• Dassault Systèmes continues to make significant progress on the 3DExperience vision they laid out 5 years ago. This strategy has seen them transform from a software vendor offering distinct solutions for a variety of functional areas to a company that leads with a strong business transformation message backed up by a platform of solutions. I dropped "PLM" from the title of last year's strategy review. I feel even better about that decision a year later. They now have a broad software suite brought to market as solutions tailored to support key initiatives in the vertical industries they serve. As times goes … [ read more ]

    Dassault Systèmes Strategy 2017+
  • The Finding PLM to Fit Mid-Sized High-Tech Companies ebook explains how smaller companies in the high technology industry find themselves stuck between full-featured Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems that feel out of reach and less capable solutions including cloud-based file sharing or very basic data management applications. They know they can’t afford the errors and inefficiency inherent to informal data and process management, but can’t afford a large time, resource, and financial investment to fix their problems. Unfortunately simple solutions like web file sharing, while very attractive, fall … [ read more ]

    Finding PLM to Fit Mid-Sized High-Tech Companies
  • The How-to Guide to Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD  shares best practices for moving from 2D to 3D. The guide shares the reasons you should consider going from 2D to 3D, common challenges to avoid, and benefits enjoyed by other companies who gone to 3D. The guide then shares advice to make your switch from 2D to 3D CAD a success. The recommendations were developed by analyzing the responses of Top Performing companies and comparing them to Average Performing companies.This eBook is one in a series of three:Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD Migrating from 3D CAD to a new 3D CAD Adopting … [ read more ]

    Best Practices for Going from 2D to 3D CAD
  • The Reducing Cost of Quality in CPG report shares perspectives from a survey of over 175 CPG companies to determine how Top Performers manage consumer packaged goods quality. The research finds that these leading companies are able to achieve better quality results with lower internal costs. The report analyzes their processes, organizational structures, and enabling technology to determine how they can get better quality results without placing a financial burden on the business.Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report to download a PDF overview (free of charge, no registration … [ read more ]

    Reducing Cost of Quality for Consumer Packaged Goods (survey report)
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    What Skills Do You Wish Engineering Graduates Had? (Survey Invite)

The CPG Digital Thread

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Tech-Clarity-eBook-CPG-Digital-Thread_pdfThe The CPG Digital Thread ebook shares how consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies can streamline their product innovation and commercialization practices by innovating along the digital thread. It shares how companies can simultaneously enable R&D to innovate more efficiently while capturing the resulting IP as a reusable corporate asset by leveraging an integrated product innovation platform to create the digital thread.

Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report or title to download the full PDF (free of charge, no registration required) sponsored by Dassault Systemes.

Also see the Consumer Goods Technology webcast New Approaches to Improve Product Development (free of charge, no registration required), also sponsored by Dassault Systemes.

Innovate Along the Digital Thread

CPG companies have the opportunity to step up their product innovation processes and productivity to compete in crowded, competitive markets. In order to do that, they can leverage the digital thread to:

  • Enable individual contributors with the right tools
  • Integrate design tools within a product innovation platform that serves as the digital thread backbone
  • Keep resulting information in context from early ideas through production and commercialization
  • Make product information readily searchable to leverage product IP company wide
  • Enable easier, more social collaboration
  • Automate and streamline product documentation

Tech-Clarity-eBook-CPG-Digital-Thread_pdfOf course this can’t be done with today’s disconnected tools, data, and office productivity tools like documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. As PLM for CPG, Personal Care, and Cosmetics advises, “Understand that spreadsheets and shared folders are not enough to fuel the speed and throughput requirements to remain competitive in formula-based industries.” Science Lifecycle Management in the Enterprise Ecosystem goes further, explaining that “Disjointed solutions and lack of integration leads to inefficiency, inability to reuse lab results, difficulty running analytics to find trends, and  no mechanism to leverage scientific knowledge to become a ‘learning organization’ that leverages its scientific know-how.”

Instead, the digital thread removes the burden from innovators while creating a manageable IP asset that provides value well into the future, resulting in better corporate IP, more time for innovators to innovate, fewer recalls, faster time-to-market, higher productivity, and happy consumers. The time for the digital thread to transform product innovation and delight consumers has arrived. Consumer Packaged Goods Companies that don’t move toward a digital thread enabled by a product innovation platform will be at a disadvantage.

SPEAK YOUR MIND

  1. Hello Jim,

    You are right, there are many benefits to use PLM in CPG industries:
    – Enable faster innovation and changes of products
    – Respect customer specifications
    – Save time through the re-use of original data
    – Increase product quality by achieving global regulatory compliance
    – Create virtual teams on projects with clients, suppliers and partners

    This video shows benefits provided by PLM in CPG industries:
    http://www.becpg.net

    beCPG software is an open source PLM for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, with a focus on Food & Beverage industry and Cosmetic industry.

    Best regards,
    Philippe

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