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In the world of idea management, even Spigit (news, site) admits that it can be difficult to ensure manual contribution from key authorities. Today's release of Spigit 3.1 and the new SpigitFusion automate that process, promising improvement in the quality of decision-making and pace of innovation.

For the companies that utilize an innovation platform, how do you manage the evaluation process of ideas that funnel through? Spreadsheets and e-mail are typical answers, but neither of these methods support accountability, tracking, reminders, or the mapping of these evaluations to the scoring of the ideas. 

Spigit's attempt to remedy this problem combines the crowd sourcing capabilities of its primary platform with a back-end evaluation system. Required evaluation contributions can be assigned to individuals as management tasks. and through the use of  due dates, reminder e-mails and calendar integration capabilities with Outlook and Lotus Notes, users are presented with a manageable method for organizing ideas effectively. 

The final outcome is an automated and adaptive tool that can tailor the evaluation process to the unique characteristics of each idea, pushing them forward into projects with minimal manual assistance:

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Spigit 3.1

The announcement of SpigitFusion (available now) is part of the company's latest platform launch, Spigit 3.1. New features include external SSO user accessibility and ad-hoc reporting so that site administrators can create custom community data reports on the fly.

"With the largest and rapidly growing customer base using Spigit to power their innovation initiatives, we are excited to provide our customers with more functionality aimed at effectively managing the life cycle of ideas," says Paul Pluschkell, Co-founder and CEO of Spigit. "We have combined the power of crowdsourcing with subject matter expertise to optimize the innovation process for the social enterprise."