Archive for May, 2014

Cloud PDM and Dropbox Streaming Sync

Cloud PDM and Dropbox Streaming Sync

Few days ago, I captured the idea of building cloud PDM system on top of Dropbox infrastructure. It is hard to me to say if manufacturing companies will be ready to put CAD data into Dropbox servers. At the same time, Dropbox infrastructure is starting to make even more sense…

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How PLM IoT will support RTF?

How PLM IoT will support RTF?

IoT (Internet of things) is trending these days. Connected houses, cars, sensors, thermostats, LED lamps, etc. On the recent COFES 2014 in Arizona, IoT was one of the most most discussed topics. Clearly, there are some very interesting things PLM can do with IoT even tomorrow. However, the question of…

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Google Maps, Knowledge Graph and high-end PLM user experience

Google Maps, Knowledge Graph and high-end PLM user experience

To present product information visually is not a simple tasks. It combines multiple domains of information – 3D model, design specification, material characteristics, simulation, etc. This is one of the most critical places to innovate for major CAD and PLM companies. Few years ago I was writing about PLM visual…

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Dropbox Webhooks and Cloud PDM Pivoting

Dropbox Webhooks and Cloud PDM Pivoting

Regardless on what CAD and PDM vendors want, engineers are going to share files on Dropbox and similar file sharing services (Google Drive, One Drive, etc.)  Do you remember my PLM cloud concerns and Dropbox reality for engineers  post two years ago? 34% of people in engineering departments are using…

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Why hard to sell PLM ROI?

Why hard to sell PLM ROI?

In business, ROI is one of the most fundamentals principles that can help companies to make decisions. To buy a software is an investment and therefore to be able to show ROI is an important part of sales and marketing activities. Manufacturing company will be trying to evaluate and compare…

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Dassault PLM for next generation – zero files and cultural change

Dassault PLM for next generation – zero files and cultural change

Usually, it takes time and money to implement PLM system for a large company. This work requires understanding of customer business processes, learning about problems, establishing strategy and making actual implementation. This is what many people implementing PLM is calling – business transformation. It takes time to people to adopt…

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Why Kickstarter projects need PLM?

Why Kickstarter projects need PLM?

Online business models are disrupting industries. E-commerce was probably one of the first disrupted segments. Just think about it… 10-15 years ago we debated if people will be ready to use their credit cards online. Changes will be coming to other industries and verticals. Manufacturing is one of them. Back…

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Top PLM Vendors. Let’s face it – every vendor has its strength…

Top PLM Vendors. Let’s face it – every vendor has its strength…

One size doesn’t fit all. This is especially true in enterprise software. It also applies to engineering organization and manufacturing companies. Every organization is trying to come with a strategy how to organize engineering, product development, manufacturing, maintenance and other related functions. So, the same applies to PLM vendors. It…

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How to re-invent CAD / PDM integration?

How to re-invent CAD / PDM integration?

In the beginning was CAD and CAD was the only important system for engineers. Then came PDM… In my view, the topic of CAD/PDM integration is one of the most fascinating ones in the history of CAD, data management and collaboration. From many standpoints, PDM makes sense to become a…

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Why 150% BOM will be obsolete in the future?

Why 150% BOM will be obsolete in the future?

Have you heard about “150% BOM”? BOM management terminology is confusing sometimes. Ed Lopategui gave a shot to explain it in his last GrabCAD blog – 150% BOM: Buy Two, Get One Free. The following passage was my favorite: A 150% BOM isn’t sorely in need of some fitness training or…

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