• Jim Brown contributed a guest post to the Siemens PLM Community blog discussing the opportunity for food and beverage companies to leverage digitalization and the digital enterprise to combat market disruption from new, innovate companies that are challenging current industry leaders. The post offers several ways that consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies can get started on their digital journey, achieve tangible business value, and combat challengers like Blue Apron and Amazon Fresh that are disrupting the status quo.The full post, Surviving the New Competitive Landscape in Food and Beverage, can be … [ read more ]

    Digitalization in Food and Beverage (guest post)
  • 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 (ebook)
  • 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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  1. Cloud based PDM/PLM has lots of good points but the overriding concern for anything like this has to be security and over and over again we have clearly seen that there is no guarantee of security when something is connected to any network that is externally accessible. Multi factor security is good but it still it still vulnerable.

    • Mark,
      Thanks for sharing your insight. I think it’s interesting to see who views this as a non-starter versus an acceptable risk. I think it has to do with what you compare it to. The average company’s internal IT infrastructure? The usual “workaround” methods of email, Dropbox, FTP, etc.? When you compare it to those, I think cloud solutions provide (at least) comparable protection. Nothing is 100% safe, so it becomes a cost-benefit analysis. Some companies do a good job of protecting their own data, but most often their networks are connected to the Internet as well. But many don’t have saavy resources to truly manage the threat. I guess the question is how much can you afford to “buy down” the risk of being compromised and what is that worth to the business? In many cases cloud is an upgrade and costs much less, which is why I think it’s compelling.

      As an aside, I have some preliminary survey results that show a marked increase in the use of cloud-based storage (Box.net, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to store design files. It looks like it’s happening. I wonder how many people have properly vetted / audited their cloud supplier for security, though. I have to believe there are some big differences in providers.

      Thanks for brining up an important topic!
      Jim

      • As a DOD vendor, the cloud is not currently an approved method of data security. If the gov’t could be convinced otherwise, I’d be all for it, for, as you say, it’s as secure as anything else connected to the net.

        My only concern, then, would be data availability. This has been shown to be an issue with Microsoft and Adobe cloud issues that recently cut off access for 3 or 4 days at a time. That would be totally unacceptable to my organization.

        • Dave,
          Thanks, good point about the DoD. As for data availability and reliability, I would suggest that this is an areas (like security) that modern IT organizations have to get good at evaluating and auditing. If there aren’t IT resources available (as for very small companies) then they need to find a partner they trust. Most provide statistics on uptime.

          Thanks

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