How to decouple PLM from our psychic system

How to decouple PLM from our psychic system

If you ask two engineers how to solve a problem, the odds are you can finish with three different solutions. When you ask engineers in engineering, manufacturing and support how to organize processes you end up with many options. People hate changes and to bring consensus is the hardest mission….

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Open source PLM conundrum

Open source PLM conundrum

Once open source software was a no-go solution in enterprise software. I remember debates and discussions about open-source code with legal department in a large PLM development company back in 2000s. They asked me to bring good reasons why to use open source software… Fast forward in 2016 – open…

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CAD & PLM subscriptions and Data Liberation

CAD & PLM subscriptions and Data Liberation

When I was a child, I remember my parents made annual subscriptions on newspapers and magazines. Once done, I enjoyed some of my favorite journals and publications distributed to our mailbox on monthly basis. I found an interesting article about the history of subscription publishing in America in 19th century and…

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Connecting dots between 3DEXPERIENCE, Zero Files and Solidworks Xdesign

Connecting dots between 3DEXPERIENCE, Zero Files and Solidworks Xdesign

I’m slowly digesting news from Solidworks World 2016, which took place last week. You can take a look on some of my earlier notes here. For the first time after 2010, Solidworks introduced browser based development work – Solidworks Xdesign based on 3DEXPERIENCE platform. I captured the following napkin chart…

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How to replace PLM legacy systems and to move forward

How to replace PLM legacy systems and to move forward

The decisions about PLM system selection and implementation are slow. I took part in few of them during my last year consultancy practice. It is long and sometimes multi-year process. Once manufacturing company is making a decision about specific PLM system, it is very hard to change. It has too many…

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MCAD+ECAD and Intelligent Lifecycle

MCAD+ECAD and Intelligent Lifecycle

The time when you product was a piece of machinery is over. These days, every product is a combination of at least 3 elements – mechanical, electronic and embedded software. It usually comes together with an additional piece of software (mobile or cloud). Welcome to the reality of multi-disciplinary data and smart products!…

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Cloud PLM license cost and lessons from Uber

Cloud PLM license cost and lessons from Uber

It became a cliche for the last few years to compare everything with Uber and Airbnb. I have to admit that I’m guilty and I’ve fallen in that trap last year too. If you feel like Uber-for-X, read the following article – Why there won’t be Uber in every industry….

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SOLIDWORKS cloud CAD development is in full swing

SOLIDWORKS cloud CAD development is in full swing

Solidworks was one of the first CAD companies that said in public word “cloud”. Six years ago at SWW 2010, the news about new team and technologies were announced. Lot of things changed since that time. The landscape of CAD, PDM and PLM application is changed. The adoption of cloud…

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PLM vendors and differentiation: square the circle?

PLM vendors and differentiation: square the circle?

Differentiation and positioning might sounds like a very boring marketing term. But it is actually something that can become very important, especially in a competitive market such as PLM.  How to make your company stand out from the crowd? How to explain that your three letter P.L.M. are different from…

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Intelligent part number is dead. Long live meaningful attributes?

Intelligent part number is dead. Long live meaningful attributes?

Part numbers are hard. What started as a simple number and references to a part company usually purchase from a supplier, turned out as a complex data management problem with high level of integration complexity. Part number is a fundamental element of all processes in manufacturing company – started from design…

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