Last week I discussed the option of having a new PLM format. http://plmtwine.com/2009/03/31/should-plm-20-come-with-a-new-plm-format/. My conclusion is that the new PLM 2.0 format can be proposed to handle available PLM IP and share it among organizations and people. I see various scenarios possible – supply chain, design collaboration, etc.
Today, I wanted to show what is possible, in my view, as a technological opportunity to merge this PLM 2.0 format of data with the capabilities of AWS (Amazon Web Services). AWS keeps this data on a cloud storage. Take a look on the examples of Amazon usage that keeps public cloud sets – http://aws.amazon.com/publicdatasets/. I think that the Amazon service is the most mature these days, but I expect that newcomers will propose hosting opportunities for data storages. To communicate with this storage in an exchangeable format can be the ultimate opportunity for streamlining processes for product development.
So, I think that in the context of cloud capabilities such as AWS, the need for new PLM formats to be able to encapsulate data sets of product related information has become more urgent. How we can create something that allows us to distribute product IP and data? This is a question that requires answers.