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12/07/2006 8:01am

RNS Non-Regulatory



Sopheon PLC
12 July 2006



Embargoed Release: 07:00hrs Wednesday 12th July 2006



                                  Sopheon Plc

                                  ('Sopheon')



 Reckitt Benckiser Enhances Product Development with Enterprise-wide Deployment
              of Sopheon's Process and Portfolio Management System



         Household-Cleaning Product Giant Implements Sopheon's Accolade

             to Establish a Common Process for Creating New Products




Sopheon, the international software and services company, confirmed today that
Reckitt Benckiser, one of the world's largest household-cleaning products
manufacturers, has implemented Sopheon's Accolade process and portfolio
management system to provide an enterprise-wide platform for new product
development.  The company began using the solution a little more than a year ago
in an initial deployment that spans 40 countries and involves approximately 600
users in marketing, research and development, manufacturing, finance and
executive management.



Reckitt Benckiser is a global consumer goods manufacturer with operations in 60
countries.  The company's well-known brands include Lysol, Finish, Air Wick,
Vanish, Easy-Off, Woolite, Spray 'n Wash, d-Con and French's Mustard.  Reckitt
Benckiser is using Sopheon's Accolade to establish a common process for
developing new products across all of its operating units.  Deployment of the
software is an element of a larger strategy aimed at supporting the creation of
new-to-the-world consumer products and minimizing the time required to bring
those products to market.  New product launches within the past 36 months
account for almost 40% of Reckitt Benckiser's total net revenues.



The collaborative, Web-based environment produced by the Accolade system allows
cross-functional teams that drive the company's innovation processes to work
more efficiently and reduce the amount of time spent on administrative tasks.  A
principal reason for Reckitt Benckiser's selection of Accolade was the Sopheon
solution's capacity to integrate with Microsoft Office technologies.  This
feature provides users with access to a mix of robust, easy-to-use tools for
capturing, recording and reporting critical project-related information.
Accolade's portfolio management capabilities provide real-time views of the
business potential and status of projects to inform project selection and
prioritization decisions.



"Reckitt Benckiser's continued leadership of the household-cleaning products
market is directly attributable to their year-after-year success in developing
superior new products," said Mike Connolly, European director for Sopheon.  "
Their selection of Accolade is a reflection of the strict, sophisticated
standards and requirements that have made them masters of innovation. Reckitt
Benckiser's deployment extends a pattern of recent Accolade adoption by some of
the most creative and top-performing consumer packaged goods companies in the
world. We're delighted by the growing acceptance of our offering in this
demanding, high-potential market."



Sopheon Accolade(R) is a registered trademark of Sopheon plc.

Lysol(R), Finish(R), Air Wick(R), Vanish(R), Easy-Off(R), Woolite(R), Spray 'n
Wash(R),

d-Con(R) and French's Mustard(R) are registered trademarks of Reckitt Benckiser
plc.

Microsoft(R)  is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.




About Reckitt Benckiser

Reckitt Benckiser is the world's No.1 Company in household-cleaning products,
(excluding laundry) and a leading player in health and personal care. They are a
truly global company with a consumer-oriented vision, operations in 60
countries, sales in 180 countries and net revenues in excess of #4 billion/$7
billion. Reckitt Benckiser is passionate about delivering better solutions -
making life easier for consumers around the world is what drives their constant
innovation.  For more information, please visit www.reckittbenckiser.com.



About Sopheon

Sopheon (LSE: SPE) is an international provider of software and services that
help organizations improve the business impact of product innovation.  The
Sopheon Accolade(R) product innovation process and portfolio management system
automates gate- or phase-based product development processes and provides
strategic decision support that allows companies to increase revenue and profits
from new products.  Sopheon is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock
Exchange and on the Euronext in the Netherlands. For more information, please
visit www.sopheon.com.




Barry Mence, Chairman              Sopheon plc              Tel : + 44 (0) 1483 685 735
Arif Karimjee, CFO
Andrew Tan                         Hansard Communications   Tel : + 44 (0) 207 245 1100
                                                                  + 44 (0) 7957 203 685
Frank Jansen                       Citigate First Financial Tel : + 31 (0) 205 754 010




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            The company news service from the London Stock Exchange
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