Archive for March, 2017

How change complexity is killing PLM

How change complexity is killing PLM

Lifecycle management is one of the most fundamental value propositions PLM systems are selling. The ability to manage lifecycle of the product information – product data, its states, changes and related process is a quintessential characteristic of PLM. And despite many issues related to complexity of implementations, cost and the need…

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Workflows are hard… and not only for PLM vendors

Workflows are hard… and not only for PLM vendors

Workflows is a very essential part of PLM system and overall product lifecycle management paradigm. PLM vendors are using workflow mechanism to model business processes in organization for product development, engineering to manufacturing, change management and many other user cases. Even workflow seems to be an intuitive and well understood…

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Next PLM marketing battle – monolithic system

Next PLM marketing battle – monolithic system

PLM is getting more competitive these days. Cloud technology development, SaaS applications and new business models injected competitive energy between old established PLM vendors, growing vendors and startups. Established PLM vendors learned how out-market cloud PLM newcomers. Debates about “true cloud” are interesting, but not very productive and PLM industry pretty…

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PLM Cloud Sales and Timing

PLM Cloud Sales and Timing

Engineering software is slowly moving towards cloud. Vendors, industry pundits and even customers are in a full agreement that cloud is the future. At the same time, the key question everyone is trying to answer is “when”. Earlier today, analytic and research company CIMdata was organizing the webinar to introduce…

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Connected PLM – buzzword or differentiation?

Connected PLM – buzzword or differentiation?

Marketing can be boring. But not when it comes to competitive clashes and differentiation game. And, PLM is getting even more competitive then ever. Nobody wants to sell plane bagels and PLM vendors are trying to create a differentiation stories. There are different ways to create differentiation. You can create a…

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Is bi-modal PLM a Fad or Silver Bullet?

Is bi-modal PLM a Fad or Silver Bullet?

To implement PLM isn’t an easy project. Especially when it comes to large PLM implementations going beyond document management control and CAD files lifecycle. These PLM implementations are usually multi-year endeavors involving IT personnel, business and PLM consulting, PLM vendors and service companies. What is the right architecture and strategy…

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Airbus PLM: data archeology & death by obsolescence

Airbus PLM: data archeology & death by obsolescence

Almost 10 years ago, Gartner defined IT obsolescence management as major emerging issue. Here is a passage from old the old article about that: By year-end 2010, more than one-third of all application projects will be driven by the need to deal with technology or skills obsolescence.  “Our research with thousands of…

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How PLM vendors can miss digital transformation

How PLM vendors can miss digital transformation

Digital transformation is a new trend and manufacturing companies are exploring how to become leaders in a new digital society and what does it mean for their organizations. Here is a definition of digital transformation I captured on TechTarget website, which I like very much. The term transformation refers to…

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The reality of data in manufacturing companies

The reality of data in manufacturing companies

PLM companies are in full swing adopting IoT technologies and marketing language. And one of the most of important element of IoT technologies is data. Yes, the data produced by connected products, absorbed, collected, classified and capable to produce a desired insight everyone is looking for in manufacturing industry. It…

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