Planisware Awarded 'Stage-Gate® Ready' Certification from Stage-Gate Inc.

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Planisware achieves 100 percent certification for all areas of new product development and is additionally recognized for product and technology Roadmapping functionality.

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Planisware is very pleased to embark on this significant relationship with Stage-Gate Inc. We have found the Stage-Gate® process to be utilized by a majority of companies around the world who are focused on best practices in new product development. From the very beginning Planisware's focus has been on innovation in new product development and maximizing value for R&D organizations.

Planisware, the leading provider of Global Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software, was recently awarded 'Stage-Gate® Ready' certification by Stage-Gate Inc. The certification, designed by Stage-Gate Inc, is a method of determining a software solution's capabilities as it tests innovation productivity tools across three areas of new product development (NPD) including Idea Management, Idea to Launch and Portfolio Management.

Planisware is only the fifth software vendor worldwide to receive the certification, which authenticates and guarantees the company's ability to support best practice in the application of globally recognized Stage-Gate processes for NPD and project portfolio management.

Pierre Demonsant, CEO of Planisware, said, "Planisware is very pleased to embark on this significant relationship with Stage-Gate Inc. We have found the Stage-Gate® process to be utilized by a majority of companies around the world who are focused on best practices in new product development. From the very beginning Planisware's focus has been on innovation in new product development and maximizing value for R&D organizations."

Planisware's software was analyzed and scrutinized against a series of almost 200 required elements in order for it to achieve Stage-Gate® Ready status. Planisware's solution met all requirements in the Idea to Launch, Portfolio Management and Idea Management areas. In addition Planisware's solution was recognized for delivering additional performance improvement with its powerful Roadmapping capabilities.

Dr. Robert G. Cooper, world's top innovation management scholar and creator of the Stage-Gate process, said: "I strongly recommend all would-be buyers to ask specifically for Stage-Gate Ready software, even if your company does not deploy a traditional Stage-Gate process. We want to help organizations take advantage of innovation productivity tools that can help advance business performance and we believe that if we reduce risks associated with these decisions, it is a win-win for everyone."

Stage-Gate Inc. is the world's leading full-service provider of solutions which enable organizations to improve their Product Innovation and Portfolio Management capabilities. Michelle Jones, executive VP of global growth at Stage-Gate Inc., said: "Planisware achieved every criterion in every category which is an impressive feat. Planisware's current and future customers will benefit greatly."

Stage-Gate® is a registered trademark of Product Development Institute. Stage-Gate Inc. is a Member Company of Product Development Institute.

About Stage-Gate, Inc
Stage-Gate Inc. is the world's leading full-service provider of solutions which enable organizations to improve their Product Innovation and Portfolio Management capabilities. A globally recognized and trusted brand, Stage-Gate Inc. accelerates client success with strategic advisory and transformation services, leading-edge products, best-selling publications, first-rate seminars and Stage-Gate® certification. Clients include more than 5000 organizations of all sizes across all industries. To learn more about Stage-Gate, Inc visit http://www.stage-gate.com

About Planisware
Planisware is the leading Global Product Portfolio Management software company supplying real solutions to companies managing complex R&D efforts. The acclaimed flexibility of the Planisware solution allows customers to align the software solution with key business programs and portfolio management processes. Planisware is a profitable, growing, global company with 30% annual growth, 150,000 users and 200 Global 2000 companies as customers. To learn more about Planisware, visit http://www.planisware.com or call (888) PLA-NISW.

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