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Future CAD competition will be about data management and networks

Future CAD competition will be about data management and networks

For many years, CAD competition was heavily focused on geometrical features and modeling. Still 3D modeling capabilities is a very important factor. But, the world has shrunk by the Internet. Small companies now have global reach and competition is taking new trajectories. In a new global environment, competitive pressure on…

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How to displace CAD and PLM industry incumbents

How to displace CAD and PLM industry incumbents

The stories about disruption are popular in today’s media. Uber for X. Airbnb for Y. You probably heard it many times. Known as Disruptive innovation, Clayton Christensen’s theory of industry disruption by new technology or products became popular (not without some controversy) for the last 20 years since Clayton M. Christensen published…

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Product Innovation Platform: I know it when I see it?

Product Innovation Platform: I know it when I see it?

Are you familiar with famous definition of pornography used in 1964 by United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart? Check Wikipedia article if you want to refresh your memory: I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“hard-core…

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PLM IoT – promise and risk?

PLM IoT – promise and risk?

IoT is coming everywhere these days. The interest in technologies enabling to deliver connectivity between customers, products and product development is huge. You can see the interest of manufacturing companies and PLM vendors in IoT space. PLM companies are claiming their leadership. Here is a very recent example – PTC…

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Will PLM vendors give up on data control to develop engagement systems?

Will PLM vendors give up on data control to develop engagement systems?

For years, one of the most important element of engineering software was to establish data ownership mechanism and lock data in the system. Vendors achieved it by getting control of CAD data files, locking data into propriety database, etc. The recipe for enterprise application was simple – take an enterprise…

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Digital Thread – another name for PLMish goodness?

Digital Thread – another name for PLMish goodness?

PLM industry is in a full swing to promote new concepts – digital thread and digital twin. While digital term by itself is a concept and buzzword that requires clarification in a modern world, let me speak today about digital thread. Industry Week article Demystifying Digital Thread and Digital Twin concepts making a…

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Why PLM should have “need for speed” collaboration moment

Why PLM should have “need for speed” collaboration moment

Speed is one of the most fundamental competitive advantage these days. Companies are under continuous stress to deliver result faster. This is a time for PLM architects and developers to think about “speed” as a core competitive advantage that can help them to win over existing PLM incumbents. While setup…

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How bimodal IT strategy can open gates to innovation in PLM

How bimodal IT strategy can open gates to innovation in PLM

I missed PDT Europe this year. But my long time PLM blogging buddy Jos Voskuil did a great job posting his notes about the event. You can read both articles – part 1 and part 2. So, I’ve been catching up on Jos’ notes. My attention was caught by an interesting terminology…

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PLM and future conversational interfaces

PLM and future conversational interfaces

Product Lifecycle Management software is infamous for its user interface complexity. The demand for an easy and intuitive UI is very high in PLM. Although I can see a significant change in the way PLM vendors are approaching user experience development, PLM is still a software that makes me think….

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PI OC: Data, connected products and PLM silo

PI OC: Data, connected products and PLM silo

I attended PI OC (Product Innovation Orange County) event organized by Market Key. The event location was beautiful. Dana Point, California is such an idyllic place with stunning views of Pacific ocean. Combined with unusually warm weather, the event was clearly helping to many attendees from Midwest to forget about snow…

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