SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

May 03, 2007 14:06 ET

World Wide Product Innovators to Gain Expertise for Improved Product Performance and Profitability

Aberdeen Product Innovation Summit to Showcase Product Innovation Industry Leaders From Honeywell Aerospace, General Motors, Bombardier, Motorola, Xerox, BAE and HP

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2007 -- The much anticipated Product Innovation & Engineering Summit will kick off May 23-24, 2007 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, in Boston, MA, presented by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS). This is the preeminent networking and educational event for product management, product development, and engineering executives to accelerate strategies for increasing product profitability through improved product innovation, product development, and engineering processes and enabling PLM technology.

The Product Innovation and Engineering Summit is part of Aberdeen's annual executive summit series that is the only executive event in which participants will collect actionable recommendations from Best-in-Class product innovation practitioners, which can immediately put into action to improve their own company's product development and engineering performance.

Founded in fact-based research, the exclusive summit will identify how companies are transforming their product innovation processes and product lifecycle management technology in the face of increasing complexity and corporate demands for profits.

Limited to an intimate audience of only 200 executive level participants seeking to hear from and network with industry thought leaders, attendees will witness first hand how companies are managing the complexity of global design and global supply chains; increasing speed to market; improving product reliability; managing product data and processes in collaborative engineering environments; implementing best practices to meet their product development targets; designing products that comply with increasingly complex regulations; developing products that incorporate mechanical parts, electronics, and embedded software / systems engineering, adopting product simulation and analysis to reduce the number of prototypes, and much more.

The summit will focus on and reveal recent research findings, conduct on site polling of the product innovators and engineers on site, and provide participants the opportunity to network with some of the technology vendor summit sponsors that enabled the best-in-class industry presenters to transform their product innovation processes and product lifecycle management for maximum productivity and profit. Summit sponsors include: Agile, AutoDesk, IHS, UGS, Zuken, Smart Org, IBM, and InfoTech.

Aberdeen's Product Innovation Industry Leading Presenters Include:

--  Michael Treacy, Best-selling Author, "The Discipline of Market
    Leaders"
--  David Williams, Vice President, BAE Systems
--  Steve Hoover, Vice President, Xerox Research Center
--  Dr. Scott Edgett, Author, "Portfolio Management for New Products,"
    Product Dev Institute
--  Leon Shivamber, Corporate VP Supply Chain Management and Operations,
    Harris Corp
--  Dr. Roger Nagel, Author, The Father of the Virtual Organization, &
    Previous CEO and Executive Director of the Iacocca Institute
--  George Race, Director of PLM, Honeywell Aerospace
--  Tim Ambridge, Director of PLM Tools and Processes, Bombardier
--  Tim Goodall, Product Innovation, Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola
--  Mehmood Khan, Global Leader Innovation Process, Unilever
--  Tony Ulwick, Author of "What Customers Want"
--  John Eustis, VP of Product Development & Strategic Sourcing, Hinckley
    Yachts
--  Mansour Ashtiani, Sr. Manager Innovation Tools, Delphi
--  Darin Janoschka, Sr. Director, Product Development, Flo Healthcare
--  Mary Fortier, Engineering Group Manager, Global CAE Development &
    Integration, General Motors Corporation
--  Dr. Michael Menke, Chief Portfolio Advocate and Business Strategist
    Strategic Planning and Modeling, Hewlett Packard
    
For additional information on the summit, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/pie07/

For more information on sponsorship visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/pie07/sponsors.asp

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen is a leading provider of fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having benchmarked more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is uniquely positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen™ for insights that drive decisions.

As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen's analytical and independent view of the "customer optimization" process of Harte-Hanks (Information - Opportunity - Insight - Engagement - Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit Aberdeen http://www.aberdeen.com or call (617) 723-7890, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748 or go to http://www.harte-hanks.com.

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