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3 tech inspirations to build a different PLM systems

3 tech inspirations to build a different PLM systems

One of the main words your learn when you want to build new technology or software product is “different”. Many systems are claiming they are new or different, but in fact these systems are barely an improvement to existing systems. The second thing you learn called “inertia”. Change is hard for…

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Can poor CAD file management stop system engineering efforts?

Can poor CAD file management stop system engineering efforts?

Product complexity is growing and software vendors are making a case for MBSE (model based system engineering) to bring modern PLM system architecture to manufacturing companies. David Ewig’s article Your legacy PDM system doesn’t support system engineering is a good example. It speaks about the need to upgrade legacy PDM /…

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CAD, PLM and future race towards cloud revenues

CAD, PLM and future race towards cloud revenues

Enterprise software industry transition is in full swing towards cloud revenues. Recent acquisition of Netsuite by Oracle just added an addition pressure to already overheated discussion between rivals Salesforce.com and Oracle, which is trying to become a first enterprise software vendor reaching $10B cloud revenues mark. Salesforce’s Marc Benioff is not…

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A balancing act between cloud and CAD file system

A balancing act between cloud and CAD file system

CAD files is a real nightmare for any data management system. Because of complex relationships, dependencies and size, to manage CAD files is a very complex function. PDM products are trying to accomplish it for more than two decades with questionable success. Read my blog – CAD files: the root…

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CAD files – the root cause of PDM nightmares

CAD files – the root cause of PDM nightmares

The data is ultimately important. Ask any engineer in a manufacturing company and he will answer you that he needs data at his fingertips, searchable, accessible, available on mobile devices, etc. etc… However, if you come to the same manufacturing company and ask who wants to be responsible for engineering…

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Technological trajectories of distributed design

Technological trajectories of distributed design

Nobody is surprised by the amount of distributed work we do these days. The time when designers, engineers and manufacturing facilities were located at the same building are over. People are working everywhere and amount of communication between people and companies is growing. It drives the demand for better technologies…

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Cloud CAD impact on product data integration

Cloud CAD impact on product data integration

Business Advantage Group, a market research firm published results of survey conducted in November 2015 related to the adoption and growth of cloud-based CAD systems. The information about the research was published by 3D CAD World here. I didn’t find a link to survey itself. The following passage can give you…

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CAD “seats” and future business models

CAD “seats” and future business models

Historically, a business model of CAD, PDM and PLM vendors was to sell “seats”.  To sell CAD seats was a core business model for vendors for many years.Nothing wrong with that. It created great businesses in the past. Analysts and industry pundits are still using seat model to make predictions and…

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MCAD, EDA and engineering toolchains

MCAD, EDA and engineering toolchains

One of the news that caught my attention yesterday was Autodesk announcement to acquire CADSoft Eagle PCB design tool from Farnel. This is an interesting move. Although it touches a very bottom side of PCB / EDA market, I know Eagle PBC is quite popular among hobbyist and small makers….

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