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MoD spends £400,000 on Wazoku’s “idea management platform”

The Ministry of Defence is rolling out an “idea management platform” across the UK’s armed forces in an attempt to boost digital innovation.

The ministry has committed to spending almost £400,000 over two years on the cloud-hosted platform, which has been developed by British software firm Wazoku.

It comes after the MoD claims to have made savings of £14m since launching its first employee suggestion scheme in 2012. To date, employees have submitted more than 5,000 ideas, of which nearly 10 per cent have been put into practice.

Stuart Laws, head of defence innovation ideas at the MoD, said the ministry is “proud of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by our people”. “Through Wazoku’s idea management solution we will ensure that the MoD continues to recognise and reward that dedication.”

It is not the first deal Wazoku has struck with the MoD. In August 2017, the company struck a year-long partnership to provide the RAF with the same software for £49,000. The pilot helped the company secure the forces-wide contract.

“We have a rich heritage of working with the public sector so are delighted to now have the chance to work with the Ministry of Defence,” said Simon Hill, chief executive of Wazoku. “It’s an organisation that already has a successful track record of innovation, so implementing Wazoku’s Idea Spotlight platform feels like a natural evolution as it seeks embed ideas and innovation into its everyday capability.”