Top 10 PLM Posts of 2009, Beyond PLM and more…

Top 10 PLM Posts of 2009, Beyond PLM and more…

It’s over. 2009… The loooooong weekend was a perfect time to think about last year, summarize, statistics, reviews, read an unlimited number of future predictions and analyzes of past predictions and what is mostly important think about coming 2010. So, first what I’ve got.

Top 10 post

We discussed Google a lot last year. Even if Google is not considered as The PLM brand, I think ideas and products that coming from Google are inspiring to think about what we are doing wrong and how we can change things. So, it is not surprising to get Google-related posts in top 10. Another trending topic last year was Open Source. I considered it as an innovative business model for PLM, Open Source drove attention from both sides – vendors and customers. I have to say few words about more PLMish and fewer technological blog topics. Various posts about Bill of Material were fascinating, got attention and raised lots of questions.

Google Wave was an interesting topic last year. Coming with the idea to change the way we work with email, Google Wave open new page in collaboration. I’m going to share my experience about Google Wave very soon. Stay tuned…

PLM built great expectations over the past 5-10 years. Obviously, together with expectations can come also disappointments. Without intent to correct all people’s frustration from PLM-related technologies, I’m taking slice of them discussing what are my top five…

This visionary topic taking you in the future of PLM and Internet together. Internet, probably, is the best virtual space. Big part of real life is reflected in the internet cloud. Here are my thoughts about how future Internet can change PLM future.

SharePoint behemoth changed a lot of things moving fast into enterprise organizations. Exceptionally good customer adoption drove us to many questions. Can we do PLM with SharePoint? What are benefits and drawbacks? Some of PLM vendors jumped over to get full experience of SharePoint ride. What is Microsoft PLM SharePoint roadmap?

Visionary. Do you think Google will be able to re-invent Excel? If yes, how it will look like? Seriously, I think MS Excel is #1 PLM tool, how Google’s experience can be beneficial for potential Google-PLM-Technologies?

Coming out of SharePoint 2007 success, 2010 versions, expected in 2010 contains a lot of future statements. To get initial analyzes and predictions how SharePoint 2010 will play PLM game.

BOM – single, multiple, different, compared, engineering, manufacturing, as-built, My BOM and their BOMs. How to get them all and separate? How to manage it in my organization and in supply chain. May be in the end – The BOM is only one?

Free and Open. It comes also into PLM space. Wanted. Inspiring and dangerous. Unclear and simple. Will Open Source change the rules of PLM game? Or it is just yet another way to get money from customers? Be part of this discussion too…

Should PLM handle everything that related to product  in my organization? Don’t boil the ocean, be focused. Don’t allow to your PLM dreamers to bring PLM everywhere and disrupt your PLM future.

I want to have simple plan for PLM. How to implement it in the fast, efficient and mostly non-complicated way? So, what means PLM for Dummies?

2010 and Beyond PLM…

Thank you all for such this awesome experience in 2009. It was time to learn new things from your, got great discussion and experience. I’m looking how to continue and expand it in 2010. Sneak preview of what you can wait in 2010.

Mobile Blogging – you will see more PLM discussions on the road. Mobile becomes more and more important. You should not be in front of your desk or even connected to internet to read my posts.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more – our discussion will be more social. More presence in social networks, more connections, discussions and great ideas.

Beyond PLM – this blog started as an idea to make our industry more open. However, I found lots of ideas and new things to discuss on the crossing between technologies, product development, engineering and manufacturing. So, I decided to think how I can expand our discussion beyond PLM boundaries. I’m looking for some interaction from your side here. Let me know, please, what type of discussions you are looking for? What are topics of your interests? What are problems you cannot resolve and we’ll try to discuss it together.

Happy New Year!
Best, Oleg


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  • Oleg,

    I think the major problem that PLM is facing today is lack of widely supported and vendor independant data exchange standard, whether it is CAD to viewer or PLM to PLM or any other enterprise system. STEP is a good starting point but PLM has grown up much beyond those established standards. Your blog could bring people together and form some direction in this regard.

  • Prashant, Thanks for your comment. I agree, there is no good “exchange standard”. However, I do believe standards need to be paid by somebody. Just bring people together is not enough. STEP (and some other standards) was created because of business need and financial support. For the moment, I cannot see vendors are interested to pay for standards in PLM space (May be JT is an exception. However, I’m not familiar much with how JT organization works). In addition, standard-related activities (if you are talking about “agreed standards”) are slow and our business is very dynamic these days. How to bring it together? This is a very good question :)… Best, Oleg

  • Arno

    For me, Google has changed the way to design products in taking into account not only the user process (as other software company does) but also in integrating user ecosystem (data/index, collaboration…). For PLM, it should be the same: whatever app, during authoring phasis, you should take into account existing information in real time, in fact: not to reinvent the wheel! So, can you to identify/suggest these ecosystems?

  • Arno, Thanks for your comment! I agree, Google changed a lot in the people’s life. The same changes (openness, integration, search) need to come to enterprise (not necessarily to PLM only). Additional aspect, Google put an assumption that software is free for consumers. This is a very significant change. It needs to be understand by enterprise software vendors. Best, Oleg

  • Oleg,

    I believe the largest topic coming up is the “Open Source” discussion. Many customers are discussing cost reduction trhough going Open Source… however, I personally believe their TCO math is somewhat wrong.

    Looking foward to see the market moving and first real adaptors of Open PLM

    Have a successfull and prosperous 2010!

  • Thomas, thanks for your comment! Yes, agree – Open Source discussion continues to be the hot topic in 2010. You can expect additional discussion next week on my blog… Stay tuned ;)… Best, Oleg