• 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
  • 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)
  • What type of experiences prepare engineering students the best for "real world" industry work? What should new graduates know when they start their first job?Please share your experience, thoughts, and lessons learned in this new survey on the engineering skills gap. We are exploring questions such as, what types of things do you look for in a new graduate? How can engineering colleges and universities improve their curriculum to better prepare students for today's modern products?  What concerns do you have about the future engineering workforce?Developing the future workforce is critical to the … [ read more ]

    What Skills Do You Wish Engineering Graduates Had? (Survey Invite)
  • This infographic shares the importance of developing a cohesive digital thread when developing formulated products in the consumer packaged goods industry. The digital thread should be driven by customer requirements and incorporate the recipe / formulation, specifications, packaging design, compliance information, claims, cautions, ingredients, labeling, artwork, and more to provide a full view of the product and it's design history. An effective CPG Digital Thread relies on an integrated Product Innovation Platform to connect product data from early in the front end of innovation through development, … [ read more ]

    The CPG Digital Thread (infographic)

Engineering Live PLM Discussion

Join an interactive discussion between Tech-Clarity’s Jim Brown and Autodesk’s Ron Locklin moderated by Advantage Business Media Editor in Chief Janine Mooney as they discuss the history, challenges, benefits, and future of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The event will be available on Product Design & Development, Manufacturing.net, and Manufacturing Business Technology. Watch the event live, October 31 at

Top Five Factors for a Successful IIoT Implementation (guest post)

Jim Brown contributed a post to the Autodesk Fusion Connect site sharing the Top Five Factors for a Successful Industrial IoT Implementation. The post provides an introduction to our Ten Build-Buy Factors for IoT Platforms eBook tailored to Engineers so they can understand not only how to support their company’s IoT initiative, but also how to gain

Top Five Five Factors for a Successful IIoT Implementation (webcast replay)

Jim Brown presented his recent research on building versus buying IIoT infrastructure in the upcoming Top 5 Factors for a Successful Industrial IoT Implementation webcast on Engineering.com (sponsored by Autodesk). The webcast also featured Autodesk’s Head of IoT, Bryan Kester, sharing how IIoT can help improve product service, close the loop on engineering designs, and

Why Do Top Performers Use PLM? (infographic)

Autodesk published an infographic sharing our research on why top performing companies – those with better revenue growth, higher margin growth, and greater cost reduction  – use Product Lifecycle Management solutions. It also shares some of our findings on the time and cost to implement PLM and Top Performers’ use of cloud solutions. We’ve included

Top Five Considerations to Build or Buy IoT Infrastructure (on demand webcast)

Jim Brown shared his recent research on building versus buying IoT infrastructure in the Top Five Things that Ensure a Successful IoT Implementation: Exploring the Nature of IoT Projects and Build vs. Buy Decisions Industry Week webcast webinar (sponsored by Autodesk). The webcast also featured Autodesk’s Head of IoT, Bryan Kester, sharing the value of a smart,

Autodesk PLM Vision 2016+

Autodesk continues to grow their capabilities and presence in the PLM market. As PLM solutions continue to grow more broad and integrated, it’s getting more difficult to talk about PLM strategies independently from the rest of the solution suite. Autodesk is no exception, because they’ve adopted a broad strategy that goes beyond PLM, expanding to a Product Innovation Platform approach. So this post