Leading Product Lifecycle and Innovation Management Solutions Provider Offers Mobile App at No Additional Cost for Existing Customers

MINNEAPOLIS and LONDON—October 10, 2012—Sopheon, the international provider of software and services for product lifecycle management (PLM), announced today that it has introduced a mobile app of its Accolade innovation management solution.  The new app enables users to participate instantly in their organization’s product innovation processes at any time and from virtually anywhere.  Designed specifically for use with iPhone® and iPad® devices, the mobile software can be downloaded by Accolade Process Manager Licensees from the Apple App Store.

Mobile access to work-related information is one of the fastest growing trends in business today.  Seventy-nine percent of the organizations participating in a survey by the IT Policy Compliance Group (ITPCG) said that their employees use mobile devices to accomplish their jobs.  And the benefits are compelling.  Recent research by the Aberdeen Group found that the use of mobile apps to help workers accomplish day-to-day tasks can increase productivity by 45%.  Use advantages, according to the study, include improved communication and collaboration among team members and faster delivery of actionable information in support of decision-making.

Mobile access to Sopheon’s Accolade system will benefit the complete range of stakeholders in an organization’s innovation process, from team members and process owners to executive decision makers.  The world becomes a virtual office.  Process data and project information can be accessed without a network or Internet connection. For instance, mobile users can track and view corporate innovation activity, review project status and participate in decisions while traveling or out of the office.

Users of the new app will be able to:

  • Monitor and track innovation projects from anywhere, online or offline;
  • Keep up to date on the status of critical priorities and actions;
  • Receive instant notification of important decisions ;
  • Quickly review and assess innovation initiatives and key deliverables; and
  • Track what’s new in their organization’s innovation efforts and what’s changed.

Another important advantage of the Accolade mobile app is that users participate in their organization’s innovation process in a way that is familiar and intuitive, mirroring the digital experiences they are accustomed to in their everyday lives. “Mobile is increasingly the face of engagement for today’s workers. Professionals at all levels expect to be able to access information when and where they want it.  Providing mobile access enables our customers to further remove barriers and innovate faster. We intend to be a leader in enabling mobile capabilities for innovation performance” said Paul Heller, Chief Technology Officer for Sopheon.

The Accolade mobile app for iPhone® and iPad® is available immediately to current licensees of Sopheon’s Accolade Process Manager software for no additional cost and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.  Future plans call for additional functionality and expansion of mobile access to other device types.

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