A few notes about where Idea Lab stands currently:
The new Analytics product is under development now, and will incorporate winning ideas from our first challenge. We expect Innovative to make a more detailed announcement soon.
Members of the IUG Steering Committee have proposed to Innovative that we use Idea Lab to "clear the decks" of existing Polaris and Sierra/Millennium enhancement requests on all topics/modules. This would be very different from the way normal Idea Lab challenges will go, as no specific development resources have been committed by Innovative. There would be one challenge for Polaris, and one for Sierra/Millennium. All IUG members would be encouraged to submit enhancement requests that are still outstanding from any of the older processes, or anything current. This would give the community a way to voice the issues that we see as top priorities. It would also allow any of the older enhancement requests that are no longer important to the community to recede into the background.
Most Idea Lab Challenges going forward will be focused around development that III can commit resources to in advance. We feel that our "clear the decks" proposal will be a good way to answer the most urgent question we keep hearing from the community, "What will be done about old enhancements," while also helping complete the transition from older systems into Idea Lab.
Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. We will notify the community again when we have more information about both the previous Idea Lab Challenge and the proposed new ones.
On behalf of the IUG Steering Committee,