• How do leading manufacturers use cloud software to support product innovation, product development, engineering, and manufacturing?Please share your experience, thoughts, and lessons learned in this new survey on cloud software for product innovation and manufacturing.If you already completed the survey  –> please share with a colleague or on social media using the “Share/Save” buttons above. If you haven’t taken the survey  –> please: CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!Complete the survey and receive a free copy of the final report. In addition, 25 *eligible respondents will … [ read more ]

    Cloud for PLM and Manufacturing (survey invite)
  • This infographic shares survey results about quality and cost management in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. It visually communicates the results of our research that shows how Top Performing CPG companies are able to achieve better quality and better cost of quality, without trading one for the other. The research shares the methods these leading companies employ, including automation, integration, and a more holistic approach to managing quality.To learn more, please:View the full Stop Choosing Between Cost and Quality in CPG infographic from our sponsor Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA (free or … [ read more ]

    Choosing Cost versus Quality in CPG (infographic)
  • Jim Brown contributed a guest post, Innovation Platforms - the Operating System for the Digital Enterprise, on the value of innovation platforms published in the Dassault Systèmes' Navigate the Future blog. The post shares the value an integrated platform of solutions provides to engineers, the enterprise, and toward achieving digital transformation. The post also covers some basis of the innovation platform from people, process, and technology perspectives.Read the post now (free of charge, no registration required).   … [ read more ]

    Innovation Platforms are the Operating Systems for the Digital Enterprise (guest post)
  • Please join Tech-Clarity's Michelle Boucher, Mark Turner from Alcon Labs, and Swapan Jha from PTC on Tuesday September 12, 2017 for a discussion on the right software solution for medical device engineering. The discussion will feature an interactive discussion between the panelists coving topics such as:Challenges facing medical device manufacturers. Why to consider the complete product lifecycle with respect to:Managing product and requirements. Transitioning from document to product centric approaches. Enabling smart and connected products.The best selection criteria for … [ read more ]

    Selecting the Right PLM Software for Medical Device Engineering (webcast)
  • 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+

Five Ways Shape Search Drives Business Value (eBook)


Five Ways Shape Search Drives Business Value shares the shortcomings of traditional search methodologies and how geometric search can complement them to drive new business value. The report includes some basics about shape search, five tangible ways it can improve business performance, and an example of how to calculate the ROI of a shape search investment.

Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report or title to view the full PDF courtesy of our sponsor Siemens PLM (free of charge, no registration required).

For more information, please visit the Siemens PLM Community blog to read the Shape Search for Engineering Productivity and related blog posts from Erwin Argyle.

In Search of … Effective Search

Finding engineering data is frustrating. Search consistently shows up in our research as a challenge that leads to inefficiency for engineers and others relying on information to do their jobs.

Poor search capabilities are more than just a nuisance, they cost companies time and money. Some may be surprised at not only the number of ways improving search can save money, but how it can positively impact top line revenue. We’ll explore these benefits and then provide a template to quantify the value companies can achieve.

A lot of energy has been put into helping companies find parts. There are multiple strategies and approaches to find parts including keyword, metadata, and semantic search. Another technology that’s reaching the mainstream is geometric search, also known as “shape search.”

These search tools are better when used in combination, and more valuable when coupled with strategies like filtering results. Of course it’s not finding just any part that’s difficult, it’s efficiently finding the part that you need to help you do your job when you need it. Speed is the name of the game for search, and efficient search relies on strategies like advanced indexing to perform quickly enough to be useful. Let’s learn more.


Search is an area that’s ripe for improvement. 3D shape search is a proven technology that can help, and is stronger when combined with other search methods. Shape search is becoming mainstream and more commonly integrated with underlying systems like PLM. It can be fast if indexing is done correctly ahead of time (pay attention here, solutions vary greatly in scalability).

Shape search helps reduce direct cost, but also improves innovation and time to market to drive top-line improvements. Because of the business value of reuse, shape search should be a best practice. It should be built into processes like new part requests to institutionalize it.

One of the biggest objections we hear about shape search is that “it sounds too good to be true.” We recommend that you pilot a solution using your own data to see for yourself.


*This summary is an abbreviated version of the report and does not contain the full content. A link to download the full report is available above.

If you have difficulty obtaining a copy of the report, please contact us using the “Contact” link below.


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