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Cloud benefits and how does it apply to PLM

Cloud benefits and how does it apply to PLM

PLM vendors and industry is adopting cloud-based technologies. The process isn’t simple and brings many discussions about what differences cloud can bring to PLM solutions. Few months ago, I attended CIMdata industry and market forum in Ann Arbor. One of the messages was that PLM vendors should be more vocal about benefits…

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Next PLM marketing battle – monolithic system

Next PLM marketing battle – monolithic system

PLM is getting more competitive these days. Cloud technology development, SaaS applications and new business models injected competitive energy between old established PLM vendors, growing vendors and startups. Established PLM vendors learned how out-market cloud PLM newcomers. Debates about “true cloud” are interesting, but not very productive and PLM industry pretty…

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Is bi-modal PLM a Fad or Silver Bullet?

Is bi-modal PLM a Fad or Silver Bullet?

To implement PLM isn’t an easy project. Especially when it comes to large PLM implementations going beyond document management control and CAD files lifecycle. These PLM implementations are usually multi-year endeavors involving IT personnel, business and PLM consulting, PLM vendors and service companies. What is the right architecture and strategy…

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Why PLM sales are stuck in organizational politics?

Why PLM sales are stuck in organizational politics?

Last week I blogged about PLM selection politics. People are hard and political games in an organization are unavoidable.Existing PLM architecture demand significant preparation work to be done upfront – data modeling, process discovery and agreement, data mapping, legacy data cleaning and importing, etc. This is a big project and…

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Fragmentation and Decentralization in Product Development

Fragmentation and Decentralization in Product Development

Centralization was a big deal in manufacturing 100 years ago. Famous River Rouge Factory was a giant plant that literally took an iron ore at one end and sent automobiles out the other. In 1917, doing everything in a single integrated factory seemed to Ford the only possible way to get…

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What will change existing PLM paradigms?

What will change existing PLM paradigms?

It is not uncommon to hear about “changing paradigms” in different domains these days. We are watching Netflix and disconnecting cable TVs, using Uber instead of driving our own cars. Yesterday at PI Congress, I saw the following slide demonstrating examples of digital disruption in different industry domains. Which obviously…

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Cloud PDM: stop controlling data and check shadow IT practices

Cloud PDM: stop controlling data and check shadow IT practices

An interest of customers in cloud PDM solution is growing. I guess there are multiple factors here – awareness about cloud efficiency and transparency, less concern about cloud security and improved speed and stability of internet connections. If you are not following my blog, you can catch up on my older…

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5 signs you need to replace PLM software

5 signs you need to replace PLM software

Happy New Year! This is my first post in 2015. Internet is overloaded with new things, trends and New Year resolutions. It made me think about new PLM. Should you plan a new PLM in a New Year? I think, this is a good theme for a New Year post….

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How to sell PLM to enterprise IT

How to sell PLM to enterprise IT

Enterprise IT adoption cycle diagram made by Simon Wardley made me feel sad and funny at the same time. I found it one of the best visualizations of many situations I’ve been in the past when working on PLM sales and implementation situations. This is a brilliant reflection of technology adoption…

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Will Tesla Motors build their own PLM system?

Will Tesla Motors build their own PLM system?

History of CAD and PLM development knows examples of home grown systems. 20-25 years ago, the idea to build their own CAD and PDM system was considered as an absolutely normal option. Since that time, many things changed. In my view, the last decade clearly demonstrated PDM/PLM trend towards using…

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