Integrated Innovation Web Panel with Kimberly-Clark and Kalypso

Jim Brown will participate in a live discussion on IM Channel 1 with PPM guru Pamela Soin of Kalypso and  Doug Shandonay, Innovation IT Lead Business Partner at Kimberly-Clark, in a presentation on Integrated Innovation: How to Make Innovation Everyone’s Job on February 7. Register for the Live Event (or watch the replay)   As

More Value for the Front End of Innovation – CogniStreamer

I had the chance to talk with … CogniStreamer about their innovation portal as a part of some front end of innovation (FEI) research I did in preparation for Aberdeen’s Leadership in Product Development Summit. Cognistreamer is one of a number of vendors that I believe can play a role in helping manufacturers leverage social

One-to-One: Sopheon Hypes up its Customer Needs Management Capabilities

I had a chance to talk with… the team at Sopheon about their recent product enhancement in the customer needs management (CNM) space. Through an OEM agreement with German based idea management vendor, Hype Software, the product portfolio management company has announced Idea Lab, an idea discovery, management, collaboration and analytic offering – areas that were partially addressed by their existing idea management offering. With Sopheon’s existing portfolio management and product planning/roadmapping strengths, these additional capabilities at the very front end of innovation give it a strong offering in the customer needs management space.

What I learned: The Front End of Innovation is Disconnected from PLM

What I learned this week… came from The Front End of Innovation event in Boston. One thing that stuck in my mind from the event, based on conversations with end users and from presentations, is the lack of connection between the front end of innovation and the rest of the product lifecycle. Customers seem content

What I Learned: Innovation at 27,000 feet on Mount Everest?

What I learned this week . . . came from The Front End of Innovation event in Boston. At day one of the event, Author Jim Collins (Good to Great, Built to Last, Why the Mighty Fall) gave a rousing presentation of findings from his latest research. According to his research, the reason mighty companies fail is not because of lack of innovation. In fact the ones that succeed in the harshest conditions, at “27,000 feet on Mount Everest,” are not necessarily ones who bring a lot of new products to market; it’s the companies that are disciplined in their innovation approach, and have the right people working on the right projects.