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Where the Interoperability Movement Falls Flat

Ah, interoperability. A lot of changed over the course of the last few years. The CAD industry has become reinvigorated. 3D visualization seems to have become more focused on applications as opposed to just cool technology. PLM systems have started to become mainstream while more granular systems have simultaneously emerged. And despite all that change, at least one thing has been very consistent.

The Barrier to Social Technology Adoption in Product Development

Over the past couple of years, the application of social technologies in the context of product development has been discussed quite a bit. I’ve written about many software provider’s efforts to include social technologies in their offerings, including Vuuch not just once but twice, PTC and Nuage. There are also offerings out there from Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, OneDesk and TeamPlatform. I am sure there are others.

Granularity vs. Integration: Requirements Management

As of late, there seems to be a lot of discussion about granular solutions compared to integrated solutions. I wrote about it a few months ago in a post titled Point Solutions, Integrated Solutions and the Granularity Value Proposition. And while discussing it at the highest level does lend a little clarity, it is still …

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Closing the Loop on Engineering Notebooks

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been writing a series of posts on the engineering notebook. More specifically, I’ve been writing about how a variety of technologies used outside engineering could be used to build out a solution for the engineering notebook. Here’s the posts. The Forlorn Engineering Notebook Digital Notebooks for Engineering Digital …

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Can SDM Be Effective without CAD PDM?

A little while ago, I started writing a good bit more about simulation topics. In particular, I’ve been looking closely at Simulation Lifecycle Management, both in general as well as reviewing specific products. I’ve talked about the procedural automation that comes with these tools, but I think the many start to turn towards these tools …

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Brave New World: PLM without PDM

Is PDM and requisite part of PLM? That’s the question we took at a recent roundtable discussion at this year’s COFES. You see, in the past year, there have been a number of PLM-ish products that have been launched that don’t have PDM capabilities included. You have Autodesk’s PLM360 which can optionally be integrated with …

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Is PDM Disruption Ready?

What’s it take to get some love? At one time, PDM was the bleeding edge of the software industry for product development. After trying to manually manage the complex interrelationships between CAD files and documents, people were ecstatic to have a system that would just do it. Initially, it was seen as a miraculous boon. …

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Calculations and the Engineering Notebook

Beginning back in January, I’ve been writing a series of posts about the engineering notebook. I started off pointed out how the engineering notebook has been forgotten in the advancement of technologies in so many other areas in a post titled The Forlorn Engineering Notebook. I then touched on note taking in engineering notebooks and …

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The Many Faces of Product Data Management

As I’ve said before and I’m sure I’ll say again, terminology in this industry can be a source of confusion. And even though it’s been around for quite some time, PDM can actually fall into that same category. If nothing to add a little more clarity to how PDM is defined in the posts on …

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