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Top Worldwide Connected Vehicle Predictions

By Jeff Hojlo

This blog highlights the key worldwide connected vehicle predictions that will impact the enterprise in the next three years and beyond, developed by a team of IDC analysts across product and service innovation, mobility, semi-conductor, and smart cities: Heather Ashton, Brian Haven, Nina Turner, Ruthbea Yesner, and Mark Zannoni.


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The third annual Best Practices in Automotive event in Detroit remains a forum that the automotive industry needs, in this age of disruption, change, and ecosystem evolution. Connected vehicles are today’s reality at different levels of maturity, and fully autonomous vehicles the reality of tomorrow…or at least, sometime between 2022-2025 if vehicle manufacturers’ plans hold true. Open dialog between disrupters from high tech, (start-up) automotive, smart cities, and the disrupted traditional auto industry, is an important vehicle for addressing the complexity and warp speed change that continues in this industry. It’s how ideas are hatched, partnerships are formed, and yes, best practices are shared.


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While Ansys, Autodesk, Cadence, Dassault Systems, PTC, and Siemens collectively make up the majority share of the CAD and PLM market, as digitalization and 3rd platform technologies (cloud, mobile, big data/analytics, social) become more prevalently used, there are smaller PLM vendors that have had success over the past three years. This includes companies such as Arena Solutions and Aras Corporation, which both offer configurable product innovation platforms that can scale on their own, or tie into existing, legacy CAD/CAM/CAE and PLM systems as the product development project and program layer. Aras offers their products deployed in on premise and cloud environments (or a mix of the two), while Arena Solutions is 100% SaaS cloud.


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PLM and product innovation was not a focus at Infor’s customer event, Inforum, this year per se, however there were multiple related announcements and product advancements that could be nice complements to Infor’s PLM offerings across discrete manufacturing (PLM Accelerate, through their partner Aras), process manufacturing (PLM Optiva), and retail (PLM Fashion).


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The next five years and beyond will be extremely interesting in the automotive space as technology and partner ecosystems continue to evolve, government regulation and public debate heats over autonomous vehicles, and the concept of driving a car is redefined. In the short term, automotive manufacturers will need to focus on development and integration of the platforms necessary for the varied set of internal and external constituents within their ecosystems to easily collaborate during design, development, delivery, and service of the connected, and autonomous, vehicle experience.


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Virtual models of products and assets – now more commonly known as digital twins - have been used by designers and engineers in concert with simulation to meet product and production requirements for years. The opportunity with “digital twins” is to take these virtual models and extend them to the rest of the team, outside of engineering, involved with product design and development, as well as production and operations.


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Simulation Driven Innovation

By Jeff Hojlo

I spent a day with Dassault Systemes’ SIMULIA team recently at their headquarters in Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S., on the outskirts of Providence, learning about what it means for a manufacturer to use simulation to accelerate innovation. The day wasn’t only about simulation (also known as CAE – Computer Aided Engineering) tools, however.


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HCL recently announced the closure of the Geometric acquisition 10 months after the initial announcement, bringing discrete manufacturing PLM and engineering services expertise from Geometric together with a broad set of industry coverage, cloud computing data center services, embedded systems, and existing engineering services capabilities from HCL. Geometric states that there is little overlap in customers, and already sees joint opportunity with HCL in the market.

The capabilities and knowledge brought together in this acquisition, namely PLM/engineering services, automotive, high tech, and embedded systems, provide customers with a set of connected products services that can support design through after-market service.


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Cloud PLM Showing Signs of Growth?

By Jeff Hojlo

In our 2017 Product and Service Innovation FutureScape, we predicted that by 2019, 75% of global manufacturers will leverage the cloud for key product innovation processes, and 25% replace their on premise PLM systems.


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CES 2017 Implications for Manufacturers

By Jeff Hojlo

IDC recently sent a team of analysts to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, the 50th edition of the event, to see the latest and greatest in consumer technology, and how this continues to change our personal lives, business connections, and everyday experiences.


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