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How IoT can eclipse and outcompete PLM platforms

How IoT can eclipse and outcompete PLM platforms

IoT is one of the biggest buzzword these days. IoT technologies and tools are promising to connect physical products and delivery new type of software services leveraging product data and analytic. In the past few months, I’ve got many questions about IoT and its impact on PLM. It made me think about…

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Will PLM vendors rethink toolkit approach?

Will PLM vendors rethink toolkit approach?

Business models and technologies can come together and create significant and painful problems. The last few years, created lot of changes and new dynamics in engineering and manufacturing domain. 3D printing, cloud software, mobile – this is only a short list of examples. Product lifecycle management software is facing few…

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PLM and enterprise silos in networked age

PLM and enterprise silos in networked age

Our everyday business life is changing. Remember sales people with rolodexes that helped you to find right contacts? I’m sure some of my friends in sales are still using them. But, be honest, how many times for the last week you checked LinkedIn to get information about company or person?…

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Integration with manufacturing robots might be the next PLM challenge

Integration with manufacturing robots might be the next PLM challenge

Integration is one of the most painful aspects of PLM deployment and implementations. Especially when you need to integrate engineering, manufacturing planning and shopfloor systems. Usually it comes down to large number of data synchronization between each and every system in the loop. Integration failures can slow production process and…

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Visual Design Collaboration: Bundle vs Unbundle?

Visual Design Collaboration: Bundle vs Unbundle?

Collaboration in is an interesting topic. Whether you are a 3-person team or a 10,000 person OEM manufacturing company, some of the same rules for successful collaboration apply. The more you share what you know the more value it creates. To understand specific personal or use case context is absolutely…

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IBM Watson won’t solve PLM platform problems

IBM Watson won’t solve PLM platform problems

Last year, my attention was caught by CIMdata article – IBM Forms New Watson Group to Meet Growing Demand for Cognitive Innovations. The interesting for cognitive computing is growing these days and you can get tons of interesting materials about that on IBM Watson website. Cognitive computing is the simulation of human thought processes…

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Aras and search for new PLM business models

Aras and search for new PLM business models

  Seriously, how do you take your coffee (err… PLM)? I might like my PLM with free upgrade service and no license fee. It smells kinda disruptive. But look around. The world has changed. Airbnb – the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. Uber – the world’s largest…

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BOM and global manufacturing options

BOM and global manufacturing options

Everything becomes global these days. The same applies to manufacturing. It comes in variety of forms. To compete in a global market, manufacturing companies are looking how to leverage global locations for low cost labor, bringing manufacturing closer to customers across the globe and many others. These and many other…

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PLM Excels and Supply Chain for Hardware Companies

PLM Excels and Supply Chain for Hardware Companies

The usage of Excel in manufacturing is overwhelming. You might think that Excels and spreadsheets are only used by smaller manufacturing companies and startups. Think again. There is a good chance you can meet spreadsheets in a company like Apple. GigaOM article – 5 lessons I learned at Apple how…

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Cloud becomes a part of product lifecycle

Cloud becomes a part of product lifecycle

Cloud is not a foreign word in a lexicon of CAD and PLM developers. Although, there is probably no agreement about how cloud technologies are going to change engineering and manufacturing software, companies are investing significant resources into turning existing PLM platforms into cloud as well as developing new tools…

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