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Don’t crash PLM vision into reality of organizations

Don’t crash PLM vision into reality of organizations

Workflow is an easy to get paradigm. You draw the chart. It is logical and shows you how things are supposed to work. You present this chart in a meeting – everyone can understand it and you’re happy. Then what? You start to implement it and you are stuck… Because…

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How to improve PLM implementations with artificial intelligence and machine learning

How to improve PLM implementations with artificial intelligence and machine learning

PLM implementations are usually taking long time, cost money and resources. Manufacturing companies are blaming vendors for overselling and excessive marketing. Software vendors are blaming customers for inertia and organizational change management problems. All together agreed that PLM implementations is something that slowing down PLM technology adoption within companies. Typical…

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PLM IoT platforms: complexity and data scale

PLM IoT platforms: complexity and data scale

Manufacturing companies, analysts and software vendors are sharing excitement about huge potential of IoT and connected products. This is a very good news – I love the idea of things getting connected and optimized. I wish manufacturing industry will operate as smooth as my Waze navigation system by checking road condition,…

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Why PLM is taking “best practices” wrong way?

Why PLM is taking “best practices” wrong way?

The topic of “best practices” in PLM implementations usually brings lot of controversy. Since the time PDM and PLM technologies and products moved from a toolkit approach to product and solutions, vendors and industry pundits are looking for a silver bullet how to rationalize and optimize the deployment and implementation process….

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It takes XX months to implement PLM. Can we fix it?

It takes XX months to implement PLM. Can we fix it?

I was attending Aras Innovator Software-as-a-Service – a new PLM cloud offering of T-Systems webinar yesterday. If you are in Europe, Aras / T-Systems can be an alternative to installing PLM servers in your organization. I captured the following data point – it takes ~1 day to get Aras cloud instance…

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Brutal reality of process management for hardware startup

Brutal reality of process management for hardware startup

Startup company and process management. These are probably two most conflicting definitions you might think about. Everyone is familiar with famous Zuckerber’s statement – move fast and break things. How process management can survive in such environment? Although Facebook is more careful these days about “breaking things”, startups are still…

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Configurable BOM – an ultimate PLM platform test?

Configurable BOM – an ultimate PLM platform test?

Platformizaiton in PLM is an interesting trend. If this is a first time you hear about “platformization”, you are not alone. The term was “coined” by CIMdata – analytical and consulting outfit focusing of PLM and manufacturing. You can read more here – Platformization: The next step in PLM’s evolution….

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Inertia is still a major problem in PLM adoption

Inertia is still a major problem in PLM adoption

The adoption of PLM is a tricky question. I use a term PLM for the moment, to describe both tools and processes needed for PLM adoption. Here is the thing, regardless on what tools are you using you do have PLM processes in place. You might have bad processes in…

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How PLM vendors can compete with manufacturing status-quo?

How PLM vendors can compete with manufacturing status-quo?

I attended startup event yesterday in MIT. It was organized by by Startup Secrets with participation of Michael Skok and Alex Osterwalder. If you’re not familiar with Alex’s books – Business Model Generation and Value Proposition Design, I certainly recommend you to check it out. In my view it is good not only…

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PLM, mass-customization and 3D printed high heels

PLM, mass-customization and 3D printed high heels

What is connecting high heels and airplane landing gear? Some people can find a commonality and special ones can build a business around it. My attention caught by the following BI article – A former SpaceX exec is reinventing the high heel with the help of an astronaut and a rocket…

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