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PLM Technology vs Vertical Industries: Wrong balance?

Let’s talk about PLM technologies. Err.. PLM is not a technology. Even more, PLM is even not a product. So, what is that? Business strategy? Product development politics? 603 more words

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RealTimeRick reblogged this on Real Time Rick and commented:

Reading the latest blog by Oleg Shilovitsky on PLM: PLM Technology vs Vertical Industries: Wrong balance? Oleg, you have hit the nail on the head. This reminds me of an old shop joke (which I may have used before). Shop guy goes to the tool crib and asks for a large screwdriver. Tool crib attendant asks, “Slotted or Philips head?”. Shop guys says, “Either one is fine, I’m going to use it as a hammer”. There you have it. You can’t be all things to all people as a PLM (or MES) system. There are vertical industry specific rules, data structures, even nomenclature, that will trip you up at any time. I recall a demo with a ‘PLM/MES’ vendor where they were extolling the virtues of their process planning tool. Now, where I came from (aerospace & defense), a process plan was a document used to describe how to create a part from raw material. What this vendor was showing me was how to lay out an automotive assembly line! What I called a process plan had no context in automotive. Further, the idea of work instructions is an anathema in the assembly line world. They DO have work instructions, but they are set up facing away from the operator. With a vehicle rolling by every 42 seconds, you don’t want someone distracted by reading instructions, Before you get to your station, it’ assumed you know what you need to accomplish in those 42 seconds. From that standpoint, a lot of vendors ‘go vertical’ at the start. Those that decide to do it later have to walk the fine line between being too specific and losing other verticals and being too generic and too thin to provide real value to any vertical. - RTR

PLM Technology vs Vertical Industries: Wrong balance?

Let’s talk about PLM technologies. Err.. PLM is not a technology. Even more, PLM is even not a product. So, what is that? Business strategy? Product development politics? 603 more words

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How to forget ODBC and Rethink PLM Data Openness?

One of the most popular topics in engineering (but not only) software ecosystem. Open vs. Close. I’ve been discussing it many times – Open vs. Closed PLM Debates… 787 more words

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In simulation we trust

SIEMENS – Simulation technology has a lot to offer to mold manufacturing. It’s a matter of recognizing the problems that it can help to solve. 151 more words

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Will PLM Vendors Jump into Microsoft Cloud Window in Europe?

Cloud is raising lots of controversy in Europe. While manufacturing companies in U.S. are generally more open towards new tech, European rivals are much more conservative. 462 more words

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How PLM can join semantic enterprise graph?

Connectivity is a key these days and graphs are playing key role in the development of our connectivity. It doesn’t matter what to connect – people, information, devices. 583 more words

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