June 24, 2014, 11:34 AM

Planisware launches a version of its R&D planning software for smaller companies

Big companies typically license the on-premise version of the software that enables collaboration among research and development teams. A new SaaS version is intended for smaller companies.

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Planisware, a provider of software for managing collaboration and spending in research and development projects, recently released Planisware V6 in a new software-as-a-service as well as licensed version.

The company, with dual headquarters in San Francisco and the Paris suburb of Chatillon, targets mostly companies with $1 billion a year or more in revenue and hundreds of users of its software. Many of its clients of this size opt for the vendor’s licensed, on-premise software that starts around $150,000.

Among its clients are pharmaceuticals developer Pfizer, consumer packaged goods provider Johnson & Johnson and Ford Motor Co.

But Planisware V6 is also available in a new software-as-a-service version designed for smaller companies with about $500 million or more in annual revenue and less than 50 users, says Antoine Villata, general manager for North America. The SaaS version, which lets the user access software hosted on the web instead of running it on its own infrastructure, starts at about $5,000 per month.

Planisware V6 also offers more controls for users, including the ability to add tools and screens in the software to display more data fields, such as the length of time it’s taking to reach each stage of a product development project and the related costs of purchasing materials.

V6 also is designed to more easily pull data from a company’s back-end enterprise resource planning software, including financial accounting and procurement management software, to provide R&D teams with up-to-date information on available resources. It’s also designed to support better collaboration among teams involved in product development and product portfolio management.

“It provides for more direct input from engineers and others on a research team,” Villata says.

The software also can pull in data from external data sources, such as for benchmarking the speed of product development. “It provides reports on cycle times, and compares that with industry standards,” he adds.

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