How to implement Social Networking for PLM?

Term social networking comes to us from Web. Web sites like MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn, I think, well known. I’d like to differentiate between two big groups – private and public networks. Public network can be divided into working network and organizational network. Private network is network of your friends and knowledge networks. 

My question is – do you see something special in social networks for PLM and how possible to get there? My proposal is to use annotation in PLM tools that will connect product data (assemblies, parts, line in BOM etc) to people in social networks. Most of these social platforms today provide API. This API can be used to get content of your social communication such as – topics, contacts etc. On the other side, in PLM systems, annotations can be used to mark relevant CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM topics and objects for your social contacts. Usage of lightweight formats and web access can allow you to collaborate on particular content with your colleagues, suppliers and knowledge experts. Emerging usage of global IDs will simplify your identification in the system.

 Bellow you can see some nice videos showing futuristic examples of social network visualization.

 And in order to make this discussion a little bit practical please see global supply chain social network visualization.

 Now, let’s stop Saturday evening dreams and talk to your IT department about social networks on Monday :):):).  Have a good weekend!



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  • Yann Malet

    This Post was too tempting for me. Even if Jos try to hook me with its excelent video :

    I have decide to try to answer your question there :

  • Yann, I like your idea about Social Product Development Network — SPDN. Interesting scope. Beyond this I believe most of what you are saying belongs to Open Source. This is promising according to the last statements of some vendors in this area. My point was about how possible to bridge licensed PLM (which I believe will continue to exist) and open sources ideas (also from social networks and web 2.0). Regards –

  • I think there is something very different. If i could see who I affect before doing something then in the context of a product development project this would have disticnt meaning. Also if I knew not only who, but how one element of information affects others it would reduce the need to do things over again. My feeling is most design change is driven because poeple just were not aware. What if the tool notified the people that ppotentially were affected by something someone else did? This would be very effective but it needs to be applied to design dsicussion, not the resulting files…

  • Chris, what you are saying is about CCB in his original meaning, but delivered may be with different tools. Social Nets can provide new capabilities or just another user experience to do it. Most of Social Tools in my view is about user experience. Since data is available in most of the cases. Regards, Oleg.

  • continue: look on skyrails example – you navigate with social net dependencies. This is exactly what you call in your note call – impact / affect.