PLM Dream Technologies for 2009

 As the New Year is very close, I see this ias a good time to dream about the future. Therefore, I decided to raise “Dream Technologies” for the PLM topic on Think Tank. What are Dream Technologies? Simply, things that I don’t believe can be achieved more than 50%. As this is almost impossible, we can only dream about it for the moment.

 I decided to qualify the following three topics as my dream technologies that in my view can provide a significant impact on future of the development of PLM, (but not limited to PLM, of course)

1.     Persistent Content

2.     Modeling Prediction

3.     Plug off-the-cloud

Persistent Content

This is a technology enabler to keep product data and information available for long periods of time. In today’s systems even a time-span of 5-10 years is something hardly achievable. What about 40-50 and more? More and more industries today and the future will be required to keep life-long information about how their products are designed, built, utilized etc. In the AEC industry, information about buildings need to be used for very long time for maintenance and many other purposes. The Persistent Content technology is something that will allow product data and information to be connected in a meaningful way. At the moment, we contain design information , including design documents and  mostly in PDF formats. Lots of information about design process, manufacturing, supply chain simply gets lost. Making this information available can be mean a great deal for many purposes such as data traceability, analyses and reuse.

Modeling Prediction

I see the following possibility as very promising –analyzing design, manufacturing, supply chain and other related information to product model information in order to predict future behaviors of manufacturing, consumers and perhaps designers. This technology is connected to the idea of persistent content that will allow long a time-space storage for product data and information. As soon as it will be possible, applying a Bayesian inference can provide interesting and promising results. Think about being able to predict how successful the manufacturing process will be for a particular product during a specific time and according to specific manufacturing facilities. Initial usage of predictions have been used in Supply Chain analyses, but the scope of these systems is not holistic and is presently focused only on supply chain performance.

Plug off-the-cloud

Currently, everybody is thinking how to ‘plug-into-the-cloud’. I think it is a good time to develop PLM systems that will allow us to plug-off. This technology will allow customers to use PLM systems in an on-off mode and synchronize/cache content on demand, optimizing connection time, quality and availability. This on-off technology can be very beneficial, since many PLM/CAD applications are, by nature, desktop oriented. By allowing plug-off/on capabilities, their future on ‘the cloud’ will be more promising.

This is my last post before the holidays,I wish all of you Happy Season’s Greetings and all the best!

SYS! – Oleg.


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  • Oleg,

    Persistent Content. That is something that is urgently required.. Especially for products with long lifecycles. Airplanes (B-52’s are 50 years old…), Trains (also 30-50 years), Power Plants (nuclear: indefinitely) etc.. So this is something Product LIFECYCLE Management really needs…
    What is the status of this technology???


    PS1: not to mention the problem of the hardware we are storing al this information on.. I mean are there still tape-drives around???
    PS2: what about software. Can somebody still read the old CADAM files that were used to make the drawings for a lot of aircraft that are still in service.

  • Hi Dick, Thanks for your remarkable comment on persistent content. It was first on my list. Since only few days passed since I posted, this is still dream :)… Seriously, I heard about big companies trying to develop persistent content storages. I haven’t seen anything ready out-of-the box proposed by PLM vendors. Topic is on the crossroad between hardware manufactures (especially storages), data warehousing and content providers. On content side, in PLM, I see two areas – how to make 3D persistent (this is about your example with CADAM files; second – how to keep valuable metadata. Metadata is not less important, since it include all knowledge about how this product was created and maintained. With increasing awareness for eDiscovery and regulation, this is may become soon very important in my view.
    Regards, Oleg.

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  • Interesting views, especially the ones that talks about persistent content. Having such content available for longer durations will not only help in better research resources but will also ensure asynchronous knowledge transfer, when required.

  • François


    Persistent Content! Is IT industry usually thinking to allow customers using their old data in their old software version, running on their old hardware? While I agree on the need, the IT industry culture is pushing customers to migrate to new things, first because it is their source of benefit, second it is the IT culture to move to new.

  • François, you are right! this is general tendency. But on the other side there is definitely need to develop something to allow us to see what was designed on plane 30 years after release. How we can do it today? PDF? IGES? Paper? -Oleg

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