My favorite quote from Peter Schroer of Aras from ACE 2019 is, “There is no Excel Add-in for HoloLens.” What Peter is referring to, of course, is Microsoft’s ubiquitous spreadsheet and their maturing entry into the world of MR (Mixed Reality).
I find that when I talk with most people about Model Based Enterprise (MBE), their mind immediately shifts to Model Based Design/Definition. This is natural, because most people equate the concept of ‘model based’ with the transition from 2D drawings to 3D models.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a hot topic in the engineering, manufacturing, and product development worlds right now. People are excited about it for many reasons, and there is no doubt that it will be disruptive to the way products are ordered, designed, produced, and distributed. But what does AM mean to your PLM strategy?
I am excited about Dassault Systèmes’ POWER’BY announcements recently. Not because I like using apostrophes for no good reason, but because I think it represents a useful evolution in CAD authoring tools. Before you jump in to correct me and note that POWER’BY is part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and not CATIA or SOLIDWORKS, let me explain what I mean.
Configuration Management (CM) has evolved as a concept and as a practice since its introduction in the 1950s in the defense industry.
There are a number of people out there who believe that comprehensive PLM systems and suites of PLM software are only for very large companies. This myth comes from years of focus (by the vendors) on the gains achieved by their leading (large) customers. The origin of the myth is logical.
New PLM tools impress me every day with the things they can do to improve product development processes (think molecular level simulation and generative design). But just because it is cool technology, you can’t be sure that it will positively impact your business.
There are a lot of companies looking for PLM tools, and with good reason. PLM software can do amazing things to accelerate and enhance product development processes. And in theory, better product development processes yield better products, which results in higher value to the customer.
First, please indulge me while I choose my terminology carefully. PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is a collection of processes, and PLM software is a set of computer programs meant to enhance or automate specific PLM processes.
IT acronyms are funny. Not everyone knows exactly what they mean, but they get used often enough that people understand the general context – and that’s good enough, mostly. Take ERP for instance. ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning.