SAP and Colgate Innovate on … Innovation!

What I learned in June is that SAP and their customer Colgate have been hard at work improving the way manufacturers innovate. While this isn’t a formal SAP product as of yet, the co-developed solution shows some real promise on how companies can use social computing to drive innovation.

Should You “Exnovate” your Product Portfolio?

What I learned this week … came from a blog entry by Paul Hobcraft on Innovation Tools asking “What is ‘exnovation’ and where does it fit in the innovatin life cycle?” I found “exnovation” an intriguing term and an interesting concept. And then, as usual, I tried to think about how manufacturers could apply it to their product lifecycles to enhance product profitability.

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.