• Tech-Clarity’s BOM Management Buyer’s Guide - Boost Performance with Digital BOMs provides criteria for manufacturers to evaluate software solutions to support their Bill of Material and product structure data and processes. Tech-Clarity’s Buyer’s Guides go beyond software functionality to provide a framework of requirements that impact implementation success and long-term ROI, including:Software requirements Implementation Integration User adoption Support Vendor characteristics / attributes Industry or unique business needsPlease enjoy the summary below, or click the report to … [ read more ]

    BOM Management Buyer’s Guide
  • This episode of Tech-Clarity TV explains how digital food and beverage companies improve agility, innovation, and productivity through better connectivity between R&D and the plant, streamlined production operations, and analytics.This video is part of a series of videos showing how digitalization can help food and beverage companies compete with innovative, digital industry competitors that are disrupting the status quo.The video series is sponsored by Siemens, a leader in digitalization for the food and beverage industry. For more information, see Tech-Clarity's series of guest posts on how … [ read more ]

    Producing Food and Beverages in the Digital Age (video)
  • How do chemical companies apply digital to the chem lab? Digitalization is streamlining the way companies innovate and bring products to market. Tech-Clarity's Jim Brown will share findings from his research on how chemical companies leverage the digital enterprise to improve efficiency and reduce cost while dealing with mounting regulatory and sustainability pressure.Register for the December 13 webcast (free of charge, registration required). Sponsored by Dassault Systemes BIOVIA. … [ read more ]

    Digitalizing the Chemical Lab (webcast)
  • This Tech-Clarity TV animation explains how companies can combat industry disruption from new, innovative companies and business models in the food and beverage industry by adopting the digital enterprise. It's no secret that companies like Amazon, Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and more are changing the way consumers and consumer packaged goods companies relate. This video shares how companies can become more innovative and agile to compete with these challengers through the value of digitalization, and provides an example of what a digital food and beverage company looks … [ read more ]

    Digitalization in the Food and Beverage Industry (Animation)
  • Join Tech-Clarity's Jim Brown in a lively discussion with Planview NPD Evangelist Carrie Nauyalis discussing how to effectively measure product innovation. The duo will discuss the pitfalls of measuring innovation based on prior performance, the top five measures companies can use to measure innovation capability, and what's needed to get started measuring innovation to improve outcomes.Register for the November 30th webcast now, sponsored by Planview (free of charge, registration required).  … [ read more ]

    Top 5 Metrics to Stop Measuring Innovation in the Rearview Mirror (webcast)

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.

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