It has of course been a whirlwind first month at IDC for me from benefits and IT on-boarding, to starting my first projects and meetings as the PLM analyst on the IDC Manufacturing Insights team. After 5 years with AMR Research and 5+ with Siemens PLM, I look forward to covering a market I know a little about and reconnecting with many of the colleagues I once worked with.
One of the reasons I decided to accept this role of Program Director, Product Innovation Strategies with IDC, aside from the fact that I like the team and people, is the vision for PLM that Kim Knickle, Bob Parker, and Chris Holmes recently put forth in their report, Perspective: The New Vision for PLM - the Innovation Platform. I co-wrote a piece in 2007 while with AMR about PLM as a decision support system across the product value chain, so I concur with the view of PLM as a critical component of an enterprise wide innovation platform that supports not only concept, design and engineering, but also manages product portfolios, optimizes costs (part, product, supply), and integrates closely with manufacturing and service while leveraging information from other enterprise (ERP, CRM) and shop floor (MES, Condition Monitoring) systems. Of course I recognize this is easier said than done; the challenge with this vision is often not only executing technology integration but also instilling organizational motivation to work together across the internal and external value chain of new and improved products. At the same time, new technologies and processes like 3D printing, hybrid manufacturing, and the Internet of Things must also be considered as complementary to PLM and a global innovation platform. Despite these challenges, we believe this is the right direction and natural evolution for PLM. I look forward to expanding on this vision to help make it a reality, working in close concert with the PLM community.
In the meantime, as I learn to navigate my way around the IDC campus, meet new colleagues, and ramp up into my new role, I would love to hear from you: you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on IDC Manufacturing Insights please go to http://www.idc.com/prodserv/insights/manufacturing/index.jsp.