• 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)

Getting Started with PDM (animation)

This short Tech-Clarity TV animation explains how manufacturers can get started with Product Data Management. The video offers findings from The Business Value of Product Data Management that finds that manufacturers can get off to a fast start with preconfigured solutions but still leave themselves room to grow on a foundation that provides more advanced capabilities. This episode is sponsored by Siemens PLM. Learn

Tech-Clarity’s Jim Brown Sharing IoT Thoughts at PTC Event

PTC caught some of my views on the Internet of Things on camera at a recent event. The videos include some of my thoughts along with those of PTC’s Jill Newberg and fellow analysts Joe Barkai and Gartner’s Tuong Nguyen. The first one is on the IoT closing the loop in PLM, where I discuss

What’s the Strategic Payback from PDM? (animation)

This short Tech-Clarity TV animation explains the strategic, financial value of PDM. Most companies get plenty of cost savings that justify the investment in PDM, but should also recognize the strategic, top-line benefits that PDM delivers.   This episode is sponsored by Siemens PLM. Learn more about Siemens PLM and their Teamcenter Rapid Start Program or see

Solving the PLM Impasse for Midsize Manufacturers – Guest Post on Dassault Systemes

Jim Brown contributed a guest post to the Dassault Systèmes blog sharing some research on PLM for midsize manufacturing companies. The post explains how these smaller companies sometimes feel stuck between the need for a full featured PLM system to get their engineering and product development processes under control and less capable file-sharing systems that

How Much PDM is Right for You? (animated video)

This short, animated Tech-Clarity TV episode explores the different Product Data Management options available to manufacturers. It explains that value of full-featured PDM as a step beyond CAD File Management and a stepping stone toward PLM for more advanced capabilities as needed. This episode is sponsored by Siemens PLM. Learn more about Siemens PLM and their

Tech-Clarity TV – Partnering to Develop the STEM Workforce of the Future

This episode of Tech-Clarity TV explores how manufacturers like GM and Boeing partner with academic institutions, government agencies, and software vendors to increase the job readiness of  STEM graduates. The episode shares findings from our Developing the STEM Workforce of the Future: Partnering to Meet the Demand for Engineering and Manufacturing Talent paper. A key finding is