• Five Ways Shape Search Drives Business Value shares the shortcomings of traditional search methodologies and how geometric search can complement them to drive new business value. The report includes some basics about shape search, five tangible ways it can improve business performance, and an example of how to calculate the ROI of a shape search investment.Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report or title to view the full PDF courtesy of our sponsor Siemens PLM (free of charge, no registration required).For more information, please visit the Siemens PLM Community blog to read the Shape … [ read more ]

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  • Jim Brown contributed a guest post to the Siemens PLM Community blog discussing how R&D in the food and beverage industry can step up to the digital age to combat smaller, innovative companies that embrace the digital enterprise. This is the first of several posts that drill down on Surviving the New Competitive Landscape in Food and Beverage, a post that shares three ways that consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies can start their digitalization journey and discusses how that can help them avoid industry disruption.The first opportunity we're looking into is how the digital enterprise can improve … [ read more ]

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  • Please join Tech-Clarity's Michelle Boucher, Mark Turner from Alcon Labs, and Swapan Jha from PTC on Tuesday September 12, 2017 for a discussion on the right software solution for medical device engineering. The discussion will feature an interactive discussion between the panelists coving topics such as:Challenges facing medical device manufacturers. Why to consider the complete product lifecycle with respect to:Managing product and requirements. Transitioning from document to product centric approaches. Enabling smart and connected products.The best selection criteria for … [ read more ]

    Selecting the Right PLM Software for Medical Device Engineering (webcast)
  • Jim Brown contributed a guest post to the Siemens PLM Community blog discussing the opportunity for food and beverage companies to leverage digitalization and the digital enterprise to combat market disruption from new, innovate companies that are challenging current industry leaders. The post offers several ways that consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies can get started on their digital journey, achieve tangible business value, and combat challengers like Blue Apron and Amazon Fresh that are disrupting the status quo.The full post, Surviving the New Competitive Landscape in Food and Beverage, can be … [ read more ]

    Digitalization in Food and Beverage (guest post)
  • 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 ]

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How Top Auto Companies Realize Innovation and Manage Complexity


Tech-Clarity-Perspective-Automotive-thumb_pdfHow Top Auto Companies Realize Innovation and Manage Complexity – Digitalization Drives Innovation and Program Performance in the Automotive Industry shares survey data and insights from the global automotive industry that detail the best practice processes and technologies the leaders use to drive higher profitability in the auto industry. The report shares that automotive OEMs and their supply chains are facing mounting product and product development complexity amid significant market growth. The report looks at the strategies, processes, and technologies auto companies are adopting (see graphic). Our research then analyzes the Top Performers – those reporting higher revenue and margin growth over the prior 24 months – to determine what they do differently and identifies a number of differentiating approaches detailed in the report.

Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report to download a PDF overview (free of charge, no registration required).

For the full report, please visit our sponsor, Siemens PLM, and their Automotive PLM Leadership Page (free of charge, no registration required).

 Auto-StrategiesTable of Contents

  • Executive Overview
  • Key Strategic Plans of the Auto Companies
  • The Automotive Industry Faces Significant Complexity
  • Identifying the Top Performers
  • Collaborate / Design Concurrently between OEMs and Suppliers
  • Adopt Next Level Simulation / Optimization
  • Transform to Next Level Manufacturing Planning
  • Enabling Technology
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • About the Research

Executive Overview

The global automotive and transportation industry is experiencing a tremendous rejuvenation. The market is alive and sales and profits are growing. Within the last few years, automotive manufacturing has entered an age of innovation and witnessed unprecedented introduction of new models and advanced technologies to meet the challenge of doubling fuel economy and halving emissions.

In parallel with the booming auto market is a growing level of product development complexity. This increased complexity results from a variety of factors ranging from advanced materials for vehicle lightweighting to the increased role of software in product innovation and product performance. Some like to say today’s cars are like computers driving around on wheels with over tens of million lines of code – but that’s a huge understatement. Today’s automobiles are an intricate orchestration of mechanical, sensors, controls, and software and are increasingly interacting with other vehicles and their surroundings. The resulting complexity is immense.

How is the industry responding? Tech-Clarity analyzed survey data and reviewed automotive executive presentations to determine how automakers and suppliers address complexity and take advantage of the industry renaissance. We found that top-performing companies are going beyond today’s best practices in manufacturing and leveraging digitalization to realize innovation. These companies have transformed their vehicle development processes to take greater advantage of digital product models and simulation, leading to growth and profitability.

Specifically, our research shows that Top Performers in the automotive industry are:

  • Continuing their lead in collaboration and concurrent design
  • Expanding their use of digital product models to optimize products early in design and better validate mechanical, electrical, and software systems
  • Expanding their ability to synchronize and integrate design and manufacturing

To support these initiatives, Top Performers are leveraging digitalization to:

  • Use more integrated, holistic PLM capabilities that allow early, model-driven systems optimization
  • Integrate systems across the lifecycle to align and share design data from concept through production


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