In these tricky times you can not outgrow your competitors unless you out-innovate them. With many new ideas strangled at birth by legislation and R&D belt-tightening, you have to squeeze as much innovation out of your company as possible. This is the time to launch low-cost in-house experiments. It’s time for the return of the corporate suggestion box. An idea central — backed up by tangible incentives — to get your staff’s creative and common sense juices flowing. This is one of collaboration technologies best applications. Be careful though; you need to carefully gauge an idea’s potential commercial value and explore its ramifications to avoid expensive risk-taking.