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Cloud CAD/PDM and mass customization future

Cloud CAD/PDM and mass customization future

The era of mass production is near the end. The demand for mass customization is coming. We can see signs of customizable products everywhere – e-commerce configurators, personalization in apparel industry, individual shoe design, personalization in medical devices etc. At the same time, the opportunity around mass-customization is facing challenges…

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“True SaaS” PLM – the devil is in details

“True SaaS” PLM – the devil is in details

My earlier attempt to compare PLM vendors and cloud services raised many comments online and offline. I want to thank everybody who commented and shared your insight – it helps me to build a next version of comparison table. Also, I can see an importance of open discussion for the future of cloud…

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PLM vendors are in risk to follow ERP dinosaurs

PLM vendors are in risk to follow ERP dinosaurs

When it comes to PLM and ERP, you may always get some feeling of rivalry at the air. PLM and ERP domains are not competing. However, ERP and PLM vendors are clearly competing for customers strategic mindset. After all, it always comes to the competition for strategic budget allocation. For many…

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How PLM can avoid cloud integration spaghetti?

How PLM can avoid cloud integration spaghetti?

Enterprise integration is a messy space. It is always complex – applications, databases, new and legacy systems, complexity of requirements. People usually need to run at least dozen of applications to run things smoothly. It is never done out-of-the-box and it is always requires circles of implementations and professional services….

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PLM Vendors: Cloud Service Comparison

PLM Vendors: Cloud Service Comparison

Cloud is taking PLM vendors by storm. Just few years ago, the question if manufacturing companies will adopt cloud raised lot of debates. You probably remember my posts – PLM competition and true cloud solution and PLM cloud: differentiation and anti-cloud  rant. Fast forward into 2015 – I can see almost all…

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Cloud PLM and SaaS sales mindset

Cloud PLM and SaaS sales mindset

I want to talk about PLM sales today. If you want to succeed in sales, a mindset is a right starting point. But, enterprise sales needs a special mindset. PLM sales is very special case. These days SaaS / cloud software is setting new rules for enterprise software. How does…

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Bad PDM experience?  After all, it is CAD systems’ fault…

Bad PDM experience? After all, it is CAD systems’ fault…

PDM. Product Data Management was one of the topics engineers are really hating. It was always about slow implementations, complex user experience, slow check-in and check-out, unsupported CAD versions and many other things. The relationships between PDM and CAD vendors aren’t simple either. I shared some of my thoughts about…

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Cloud PLM provider check list

Cloud PLM provider check list

Cloud is everywhere these days. Despite high popularity of cloud solution, I still can see some confusion on the side of a customer trying to make a decision about moving towards specific cloud services. The discussion I had at COFES 2015 earlier this month made me think about key questions…

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Onshape, API and cloud architectures

Onshape, API and cloud architectures

I assume you are aware about Onshape, the new CAD software outfit founded by Jon Hirschtick and part of his old SolidWorks founding team. The software is in public beta for the moment. You can reference to my previous posts – PLM thoughts after Onshape public beta and Develop3D live set…

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COFES 2015: PLM and the cloud briefing

COFES 2015: PLM and the cloud briefing

Last week at COFES 2015, I shared my thoughts and opinion about what happens between PLM and the cloud for the last few years. That was a teaser of my COFES session in the agenda: As recently as three years ago, the cloud was viewed as a differentiator for some…

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