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Fog PLM?

Fog PLM?

For the last few years, we’ve said and heard a lot about cloud and PLM. Isn’t it a time for a new buzzword? What about “Fog PLM”? Are you ready? Forbes article – What Is Fog Computing? can give you an idea. In a nutshell, Fog computing (and I’m not sure if…

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Cloud and escape path from PLM revision lockdown

Cloud and escape path from PLM revision lockdown

Large manufacturing companies have long love and hate relationships with enterprise software technologies and specifically CAD and PLM systems. These projects are usually taking years to accomplish and then require tons of money to maintain and improve. This is a reality of large enterprises. Not much you can do about…

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Does PLM industry have “Fathers and Sons” Problem?

Does PLM industry have “Fathers and Sons” Problem?

It has been Halloween night yesterday. This is a time to bring something spooky and scary to my blog. What’s about Fathers and Sons problem? You think I ate too many candies yesterday night? Not really…  But here is the thing. My attention was caught by repeating meme “Not your father’s…

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PLM and digital mesh evolution

PLM and digital mesh evolution

Things are changing in the manufacturing world. A decade ago, the biggest concern for manufacturing companies was how to manufacture and ship products. These days manufacturing companies are going beyond production. Business models are changing and it is one of the leading factors in manufacturing transformation. Companies are not only…

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PLM and the death spiral of cultural change

PLM and the death spiral of cultural change

  Culture eats strategy for breakfast. You probably heard the phrase usually attributed to Peter Druker. Did Peter Druker really said this? Let’s leave this discussion for somebody else. The problem is that culture also eats technology for lunch and everything else in your company for dinner. You can think, it is…

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How to outsmart copycat manufacturing culture?

How to outsmart copycat manufacturing culture?

Manufacturing is changing. I can hear it from hardware startups, large manufacturing companies and software vendors. Future of manufacturing, next industrial revolution, 3D printing, connected products and internet of things.. TechCrunch journalist John Biggs (@johnbiggs) discussed future of manufacturing, improvements in design and 3D printing with Autodesk SVP of products…

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Cloud PLM – the new generation of Oldsmobile?

Cloud PLM – the new generation of Oldsmobile?

Engineering.com webinar with fascinating name – Not your father’s PLM by Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insight reminded me the textbook example of how some companies are coming ahead of itself. I’m talking about Oldsmobile. The story goes back into 1980s. Management at Oldsmobile were serving a specific market with a specific…

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Accelerating change and PLM software updates

Accelerating change and PLM software updates

PLM software updates topic drive lot of debates in engineering world. PLM implementation is still a project that can take time, resources and lot of planning from a manufacturing company. So, once implemented, companies keep it running for many years. In my recent article – How to replace old PLM…

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Fragmentation and Decentralization in Product Development

Fragmentation and Decentralization in Product Development

Centralization was a big deal in manufacturing 100 years ago. Famous River Rouge Factory was a giant plant that literally took an iron ore at one end and sent automobiles out the other. In 1917, doing everything in a single integrated factory seemed to Ford the only possible way to get…

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Is PLM getting more affordable?

Is PLM getting more affordable?

My attention was caught by Engineering.com article – eBook: Putting PLM Within Reach. The write-up introduces Jim Brown’s ebook. The e-book is free sponsored by PTC and it speaks about PLM purchase decision process and what advantages SaaS (subscription) business model can bring to PLM. Have a read and draw…

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