Why engineering Bill of Materials is complex

Why engineering Bill of Materials is complex

For the last year, I had chance to talk many manufacturing companies in range from small hardware startups to large manufacturing companies with billion dollar revenues and production facilities across the world. I’ve learned that one simple question that can help you to understand all engineering and manufacturing processes in…

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Cloud PLM: from servers to multi-tenant apps

Cloud PLM: from servers to multi-tenant apps

We live in an interesting time of computing model transformation. Some of us can still remember Mainframe era 40-50 years ago. Computing platforms were monolithic and centralized. That was the time manufacturing resource planning and accounting systems came to manufacturing companies. The next stage was all about client-server. Cheaper architecture, wide…

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PLM and the gap between technologies and processes

PLM and the gap between technologies and processes

Almost a decade years ago, I’ve been using HTC phone running Windows mobile operational system. The same one you see on the picture above. It came to replace my old fashion Blackberry, but it is a different story…  HTC was a sophisticated phone with lot of features, camera, touch screen,…

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What PLM vendors can learn from Workday-Platfora acquisition

What PLM vendors can learn from Workday-Platfora acquisition

Data is a new oil. Fortune article explains in a nutshell why big data analytic and AI research are booming this days. The following passage can give you an idea. “Data is the new oil,” Shivon Zilis, a partner with the venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta, said about data’s increasing value….

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A balancing act between cloud and CAD file system

A balancing act between cloud and CAD file system

CAD files is a real nightmare for any data management system. Because of complex relationships, dependencies and size, to manage CAD files is a very complex function. PDM products are trying to accomplish it for more than two decades with questionable success. Read my blog – CAD files: the root…

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CAD files – the root cause of PDM nightmares

CAD files – the root cause of PDM nightmares

The data is ultimately important. Ask any engineer in a manufacturing company and he will answer you that he needs data at his fingertips, searchable, accessible, available on mobile devices, etc. etc… However, if you come to the same manufacturing company and ask who wants to be responsible for engineering…

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Technological trajectories of distributed design

Technological trajectories of distributed design

Nobody is surprised by the amount of distributed work we do these days. The time when designers, engineers and manufacturing facilities were located at the same building are over. People are working everywhere and amount of communication between people and companies is growing. It drives the demand for better technologies…

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Will PLM microservices kill platform dinosaurs?

Will PLM microservices kill platform dinosaurs?

Until now we had enough said about “cloud”. While PLM vendors are still disputing what is a true and false cloud, the things are moving forward. Have you heard about “microservices”? You probably should… Because, microservices is one of these things that can give you a better sense about different…

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Cloud CAD impact on product data integration

Cloud CAD impact on product data integration

Business Advantage Group, a market research firm published results of survey conducted in November 2015 related to the adoption and growth of cloud-based CAD systems. The information about the research was published by 3D CAD World here. I didn’t find a link to survey itself. The following passage can give you…

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Will PLM have MDM “moment of truth”?

Will PLM have MDM “moment of truth”?

PLM is transforming from pure engineering discipline into platform capable to manage a diverse set of data and processes. I can see first signs of this transformation in blurring of application boundaries. Vendors are focusing on interaction with users and how to support a complete business workflow. The shift towards…

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