The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has chosen Idea Spotlight, a web-based idea management platform developed by software company Wazoku in London, UK.
The highly collaborative platform has been selected to replace the MoD’s existing software GEMS Scheme, and allow the ministry to continue its digital innovation and to develop or progress with developments globally.
Using Idea Spotlight, the ministry plans to significantly improve innovation and idea flow into the system across the British Royal Navy, British Army, the Royal Air Force, Joint Forces Command and Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
The MoD’s digital innovation drive aims to provide the country’s armed forces with the required training, equipment and support at all times.
MoD Defence Innovation Ideas Stuart Laws said: “We are looking forward to partnering with Wazoku to build on our experience of delivering and managing an innovative idea management programme.
“MoD is proud of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by our people, and through Wazoku’s idea management solution we will ensure that the MoD continues to recognise and reward that dedication.”
The defence ministry has been using GEMS Scheme since its launch in 2012 and has witnessed success so far.
Approximately £14m in savings and £37m efficiencies were achieved, along with 11% staff engagement. A total of more than 5,000 ideas have been submitted to date, which includes 466 that are currently being taken forward.
Wazoku CEO and founder Simon Hill said: “We have a rich heritage of working with the public sector so are delighted to now have the chance to work with the Ministry of Defence.
“It’s an organisation that already has a successful track record of innovation, so implementing Wazoku’s Idea Spotlight platform feels like a natural evolution as it seeks to embed ideas and innovation into its everyday capability.”
Idea Spotlight platform’s dynamic archive feature informs staff about ideas submitted earlier, allowing them to include them into new recommendations.