IBM’s enterprise crowdfunding program, iFundIT, is being used to drive innovation inside the company. Through iFundIT, IBM employees around the world are making an impact by funding the creation of apps and digital products that make their work easier. The ifundIT program flips many traditional IT processes on their heads, with impressive results.
COMPLETED FOR: Topcoder
ROLE: Design Direction, UI / UX
Innovative solutions to long-standing problems
Topcoder and IBM formed a tight partnership to help guide over 20 ideas from white-paper thoughts to functioning apps, each in just 90 days. We worked closely with IBM stakeholders to understand their problems and discover solutions that would drive their productivity forward.
Working with the Topcoder community, we delivered a wide range of ideas to our clients at each stage of the process, from wireframe, to design and into prototype, giving them an inside look at the best possible solution to their unique needs.
Mood Marbles is a simple application that gathers and calculates overall team sentiment. Each day, team members choose a “marble” and offer any feedback or comments to depict their feelings on the status of a project. The average sentiment of the whole team and individual members can be viewed for any day, week, or month, allowing a high level view of team happiness trends.
PROBLEM: With offices across the globe, IBM consultants travel frequently to meet with distant colleagues and teams. However, restrictive company policies on travel spending limit the locations where IBMers can eat and sleep.
SOLUTION: Travel Companion helps users discover IBM approved hotels and restaurants near their office location and allows users to rate and provide additional information on the establishments. Think of it as Yelp/Google Maps hybrid for an internal IBM audience.
“The biggest impact so far has been cultural. People love it, because it makes their jobs more fun and gives them a chance to invent solutions for business problems that have been frustrating them.”
—Ryan Hutton, IBM
PROBLEM: At over 300,000 people, it’s often difficult for IBMers to know and feel connected to their colleagues in different offices. The problem is furthered by the frequent travel many consultants face, placing them in new locations around the globe with an ever-rotating cast of new teammates.
SOLUTION: The IBM Memory Recognition app helps users memorize and recall the names, faces and roles of colleagues through a socially connected app and memory game experience. The app offers and encourages users with a variety of games/challenges to strengthen their memory retention and recall of colleagues they’ve met, been in contact with or are in close proximity to.
PROBLEM: IBM HR staff had been utilizing a hodge-podge of software products to schedule interviews, track candidates and record information about interview sessions. The system was full of hiccups and they wanted an all-in-one solution that could be used continuously throughout the entire interview process.
SOLUTION: IBM Blueview Interview assists IBM interviewers through the entire candidate review process. HR staff and team-specific interviewers can schedule interview sessions, rate candidate success, and get high-level overviews of candidate ratings and progress. The process has been completely streamlined and can now be run from a single iPad application.