in your organization. We will also show you can integrate IdeaJam with your applications using the extensive IdeaJam programming API.

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Government 2.0 in Action: 20,000+ People Talking About "America's Great Outdoors"

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In June 2010, the US Department of Interior (DOI) launched a Government 2.0 initiative called "America's Great Outdoors IdeaJam". This crowd sourcing initiative is centered around the key theme of "Your Ideas for Protecting the Places You Love" and is being used to collect ideas, comments and votes from citizens around the United States.

The solution selected for this high profile initiative was Elguji's IdeaJam idea management software. ASND Designs, an Elguji partner based in Laurel, Maryland provisioned and delivered the IdeaJam platform for the DOI in a matter of hours. (Not days, hours.)

For those not familiar with the term, "Government 2.0," it is used to define the creation of an online, comfortable, transparent, and cost effective interaction between government and citizens (G2C – government to citizens), government and business enterprises (G2B –government to business enterprises) and relationship between governments (G2G – inter-agency relationship).

Government 2.0 is a mature market segment for Elguji. Government customers include the US Social Security Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the US National Information Technology Center.

For this IdeaJam President Obama has selected four challenge topics:
  • Challenges - What obstacles exist to achieving your goals for conservation, recreation, or reconnecting people to the outdoors?
  • What Works - Please share your thoughts and ideas on effective strategies for conservation, recreation and reconnecting people to the outdoors.
  • Federal Government Role - How can the federal government be a more effective partner in helping to achieve conservation, recreation or reconnecting people to the outdoors?
  • Tools - What additional tools and resources would help your efforts be even more successful?
There are three challenge topics that have been closed for input and have been archived. The results from these will be delivered to the America's Great Outdoors team for inclusion in the report to the President.

There are now over 20,000 people participating in the IdeaJam who have collectively contributed 2,291 ideas with 10,277 comments who have cast 357,600 votes on these ideas.

The "America's Great Outdoor IdeaJam is expected to run several more months. During that time it will generate many more ideas, comments and votes. All of which brings makes the government much more in tune with it constituencies.

To learn how your state or local government municipality can benefit from a Government 2.0 initiative like the "America's Great Outdoors IdeaJam", please contact Elguji Software.


Elguji's Innovation Continues - Introducing a Brand New Version of IdeaJam

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Today we are announcing the availability of our latest release of our IdeaJam idea management software. Version 1.8 introduces new features that will benefit companies in many ways. Here is a quick run down of what’s new and improved:

Idea Linking

IdeaJam now supports the linking of “multiple” ideas together and also allows ideas from other IdeaSpaces to be linked to one another. Previously you could only link a single idea to another idea.

The IdeaJam API

A set of 14 web services and JSON API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow developers to easily interact and extend IdeaJam programmatically. More information on the IdeaJam API coming in another blog post.

Lotus Connections Business Card Integration

IdeaJam now provides Lotus Business Card integration which allows users to click on a persons name to see their Lotus Connections business card. This feature can be turned on or off by the IdeaJam Administrator.

Comment Moderation

IdeaJam participants can now modify comments that they have entered in IdeaJam. Comments can be modified within fifteen minutes after they have been entered.
  • IdeaSpace and IdeaJam Administrators can now moderate comments by either deleting or modifying them.
  • The name of the person and date the comment was deleted is displayed where the comment was removed.
  • When a comment has been modified the word “Modified” is added to the comment.
Other New Features
  • New Top Innovators iWidget for Lotus Connections.
  • New “Suggested Tags” feature makes it easy for participants to tag ideas.
  • The “What’s Hot” list of ideas can now be selectively displayed in the side bar.
  • Tag selection has been improved by using a drop down list of tags for a participant to select from.
IdeaJam V1.8 is available immediately for download to all Elguji IdeaJam customers on software maintenance and can download IdeaJam here.

What People are Doing with IdeaJam:
  • Collecting ideas from employees on cutting costs.
  • Soliciting feedback and suggestions from employees, partners and customers.
  • Running innovation contests and competitions.
  • Validating concepts.
  • Using the power of "crowd-sourcing" to rank ideas and allow the best ideas to rise to the top.
  • And much more.
Download the IdeaJam V1.8 New and Notable Features PDF.