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Activities are the basic objects you place on a Roadmap. They represent real-world innovation activities that play an integral role in implementing your innovation strategy and support the progress towards milestones. Place activities on layers on a Roadmap, connect them to each other, and link them to Explorer elements.
Administrators at the organization level in ITONICS are responsible for the structure and health of an organization. Administrators can modify workspaces, configure element types for all workspaces, and manage users.
Administrators at the workspace level are responsible for managing users that have access to the workspace, and can further customize what elements look like.
The advanced filtering functionality allows you to create complex filters for elements by choosing what properties to filter by for each type of element separately. Using advanced filtering allows you to select ranges, values, and properties to filter by, and enables you to narrow down your content and to gain insights quicker.
The aggregation layer is always visible at the bottom of Lists. This layer compiles and summarizes data, making it easy to visually understand all your data.
When multiple users add their ratings to an element, ITONICS shows you your own rating as well as an aggregated combination of all the different ratings. The aggregate is calculated as a rounded mean, not the median.
The attachments widget allows you to upload files to any element.
On ITONICS blueprint element types, the widget can usually be found at the bottom of the element. In the full element detail view, it can be expanded, allowing you to see a more detailed list of attached files.
Use Generative AI to quickly submit ideas to an ideation campaign. Select from a series of prompt options to help guide the AI, allowing you to produce faster ideas.
Autofill campaigns use generative AI technology to help you create ideation campaigns faster. Select from a series of prompt options to help guide the AI, allowing you to produce faster campaigns.
Use Generative AI to quickly create descriptions for your ideation campaign or ideas. Save time by choosing creative prompt options to help guide the AI and then simply verify the created description for your campaign or idea.
Autofill header image:
Use Generative AI to quickly create header images for your ideation campaign or ideas. Save time by choosing a style to help guide the AI and then simply select which image you want to use as the header for your campaign or idea.
Use Generative AI to quickly create tags for your ideation campaign or ideas.
Enhance your monitoring capabilities with ITONICS Automated Monitoring, comprising two powerful features: Signals Alert and Smart Scoring. These features enhance the way you observe your areas of interest. By automating the tracking and monitoring of trends, technologies, startups, competitors, risks, and existing opportunities, Automated Monitoring ensures you receive real-time, visualized information directly on the detailed elements page.
Uses generative AI technology to evaluate ideas quickly based on criteria selected by the user.
The ITONICS Innovation OS provides ready-to-use templates that align with recognized best practices for ideation campaigns, workflows, structuring elements, rating criteria, roadmaps, and board configuration, and more They serve as a starting point to get you started quickly and guide your organizations innovation management efforts.
A bottleneck is a stage where the progress of innovation initiatives is hindered or delayed. Bottlenecks often occur due to inefficient workflows, limited resources, a lack of communication, or a high volume of pending tasks. The ITONICS Kanban Board is designed to help identify bottlenecks when multiple projects in a section do not progress to the next column.
You are able to perform different bulk actions on elements. Bulk actions allow you to copy, delete, and open a number of different elements simultaneously, for example.
Automated budget and resource calculations that save time and reduce errors with automatic calculations. In Innovation Projects, easily manage and optimize financial and human resources using calculated fields.
Campaigns enable ideation managers and innovation leaders to collect, categorize, and evaluate ideas on one digital platform. Teams collaborate on identifying which ideas to act on by pushing ideas through phase-gate workflows to arrive at which ones to prioritize.
The card view is one way to display elements from your workspace in the ITONICS Explorer. Elements that are displayed in the card view show the elements’ basic information.
The casual search input in the Insights module allows you to search for relevant Signals using keywords, Explorer elements, or other Insights presets.
It enables you to easily discover relevant Signals. The more items you add to the casual search, the more your search field will be narrowed down.
Signals in ITONICS are enriched using the IPTC Media Topics categorization. This can give you a rough overview of what categories are important for your search field and can be easily visualized using the cluster visualization.
You can also use the filter tab to filter for categories that interest you.
Center Around Now:
The Center around now button located in the ITONICS Roadmap enables you to center your Roadmap view on the current date while keeping the zoom at the level you have chosen.
This allows you to easily view the currently relevant activities and milestones.
The cluster visualization in the Insights module provides a categorization view on all Signals for your search. The cluster visualization is made up of bubbles representing topical clusters and assists you in quickly viewing the numbers of Signals within each topic cluster.
As a general rule, the bigger the cluster, the more Signals it contains. The number of Signals within a bubble is indicated on the bubble.
Collaborative rating is a collective evaluation process in the ITONICS Innovation OS where multiple users add their ratings to an element. By gathering the opinions of diverse participants, such as experts, team members, or relevant stakeholders, an organization can leverage collective knowledge for informed decision-making.
In Explorer, you can comment on an element by selecting the element you want to comment on within a workspace. You and your colleagues can comment, mention an element, or react to each others’ comments.
When multiple users add their ratings to an element, the system displays both the viewer's rating and the combined rating of all users. For rating criteria with text options, a rounded average is used; for ratings that use numbers as options, the exact value is displayed.
The configurable cards functionality lets you customize cards on the Kanban Board to display important information such as assignees, due dates, progress, or any other information that is relevant to your workflow.
ITONICS allows you to configure your system according to your organization’s individual needs, use cases, and innovation processes. Element configuration in particular allows you to customize the types of clements you work with, as well as how you work with them.
Innovation activities and workflows are often dependent on each other, and connections in the ITONICS Roadmap model those dependencies. Connections are displayed as linking nodes and all connected activities can be viewed by clicking on the activity, opening its stack view.
Content management on the ITONICS platform involves bringing all your innovation efforts together as elements, then using filtering, relations and ratings to sort and prioritize it.
Critical path analysis:
Critical path analysis is a project management technique that involves examining the sequence of tasks in a project to determine what tasks are critical for completion of the project. Use the ITONICS Roadmap to visualize the project and identify tasks that put the project at risk.
The detail page of an element is an expanded view of the element and displays information about the element including a description, categorization, sources, links, ratings, tags, and attachments. You can also use the detail page to view and add element relations or comments.
Distance scaling is one of the options available that modifies your Radar view. It offers a logarithmic scaling by default that visually prioritizes the center of the Radar, and can be switched to linear scaling to provide an even distribution of the Radar’s rings.
Drivers of change:
A driver of change is a force in society or the market that organizations need to monitor and respond to in order to facilitate growth and stay competitive in the industry. Drivers of change such as emerging technologies, trends, competitors, risks, or startups are represented as elements in the ITONICS Innovation OS.
Duplicates are elements that contain similar concepts or content, often created unknowingly by team members. To resolve the redundancy, either merge or differentiate the information in the elements. The duplicate detector is designed to prevent users from producing duplicate content before they add it to your ITONICS system.
Elements are the basic building blocks that make up the ITONICS innovation content management system. Pieces of content in ITONICS that are used across the different modules of the software are called elements and can be created and modified within Explorer.
Elements allow you to organize and categorize your organization's know-how in a single place, making it available across different teams. Each element can be viewed in a digital element profile.
Examples of elements are trends, technologies, inspirations, ideas and projects.
Element configuration refers to the functionality that allows you to define your own types of elements, beyond what is already available in the ITONICS blueprints.
You can configure the types of elements, the information that you want to save for those types (called properties), and how those properties are arranged in the element profile.
You can create elements - the basic building blocks of the ITONICS software - in Explorer. You are able to create elements using ITONICS blueprints, or you can configure your elements to suit your individual needs.
In Explorer, you can use the search function to search through elements' titles, summaries, descriptions, and links.
This search has two different modes: A simple and straightforward search for everyday use, and a more expert search that allows you to find specific content pieces using a sophisticated search syntax. The software automatically recognizes when you are using advanced search syntax and changes the mode.
Elements act as the basic pieces of content in the ITONICS software. Element types act as templates for particular types of content, for example, trends, technologies, ideas, or inspirations to name only a few.
The type of an element you are viewing is displayed prominently wherever the element is displayed, and different types of elements can contain different kinds of information and/or rating criteria.
The Embed feature enables you to display specific areas of your ITONICS Innovation OS in your own website or intranet to people without system access. It works using an Iframe, loading an interactive visualization as an HTML page within your chosen HTML page on an intranet or external website.
Enable Zone Editor:
The enable zone editor button on the Matrix visualization, allows you to divide the matrix chart into different highlighted zones by moving a horizontal and vertical line along the axes.
The rectangular zones can be used to classify the elements on the Matrix which can assist you with quickly identifying innovation opportunities and threats.
End2end refers to the complete innovation management process, from environmental scanning, trend and technology management, strategic foresight, ideation, and innovation portfolio management to innovation roadmapping.
Environmental Scanning refers to the capability to scan the (business) environment comprehensively and continuously. The business environment comprises internal and external drivers of change, including capabilities, trends, disruptive and emerging technologies, startups, competitors, markets, business models, risks, regulations, and customer needs.
Populate your workspace by importing content from an XLSX spreadsheet file. This functionality is especially useful when you have an empty workspace or switching from other innovation software vendors to ITONICS. You can important elements (trends, technology, ideas, projects, etc.) as well as ratings and comments.
The ITONICS Explorer is the content management system for your innovation management and is a core part of the ITONICS software. Elements form the foundations of your digital innovation activities and allow you to discover, add, rate, and relate information.
Presets are a way to save element filtering settings across all Explorer views, making it easy to revisit and keep track of.
Filtering is the act of excluding displayed elements or search results according to certain criteria in order to narrow down to what is relevant.
Fit to view:
The Fit to view button enables you to fit the complete Roadmap into your current browser window.
ITONICS Foresight is a software product that equips you to discover emerging opportunities and risks faster to inform strategic decision-making. It unifies foresight activities so that your organizations can prepare for change confidently.
The grid view in Explorer is the main informational view for all elements in ITONICS. In this view, you are able to get an overview of all element types and perform actions on multiple elements at once.
The element header is the area on the detail page of an element that contains the summary and basic information about the element, along with its main image. Using element configuration, you can pin specific information to be displayed in the header.
The header image is the main image on the detail page of each element.
Health status refers to the overall condition of a project element at a given point in time as either OK, a challenge, or critical. It provides an assessment of the project's progress, performance, and likelihood of achieving its objectives.
Hotspots provide basic help to guide new users and can be toggled to appear anywhere in ITONICS. Hotspots are activated automatically when first accessing ITONICS. You can activate or deactivate them by using the hints toggle at the bottom of the side navigation.
ITONICS Ideation is a software product that enables you to collect, nurture and manage ideas that unlock opportunities to meet strategic goals. It activates collective intelligence to generate ideas and solve challenges, shortening the path from ideation to market.
The ITONICS Insights tool enables you to monitor influences on your innovation ecosystem on a continuous basis, and scout for relevant new topics by tapping into our own Signals data lake.
In order to save a search field for continuous monitoring and to revisit at a later point, you can save your search fields as Insights Presets.
The presets picker in the header in Insights allows you to edit, update, and delete your presets. Presets are visible to all users in a workspace.
Inspirations are examples of how organizations are innovating by adopting certain trends or technologies. They can help you understand the current impact and scope of certain trends, technologies, and startups and spark creativity for your own innovative ideas.
Innovation management software:
Innovation management software is a specialized digital platform designed to streamline the process of nurturing innovation within an organization. It provides a structured framework to research and evaluate forces of change, gather ideas, then track the progress of innovation initiatives from conception to execution.
An Innovation Operating System (Innovation OS) is a comprehensive suite of tools, methodologies and frameworks. It’s designed to help companies systematically identify and exploit opportunities to achieve sustainable growth and maintain superior competitive advantage. Including all ITONICS products, the Innovation OS offers an efficient way to centralize your data related to trends, emerging technologies, startups, competitors, opportunities, scenarios, idea challenges, and innovation projects, then facilitate activities from strategy to execution.
The showroom contains the content that our analyst team has created for you to use and get inspired by. All users have access to it automatically and can discover and view the content.
You will not be able to create or edit any content in the showroom - but you can copy it into your own workspaces to work with it.
Kanban Boards allow teams to improve productivity by structuring and managing content like ideas, innovation projects, initiatives, and opportunities. It reveals bottlenecks, and visualizes workflows so you can spot inefficiencies and streamline progress.
Within an element’s detail page, you can see more information on abrupt or continuous increases and decreases in interest linked to specific elements.
Key performance indicators are important values on project and opportunity elements that tell you how well your innovation projects are doing. You can decide what KPIs are important to your business then add these as numerical or rating properties on project and opportunity element types.
KPI reporting widget:
The KPI reporting widgets are part of Lists and serve as a visual addition to analyze and visualize your portfolio data. You can add multiple widgets to fit your reporting purposes including donut charts and aggregation widgets for summary, average, and other calculations
Layers are used to organize activities on a Roadmap thematically. Additional layers can be created for a Roadmap, and, if a layer can be further separated into logical units, you are also able to split it into different sublayers.
When creating a Roadmap, we provide you with different best-practice layer templates for common use cases.
Lists serve as a centralized hub for accessing all elements tied to your comprehensive innovation portfolio. With a single glance, assess the progress, health status, resources, budget, and spending of your entire portfolio using the List view. Facilitate information management through interactive editing, filtering, and sorting functionalities, complemented by calculated number fields and visually presented KPI aggregations. This consolidated view ensures efficient oversight and strategic decision-making for your innovation initiatives.
The list view is an element viewing option in Explorer. Use the list view to display many elements at the same time. The list view shows elements’ basic information, and can be sorted by element titles, updated or created dates - in either ascending or descending order.
As a workspace admin, you can manage and interpret ratings to uphold data accuracy and consistency over time. Sift through ratings to see who has rated how and when, remove non-meaningful ratings, ratings made by mistake, or by users who left the company.
The ITONICS Matrix is a bubble chart with a two-axis-layout where each bubble represents one or more elements. Use it to visualize and evaluate your innovation portfolio of opportunities, technologies, ideas, or projects.
When commenting on an element, you can mention someone in your organization by typing in @ and the name of the user. This will trigger a notification to that person to spur a response and collaboration.
A milestone is a fixed date on a Roadmap that represents, for example, a goal, deadline, product release, or important checkpoint for an innovation project or activity. Adding milestones to your Roadmaps will help you create feasible project plans.
A module is a functional combination of one or more features representing a major part within ITONICS. A module is a self-contained, supporting a dedicated business operation or process and, additionally, can be linked and combined with others to form a larger system.
A network graph is a visualization of connections between elements, shown as links between circles. The links can represent relations you have added yourself or tags the elements have in common.
Receive email notifications when a specific action takes place in the software, such as when another user rates an element you created, when someone mentions you in a comment, and more. Users can configure what notifications they receive to suit their preferences.
Organizations represent a company’s ITONICS account. In order to use ITONICS, you must be part of at least one organization. Users can be invited to organizations to collaborate and share content.
Organizations can have multiple workspaces that allow teams to work on different initiatives.
A phase-gate process is a technique in project management in which an initiative is divided into distinct phases, separated by decision points known as gates. At each gate, a decision is typically made by a manager whether it has met the required criteria to move on to the next phase.
You can pin a Signal to an element in the Signals feed in the element detail page by clicking on the pin icon, which allows you to easily capture interesting information and weak signals without having to create a dedicated element.
ITONICS Portfolio is a software product that enables you to align, prioritize, and execute your most valuable initiatives for future growth. With it, you can ensure the right efforts are resourced and delivered at the right time to ensure that your organization's growth plans become reality.
The Insights power search allows you to use boolean queries to enter complex and precise queries when searching for Signals.
Properties such as text fields, dropdowns, or ratings define what kind of information can be saved for an element. While ITONICS provides element blueprints with certain properties, you can use element configuration to create your own.
The Matrix visualization has four quadrants called zones that you can use to categorize the elements on the Matrix and make sense of their priority and recommended action.
Quick Filter Panel:
The quick filter panel in explorer contains common filters, such as a general search, a filter by element type, and a filter by element creator. The quick filter panel helps you to quickly and easily narrow down your searches.
Some quick filters are visible straight away in the header, others are placed in an expandable section.
The ITONICS Radar tool allows you to graphically represent complex information and centralize and validate information. It enables you to build up an overview of how different trends, technologies, or startups can impact your organization’s innovation strategy.
The ITONICS Radar has different dimensions that help you focus on different areas of importance, accessible through the radar configuration feature. Selecting different element properties will create different views on the same content, helping you to gain meaningful insights.
The primary dimensions are segmentation and distance; secondary ones are color, halo, and donut.
Rating content such as trends or technologies is central to innovation management within ITONICS. It allows you and your colleagues to pool your expertise and decide whether an element is important for your organization. You can configure exactly what you want to evaluate - the rating criteria - using element configuration.
Ratings help you to evaluate elements and determine how they might influence your organization. Use different rating criteria to capture different data points interesting to you and your organization. These can include general characteristics, such as maturity or disruptiveness, as well as organization-specific parameters, like cost-saving potential, internal know-how, or implementation risk. When choosing specific criteria, think of your organizations’ focus.
This widget on element cards and detail pages is based on a recommender engine that uses machine learning to automatically suggest relevant elements within the same workspace. Recommended relations help you identify interdependencies, synergies, and even inefficiencies within your innovation portfolio.
Adding relations between elements in Explorer helps to organize the information in ITONICS and provides an overview of dependencies among those elements. Relations can be used to establish logical connections.
Relations can also be used in the Radar visualization to gain quick understanding of how particular relations may influence the respective element. You are able to use three default relation types here: relates to, drives/driven by, and hinders/hindered by.
You can relate elements in element detail pages.
Roadmaps are used to plan and steer innovation projects and initiatives with clarity and transparency. Roadmaps provide an easy overview of the current state of innovation activities.
The ITONICS Roadmap tool enables you to build scenarios and action plans to bring your innovation strategy to life. It offers an easy way to plan and keep track of your innovation projects across multiple users or teams within dynamic environments.
The Roadmap legend can be accessed via the toolbar and shows activity types, milestone types, and linked element types. It also offers quick access to activity and milestone type management.
Roles & Permissions:
A role is the collection of all relevant permissions that a user was assigned by an organization’s adminstrator. Roles and permissions equip users to perform specific actions in ITONICS.
Each permission provides access rights to a single action that can be performed and controls what users are allowed to do.
As a key environmental scanning activity, scouting is a time-bounded approach to observing shifts and contextualizing change to uncover patterns and weak signals. It involves researching topics, emerging technologies, trends, competitors, and startups within a defined area of interest.
In ITONICS Insights , the search field represents the topic area you want to look into and defines what signals will be displayed in the list of signals, and is the basis for what data is shown in the filters and visualizations.
The Radar visualization is usually divided into different segments to help you translate complex information. In the configuration panel of the Radar, you are able to choose what property you would like to use to segment the Radar. The properties available depend on the element types you are working with.
The showroom is a workspace with content that our analyst team has created for you to use and get inspired by. It contains more than 170 pre-loaded trends, risks, and technologies to kickstart environmental scanning.
Signals are indicators of potential future change. In ITONICS, Signals of change are collected using machine intelligence that is able to scan through a multitude of dependable sources to collate the most relevant data.
Signals are collected from sources including news, patents, scientific publications, and are enriched with additional information such as topics and tags that indicate thematic relevance.
Signals can be collected under an element in explorer or under a search field in Insights, and can be pinned or turned into elements.
Leveraging machine learning, our system monitors abrupt or continuous increases and decreases in interest linked to specific elements. These fluctuations are presented on a timeline that can be filtered to display the information you find most relevant. Dive deeper into specific surges or declines using the Key Events feature. Additionally, stay in the loop by receiving timely updates directly to your inbox when you watch a particular element. Stay ahead with real-time insights effortlessly delivered to you.
Every element in the Explorer contains the Signals feed. The feed accesses data from our continuously growing data lake which is compiled by our Signals engine, and consists of millions of documents, including news, patents and scientific publications. The feed is generated using the title and summary of the element itself.
Single point of truth:
A single source of truth refers to a centralized repository that serves as the definitive and reliable reference for information within an organization. The Innovation OS is designed to be a single point of truth for an organization’s innovation data. It ensures that all users rely on the same consistent and up-to-date data, instead of dispersed and misaligned databases.
ITONICS Smart Ideation uses generative AI technology to help you create campaigns and ideas faster. Select from a series of prompt options to help guide the AI, allowing you to produce faster campaigns and submissions. The feature also helps rate ideas based on certain selected criteria. Smart ideation consists of Autofill campaigns, Autocreate ideas, Autofill description, Autofill header image, Autofill tags and Autorate ideas.
The system dynamically assesses the volume of signals over time to determine shifts in interest levels on specific elements where the criteria are configured, and the signals feed is activated. These assessments are reflected in the rating criteria for elements - trends, technologies, and inspirations, presenting them as Speed of Change ratings. Customize your Radar view based on these ratings to gain insights at a glance. It's important to note that the Speed of Change ratings are automated and cannot be manually altered by any users within the organization, ensuring an objective and systematic evaluation.
Single sign-on (SSO) simplifies the login process by allowing users to sign in automatically without having to input their username and password each time. SSO eases the management of multiple credentials for organizations and lets users get to their work on the ITONICS platform faster.
A stack contains all Signals or elements that you have viewed, or are currently working with. The stack opens on the right-hand side in Insights and Explorer and displays a Signal or element’s detail page.
The stack allows you quick and easy access to navigate through Signals and elements.
The tag filter in Explorer allows you to get an overview of the tags that you have assigned to elements. It allows you to reduce and filter your elements to help you organize and analyze your content.
Tags are keywords or terms assigned to elements. Tags help you categorize and search for particular content.
Threshold conditional colors:
Visualize and interpret numerical data within your Lists according to your needs. Apply customizable threshold configurations to your number fields. This allows you to visually distinguish and analyze your data based on specific numeric criteria, making it easy to identify trends and outliers. For example, you might color all elements with a negative budget in red and all elements with a positive budget in green.
The timeline chart in Insights shows the development of search fields over time.
Use this visualization to see whether a topic is trending, or how it has evolved over time, and in context of different countries and industries.
Signals are enriched with topics using natural language processing and topic identification. They are displayed as tags on Signals and you can use the Insight's filter tab to filter for interesting topics.
User management is part of the organization and workspace settings, and allows you to invite new users to ITONICS, add them to your workspace, and manage their roles. It also allows you to deactivate users that shouldn’t have access to your organization anymore.
Visualizations on the ITONICS platform are interactive graphics that represent data, such as the Radar, Matrix, Network Graph, timeline and world map.
Click the Watch button on an element in order to receive email notifications about updates to the element, such as new ratings and comments as well as status and phase changes. This functionality helps you stay informed about the progress and development of elements you are interested in.
Workflows guide the progress of ideas, projects, programs or drivers of change with a standardised and repeatable process. It provides a sequence of phases that contains tasks that teams need to complete before the element can progress to the next phase.
As an organization administrator, you can create workspaces to structure your organization, manage who can access content, assign user roles in a more granular fashion, and customize what elements look like for specific use cases.