• 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)

Product Line Engineering (PLE)How Product Line Engineering (PLE) Creates a Competitive Advantage

How Product Line Engineering (PLE) Creates a Competitive Advantage: Removing Time, Cost, and Complexity from the Systems Lifecycle discusses the growing importance of embedded software in today’s products and the resulting complexity. The report highlights the negative impacts of not managing this complexity. Despite these impacts, there are benefits of using the right software.  Those using the right

Webinar: Product Line Engineering – Increasing Competitive Advantage by Reducing Complexity Across the Lifecycle

During this webinar, Michelle Boucher joins Charles Krueger, CEO of BigLever Software. Together they discuss strategies for handling increasing complexity, meeting varying customer needs, and managing product lines, especially for software-intensive products. The webinar focuses on product line engineering and includes a discussion on: Successful approaches to product line engineering (PLE) for managing product variation How embedded software, combined with the

Optimizing the Bidding Process

Optimizing the Bidding Process: How Industrial Equipment Manufacturers Can Win More Business focuses on the importance of getting the bidding process right. Bids require a quick response, yet must be competitively priced, without sacrificing margins. Getting this right is a challenge for many companies, but is especially difficult for businesses such as industrial equipment manufacturers offering Engineer-to-Order

What’s Happening in Engineer to Order (ETO) and Design Automation?

Engineer to Order is a great way to increase sales and improve margins for some and a business reality for those in industries that demand products that fit into their customers’ environments. It’s also one of my favorite topics because I have seen the issue from the ERP / sales configurator side of things as well

Tech4PD Tackles Hot Topic of Service in PLM and One Really Hot Habanero

Tech4PD episode 15 features dueling analysts Jim Brown of Tech-Clarity and Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights debate the role of Product Lifecycle Management in product service. Jim and Chad both feel that PLM has an important role to play in service. But Chad thinks that the primary roles will be around service documentation and validation. Jim feels that PLM

The Bald Truth on Platform Design in Tech4PD Episode 5

As you have seen in the Tech4PD year in review, the consequences for losing a debate on engineering software can be severe. This time somebody shaves their head! Tough loss, that one! In this episode Chad and I discuss Platform Design and related design automation topics. Our debate is which technology should take the lead