Following the update presentation I gave at the i3P Forum on 26th June, I thought it would be helpful to share more widely to all i3P members the progress made thus far on the work being done to develop and upgrade the i3P Portal.
It has been clear for a while that the portal has not gained the momentum required to make it a useful destination for the sharing of innovation or enabling members to share challenges and collaborate, and although since its launch in 2017 there have been more than 400 innovations shared, there has been little real engagement. Although some early work to establish the best way forward with this was started in 2019, with the results back from the i3P Membership Survey in March 2020 it was clear that delivery of a fit for purpose i3P Portal was a top priority for the coming year. With that in mind, an initial requirements workshop was held on 30th April 2020, with a diverse range of members contributing towards the creation of a draft set of key requirements to take forward. Following the workshop, members also submitted a range of use case scenarios to add further context.
Clearly there are a number of different options we could take – from the development of a bespoke product using a new supplier or one recommended by a member, through to using an ‘off the shelf’ product like Edison365 or incorporating a collaborative platform such as MS Teams. Whilst this is a subject which can elicit a diverse and passionate range of opinions in terms of what is needed, there have been some clear insights gathered to date:
- The portal must provide a forum for innovation sharing, updates on i3P projects, a marketplace for client challenges, i3P and industry news, and a ‘single source of truth’.
- It must be underpinned by state of the art “search-ability” with thriving community engagement delivering clear value to the user.
- It must be highly integrable with members’ existing Innovation Management Systems.
- It must be accessible to the wider industry including SMEs, academics, trade and industrial bodies, and the general public.
Members will be asked this week to share information regarding their existing innovation management systems, and next week the draft specification document will be shared via the fortnightly i3P Newsletter with feedback invited.
In the meantime, I attach a copy of the slides shown at the i3P Forum – please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to be involved in the portal’s development.