CIMdata Publishes “Driving Innovation from the Top Floor to the Shop Floor”

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - March 17, 2014 - PRLog -- CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm announces the release of a new research paper entitled “Driving Innovation from the Top Floor to the Shop Floor.”

Companies thrive on innovation, but how do they assess and plan their actions to meet corporate strategic objectives? New ideas are often needed to meet business objectives, and CIMdata’s definition of PLM has always extended from ideation to end of life. However, PLM strategies and tools do not often explicitly connect back to corporate strategy. Enterprise innovation management (EIM) solutions are helping global companies bridge the chasm between corporate strategy and purposeful action across a wide spectrum of business operations. EIM helps strategically define necessary product and process innovation, including product development actions executed through product lifecycle management (PLM), and other enterprise strategies.

CIMdata tracks EIM firms as part of our broad PLM definition, and Sopheon is a longtime leader in this market space. Their Accolade solution is purpose-built to address the issues mentioned above, and is being used by global leaders in many industries to empower teams to reach (and often exceed) innovation objectives. EIM and PLM working together can help ensure that product innovation meets both corporate strategic objectives and lifecycle requirements. The paper highlights the problems addressed by Sopheon’s offering, including examples from leading industrial companies including BASF, Corning, and Parker Hannifin.

As part of this research, CIMdata and Sopheon are collaborating on primary research about how companies are ensuring strategic business alignment. Survey participants will receive a summary report on the study results. For more information on the survey, please see

About CIMdata
CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and providers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter:, or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA, Tel: +1 734.668.9922. Fax: +1 734.668.1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0) 495.533.666.

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