Webinar on PLM For Auto and Aero Suppliers

Jim Brown and Dassault Systémes' VP Kendall Pond will present on this Engineering.com webcast sharing insights on the value of PLM for aerospace and automative suppliers that have outgrown their informal data management approaches. Companies in the auto and aero supply chains can learn how to better manage data, … [ read more ]


SaaS-O-Matic Spoof and Interview on True Cloud PLM with Excellims

How do you tell true cloud PLM software versus other SaaS options and why is it important? We start this episode by poking some fun at old software disguised as cloud. Then, Jim Brown interviews Excellims Corporation's VP of Engineering Mark Osgood who shares his experience outgrowing spreadsheets for managing … [ read more ]


IoT Makes As Good as the Day I Bought It a Thing of the Past Guest Post on PTC’s Product Lifecycle Report

Jim Brown penned a post on evergreen design for PTC's Product Lifecycle Report Blog. The report, IoT Makes "As Good as the Day I Bought It" a Thing of the Past, shares the exciting potential available from smart, connected products that can be updated in the field to correct issues, improve performance, or add … [ read more ]


Siemens PLM Vision 2015+

In addition to being a major industrial manufacturer in their own right, Siemens PLM has a rich history in the engineering software industry. Today, they continue to drive their PLM agenda forward while taking greater advantage of the synergies available from being a part of a global manufacturer with offerings … [ read more ]


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 … [ read more ]


Slideshow Graphic Template.pptx-1Tech-Clarity TV Social Supply Chain Collaboration


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.


  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.

    • 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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