Manufacturing Value Chain CommunityCES 2018 Takeaways for the Manufacturer<div><p>With that as a backdrop, following are my key takeaways from CES 2018 and some thoughts on what I expect to see at CES 2019:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Connected products are becoming AI products that will eventually be able to explain themselves</strong>: An important development around liability, insurance, and trust for autonomous vehicles. This will become more apparent at…</li></ul></div>Jeff HojloWed, 28 Feb 2018 23:15:02 -0500 Transformation of PLM: Collaborative Innovation<div><p>That's just the first step for manufacturers.  As innovation is a team sport that requires a cross discipline team (internal, and external) working together, enabled by 3rd platform (cloud, mobile, big data analytics, social business) as well as innovation accelerator (IoT, cognitive analytics, blockchain, advanced security, 3D printing)…</p></div>Jeff HojloWed, 31 Jan 2018 14:01:46 -0500 Worldwide Connected Vehicle Predictions<div><p>The continued development of connected vehicle technology has benefited users and manufacturers alike. The emergence of new connected capabilities provides consumers and enterprises feature-rich, safer, and efficient vehicles as well as opportunities for new services in public transportation, fleet management, and connected infrastructure. All the…</p></div>Jeff HojloTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:39:12 -0500 Continues To Flow For Robotics Related Companies<div><p>The latest announcement in the space comes from Locus Robotics that has announced a $25 million B round of funding bringing its cash raised to over $33 million.  Funding has been flowing tremendously well into the robotics market over the past several years.  </p> <p><img class="fr-dib" src="/.api2/binaries/dVMad6Ke80/thumbnails/pastedImage?width=501&amp;height=274" style="width: 501px; height: 273.88px;" alt="Pasted Image" data-ig-embed-key="dVMad6Ke80" data-src="/.api2/binaries/dVMad6Ke80/thumbnails/pastedImage?width=501&amp;height=274"></p> <p>The above graphic represents venture capital injected into the robotics market…</p></div>John SantagateWed, 22 Nov 2017 12:07:09 -0500 Use Cases in Manufacturing Underscore Need for Customer Engagement<div><p>The relationship between the customer and the manufacturer has experienced a notable shift over the past five years, as an increasingly digital-centric world informs how consumers interact with brands. This, in turn, influences how business customers interact with the manufacturers that provide them with equipment, machines, products and services.…</p></div>Heather AshtonThu, 19 Oct 2017 11:26:33 -0400 5 Best Practices from the Best Practices in Automotive Event<div><p>Although an SAP sponsored and organized event with a share of detailed how-to sessions on SAP products, Best Practices in Automotive is balanced with automotive company and ecosystem partner presentations that shed light on challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.  Following are my top five takeaways from the event.</p> <p><strong>1. In a…</strong></p></div>Jeff HojloTue, 10 Oct 2017 12:08:41 -0400 Funding for Aras and Arena: A Vote of Confidence for Flexible, and Cloud PLM<div><p>In the past two weeks, Arena and Aras both received infusions of cash from the venture capital community:  Arena Solutions a strategic growth investment (undisclosed amount) from JMI Equity, as well as a minority stake from BA Venture Partners and Otter Capital, and Aras $40M from Silver Lake, as well as a minority stake from GE Ventures.  Both…</p></div>Jeff HojloWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:10:27 -0400 2017: Analytics & Supply Chain for the Next Gen of Innovation<div><p>Birst, the analytics company acquired in late 2016, and Coleman AI (Artificial Intelligence), announced at Inforum 2017, present an excellent opportunity for Infor to support manufacturer’s innovation initiatives.  Birst has the traditional client/server BI features for analyzing historical data and trends, as well as the real-time event…</p></div>Jeff HojloFri, 25 Aug 2017 16:25:37 -0400 Highlights From IDC's Product and Service Innovation Survey Emphasize Cloud and Innovation Accelerators<div><p>IDC Manufacturing Insights conducted a survey earlier this year that asked 300 decision-makers of product lifecycle management (PLM) and service lifecycle management (SLM) at manufacturing companies to assess the business drivers, application areas, and investment trends in product innovation and service innovation. The survey data focuses on the…</p></div>Heather AshtonFri, 18 Aug 2017 11:58:28 -0400 Automakers and Insurers Will Deliver Great Customer Experience<div><p>To make the most of the opportunities that connected car technology presents, it is vital for both the automotive and insurance industries to gain a clear understanding of the possible points of convergence and collaborate effectively with customer centricity at the heart of their offerings.</p> <p>On April 28, 2015, the European Parliament voted in…</p></div>Martin KubáňThu, 13 Jul 2017 04:34:52 -0400