Your innovation scouting experience has been upgraded!

In a world of increasing interdependence, a connected ecosystem makes all the difference!

In the year of the Coronavirus, we learned that matching the speed of a global challenge requires the full velocity of an Ecosystem. We learned that digital tools can only rise to the challenge when they enable human networks to move faster together towards common objectives. So, we went to work on what we learned to deliver what we promised!

Connected Ecosystem

We integrated unique data flow controls providing connectivity downstream for multi-phase scouting processes, as well as vertically through hierarchical affiliation structures.

What does it mean?

Improved Assessments

We implemented major performance upgrades to the assessment capability and added new comparative and reporting tools to enhance your analytical experience.

What does it mean?

Enhanced Security

We implemented additional identity and affiliation controls, supported by internal encryption, on GovCloud(US) and we are phasing in Multi-factor authentication for the benefit of all users.

What does it mean?

You are part of an ecosystem that is increasingly more connected!

ec·o·sys·tem: a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.
noun: ecosystem; plural noun: ecosystems; noun: eco-system; plural noun: eco-systems

The Vulcan ecosystem uses affiliation-aware workflows that allow for the exploration of user-generated knowledge and activities through organizational hierarchies. This creates additional awareness of collaborative opportunities inside and outside of specific organizations. It also provides for the ability to manage engagement priorities upstream and downstream for organizations with multi-level hierarchies.

You are set up for knowledge retention and process innovation!

knowl·edge: the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association; acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique.

Vulcan supports multi-phase scouting processes through connected workflows that allow Government users to maintain the integrity of specific submissions while allowing content owners to adapt their input to emerging Government requirements.

Vulcan allows Government users to design and apply a deliberate and multi-phased discovery process in pursuit of viable innovations. It does so by allowing them to connect various scouting activities explicitly into a ‘process’ that can be improved, repeated, and/or shared.  In doing so, Vulcan creates the opportunity for Government users to:

Preserve the knowledge created through their activities and flow it downstream to other teams, collaborators, and partners.

Template their processes and track their innovation scouting performance.

Discover relevant efforts and activities; hence collaboration opportunities, across the ecosystem.

Benefit from knowledge and processes previously created by other Government users to accelerate process innovation and execution.

An illustrative example is provided below on how knowledge grows within Vulcan to inform decisions on both the demand and supply side of the technology ecosystem.

Your technology assessments support leadership decisions!

as·sess: to determine the importance, size, or value of a problem or solution; to determine the significance, worth, or condition of an entity by careful appraisal and study.
verb: assessedassessingassesses

Vulcan provides multi-team assessment capabilities with the flexibility to define diverse criteria and metrics. It also allows Government users to create assessment templates for re-use and/or sharing with other Government partners. In this update, we have implemented significant performance upgrades to the computational models and extended the capability to include:

Comparative analysis and visualization

Advanced filtering and editing across assessment

Dynamic assignments in different display modes.

Real-time computations across multi-tier and multi-team assessments

Use comparative analytics to inform organizational and stakeholder decisions

Vulcan enables Government teams to conduct comparative assessments based on user-defined correlations of Key Performance Parameters. This capability allows you to develop analytically-rich assessment models, which can be deployed to diverse teams. Government assessors are able to:

Create hierarchical structures for their teams with role-based access for assignments and progress management;

Create flexible criteria models for their assessments and save them into templates for future use.

Use advanced filtering to identify top performers based on key attributes and metrics

Vulcan provides assessment teams craftsmen tools to categorize and select technologies based on specific assessment priorities and/or technology attributes. Government assessors can identify top performers based on specific criteria/metrics for targeted selection. They are able to:

Leverage advanced filtering techniques to identify groupings of technologies for either assignment or selection to move to the next phase (i.e., second-phase assessment, Event invitation, etc.).

Use the comparative visualization tool to explore specific slices of the assessment data for alignment with specific areas of practice (i.e., operations vs acquisition).

A secure and scalable platform on GovCloud(US)

Vulcan is an Unclassified platform that is hosted on GovCloud(US) with requisite infrastructure and processes that provide for a safe and scalable environment to perform innovation scouting and engagement. The platform is available 24/7 and is accessible in a role-based and affiliation-aware manner irrespective of your location* or device.

Users need to be aware of the Vulcan Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, as well as fully comply with on-screen instructions regarding the upload of information into the platform. Any questions or concerns should be directed to our support team who can be reached at

*Note: For security reasons certain IPs and OCONUS locations may be prohibited from accessing the platform, which reflects the dynamic security approach used by Vulcan. If you have any questions about access from specific locations, please contact our support team.

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