At Last! A Project & Portfolio Tool with a difference!
October 22, 2014

At Last! A Project & Portfolio Tool with a difference!

Neville Turner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Innovator web enabled system

Modules Used

  • Project & Portfolio Management/Stage Gate/Resource Management

Overall Satisfaction with Bubble Innovator

Bubble Innovator was initally developed and configured for use mainly within our R&D group 3 years ago. Very soon it became obvious that there were huge benefits to the whole organisation. By making our New Product Development pipeline visible to the whole organization it promotes cross functional alignemnt and focus on the NPD priorities. Innovator is now used across all business group/functions globally, and is seen as the single 'source of truth' for key NPD information. It has replaced a miriad of other unconnected tools and ad hoc reports. We use the Innovator Project Dashboard to manage the 'business' data for NPD projects, it also drives our Project Reviews and Reports, Stage Gate Reviews, Portfolio Metrics which are automatically rolled up by platform, business group etc. The project prioritzation and resource management functionality provides true cross functional visibility on resourcing capabilities and constraints.

Innovator provided us with one system to manage all our 'non technical' NPD project data including project status and risk reports, project financials to Stage Gate & Portfolio Analysis. Having one place to capture all the data has created huge efficiencies for project teams, project managers, portfolio directors and senior management, eliminating multiple other reporting mechanisms, share point sites etc.etc..
  • Innovator is easily configured around your exisiting processes and requires little or no training so you are up and running very quickly
  • Innovator focusses on the practical challenges that almost all companies face in managing Portfolios of New Product Development projects - a one stop shop for all project & portfolio data, real time reporting, scenario modelling to support portfolio decision making.
  • Users are attracted by the ease of use and visual format of the tool.
  • Our internal IT group love it -it's provided by the Bubble Group as Software as a Service (hosted by Amazon), this means vitually no internal IT support is required
  • User configurable screen views and reporting capability are in development - this will significantly help key users
  • User configurable Portfolio Views and charting
  • Increased efficiency at several levels - Proejct Teams/Project Managers/Portfolio Decsision Makers
  • Driven consistency of process and reporting across a complex global organization
  • Greater visibility of NPD pipeline has led to improved cross functional alignment on priorites
  • Improved portfolio decision making capability
  • GenSight,Clarity,Enrich
We found Innovator provided all the functionality we required in a lightweight solution that was easy to configure to our processes, provided benefits to almost all those who accessed it with little or no training. Other systems may offer more depth of functionality but this makes them more cumbersome to use and requires more training of users. Innovator also offers a more transparent cost structure - you can immediately see what it will cost as all the functionality is automatically available within the price.
It has become a fundamental and popular tool in our business, we would be lost without it
Innovator is suited to companies who want an intuitive, easy to configure system to manage their NPD or similar portfolios of projects. It's an easy and lightweight tool to get up and running and little or no IT burden. Innovator doesn't pretend to have specialist capabilities in detail project planning or portfolio optimization, It would however provide many companies with all the functionality they need to manage their NPD efforts.