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This is a collaborative effort with my colleagues: Bob Parker, Pierfrancesco Manenti, and Lorenzo Veronesi.

On May 29th, Dassault Systèmes announced its intent to acquire Apriso, a leading provider of manufacturing software, for approximately $205 million.

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In today's competitive business environment, it is imperative that PLM initiatives be capable of not only supporting greater efficiency and productivity, but in driving innovation and top-line growth. To get there, a new approach is needed– one that enables manufacturers to make more informed decisions, faster, and at every stage throughout the product lifecycle.

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At IDC Manufacturing Insights, we see social business as one of the four technology pillars driving manufacturers to reach new levels of productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness on the 3rd Platform. And, while manufacturers have been slower to adopt social business tools as compared with big data, cloud, and mobile, they are using social to assist some business processes. Traditionally, this has been more along the lines of collaboration tools such as Microsoft SharePoint or email. An opportunity exists for manufacturers to add social collaboration tools that facilitate the secure sharing of documents.

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I'm preaching to the choir when I say product design is becoming more complex, with increased product functionality and miniaturization pushing the envelope. Moreover, many of us are looking to new materials for breakthrough opportunities to design smaller, lighter, or cheaper devices. However, most have come to find these also require mastering new manufacturing processes.

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  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    Kimberly Knickle says:
    Good question.  I think manufacturers are working to retain those employees that are willing to change with the business and with the technology that's increasingly part of their everyday life.  But no data to prove that theory, unfortunately.
    4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    delger says:
    Based on the data shared above, how important is it for Manufacturers to engage and retain their current employees?  And are you seeing a trend in that regard?
    4 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Jeff Hojlo says:
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    I agree with your comments in the webcast and also am of the same opinion, and think that manufacturers need to take small steps on this journey since it is not an on/off switch that they need to use, but a process in which they make improvement after improvement since a lot of learning will happen along the way.
    I also have written a blog…
    5 months ago

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