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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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iRobot to Sell Off Military Unit

By John Santagate

iRobot, maker of the Roomba, has entered into a deal to sell off its military robot unit for up to $45million in order to focus on its core business of consumer robots. The company has been providing consumer robots since it first introduced the Roomba in 2002, but its roots go back to 1991 with the release of its first robot Genghis which was designed as a space exploration robot. As a well known maker of consumer robotics, perhaps the sale of its military unit has more to do with the future direction of military robotics and the potential for negative perception should those robotics become weaponized.

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This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog highlights announcements and customer demonstrations shared at PTC's ThingEvent, held January 28, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Since the announcement of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA (or Suite on HANA for brevity's sake) on January 10, 2013, the SAP implementation ecosystem has worked to serve the market's growing needs. In just under two years, SAP has reported more than 2,000 customers on Suite on HANA. Given that manufacturing is SAP's largest customer base, the ecosystem is particularly focused on how the Suite and the greater SAP HANA platform can be implemented and complemented with additional IP for manufacturers. To help manufacturers better understand what they can expect from the ecosystem and move forward with their SAP investments, we've recently completed an IDC MarketScape report assessing the professional services firms providing manufacturers with services for Suite on HANA and SAP HANA.

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CEO's from across all industry segments are declaring themselves technology companies. Banks are now technology companies in the financial services industry and automotive companies are information companies in the transportation business and so on. These corporate mandates provide the impetus for corporate wide digital transformation strategies and will translate to huge investments in information technology. CEO's see these strategies as the next big opportunity for growth, but it also begs the question – where is this growth coming from?

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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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