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The Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part Two
Sopheon – Where Innovation Means Business (and Vice Versa)Last week I talked about enterprise innovation management (EIM)/innovation performance management

light lab  be especially true in light of PTC recently putting a halt to the sale of Windchill SocialLink (based on SharePoint) after the product’s dismal success in the marketplace. In any case, EIM/IPM is a nascent category that market pundits and analysts haven’t entirely figured out yet. We believe that we’re at the beginning of a period of long-term growth in this software category. Sopheon is a small company dependent on a few large deals from large companies to make its revenue numbers, and the company

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