Capture, explore, gain understanding of ideas


Decision ExplorerDiscover how Decision Explorer® can help give you a clear picture of your ideas

Decision Explorer® is a proven tool for managing “soft” issues – the qualitative information that surrounds complex or uncertain situations. It allows you to capture in detail thoughts and ideas, to explore them, and gain new understanding and insight. The result is a fresh perspective, and time saved through increased productivity, release of creativity and a better focus. Decision Explorer® has been developed by academics at the universities of Bath and Strathclyde and now by Banxia Software, in conjunction with major organisations. This innovative tool now has hundreds of major international users.

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Decision Explorer® has proven to be a powerful facilitative tool. Used ‘live’ in workshops it provides a very efficient and productive means of keeping participants focussed and communicating. As a means of joint decision making, I have not found better.” Kenny Forsyth, Consultant, Strategy group, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

It was an extremely useful tool to use, I just cannot think of any other way in which it would have been possible actually to bring together all this different information and weld it into a single report which everybody now looks at and can recognise some of their own input.” Tony Knight, Henley Management College.

One feature that sets [Decision Explorer®] apart from competition is its wide range of analytical and investigative tools. … This all makes [Decision Explorer®] a very powerful system.” PC Magazine.

Now available – Decision Explorer Connect™

Add advanced control to your meetings with Decision Explorer Connect™ our new meeting tool.

Decision Explorer Connect facilitator Decision Explorer public display

Self-adhesive Ovals available

Ovalmap pad sampleYou can now purchase yellow ovals made specially from Post-It® paper for use in group meetings where you want to start your Decision Explorer® mapping with a paper based oval mapping session. By using ovals with a group, you overcome the natural tendency to “think rigidly” which emerges when working with rectangular media. Available in packs of 1, 10 or 50 pads (with 50 sheets per pad). 
To learn more, visit our OvalMap™ pages.

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Download a FREE demonstration

Both a presentation and a fully working demonstration are available for download. See the demo pages for details.

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Training CD – online and image download

Learn from the experts – access the training CDs developed by Prof. Colin Eden and Prof. Fran Ackermann for their MBA students at Strathclyde university. Visit the learning CD page for details.

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Getting Started in Cognitive Mapping Paper

The “Getting started in cognitive mapping” paper (available here as PDF and here as HTML) provides an introduction to the technique used in Decision Explorer®, its capabilities, and what it can do for you.

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Workbook to take you step-by-step through Decision Explorer ®

Banxia have prepared a tutorial workbook to help you learn Decision Explorer®. Using the demonstration version, you can learn how to create concepts, link them, and start using the analysis facilities. The tutorial, provided as an Acrobat PDF file, is included in the demonstration version, or available separately.

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Training courses

Interested in learning more about applying ideas mapping in your organisation? Training courses are now available.We have dates allocated for training on the product of your choice. Visit the training events pages for details.

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Training materials

Use our training materials to run your own course on Decision Explorer.

Decision Explorer caseReady to buy?

Buying Decision Explorer is easy and risk free. If the working demonstration version works, then so will the full version. Choose which version you wish to purchase, and you can buy online or via purchase order or telephone. See the pricing page for full details.