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PLM in the AEC market? PLM meets BIM.

By Jeff Hojlo

PLM is gaining traction in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, & Construction) market as companies in this space look to digitize their design and development processes for improved collaboration across a complex value chain (a little like manufacturing).


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At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015, connected products were prevalent everywhere one looked, from cars, to health and fitness, to the home. These trends continued at CES 2016 January 4-8 in Las Vegas, and expanded.


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Connected Products, Connected PLM

By Jeff Hojlo

Siemens and Polarion kicked off a partnership in November 2014, which followed an investment in the company by Siemens Venture Capital of $10M earlier in the year. After successful joint customer wins, and the realization that their products and business focus meshed nicely, the companies agreed to the acquisition, with an expected deal close date of first quarter CY2016. Terms of the deal were not revealed. Upon close, Polarion is expected to become part of the Teamcenter product line, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offering.


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Product Innovation Predictions 2016

By Jeff Hojlo

In our everyday personal lives, there is a digital thread that connects us to the things we like, the information we need, and the people we know. This digital thread exists in our work lives as well and is increasingly being leveraged by manufacturers to enhance time to market, product quality, customer responsiveness, and overall product and service innovation.


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How far can the Digital Twin go?

By Jeff Hojlo

As digital transformation (DX) hits a fever pitch, and product complexity reigns, many manufacturers are using "digital twins" of their products to optimize product quality and improve the customer experience. Digital twins, a term coined by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) many years ago and discussed frequently by PLM and IoT (Internet of things) vendors, are (in short) rich, multi-layered, virtual product models. At their most base level, digital twins use CAE (simulation software) to create a full digital model of a product and its associated manufacturing processes.


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Autodesk PLM 360: Disrupting PLM?

By Jeff Hojlo

CEO Carl Bass famously pronounced seven years ago (and I'm paraphrasing) that Autodesk does not have plans to launch a PLM product. How times have changed. At the second annual Accelerate PLM 360 user event in Boston earlier this month, it's clear that Autodesk is in fact focused on PLM – cloud PLM to be precise – and even see themselves as "PLM disruptors". They may be right.


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Where is PLM going in the Cloud?

By Jeff Hojlo

The front end of innovation (ideation, early stage design) and supplier collaboration are two PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) processes that have been deployed in the cloud by some manufacturers, and in Methods and Practices: 2015 Product and Service Innovation Survey — Ensuring Quality Is the Primary Goal (IDC Manufacturing Insights #MI256998, June 2015), these two areas remain a focus. Furthermore, quality management is the top overall PLM process that manufacturers want to deploy in the cloud; it also ranks as the top overall initiative.


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IDC Manufacturing Insights thinks it's time to evolve simple reporting and analytics on the product development process to a broader PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) analytics capability. Why? One word: complexity.


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We recently attended the IFS World Conference in Boston where the release of IFS Applications 9 was a big topic on the agenda, as was providing a platform for handling the "disruption" that exists in the market today. As IFS CEO Alastair Sorbie said in his keynote, "disruptions empower you, or put you out of business." Subsequent presentations and discussions highlighted the IFS case as to why it can provide the platform to empower manufacturers.


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As global manufacturers sort through how to employ a unified product and service innovation approach to best succeed in today's global economy, we thought it an optimal time to field a survey to determine current product and service innovation methods, practices, and plans. My colleague Heather Ashton and I are in the midst of writing our report on the results, but thought we'd provide a preview.


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