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  • (EN) 3D PAINT – A PROTOTYPE FOR CAD 2027?

    Remember the time when quality typing on mobile device was only possible using physical keyboard. Nokia phone keyboard was a mainstream and Blackberry Qwerty keyboard was a luxury. The things started to change with the introduction of iPhone and other modern mobile devices as we know them now. It ...
  • (EN) 2 OPTIONS FOR OUT-OF-THE-BOX PLM

    Speed and complexity. These are two main challenges for every PLM implementation. So, much was said about this topic in the last decades. One of the most debatable topic is so called – out-of-the-box (OOTB) implementation. One of my earlier articles – The end of debates about out-...
  • (EN) HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPLEXITY FOR SMALL TEAMS

    Agile methods are trending these days. As companies are more focusing on speed then ever, the question how iterate fast and deliver better results is the one manufacturing companies and teams of every size are facing every day. In my recent blogs, I’ve been sharing some ideas how agile meth...
  • (EN) CIMDATA PLM INDUSTRY AND MARKET FORUM – ALPHABET SOUP AND ADOPTION

    I’m heading to Ann Arbor later today to attend CIMdata PLM industry and market forum. The event is a first in a row of traditional annual events. CIMdata will introduce its annual market research and will present related industry, technology and market researches. The event is for vendo...
  • (EN) 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 &ldqu...
  • (EN) CONNECTED PLM – BUZZWORD OR DIFFERENTIATION?

    Marketing can be boring. But not when it comes to competitive clashes and differentiation game. And, PLM is getting even more competitive then ever. Nobody wants to sell plane bagels and PLM vendors are trying to create a differentiation stories. There are different ways to create differ...
  • (EN) WHAT WILL COME AFTER “SINGLE VERSION OF TRUTH”? GLOBAL DATA NETWORKS

    I posted about my view on the process of digital transformation and how digitalization can come to manufacturing and more specifically to Product Lifecycle Management. My main points were about digital control and gradual transformation of information landscape from monolithic information mod...
  • (EN) WILL CONNECTED PLM REPLACE SINGLE VERSION OF TRUTH?

    For many years, single (or one) version of truth was a core principle of PLM data organization. It was a vision and slogan behind PLM value and one of the reasons to bring PLM system to manufacturing companies. It was widely accepted and supported by analysts, architects and PLM sales. PLM single...
  • (EN) 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 ...
  • (EN) WHAT CAD AND PLM PARTNERS WILL DO IN CLOUD ERA?

    Change is the most scary thing for established business. As Steve Blank said in his book – The Startup Owner’s Manual, startup is essentially an organization built to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. Opposite to that, established companies a...
  • (EN) PLM WAVES – THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE

    Time is running fast. Ilan Madjar, my former SMARTEAM colleague and managing partner of xLM Solutions LLC reminded me about that in his article – Cyclical Trends in PLM Is PLM Recycling Itself Over and Over? on LinkedIn. This kind of articles you want to read during the weekends...
  • (EN) CAN DIGITAL TWIN HELP PLM TO UNSTUCK FROM ENGINEERING?

    IoT and connected products are transforming businesses and industries. The expectation is high, so we can see how whole industries are switching towards IoT adoption. However, as I mentioned in my article earlier, it takes time and requires redefinition of tools and processes. Design World&n...
  • (DE) PLM SELECTION PROCESS: A BLANKET OF FOG AND HOW TO CHANGE IT

    To choose PLM is a difficult task. Usually it takes months and sometimes years. You wonder why it takes so long? Here is the a thing… A typical manufacturing company is usually in the situation when some PLM or ERP related decisions have been made before. It means there are some systems&nbs...
  • (EN) MATURE CAD-PLM VENDORS AND FUTURE STARTUP BEHAVIOR

    Shifts in a rapidly changing manufacturing world and dramatic changes internet is bringing to digital economy might become a challenge for large software vendors. We all know almost classical examples of Kodak, IBM and DEC. These new digital behaviors can make existing business models irrelevant. ...
  • (EN) PLM IMPLEMENTATIONS AND CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS

    Talk to any manufacturing company and they can easy convince you that their products, environment, engineering and manufacturing processes are unique. I’ve been in these conversations many times. This conversations and following PLM implementation can get ugly. It might lead to signific...
  • (EN) SALESFORCE.COM CHANNEL AND PLM DEMAND

    Salesforce AppExchange® is one of the world’s most-popular marketplace for business app. In my previous articles, I was talking about a potential opportunity to develop PLM products on top of Salesforce.com platform. Check my articles – Does Salesforce.com ready for PLM?; ...
  • (EN) LIPSTICK ON A PIG. WHY PLM EXPERIENCE IS NOT DONE YET?

    Product lifecycle management (PLM) is an information management system that can integrate data, processes, business systems and, ultimately, people in an extended enterprise. This is one of the most generic definitions of PLM system you can find. For many years in enterprise software business, ven...
  • (EN) IS THERE A PLACE FOR “SERVERLESS” PLM SYSTEMS?

    At the beginning, PLM was a toolkit that was literally customized and build for a specific (usually large) manufacturing company. Since then, PDM / PLM vendors made a long way down to the path of how simplify applications, create pre-configured templates (best practices), improve user experience a...
  • (EN) DIGITAL THREAD – ANOTHER NAME FOR PLMISH GOODNESS?

    PLM industry is in a full swing to promote new concepts – digital thread and digital twin. While digital term by itself is a concept and buzzword that requires clarification in a modern world, let me speak today about digital thread. Industry Week article Demystifying Di...
  • (EN) PLM and future conversational interfaces

    Product Lifecycle Management software is infamous for its user interface complexity. The demand for an easy and intuitive UI is very high in PLM. Although I can see a significant change in the way PLM vendors are approaching user experience development, PLM is still a software that makes me think....