Innovation is Oxygen at PPC  

Monday, 07 September 2015     

The Innocentrix team spent the day at Pretoria Portland Cement Company (PPC) recently, assisting with the launch of PPC’s new innovation platform.

Innocentrix and PPC Innovation teams

Innocentrix assisted with the roll-out and implementation of Idea Spotlight – an innovation management system from UK innovation company, Wazoku. This platform allows for all of PPC’s employees, irrespective of department, location or country, to actively take part in organisational innovation. Participants on the platform can view, rate and comment on other’s ideas, share notable ideas with colleagues or follow ideas to monitor their progress or success. Members of the innovation department can select and refine ideas through the use of the same platform.

The launch of the portal made for an exciting day at the PPC headquarters in Sandton, as employees registered and began contributing, using the new collaborative technology. Four challenges were launched on the day and by day 2 more than 90 new ideas have been logged, with many more employees joining in by commenting and voting for their favourites. The portal prompted employees to contribute innovative ideas relating to products, services, and general organisational challenges. As employees start engaging with the platform (and with each other) more organisational innovation challenges will be embarked upon and implemented at PPC.

Alta Schaultz (Walker) – Head of Innovation, PPC

Employees who jumped right in and participated from the get-go were rewarded with vouchers for a free coffee at the in-house cafeteria. The first 20 registrations each received these vouchers, as well as those who submitted the first ideas. Other rewards are also up for grabs.

Recent developments in technology and innovation has seen a rise in collaborative innovation, especially through the use of innovation platforms. Harnessing the power of employees has become central to innovation all over the globe.

PPC are joining numerous global organisations who are employing best of breed technologies in support of innovation growth and value creation. Wazoku won Everline’s Future 50 award for the UK’s most disruptive start-up in in 2013, and has moved from success to success since, recently being announced as the official implementer of idea layers for Microsoft Office 365.

Innocentrix feels privileged to have been part of this project, and will be following PPC’s success closely.

We wish PPC, their innovation team and all contributing employees the best of luck for future innovations, and are confident that the implementation of this platform is only the beginning of a very successful innovation journey.

Innocentrix launching Idea Spotlight at PPC

Idea Spotlight is distributed locally through a partnership with South African innovation business and technology services company, Innocentrix. Innocentrix provides innovation technologies through their House of Brands technology partners, and supply a wide variety of organisations with innovation solutions. This includes client innovation programmes, Thinkubator sessions and the hosting of several, innovation-focused events throughout the year.

If you have any questions about Innocentrix, innovation management systems, or business innovation in general, please do not hesitate to contact us at, or visit our website, where you will find many interesting innovation-related topics, like our Thinkubator programme and our illustrious House of Brands.