NPDI Survey (Invitation)

How do leading companies develop and launch successful new products? Please share your thoughts in our short New Product Development and Introduction Survey. Tech-Clarity invites you to join a research study on best practices in NPDI.  If you've already completed the survey  –> please share with a … [ read more ]

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Successful Products Start and End with Your Customer (infographic)

Tech-Clarity's Infographic, Successful Products Start and End with Your Customer  provides guidance to CPG companies. By embedding your customer in the middle of your product life cycle, your products will be more successful. The infographic, shows that by capturing insights obtained during the shopping … [ read more ]

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Cloud Options for Product Innovation and Development (eBook)

The Exploring Cloud Options for Product Innovation and Development eBook shares our thoughts about the cloud software choices available for product innovation, product development, and engineering software including PLM, PDM, CAD, CAE, and more. The eBook details the different software models available and … [ read more ]


How Product Line Engineering (PLE) Creates a Competitive Advantage

How Product Line Engineering (PLE) Creates a Competitive Advantage: Removing Time, Cost, and Complexity from the Systems Lifecycle discusses the growing importance of embedded software in today's products and the resulting complexity. The report highlights the negative impacts of not managing this complexity. … [ read more ]

Product Line Engineering (PLE)

Getting Started with PDM (animation)

This short Tech-Clarity TV animation explains how manufacturers can get started with Product Data Management. The video offers findings from The Business Value of Product Data Management that finds that manufacturers can get off to a fast start with preconfigured solutions but still leave themselves room to … [ read more ]

Mythbusting PLM is an Industry Affair – Or is It?

What I learned this week … was a retrospective look at an article analyzing how industry-specific PLM application are. The review was in response to a comment on my post In Search of a Common PLM Definition. I had a little bit of fun with the review, and I thought I would share it here. In fairness to Oleg, I decided to use my “mythbusting” technique that I used on him earlier in the year in Mythbusing ERP-PLM Integration.

Responses and Reactions

Need to Document and Prioritize PLM Requirements (Confirmed) – I start by saying companies should document and prioritize requirements. I believe that holds as true today as ever. And I think that you might agree, so let’s confirm that as a statement that holds up today.

Inegrating PLM to Manufacturing (Plausible) – I use “technology transfer” as an example of a very industry-specific part of PLM. For those that aren’t as familiar with the term, it is effectively translating the product as defined in engineering / R&D (and PLM) into a product that can be produced, up to and including instructions for automated plant equipment. This is an area that really hasn’t come to be in most PLM solutions. The example holds trues as industry specific, but despite efforts in Digital Manufacturing (DM) and Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) – most manufacturers are still not yet integrating PLM to plant solutions like Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) or Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). The opportunity is still compelling, but I thought we would be further ahead. Hats off to my old friends at Sequencia for being ahead of the curve.

Product Portfolio Management in PLM (Confirmed) – I use Product Portfolio Management as an example for a general solution. I think this one still stands true, and is a hot topic in product innovation and product development today.

My Bio (BUSTED, big time) – Most importantly, what was I thinking with that bio picture? I think I thought it made me look like a serious analyst. Instead, I just look like I have a stomach ache (and seriously need a haircut). Yikes. Busted. Definately.

So that is a brief look at some old research with the benefits of hindsight, I hope you found it interesting. Who knew? I didn’t, if you did let us know about it. I look forward to additional commentary (although not on the picture, the glasses, or the haircut please).

NOTE: I use the “mythbusting” concept out of pure admiration and respect for such a brilliant concept, that helps kids (and adults) learn about how cool engineering can be while entertaining them.


  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s why I used the not-so-serious Jim Brown pic in our blog interview 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s why I used the not-so-serious Jim Brown pic in our blog interview 😉

  3. dorasmith says:

    That's why I used the not-so-serious Jim Brown pic in our blog interview 😉

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