CPS Implements edison365ideas for First Rail, Delivering Innovation Management and Operational Efficiencies

Date Published 14/10/2020
Category Press Release

Marlow, UK – CPS, the award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner, has been selected by FirstGroup’s rail division to implement their UK partner’s (edison365) solution – edison365ideas. 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.

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.


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.


Curating an innovation approach and culture in First Group Rail is important, and includes looking at cost reduction, increasing capacity, cutting emissions and improving the customer experience,

said Christopher Pond, Commercial Director, CPS.

With edison365 built on Microsoft365, CPS is able to rapidly deploy edison365ideas to support client innovation processes and new ways of working quickly and efficiently

added Christopher Pond.

Learn more about edison365



Notes to editors

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.

For more information about CPS visit www.cps.co.uk 

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

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

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.

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