Back in late Fall, I reached out to Dave Prawel, Founder of Longview Advisors who also runs the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress. Back in 2010 and earlier, Dave had published an annual research report that highlighted the interoperability and collaboration issues in the industry. After talking for a while, I asked him if I could revive it for this year. He readily agreed.
Six months and over 800 survey respondents later, I’m proud to say that the publication of this research study has been the most fulfilling of my career. Full stop. And now, I’d love to tell you why.
What’s in the Report?
Over time, the interests of the industry shifts. In some ways, the industry wants to learn more about a particular topic or issue. In other ways, the industry wants to consume the information and content in a research study in new ways. Both of these have driven changes in this report.
First off, the scope of the study changed slightly. In particular, the 2013 version of this report covers the following three major issues:
- Design Data Interoperability
- Model-Based Enterprise Initiatives
- The Expansion of 3D in the Enterprise
Each of major importance to engineering organizations in discrete manufacturers today. Honestly, some of the findings surprised me.
Changes in Content
Since 2010, tastes of readers have changed as well. The rise of social media means that most people are interested in hearing the perspectives of many contributors, not just one. Readers have also become far less tolerant of text and, instead, desire much more visual and graphical communication instead. These facts have directly affected the report
In the report, you’ll find paired sets of pages. On the left page, you’ll find a full page infographic that visually communicates the findings of the report. On the right page, you’ll find commentary and analysis from subject matter experts, user practitioners as well as software providers. Overall, there are 19 commentary and analysis contributors in the report. Here’s a glimpse of how that plays out.
Overall, a little less than have of the report is composed of such infographics that are easy and consume.
How Do You Get It?
The answer is quite simple. Each of the sponsors of the report hosts the report. Moreover, each of those sponsors have contributed their own commentary, providing their own perspective on the findings or explaining their vision and how their products fit into the context of those findings. Here’s a list of those sponsors, who provided commentary from their company and a link to where they are hosting it.
I honestly and sincerely mean this.
Thank you to all of the survey respondents. Just like you, I’ve eagerly looked forward to uncovering these facts on these three topics. I’m sending you the report to you this week.
Thanks to all of the sponsors for their support. Conducting and publishing such research is no easy task. I appreciate their confidence in my vision as this report was dramatically different than those of the past.
And thanks to you, the reader. I hope you find value in the report and, as always, look forward to any and all feedback you might have, good or bad.
Take care. Talk soon. And thanks for reading.