VMware 'Flings' Spark Open Innovation

Posted by Janelle Noble at 9:01 AM, September 20, 2012

BlogphotoVMware, a global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, is hosting its first ever Open Innovation Contest. Using Brightidea software, VMware is actively engaging its community of users and encouraging participation for VMWorld 2013, an annual conference for IT professionals focusing on virtual server environment. The public innovation contest is designed for VMware software users that utilize a variety of fun, free tools offered by the company called 'flings'. The winning submission could potentially be a new fling built by the Engineering teams at VMware Labs. A panel of judges will review all the submissions and will announce the contest winner on November 30, 2012.

Since launching, the contest received positive responses from users and valuable collaboration on submitted ideas. One popular submission is to build a single backup of all vcenter and vshield components. The capability will allow users to select or unselect all vcenter configuration options and back up or send it on a share.

The open innovation contest portal invites ideas from the public and allows for the easy management of those ideas. The social features on the front and back-end allow for development of submitted ideas and efficient, collaborative review and decision-making.

Watch the official contest video to learn what the VP of Innovation at VMware has to say about 'flings.' 


[Video] Innovation Champions: Farm Credit Services

Posted by Janelle Noble at 9:20 AM, September 13, 2012

Innovation Champions: Farm Credit Services of America from Brightidea on Vimeo.

This series lets you get an inside look at top global businesses and their leaders that create innovation program success.

In this video, Brightidea sits down with Angie Winegar, the Director of Strategy & Innovation at Farm Credit Services of America, for an exclusive interview to learn how the company organized around innovation using Brightidea software. Providing credit to nearly one-third of the nation's agricultural industry, Farm Credit Services of America recognizes the importance of utilizing innovation to achieve operational efficiency and promote next generation services for customers. Angie also points out that the company's long-term goal is to sustain a corporate culture where all employees and departments are organizing themselves around innovation in their job functions.

Want to learn more? The Birds of a Feather community connects leaders from different industries under one common goal: to reimagine innovation. Join our online social communities and connect with innovation champs like Angie today.

[VIDEO] Innovation Champions: Sara Lee

Posted by Janelle Noble at 9:43 AM, September 05, 2012

Innovation Champions: Sara Lee from Brightidea on Vimeo.

This series dives into the people behind the scenes, making innovation a key component to the success of top global companies.

Here is an inside look at the people behind innovation management at Sara Lee (NYSE: HSH), a global leader within the competitive and highly regulated food industry. Sharing with us his expertise in the field of corporate innovation is Keith McConnell, an innovation agent at Sara Lee.  Like many other global companies Sara Lee employs third party innovation agents to help guide and execute overall corporate strategy around optimizing the business for success. Keith works out of the Continuous Improvement Group and recognizes the importance of the management of employee ideation to maintain a competitive edge while driving innovation to produce new products. 

Want to learn more? The Birds of a Feather community connects like-minded innovation practitioners around the world. So don't wait any longer, join our social communities online and connect with Innovation Champions like Keith today.

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