• 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)

Podcast: Mobile PLM Applications – A Tech-Clarity Snapshot

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Hear Jim Brown share his views on … mobile PLM applications in engineering, product management, and program management.
The main topics covered include:

  • The advantages of mobile PLM to Engineering
  • How mobile PLM helps in product and program management
  • Key considerations every CIO should know when taking PLM mobile

Let us know what you think. Do you agree? Disagree? Have a great example to share?

Please see the related posts PLM Hits the Road – and the Plant – and the Service Depot… and Mobile PLM – What the CIO Should Know or download the underlying reports, PLM Goes Mobile, Product and Program Management Goes Mobile, and Enabling Mobile PLM for free to learn more. Please also feel free to review more free research and white papers about PLM and other enterprise software for manufacturers from Tech-Clarity.

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  1. I think the real problem with Siemens NX is that its user interface needs to be totally redone. Industry  analysts don’t seem want to focus on this fact. 

    It takes far too many clicks to get things done in NX and the part or assembly is always being blocked with annoying pop up dialog boxes. No one who has ever used a modern CAD user interface like SolidWorks, Inventor, SpaceClaim or TopSolid has is going to be happy with  NX’s user interface.

    Siemens doesn’t seem to have clue one on what small to medium sized business really need or on how to get those SMB’s to move from say SolidWorks and Mastercam to a much more powerful fully integrated CADCAM system like NX.

    Jon Banquer
    San Diego, CA
    http://cadcamtechnologyleaders.blogspot.com/

    • Jon,
      Do you think Siemens puts NX up against SolidWorks, etc. or is that where they would suggest Solid Edge? I focus more on the enterprise-side than CAD, so I don’t really know how usability stacks up. The direction moving forward (I will talk more about that in one of my next posts) is to consolidate and simplify the user interface based on role – but I don’t have a perspective on how many clicks that would remove, etc. Thanks for sharing your views.
      Jim

      • Jim,

        Siemens suggests SolidWorks users bite the bullet and use a lousy user interface to get the increased power that NX has.  It’s no surprise to me that almost all SolidWorks users reject this suggestion. 

        The problem with suggesting  Solid Edge ST is that it doesn’t have the needed tools. Specifically, Solid Edge ST doesn’t have any built in CAM choices and doesn’t have the high end surfacing functionality that NX has. Many years ago NX CAM should have been ported to the Solid Edge user interface.  To this day nothing has been done about this problem. Siemens thinks that instead of offering fully integrated CAM in Solid Edge that they can get away with offering two entirely separate solutions (Solid Edge ST and NX CAM Express) with two completely different user interfaces and that this is acceptable.

        Consolidating the user interface in NX will not solve the problem of the NX CAM user interface being totally outdated compared to modern CADCAM packages, many of which are fully integrated into the SolidWorks user interface.  It’s a poorly designed user interface in NX CAM that is causing far too many clicks to get things done and the part or assembly to always be  blocked with annoying pop up dialog boxes rather than a interface that is too complex.

        Simplifying NX’s user interface won’t help at all.

        Jon Banquer
        San Diego, CA
        http://cadcamtechnologyleaders.blogspot.com/

  2. Jim, great summary! I see “industry-vertical” solution as something that Siemens PLM is focusing. Not a big surprise (sorry for being a bit cynical). Except the fact that “everything is good with PLM”, can you point on any additional specific innovation and/or surprises coming from other places of Siemens PLM? Thanks, Oleg

    • Oleg,
      Look for my second and third posts in the series for more specifics about Siemens and their customers, I felt the need to start with the basics for all of the people that don’t get the opportunity to get updated that way some of us do.

      The industry move is more significant than you might think at first blush. They are giving real development budgets and influence to the verticals – it goes deeper than a few bolt-on solutions and pretty powerpoints for each industry.

      Talk to you Friday,
      Jim

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