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Proven software leader joins company to enable next level of growth. Jacksonville Beach, Florida, January 8, 2017 — eZassi announces that Jennifer Creech has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 4th. In her new role, Jennifer will be responsible for the launch of the next iteration of the Company’s innovation management software platform, as well as overseeing all aspects of the Company’s global expansion effort. Ms. Creech brings to eZassi more than 15 years of C-Level management experience with expertise in: SaaS and cloud technology solutions, data mining and driving year-over-year double digit revenue growth at the companies she has helped to build. Prior to joining eZassi, Creech was the CEO and President of InHouse, Inc., where she conceptualized and led the development of an award winning, cloud-based appraisal management software platform. Based on her leadership skills, the growth of the business and market success of In House’s commercial...

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The shift from closed innovation to open innovation is the defining characteristic of this decade. Startups are able to compete with billionaires, disrupting entire industries from cheaply assembled DIY workspaces. Even large companies like Microsoft are replacing private R&D with open source methods. All entrepreneurs, freelancers, and members of technology-focused industries should study this change. Open Innovation is a Revolution Many of the biggest innovations of the last few decades were built upon pre-existing infrastructure. Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon, spoke about this concept at the Code Conference in 2016. He explained that the internet was only made possible by the existence of telephone lines. As the infrastructure grows, so does the possibility for innovation. Manufacturers are already starting to build products on the newly emerging infrastructures of 3-D printing and artificial intelligence. This is exactly what open innovation is about. How To Embrace Open Innovation The notion of building products upon public...

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Idea Management Software Streamlines Open Innovation "Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_innovation R&D Is No Longer a Barrier to Entry or Strong Strategic Advantage Traditionally, innovation was a closely guarded secret. R&D teams hid away in secrecy innovating, discovering, and releasing the next generation of products. Think of IBM, Bell Labs, DuPont and other companies where R&D was a valuable strategic asset. Traditional Companies Are Moving Toward Open Innovation According to the MIT Sloan Management review "Companies are increasingly rethinking the fundamental ways in which they generate ideas and bring them to market — harnessing external ideas while leveraging their in-house R&D outside their current operations." http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-era-of-open-innovation/ Harvesting, managing and sorting through 1,000s of ideas to find the diamonds in the rough is a daunting process. Large organizations...

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eZassi Uses Social Sites like Linkedin to Sign-In and Auto Profile Users How many times have you been interested in something online, only to abandon moving forward when you see a cumbersome sign in process, replete with password entry a confirmation email in the way? A 2012 study by Blue Research found 86% of people are bothered by the need to create new accounts, 54% consider leaving the site, and 88% say they have given inaccurate information. What is Social Sign-in? eZassi integrates with Linkedin, Facebook, and other popular platforms so that with the click of a button, the visitor can “sign-in” and start participating in the open innovation process without creating a username and password and verification email. Benefits of Social Sign-in Higher conversion of visitors into users Increase the amount of people that join your innovation community by making it easier to begin. Higher participation once a user joins your innovation community. Users can go back...

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Technology Scouting Software for Open Innovation

Business is evolving faster than ever. Consumer demands have never been higher, and large organizations who don’t innovate will eventually die. Large organizations like these can no longer exclusively rely on the internal R&D team or employee base to produce the product innovation and insights that will keep them in the game. Enterprises are increasingly turning to open innovation for their product development strategy. Alan G. Lafley, CEO of Proctor & Gamble believes “half the company’s ideas must come from the outside.”   Technology Scouting Allows Organizations to Find Innovators and Solvers   To do this, you need to find and engage innovators outside of your organization. This is called “technology scouting,” and it’s a critical aspect of open innovation. Scouting allows organizations to identify intellectual property and key influencers and engage them to become part of their innovation. Whether you’re scouting “internally” among 1,000s of employees in your organization or need to reach outside of your organization,...

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eZassi's Open Innovation Management Software v3.0 makes it easy for companies, large and small, to manage their open innovation process from idea capture to creating winning products and services. Today, we'll cover three key features from this version 3.0 including: 1. Innovation Portal 2. Easy Registration and Single-Sign-On 3. Customized Content for All Audience Types One of the key features of version 3.0 is the innovation portal. 1. Version 3.0 Includes a Uniquely Branded, Public Facing Innovation Portal This easy to find, uniquely branded, public facing innovation portal website can run off a custom URL or your corporate domain. 2. Easy Registration and Single Sign On   From one single point of entry, employees, external users, and administrators can log in to participate in and manage all aspects of the innovation process. One-click registration and auto-profiling make it easy for users to instantly auto-populate profile information from social networks such as LinkedIn and others. Single Sign On (SSO) allows...

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Learn more here eZassi's Open Innovation Management Software Most people know the importance of having a quality web presence when their goal is to get the most from their business. Although some business owners simply create a website, doing so is not enough if you want to engage your customers and increase the productivity of your employees. The good news is that your search for the perfect tool to enhance your web presence and to build your brand is over. With the open innovation software by eZassi, you can quickly establish yourself as an expert, and you will likely get even more sales as a result. But the software will also provide you with many more great benefits: Integrate with Social Media Create Interactive Communities Optimize Engagement Social Media Integration As social media sites continue to increase in popularity, setting up several accounts for your brand is vital if you want to get the best...

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    View Full-Size Infographic   1. Accelerate New Product And Process Development Increase volume and quality of ideas entering the pipeline.   2. Increase Efficiency Central aggression hub and easy to use stage-gating streamlines the idea collection and filtering process.   3. Contain Risk Proprietary safe disclosure process and technology protects IP integrity for both the innovator and the company.   4. Break Down Silos And Group Think Technology to facilitate cross-department collaboration and mine, discover and identify powerful ideas outside the company walls.   5. Foster Culture Of Innovation Provide an outlet for employees to collaborate and innovate. Signal to the outside world that the company welcomes external innovation partners. Strengthen brand equity through innovation.   View Full-Size Infographic...

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View Full-Size Infographic 1. Technology Scouting Find the right solvers automatically, using sophisticated web crawlers. 2. Sustaining and Engaging Keep your audience coming back with gamification and new challenges. 3. Advanced mobile features Innovate on any device, on any platform, and at any time. 4. Idea identification automation Easily identify the great ideas. Instantly and automatically score and rank ideas. 5. “Idea to a product” speed Move ideas faster and more efficiently. Stage-gate workflow enhancements. 6. User profiling enhancements Auto-capture user profile detail for future challenge identification. 7. ROI measurement Show ROI within the Open Innovation Platform. View Full-Size Infographic...

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  The free flow of information is a critical component of effective open innovation. Without it, your ideas might perish before they ever get a chance to get off the ground. While software tools definitely help, it's important that yours go above and beyond. eZassi's unique software platform facilitates more impactful crowdsourcing with features that let you dictate how your ideas evolve, adapt and grow. Here are six for starters:   A Fully Functional, Branded Microsite   Deploy your own branded, public-facing portal from your corporate site or other digital location. A single point of entry and professional branding makes it easier to share and test promising concepts.   Single Sign-On Capability   Employees, community members, end users, project administrators and other important stakeholders all deserve the chance to contribute. eZassi Innovate permits secure external sign on so that authorized participants can all play their part. Customize your content to suit different audiences and share ideas more readily.   A Brand New,...

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