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Product Portfolio
& Pipeline Management

Linking Resource Allocation to Strategy and Market Need
April 24-25, 2006 / Chicago, IL



The Product Innovation Agenda
for high-value Portfolios

Jim Brown
Vice President, Global Product Innovation
& Engineering Research
Aberdeen Group, Inc.

Jim Brown of Aberdeen will review the results of his Product Innovation Agenda Benchmark report and his views on the portfolio and resource management solutions market. Aberdeen benchmarked over 125 manufacturers to determine how improving product innovation helps companies achieve top-level benefits. Aberdeen reviews manufacturers’ strategies for profitable growth and the actions that they are taking to achieve success. The report breaks down high-level objectives like increasing revenue, decreasing product costs, cutting product development costs, and increasing the value of intellectual property into tangible actions, business capabilities, and technical enablers.

In this context, Mr. Brown will give an overview of the market for portfolio and resource management solutions. Mr. Brown will share his insights on how companies can fulfill the top two drivers for increasing product revenue, which according to the benchmark study are “increasing fit of products to customer and market needs” and “increasing value of new product chosen.” The discussion will include a review of the types of software applications available today, and the pluses and minuses of the approaches taken by leading solutions.

Jim Brown leads AberdeenGroup’s Global Product Innovation and Engineering research. Its goal is to provide fact-based research and experienced analysis that advises executives on how to achieve maximum product profitability and corporate value by using the right approaches and enabling technology to identify, specify, engineer, develop, and continuously improve innovative, high-value products.

Jim founded research and consulting firm Tech-Clarity, acquired by Aberdeen in May 2005. Tech-Clarity focused on making the value of PLM and enterprise software solutions clear to manufacturing business leaders. Jim began his professional experience with roles in manufacturing engineering and software systems at General Electric before joining Andersen Consulting (Accenture), where he focused on enterprise software applications. He has also served as an executive at several software companies and as the PLM analyst for Technology Evaluation Centers and The PLM Evaluation Center. Jim is a frequent author and speaker on applying software technology to achieve tangible business benefits.

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9:30am-5pm est

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