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..