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Better PLM Integration Drives Better Business Performance (Webcast)

Tech-Clarity analyst Jim Brown joins Razorleaf's Director of Integrations and Development Derek Neiding to share the results of a recent study on PLM integration. The webcast will highlight the strategies, processes, and technologies Top Performers use to integrate PLM with design tools and other enterprise … [ read more ]

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Product Data Management Survey (Invitation)

How do leading companies manage product data and keep their design processes efficient? Please share your thoughts in our short Design Data Management Survey. Tech-Clarity invites you to join a research study on best practices in data management.  If you've already completed the survey  –> please … [ read more ]

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New CAD Survey (Invitation)

Please share your experience, thoughts, and lessons learned  in this new CAD survey. Have you migrated from 2D to 3D? Switched from one 3D CAD tool for another? Have you considered getting even more from your 3D models with model based design? Or have you stuck with the same approach? Do you work with … [ read more ]

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NPDI Survey (Invitation)

How do leading companies develop and launch successful new products? Please share your thoughts in our short New Product Development and Introduction Survey. Tech-Clarity invites you to join a research study on best practices in NPDI.  If you've already completed the survey  –> please share with a … [ read more ]

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Successful Products Start and End with Your Customer (infographic)

Tech-Clarity's Infographic, Successful Products Start and End with Your Customer  provides guidance to CPG companies. By embedding your customer in the middle of your product life cycle, your products will be more successful. The infographic, shows that by capturing insights obtained during the shopping … [ read more ]

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Social Business Collaboration can help companies develop better products. It can also help them more effectively include their supply chain in product development to improve innovation. Product development is a team sport and benefits from collaboration across the supply chain. Formal collaboration approaches such as PDM or PLM are effective, but are sometimes worked around because they don’t support ad-hoc processes as well as social media. Also, setting up new users such as suppliers can take more time and effort than people are willing to invest. Ad-hoc file sharing is easier, but puts IP at risk and creates duplicate data that leads to mistakes, scrap, and rework.

The episode of Tech-Clarity TV expands on a previous episode of Tech-Clarity TV on Social Business Collaboration and the conundrum between control and free-flowing information exchange available from social computing. It explains the pluses and minuses of different approaches to collaborate with supply chain partners. For more information on Social Business Collaboration, please take a look at our white paper Issue in Focus: Social Business Collaboration and the Product Lifecycle: Combining the Collaborative Power of Social Media with PLM, sponsored by Nuage. I hope you enjoy the video.

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  1. James Myers says:

    This is a good introduction of where social business collaboration meets traditional product development approaches.  Great primer – thank you!

  2. joey says:

    puts IP at risk and creates duplicate data that leads to mistakes, scrap, and rework.
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    • The IP risk is potentially real, but my experience shows that the alternatives are riskier. Dropbox, e-mail, etc. are likely less secure than a purpose-built social computing platform that is designed for security.

      I don’t understand your point about duplicate data. When people share information outside of Engineering they usually create attachments in e-mail and then you never know which is the latest version of the file. When you have one version of the file in the social tool you aren’t creating additional duplicates every time someone replies. The alternative is to share directly from your master data (in PDM, PLM, doc management, etc.) which can be a very good option but requires users to be set up and discourages ad-hoc collaboration.

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