Manufacturing Value Chain CommunityDriving Service Innovation within Large Manufacturers<div><p>Innovation is a popular word in technology and business circles that has great significance but is often misused and even downright misunderstood. Merriam-Webster defines innovation as "the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods." Sounds simple. But, as large organizations know all too well, finding the best way to inspire,…</p></div>Heather AshtonThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:17:47 -0400 Twins for Product, Production, and Building Model Harmony<div><p>Providing this view of the product, production, and asset lifecycle is necessary as the innovation process broadens in manufacturing organizations, and demand and competitive pressure continues to rise.  Manufacturers need the ability to respond quickly, through timely communication of related information such as:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Product and Process Model</strong>:…</li></ul></div>Jeff HojloFri, 26 May 2017 12:58:23 -0400 Seek to Improve Customer Experience with Configure, Price, Quote Applications<div><p>As manufacturers are increasingly expected to provide engaging experiences to their customers throughout the sales and service cycles, one area that is receiving attention is in the configure-to-quote business process. Historically, with complex products that need to be configured, this process has been a challenge for manufacturers as they try to…</p></div>Heather AshtonFri, 19 May 2017 10:50:13 -0400 Driven Innovation<div><p>We also discussed how simulation can fit into a product innovation platform, and be a catalyst for ideation and new product development.  Indeed, I think increasingly manufacturers will look more democratically at simulation, not only for verification, but also for early stage and ongoing innovation – complexity, competition, speed, and the…</p></div>Jeff HojloFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:28:25 -0400 Innovation USA Event Displays DX Capabilities<div><p>A few weeks back, I attended the Siemens Innovation USA event, held at the Siemens R&amp;D hub in Princeton, NJ. The message Siemens shared with members of the press and analyst communities is this: Siemens is a global company with deep U.S. roots, which means it is both global and local and here to serve its customers.</p> <p>Siemens USA CEO Judy Marks…</p></div>Heather AshtonTue, 25 Apr 2017 10:24:53 -0400 Early Days for Connected Warranty, but There's Great Potential<div><p>Warranty services are taking on new roles in customer experience and service innovation with the rise of connected products. Historically relegated to a background position in the overall customer service toolbox, the rise of connected products and the valuable data they generate are causing enterprising manufacturers to reconsider warranty's…</p></div>Heather AshtonWed, 05 Apr 2017 10:40:00 -0400 Maturity Model for Indoor Autonomous Mobile Robots<div><div> <p>The fact is, not all autonomous mobile robots are the same and as more and more innovative robots emerge, it becomes important to have a model for comparing the functionality across different devices.  Much in the same way as there is a maturity model for autonomous cars, IDC has developed a maturity framework for evaluating the maturity of…</p></div></div>John SantagateTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:29:46 -0400 Robotics Introduces RightPick: A Versatile Robotic Hand<div><p>On March 28<sup>th</sup> 2017, <a href="">RightHand Robotics announced the release of its “RightPick” product,</a> a combination hardware and software application designed for piece-picking. The Somerville Massachusetts based company designed the RightPick to address the growing challenge of automating the process of picking single items to support the growing influence of…</p></div>John SantagateThu, 30 Mar 2017 09:43:34 -0400 closes Geometric: Just One Example of Innovation Ecosystem Evolution<div><p>HCL and Geometric are just one example of the expanding and converging ecosystem of IT service partners.  This bundled approach to connected products services is what many other services firms have been building over the past few years organically and inorganically, focused on four areas, as I see it:</p> <ul> <li><strong>PLM:</strong> In addition to HCL acquiring…</li></ul></div>Jeff HojloMon, 27 Mar 2017 16:01:28 -0400 PLM Showing Signs of Growth?<div><p>With strong sales performance over the past year of cloud PLM providers Arena Solutions and Propel, as well as the uptick in sales of cloud based PLM and overall subscription revenue from “traditional” CAD and PLM vendors such as Autodesk and PTC, indicators are that the market for cloud PLM is accelerating.  Consider the following:</p> <ul> <li>Arena…</li></ul></div>Jeff HojloFri, 10 Mar 2017 10:11:32 -0500