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Why PLM vendors don’t care much to integrate disparate tools and data?

Why PLM vendors don’t care much to integrate disparate tools and data?

This is a time of the year when PLM analysts and journalists are trying to look at crystal ball for future predictions and analysis. Over the long weekend, my attention was caught by Joe Barkai’s 2016 trends, predictions and opportunities. For the last few years, significant effort was made by…

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Google Sheet Add-ons and PLM Excels in the cloud

Google Sheet Add-ons and PLM Excels in the cloud

Excel is the world’s number 1 tool for PLM and BoM management. Excel is beloved by engineers for its simplicity, flexibility and ability to absorb any type of data. Excel ownership and control is easy to get – just save Excel file on your disk and you have full control of…

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How to break silos between product development and manufacturing in 2016

How to break silos between product development and manufacturing in 2016

Information and process silos. For manufacturing organizations silos is a problem that slows down innovation and enterprise software efficiency regardless on what new product and technologies are you buying from software vendors. The days when engineers were able to throw the design over the manufacturing wall and forget about it are over….

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3 options for PLM disruption in 2016

3 options for PLM disruption in 2016

The hardest thing in technology is to disrupt yourself. My attention was caught by an old interview with former Solidworks CEO Jeff Ray speaking about how they created a team of people working to re-invent Solidworks. The interview is here. Here is the passage that caught my attention. Deelip: I…

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What is wrong with “PLM of Things”?

What is wrong with “PLM of Things”?

CAD and PLM companies are in a full swing to embrace IoT technologies. Why not? IoT is probably the most visible hype in technology and industry these days. And it is easy to understand. Just look around – everything from thermostat to toothbrush is connected to internet.  Every day we…

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Messaging and the end of workflows

Messaging and the end of workflows

The concept of workflows is well known in engineering, manufacturing and other domains of enterprise applications. Workflow mechanism is fundamental for many process management applications. As such, PLM always used workflow mechanism to manage processes such as lifecycle, new product introduction, engineering change and others. You can see workflow mechanism…

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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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Can Frame make cloud CAD & PDM irrelevant?

Can Frame make cloud CAD & PDM irrelevant?

Few months ago, I discussed Frame – a technology to bring your existing CAD and maybe PDM / PLM environment into the cloud. My earlier post is here – Frame and bridge to CAD / PLM cloud. The advantages of Frame are clear – same software, no need to change…

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Re-Imagining PLM for the future business

Re-Imagining PLM for the future business

I had a chance to speak at PI Congress Boston yesterday. The topic of my presentation was to raise awareness about misalignment between major mature PLM platforms, realities of manufacturing business today and new technological and business platform – internet. Environment and technologies are changing fast. Over the past 10-15…

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