• 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
  • 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)

PLM411 SāmPāg Collaboration Software Parody / ECO and PLM Interview

Tech-Clarity takes a jab at collaboration software with this funny infomercial on the fictitious SāmPāg solution. It highlights a real issue about how poorly companies collaborate about their products and product information. The ad is followed by a great discussion with Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights on Engineering Change Management and how PLM software can help.

Tech4PD Debates Role of PLM in Embedded Software Development

In this episode analysts Jim Brown of Tech-Clarity and Lifecycle Insight’s Chad Jackson debate how PLM can best support the development of embedded software for today’s mechatronic products. Developing the software for today’s systems is complex and should be integrated into the overall product design process, including mechanical and electrical design. The product development and engineering process should be cover

Tech4PD Debates Concept Simulation and an Analyst gets Shot (really)

In the latest Tech4PD dueling analysts Jim Brown of Tech-Clarity and Lifecycle Insight’s Chad Jackson take on a simulation topic. The show focuses on the use of CAE technologies during concept design. The solutions show a lot of promise and have become much easier, but Jim argues that not enough companies are willing to invest

Mobile PLM Applications Debate on Tech4PD

How will manufacturers benefit from mobile applications to enhance their PLM systems? That is the question Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights and Tech-Clarity’s Jim Brown debate in the latest Tech4PD episode, Mobile PLM – What’s the Shortest Path to Value. And somebody gets a pie in the face for losing the last debate on systems engineering

Tech4PD Dueling CAD-PLM Analysts Year in Review

One of the highlights of 2012 for me was the launch of the Tech4PD webshow on Engineering.com where Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights and I debate important issues around engineering software. Here’s a quick look at how the first episodes have worked out! Thanks to all for your support, the response has been overwhelming and

Tech4PD Debate on Social Tech in Product Development and Beam me Up Chad!

The latest edition of Tech4PD shares Tech-Clarity’s view that social techniques are ready for prime time in product development. Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights contends that it will take time, in particular because social capabilities are more likely to be adopted in formal business processes. I fundamentally disagree and believe that the low-hanging fruit is