Collaboration software accelerates innovation

Paul Boughton

Invention Machine is releasing Invention Machine Goldfire 6.0 with integrated collaboration and expert identification technologies to help accelerate product innovation. The new software automatically identifies and connects innovation workers with domain experts, delivers solutions immediately and measures company-wide innovation initiatives and trends in real time. It is also said to empower the community with precise innovation intelligence by leveraging undocumented expertise from problem-sharing dialogues, then capturing and processing those discussions as reusable corporate assets. Goldfire 6.0 is designed to increase productivity by between five and 30 per cent, accelerate everyday innovation activities and deliver cutting-edge products more quickly.

With Invention Machine Goldfire 6.0, users can now access patents from local authorities in France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and also take advantage of Goldfire's intra-lingual capability to read the summaries in their own languages. In addition, more than 18million citations from Pubmed's 5200 biomedical journals were added to Goldfire and 3.5million documents from 1100 deep websites were pre-indexed, making it easier for users to tap into additional innovation intelligence.

Kelvin Pitman, the director of open innovation at Crown Packaging Technology, a subsidiary of Crown Holdings, comments: "Maintaining an innovation-edge is critical to our business success. Goldfire 6.0's new capabilities will allow us to easily identify experts and foster better collaboration within the organisation, accelerating the development of innovative products for our customers to meet ever-changing consumer demands."

Goldfire drives and sustains the innovation process by helping global manufacturers transform ideas into market-leading products, efficiently and economically. The platform combines proven innovation workflows and collaboration capabilities with precise access to corporate and external knowledge. The software empowers innovators so they can deliver the right products the first time, validate and rank the right ideas and streamline the ideas to productisation process.

Jim Todhunter, chief technology officer of Invention Machine, says: "In today's global environment, everyday innovation workers must successfully tap into experts and utilise knowledge throughout their innovation intelligence ecosystem. Goldfire 6.0 connects the right people at the right time, accelerates product innovation so innovators can deliver the right solutions, which, in turn, can significantly impact a company's bottom line."

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