Existing PDM paradigm is dying in the hands of Onshape

Existing PDM paradigm is dying in the hands of Onshape

Old concepts are sticky. Think about QUERTY keyboard. It was designed almost 150 years ago with a special reason – to prevent typewriter hammers to jam.  Characters were mounted on metal arms or type bars, which would clash and jam if neighboring arms were pressed at the same time or…

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Cloud PLM and Sales Gravitation

Cloud PLM and Sales Gravitation

PLM was born as a solution for large companies. The complexity of enterprise product development, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain is huge. Hence systems like ENOVIA, Teamcenter and Windchill are armed to solve very complex data and process management tasks. But the question about small to medium companies was always…

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PLM Workflows: balance between value and complexity

PLM Workflows: balance between value and complexity

Workflows is one of the fundamental elements of all PLM products today. Workflow abstraction is easy to understand to engineers and it drove it initial adoption. Think about process, diagrams, logic of making progress in product development – workflow seems to be a logical choice. And it was… for the…

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PLM Black Box

PLM Black Box

Enterprise software is easy. Take any relevant world from a jargon of your company, add word “management” and voilà – another piece of enterprise software is ready. That was one of the jokes from my early days involvement into manufacturing software. So, we have product data management, manufacturing resource management,…

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Nobody wants to use PLM products and it’s okay…

Nobody wants to use PLM products and it’s okay…

Over the many years of building enterprise systems, I have come to appreciate that building software product that is defined and differentiated by its simplicity is very hard.  It takes time, knowledge, talent and a lot of work to create simplicity. I want to come back and talk about simplicity…

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Slack: Future operation system and PLM platform?

Slack: Future operation system and PLM platform?

How often you communicate using various messaging applications? My hunch you might use it more often that voice call these days. Text messages, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Google Hangout Chat. One of the things that caught my attention recently is a growing interest in chat and messaging applications. I remember…

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Part Numbers. Intelligent & Dumb. Can we have both?

Part Numbers. Intelligent & Dumb. Can we have both?

I think, most of PLM people are considering the fight about pros and cons of intelligent numbers is only related to product development and manufacturing. But the problem is more generic. It is about every number in enterprise software. Account number, order number, support ticket, etc. Thanks for Ed Lopategui that brought…

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The future of the part numbers transparency

The future of the part numbers transparency

Back to New Year celebration, I bought the iTwinkle Light made by GE in Home Depot. It has many features, connects to your smartphone to control light patterns, sound, stream music, etc. But, unfortunately, I had few broken lights or cable or some cable disconnect. In general, it is not a…

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Who needs single source of truth for BoM?

Who needs single source of truth for BoM?

One of my best blogging buddies in product lifecycle management and President of Lifecycle Insight Chad Jackson open 2016 with a very provocative statement – A Single Source of the Truth for the BOM Still Doesn’t Exist. The article speaks about complexity of BoM management between different engineering disciplines –…

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From intelligent part numbers to part number intelligence

From intelligent part numbers to part number intelligence

One of the fundamental things in product development and lifecycle is related to part numbering schemas. The discussion about part numbers is always emotional. Sometimes it feels like a disagreement about picking your child name. The dilemma is usually presented as “intelligent vs. non-intelligent” part numbers. You can read few recent…

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