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COFES 2016: Lego-ize PLM for federated data handoff?

COFES 2016: Lego-ize PLM for federated data handoff?

The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES 2016) is coming next week. Traditionally, COFES is a great opportunity to meet with industry people and discuss variety of problems and trends in engineering and manufacturing software. So, I will be heading to warm and sunny Scottsdale, AZ next week. You…

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Desktop virtualization vs cloud CAD platforms

Desktop virtualization vs cloud CAD platforms

Desktop virtualization is a technology that separates you desktop environment and installed apps from the physical computer. It became popular for the past few years as companies discovered a potential of virtualization. While you can think about cloud as a giant virtual computing factory, desktop virtualization is specifically interesting, because…

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The role of data and process management in product competition

The role of data and process management in product competition

One of the buzzwords you can hear in U.S. manufacturing for the last few years is reshoring. Reshoring (opposite to offshoring) is a practice of bring manufacturing and service back to U.S. from overseas. According to the latest survey done by Boston Consulting Group in 2015, U.S. manufacturing executives said that,…

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Can group chat turn PLM into addiction?

Can group chat turn PLM into addiction?

Social was once was a hot topic in PLM industry eco-system. The use of social networks is increasing. The latest Columbia Journalist Review article says Facebook is eating the word. According to the following passage: The majority of American adults are Facebook users, and the majority of those users regularly get…

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PI Congress Munich and distributed innovation

PI Congress Munich and distributed innovation

PI Munich event is over. Now it is the time to digest information, scroll through the notes, tweets and business cards. It was a great set of presentations, meetings and information exchange. One of my favorite presentation during the second day of the event was Jos Voskuil’s – The PLM identity crisis…

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Onshape might be on track to create an open engineering platform

Onshape might be on track to create an open engineering platform

Time is running fast. It has been almost 6 years since I met Hardi Meybaum co-founder of GrabCAD in one of Starbucks shops in Chestnut Hill, Mass. We’ve been talking about Marketplaces and Engineering Software. You can read my old blog here. Looking back, I think the idea of GrabCAD as a community…

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Entrepreneurs are changing manufacturing. How it will impact CAD, PLM and ERP tools?

Entrepreneurs are changing manufacturing. How it will impact CAD, PLM and ERP tools?

Entrepreneurs are taking manufacturing by storm. Recent HBR article –Entrepreneurs Take On Manufacturing by Mark Muro gives you an interesting perspective on a hardware renaissance and a wave of new manufacturing companies coming from a vibrant local “maker movement” and hardware hobbyist communities. Although makers and hobbyist provided a jump start, the…

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PLM assumptions and new manufacturing realities

PLM assumptions and new manufacturing realities

Over the weekend, I had a chance to read Steven Sinofsky’s article – Disruption and Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda… He speaks about disruption in business. His example is Blackberry business and how it was disrupted by modern mobile technologies (specifically by iPhone and Android). I found the following passage about disruption very…

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Product Lifecycle and IoT startups

Product Lifecycle and IoT startups

IoT (Internet of Things) is an interesting trend. It is certainly impact everything in manufacturing. In Product Lifecycle Management, it open a new way for manufacturing companies to interact with physical products, collect intelligence and improve the design of products. Dreams? Yes, kind of… A confirmation of that is Gartner Hype…

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The hard things about simple PLM

The hard things about simple PLM

PLM is complex – the paradigm, definition, implementation, technology. Simplification of PLM is the discussion topic among PLM industry people and pundits. I can see it as a reflection of a broader “simplification trend” that came from consumer product, internet and mobile devices. In my view, this is one of the most…

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