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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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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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CAD, cloud PDM and special cloud sync

CAD, cloud PDM and special cloud sync

Once upon a time, all my files lived on my computer. I was able to control it, backup and even search using desktop search tools. When I had to collaborate to others, I usually send them files using email. CAD files don’t fit emails – they are big and have…

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How much does it cost to manage CAD data?

How much does it cost to manage CAD data?

CAD files. Everyone who is dealing with design and engineering is familiar with this type of data. Large files, many dependencies, hard to store, share, change. That was the place where originally Product Data Management – PDM was born (if you long enough in this industry you might remember EDM…

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The future of free PDM

The future of free PDM

Free is an interesting trend. As we always said, there is no free lunch. But, last decade introduced us to a new way of thinking about FREE. I recommend you to read a book – Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson. Free trend is interesting and has…

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How to transform old CAD-PDM integration paradigms

How to transform old CAD-PDM integration paradigms

Integration of CAD and PDM is a field with long history of battles, innovation and failures for the last 15-20 years. You can hardly undervalue the importance of integration between CAD and data management tools. For some time in the past CAD and PDM were separate systems. Engineers had to…

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PLM software lifecycle and social development roadmaps

PLM software lifecycle and social development roadmaps

My post few days about PLM software replacement cycle turned into discussion about the way companies are implementing and maintaining PLM software, upgrades, new versions and planning investments into infrastructure and enterprise software. My attention caught Technia on demand webinar – The future of SmarTeam. It is an example of long…

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How to build online community around CAD/PLM software?

How to build online community around CAD/PLM software?

  There is one thing that seems make everyone interested and listen carefully these days – online communities. To build a successful community is a tricky thing. To make a money out of community is huge. Successful online communities can provide a lot of insight about how people are communicating,…

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Cloud PDM ban lifted. What next?

Cloud PDM ban lifted. What next?

Once upon a time “cloud” was a taboo word in PLM domain. It was hard to believe manufacturing companies will share product information and manage processes using cloud tools. The situation is different today. For the last two years all major PLM vendors announced their support for cloud and developed…

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