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Software for Innovation?

Software for Innovation?

| On 01, Jan 2010

Message: 1091
Posted by: softwareforall
Posted on: Monday, 3rd September 2007

Is there software for directed innovation? I've heard of Goldfire – anyone have any experience with this?

I work for a major pharmaceutical company. I wonder if using software would be a way to ease into innovation processes.

Any ideas and suggestions would be most welcome.

Message: 1093
Posted by: QualityColorado
Posted on: Monday, 3rd September 2007

SoftwareForAll, Good evening!

I have not heard of “Goldfire”.

I have used “Inspiration” for quite a few years and highly recommend it — very easy to learn, and quite useful:

Best regards,QualityColorado

Message: 1122
Posted by: Bobcat TRIZ
Posted on: Monday, 8th October 2007

We have been using Invention Machine products, including Goldfire for many years.

As far as software solutions go, we like it for walking through the process, researching and generating reports, either as a team or individuals.

I don't think any software compensates for real people committed to real innovation.

Message: 1126
Posted by: Ellen Domb
Posted on: Saturday, 13th October 2007

There are several software products that specifically support TRIZ (CREAX, Ideation Workbench, several products from, Pretium, TRISOLVER, etc.)   Goldfire from Invention Machine Co.,  which was mentioned in previous posts, is the broadest, deepest, etc., and also has a lot of other product development features outside the TRIZ realm.   This is supposed to be a non-commercial forum, so please contact me separately if you want information on the various products.    ellendomb (at)

Message: 1135
Posted by: Jack Hipple
Posted on: Friday, 26th October 2007

I agree, even though I am also a user and trainer with TRIZ and several software products (not Goldfire). If one starts with software as opposed to the mental TRIZ algorithm, TRIZ will not survive. I have seen many problems solved with just the concepts of ideal final result and resource use and identification–not even needing contradiction tables or software. The solutions could have been found that way, but at a much longer time and cost. Software should be used only after the basic concepts and algorithms are understood. I have also seen situations where software has fallen into disuse after the mental analysis gets so strongly imbedded that it's no longer needed.

Message: 1140
Posted by: Sridhar
Posted on: Wednesday, 31st October 2007


Do we have a Software which kind of takes one thru end to end ie., Idea to Incubation to Innovation?

Thanks in advanceSri

Message: 1143
Posted by: Kelly
Posted on: Monday, 5th November 2007

I wish there were!  It would make things easier.  But (as far as i know), it is not possible for one software program to do it all.

Best of luck.


Message: 1145
Posted by: emmalwallace
Posted on: Tuesday, 6th November 2007

You could contact Imaginatik, Their product IdeaCentral supports end to end the idea management process. Might help?