Beam Suntory, Mine Safety Appliances, Bristol-Myers Squibb and AdvancePierre Foods among NPD industry leaders presenting at the 2017 Planisware User Summit

Annual event brings together over 200 Portfolio Management practitioners and thought leaders worldwide to discuss PPM best practices, case studies, and learn what’s new in Planisware’s software solutions.

March 30, 2017 (San Francisco, Ca) -- Planisware, the leading global provider of Project and Product Portfolio Management (PPM) software solutions for new product development (NPD), R&D, and engineering organizations, announced that it will hold its annual User Summit on May 17th and 18th at the Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The popular yearly event – which Planisware has hosted for 16 years – provides a forum for the organization’s customers to learn best practices from industry thought leaders, network with fellow practitioners and discover new ways to leverage the Planisware solution to reach successful investment decisions and perform effective business planning. Pricewaterhouse Coopers is the featured sponsor of the event.

This year’s event will include of a series of thought leader-led workshops presented by the Planisware Center for Excellence, Planisware’s educational forum dedicated to providing PPM practitioners with masterclasses, webinars and other content focused on vetted and emerging best practices that evolve PPM maturity. Featured scholars include:

  • Dr. Richard Bayney, President, Project & Portfolio Value Creation
  • Ken Huskins, Principal, Stage-Gate International, USA Inc.
  • Dr. Michael Menke, President, Value Creation Associates
  • Mike Wiebe, Founder & President, M.J. Wiebe & Associates, Inc.
  • Paul O’Connor, President, The Adept Group Limited, Inc.
  • Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, VCU

Practitioners from Beam Suntory, Mine Safety Appliances, Bristol-Myers Squibb and AdvancePierre Foods are among the customers who will present case studies. Topics include increasing accountability in project management; enabling teams to make realistic resource assignments earlier; supporting the front-end of the innovation funnel; and implementing PPM for a fast-paced commercialization environment. Planisware CEO and co-founder Pierre Demonsant is slated to deliver the keynote presentation and will discuss Planisware’s accomplishments in 2016, his vision for the future, and the product roadmap.

Attendance to the 2017 User Summit is limited exclusively to Planisware customers. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit