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edison365ideas is Helping First Rail Drive Innovation and Efficiencies

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Marlow, UK – Today, edison365, the award-winning ideation and project portfolio management suite, announced that FirstGroup’s rail division has selected their edison365ideas module. This new implementation will source employee-driven innovation.

First Rail is one of the UK’s most experienced rail operators, carrying more than 340 million passengers across four franchises and their open access operation. They are continually working in partnership with industry partners and local stakeholders to provide better rail services, keep people moving and communities prospering across the country. First Rail worked with edison365’s UK Partner, CPS, to implement the solution.


Commenting, Kenny Scott, Engineering Transformation Director at First Rail said: “We take pride in solving challenges faced by our clients and with edison365ideas, we can fast-track ideas and provide the best possible value and solution.”

“Delivering business transformation within an organisation, starts by assessing what should and could change to drive operational efficiencies and incremental benefit,” said Ivan Lloyd, CIO, edison365. “Edison365ideas rapidly creates opportunities for a free flow of ideas from across an organisation’s entire team of employees, and sources fresh thinking and new ideas that could drive change.” said Lloyd.

Colin Kelly, Innovation Manager for First Rail, added: ‘’We are looking forward to using edison365ideas to capture ideas, run challenge events, engage with our teams and collaborate with other colleagues throughout FirstGroup as we look to continue to grow our innovation capability.’’

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About edison365

At edison365, we enable organizations to take their ideas from the drawing board and onto the balance sheet. We deliver a transparent and integrated view of your entire business transformation workflows and programs to ensure you can make ideas pay.

The edison365suite is the only end-to-end innovation management and delivery suite built for Microsoft 365.

With edison365ideas, organisations can crowdsource, evaluate and triage innovations to evaluate their true potential. Use edison365businesscase to perform in-depth cost-benefit analyses of proposed innovations and identify measurable benchmarks and results. With edison365projects, you can turn your ideas into highly effective delivered solutions.

First Rail

FirstGroup is one of the largest and most experienced rail operators in the UK and the only one to run every type of railway – long distance, regional, commuter and sleeper operations. We carried more than 345 million passengers in 2018/19.

  • We operate four passenger franchises – Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and TransPennine Express – and one open access service, Hull Trains
  • We operate the London Trams network on behalf of Transport for London, carrying around 29 million passengers a year
  • As well as Avanti services, the West Coast Partnership also includes the ‘shadow operator’ for future high-speed rail services which will design, develop and mobilise operations for the new line working with HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport.

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For more information about FirstGroup and our divisions please visit www.firstgroupplc.com and follow us @firstgroupplc on Twitter.

About CPS

Founded in 1995, CPS is a multi-award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner which specialises in delivering innovative Microsoft technology solutions to help businesses on their journey to digital transformation. We pride ourselves on solving technology and business problems with collaboration, employee engagement, change management and innovation from anywhere on any device. What makes us unique is that we don’t just deal with the problems and the solutions, we also deal with the outcomes and the benefits. www.cps.co.uk

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