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Uber and Smart Product Lifecycle

by Oleg on October 29, 2014 · 0 comments

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I had a chance to attend MassChallenge Awards event tonight at Boston Convention Center. For those of your who is not familiar, MassChallenge is global startup competition and acceleration program. You can get more data about MassChallenge here and by visiting their website. What is distinguish MassChallenge from many others similar program is the fact it is one of the largest non-profit accelerator created with the vision to build global network of value creation programs.

MassChallenge Award event gathered few very interesting speakers. Among others, Mass Governor Deval Patrick, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt  and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. You can get more details about award event here.  To me, the presentation of Uber’s Travis Kalanick was one of the most impressive. Travis talked about Uber development in Greater Boston as well as demonstrated few very interesting data points about Uber and Boston.

I want to share with you few slides and examples from Uber presentation. The first one shows a snapshot of active Uber rides at specific moment of time in Boston.

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The following one shows drivers efficiency distribution

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The next one shows median time (in minutes) you need to wait to get Uber car.

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The last and the most interesting shows data about arrivals of cars at Boston Fenway over the course of RedSox season.

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These slides reminded me of an article from Uber’s blog I had a chance to read few years ago, Uberdata: how prostitution and alcohol made Uber better. Yes, I know, it’s quite an unusual topic, at least for this blog. Nevertheless, I think this is a must read article for anybody who deal with product lifecycle software these days and here is why…

Uber folks are running some very interesting analysis of data over the course of Uber lifecycle. Think about Uber as a product with its own lifecycle. Uber is gathering information about Uber customers, requirements, environment and product experience. After that, Uber folks are running some very interesting analysis of data related to Uber in a specific city and multiple cities. Here is a very fascinating quote from Uber blog:

This finding is a perfect example of the fascinating insights you can get when you combine big, seemingly disparate datasets. By trying to figure out how to predict where to position our cars, we got a peek at the ebb and flow of the life and crimes of San Francisco. Expect more of these kinds of posts in the next couple of weeks.

Article describes a very interesting story of correlation between Uber rides, welfare payments, population dencity and social activity in the city. The last includes statistics by prostitution crime by week/hours.

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The approach Uber is taking is getting more and more popular these days. It made me think about completely different way of looking on every product. Think about product lifecycle. The majority of functions covered by PLM today are related to management of engineering and manufacturing planning data. However, step out of traditional product lifecycle mantra and think about experience and product data. Think about combining these data sets together. PLM tools should look on the product and how improve product experience. We are not using data efficiently today and it resulted in suboptimal decisions made by manufacturing companies and bad experience.

What is my conclusion? PLM companies need to think how to move from the position of “just capturing data” to the position of using data proactively to manage product lifecycle in a very smart way. It includes capturing every bit of information about product experience, customers, environment and translating it into meaningful actions. It will start a new era of PLM managing smart product lifecycle. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

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Few months ago, I posted about potential for Apple and IBM to open a door for mobile PLM future. Blog raised lot of questions, but I haven’t seen any groundbreaking announcements from CAD and PLM vendors since that time. Maybe I missed some press releases or maybe companies are shy to announce and work in a stealth mode.

One more news about the same topic caught my attention again few days ago. Business insider article Apple And IBM Hope To Change The Way People Work, Starting Next Month. I noticed few snippets of information indicating interest and stating that some development work is under go. Here are few passages:

“Hundreds” of corporations worldwide have “expressed interest” in MobileFirst to Apple, which is “actively working with over 50 of them to become foundational clients for MobileFirst solutions in their industries,” Maestri said. The apps mostly focus on analyzing business data. IBM’s Schroeter says the first dozen applications will launch this quarter. Some apps will be out next month, Maestri told Reuters.

IBM gets paid to write the apps and then host them on its cloud, and it also has the chance to sell other things, like security software, and so on. “We also know that the deeper the apps go in the enterprise, the more it opens up avenues in enterprise,” Cook said. “And that’s a key part of the IBM partnership and what I think customers will get out of that, which is more important than us selling, is changing the way people work.”

IBM Mobile First website is up and running. You can browse to get more information. I found few interesting use cases under build category.

Navigate to this link to Rohde & Schwarz cuts mobile development costs by 60 percent. This use case speaks about cross platform mobile application development. More specifically it was about creating mobile enterprise infrastructure to generate applications. To integrate with existing enterprise backend infrastructure was one of the challenges PLM vendors and manufacturing companies are experiencing today. Here is an interesting passage I captured from case study:

Rohde & Schwarz wanted to create a mobile enterprise infrastructure that enabled it to support multiple devices and generate required applications. Specifically, the company sought to build, run and manage a range of applications for customers, partners and employees within an aggressive timeframe. However, the organization had certain challenges, including a need for cross-platform development as well as integration with back-end systems such as SAP and an existing mobile device management infrastructure.

It made me think about potential of specific PLM mobile application development. One of my earlier posts -Mobile PLM gold rush: did vendors miss the point? I’ve been talking about the fact, successful “mobile” strategy requires development of application to support specific use cases and scenarios. I continue to discuss the same idea here – How PLM vendors can find mobile moments . Here is a passage from my older post, which I believe is still very relevant:

Consumers are moving to mobile and requesting more and more interaction with businesses via mobile devices. To make “all tablet” won’t work for product development software. To stop and think about a specific productivity apps that can solve a particular problem is the right way to go.

What is my conclusion? I didn’t find any trace of CAD/PLM companies working with IBM/Apple on mobile apps. However, I still believe, mobile experience is completely different from what customers in B2B spaces are experience with desktop or even web applications. To success in mobile, PLM companies need to find customer “mobile moments” that focus on a specific use cases where mobile device will provide a complete advantage. To replicate existing product into mobile devices won’t be a right path to go. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

Image courtesy of IBM case study.

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PLM cloud options and 2014 SaaS survey

by Oleg on October 24, 2014 · 2 comments

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The number of SaaS businesses is growing these days. You probably had a chance to read my CAD, PLM and Top 500 cloud app vendors list few months ago. However, one size doesn’t fit all. This is certainly true about engineering software and PLM. As PLM companies are moving to the cloud, we want to learn more about possible options and strategies of how do we move to the cloud. Below you can find a list of my previous articles covering the diversity of cloud strategies from major CAD/PLM vendors – Autodesk, Dassault, PTC and Siemens PLM.

PLM vendors, large manufacturers and public cloud

Dassault is going to support all PLM cloud options by 2015+

Siemens PLM Analyst Event and PLM Public Cloud Strategies

The challenging face of dual PLM clouds

PLM Cloud Switch and PTC Final Click?

In my view, CAD and PLM companies are in a very active stage looking how to build cloud technologies and products. We can make an initial comparison of cloud PLM strategies of several CAD/PLM companies. Autodesk and Arena are fully embraced cloud as a primary way to deliver PLM solutions to customers. Siemens PLM and PTC are following IaaS strategies. Dassault Systems strategy is to support all cloud options by 2015. Aras plan to leverage cloud from both technology and business strategy.

PLM companies are joining growing population of SaaS businesses. It means we can start gathering some statistics about these companies, their performance and technical aspects of cloud delivery. If you considering to build your future PLM strategies around cloud, this is can be very valuable data point for your research.

My attention caught by 2014 SaaS Survey published by for Entrepreneurs blog by David Skok (@BostonVC). If you are in SaaS business, it is must read article. The following two charts caught my special attention. It gives you a perspective on how cloud (SaaS) applications will be delivered:

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Another one shows how delivery method changes as SaaS business is growing.

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Today, cloud PLM is only part of the business for all major CAD/PLM companies. It is hard to statistic from the research above to these businesses. However, it clearly gives you some perspective on business performance and aspects of how cloud PLM business will be developed in the next few years.

What is my conclusion? Cloud is here. There is no escape path. Manufacturing companies should look how to optimize their IT infrastructure and application delivery methods. I’m pretty sure, cloud PLM will become part of this optimization. It is probably a good idea to make yourself familiar with the aspects of performance of  SaaS companies to create a foundation for future strategy meetings. A note for PLM IT managers and PLM architects. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

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PLM and Microsoft Azure Cloud In A Box

October 22, 2014

How do you move to the cloud? This is one of topics I’m discussing on my blog for the last year. The last time, I took a swing towards public cloud. Navigate to my PLM vendors, large manufacturers and public cloud article for more information. However, not everybody will move to public cloud. At least not […]

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Kenesto revamp: does it change cloud PLM game?

October 16, 2014

It has been more than two years since I was reviewing Kenesto – an outfit founded by Mike Payne with the a strong vision to simplify process management. Navigate to the following article PLM, Kenesto and process experience to refresh your memories. Steve Bodnar of Kenesto put comments on my blog about Google Drive and 3rd […]

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Importance of PLM and PIM bridge

October 11, 2014

PIM. Product Information Management. Sorry for brining yet another three letter acronym into discussion today. PIM stands for a discipline to manage data about products available outside of the company. Here is Wikipedia description: Product information management or PIM refers to processes and technologies focused on centrally managing information about products, with a focus on […]

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How cloud pricing war will affect PLM?

October 3, 2014

Large infrastructure cloud providers are slashing prices. TechCrunch article Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars is providing some additional details about the situation. The same article speaks about the moment when CIOs won’t be able to ignore the pricing advantage: Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute […]

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Why PLM need a better search for IoT data?

October 2, 2014

I’m learning a lot these days about IoT. The amount of connected devices around us is growing and it raises lot of questions – how to store data produced by devices, what is the value of the information captured from variety of sensors and machines as well as how to make sense of this information. […]

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Google Drive third-party apps and cloud PDM foundation

October 1, 2014

Designers and engineers working in manufacturing, architecture and construction firms are familiar with the idea of Z-drive. Usually, this is a name of drive that accessible in your local network (LAN). Usually, the same drive can be available also via WAN, but it is not always reliable because of latency, which can make your CAD […]

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Oracle Cloud PaaS will provide a magic button for PLM

September 29, 2014

Cloud PLM architecture and implementations is one of the topics I’m following for the last few years. It is interesting to watch dynamics of this space from initial ignorance to careful recognition and marketing buzz. I can see differences in how PLM vendors are approaching cloud. In my view, nobody is asking a question “why […]

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