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  • (EN) IOT PROMISES ARE DEPENDING ON UNLOCKING DATA TRAPPED IN ENTERPRISE PLM SYSTEMS

    IoT became a huge buzzword over the past few years. I’m following this topic and sometimes I feel lost in the number of trends, products, technologies, opportunities and… failures. Yes, failures are quite popular in IoT space as much as many fast promises to deliver fast IoT ROI. It d...
  • (EN) DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO BUILD INTUITIVE CAD & PLM?

    In a lexicon of CAD and PLM marketing “intuitive” talk is cheap. You can find it everywhere. Google “intuitive PLM” and you will find long list of websites, brochures, videos and other materials claiming one or another PLM product or technology “intuitive”. Here...
  • (EN) E-ESTONIA – PLM SYSTEM FOR A WHOLE COUNTRY?

    PLM people always had a big vision. How to build a PLM for a whole company. For entire supply chain. PLM for extended enterprise. PLM for downstream and upstream processes. How to include non engineers in PLM activities. How to make all people in the company to use PLM. These and many other simila...
  • (EN) WILL ARAS BUY A CAD VENDOR? (FUTURE OF CAD-LESS PLM)

    For the last few years, Aras made a story in PLM world. Aras was founded in 2000 and had a turbulent story until coming with the business model of enterprise open source- a mix of free license combined with community building and subscription model. Last week I learned that Aras made it to the top...
  • (EN) 3 INDICATORS WHY PLM IS STILL “ANALOG” DESPITE ALL PLM DIGITALIZATION EFFORTS

    Digital era brings new terminology – digital transformation. Very tasteful and nice term. I love it as much as I appreciate the power of new digital technologies developed for the last few years. However, be aware how old organization change management and business transformation is sold und...
  • (EN) HOW PLM WORKS: A PRIMER FOR ENGINEERS TO TOP MANAGERS (OR ANYONE, REALLY)

    For the last few weeks I had a chance to speak to many people in engineering and manufacturing with no PLM twisted mindshare. They are very good people, believe me. They are working in design, engineering and manufacturing. They are building real stuff. They do CAD, Bill of Materials, machining, 3...
  • (EN) PLM AND BLOCKCHAIN – YES, NO, MAYBE?

    Blockchain topic is extremely hot these days. Earlier this morning, I had a chance to talk with one of my blog readers (also running PLM IT for large manufacturing firm). The conversation was about blockchain and if it makes sense for PLM business and not. This conversation made me think PLM and b...
  • (EN) POWER’BY – THE NAME OF 3DEXPERIENCE PLM OVERLAY?

    How to overlay competitors. In my view, this is a new name in CAD / PLM competition game. It has variations of names and forms, but it is about the same. Decades ago it was about CAD formats, later on it was about how to block PDM / PLM integration and nowadays is about how to provide vertically i...
  • (EN) MCAD+PCB LANDSCAPE AND WHO WILL BUY ALTIUM?

    The days when design was mostly about mechanical assemblies is over. It is hard to imagine a product today that doesn’t include any electronic components. Most of modern high-tech products can be easily called “software and PCB wrapped in plastic”. In such context, the trajectory...
  • (EN) What is wrong with 3DEXPERIENCE and ENOVIA?

    Engineering.com article – A Big Win as Yamaha “Does a Daimler” and Chooses Siemens PLM brings up big debates about Dassault Systemes vs Siemens PLM solutions. You can find my old blog articles about “Daimler” story here. The history is coming back to the time whe...
  • (EN) HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SOLIDWORKS ENOVIA R2017X AND SOLIDWORKS MANAGE 2018

    I’m learning more about Solidworks PDM development trajectories. If you missed my previous blog posts, you can catch up here – Solidworks Manage: Does it look, swim and quack like PLM? and also these 2 articles – articles – Solidworks Manage and 3DX PLM: Clas...
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  • (EN) SOLIDWORKS MANAGE – DOES IT LOOK, SWIM AND QUACK LIKE PLM?

    I’m learning new things about Solidworks 2018 and coming new product – Solidworks Manage. You probably had a chance to read my articles – Solidworks Manage and 3DX PLM: Clash or co-existenceback to SWW 2018 and Why Solidworks needs one more PDM? Solidworks is comin...
  • (EN) WILL PLM IOT BE ABLE TO LIVE UP TO ITS OWN HYPE?

    IoT is everywhere these days. You may think, there is no way to escape from the transformation and success IoT will bring to industry. And IoT will change the business around us. Recently I was listening to Joe Barkai presenting about IoT and its opportunity at IpX Symposium in...
  • (EN) FUTURE 3D CAD EXPERIENCE WILL COME FROM… AMAZON?

    Do you think your business cannot be cannibalized by Amazon? I wrote about it few months ago – Is PLM software Amazon-proof?  My hunch is that PLM software started as an engineering discipline has a chance to be transformed into networked business managing relationships between con...
  • (EN) WHICH PLM WILL CLIMB FIRST TO DISCOVER BLOCKCHAIN OPPORTUNITY?

    Blockchain is one of these technologies that very much misunderstood by enterprise, but it has a potential. If you want to understand it better try to start here – Blockchain explained for web developers. I found the article useful. Here my quick summary. A blockchain is a ledger of da...
  • (EN) “BRANCH & MERGE” DEBATES AND PDM GRANULARITY

    Do you remember discussions about true and fake  clouds few years ago? It was a trend among PLM and ERP vendors trying to prove that “my cloud” is the best one. Want to get back and read some of these stories? Here are few links on old posts from me and some PLM ven...
  • (EN) Enterprise cloud PLM is getting one step closer

    When you present about “cloud” and “PLM” topic, the question of security was always the one on the top.For many years, it was such a nice way for IT to steer the conversation in the wrong direction. The tone and argument have changed significantly for the last 5-6 years. Ma...
  • (EN) PLE: do we really need another acronym in PLM?

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Very often we have the tendency to complicate things. We believe that sophistication means results and intelligence but it doesn’t. More information, options, productions, acronyms is not better. In fact, more information and complexity can make peo...
  • (EN) MANUFACTURING INTEGRATIONS AND THE DEMAND FOR PDM AGNOSTIC AND ERP FRIENDLY PLM TOOLS

    Manufacturing is end-to-end process. You design a machine, plan to build it, buying parts, ship to assembly line to get them on-time for product delivery, make an assembly, ship the production to a customer. Simple and straightforward. If I think about engineering software, the story is less simp...
  • (EN) Solid Edge data management: between SharePoint and Teamcenter?

    If you follow Siemens PLM Solid Edge, you might noticed another turn in a history of data management (PDM) development. Recent Develop 3D article – Solid Edge ST10 review can give you an idea about transformation of data management. Here is the passage: Those that are familiar with Sol...