Design is only getting more complicated, not simpler. Today, engineers must collaborate across more locations, following more processes and coordinate with more suppliers than ever before. New technology is needed to combat the erosion of engineering productivity. This eBook looks at how data management technologies fill that gap.

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This eBook is most valuable for Engineering Managers and Directors who are looking to regain productivity in their design organizations.


Engineering's productivity is eroding. Its no fault of their own, mind you. The product development process is getting more complex. Products are so complex that no engineer designs them alone. Instead, specialists in different engineering fields collaborate together as a team to make decisions. Each engineer has to coordinate their work with an ever-increasing number of suppliers, each with their own field of expertise. Products must now be designed taking broader enterprise considerations into account, meaning more stakeholders from manufacturing, procurement, service and more need to get involved. Manufacturers as a whole are instituting more processes to mitigate legal and regulatory risk. It's no surprise that engineers simply can't get as much done as they have in the past. Their time is now splintered across a thousand tasks. Engineering's productivity is eroding. Executives and managers have long wracked their brains on how to reverse the trend. Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems offer hope by automating and managing some of this operational complexity. These two kinds of systems can potentially work. However, there are drawbacks to each, especially for large engineering organizations.