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Aras Innovator: Redefining Customization & Upgrades

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • For several years, the Aras Corporation (Aras) has included no-cost version-to-version upgrades in their enterprise subscriptions, independent of how the solution has been customized and implemented. This is a rather bold guarantee given the historic challenges the industry has experienced with upgrading highly customized PLM deployments. With more than 300 upgrades behind it, CIMdata felt it appropriate to find out how Aras’ guarantee was playing out, and discovered that there was much more to the story than just a contractual guarantee.
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PTC Bets Big on the Internet of Things

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  • PTC made a huge move to support their manufacturing customers in getting smart and connected with their acquisition of ThingWorx, a leading provider of “Internet of Things” development tools and infrastructure. This acquisition, and two other recent announcements by Autodesk and Google, show the importance of smart, connected devices in just about all product markets.
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Managing Enterprise Product Cost—Through the Right Investments

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Cost is an issue at every company. Cost management is not just a tool, but also a key process that helps ensure business success.
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Exploiting a Modern Engineering Simulation Environment: NX CAE from Siemens PLM

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  • Almost 200 people attended the 3rd Annual NX CAE Symposium on November 5-6, 2013. The event was held on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, the birthplace of much of the SDRC I-DEAS technology, now the basis of the advanced analysis capabilities within the NX CAE portfolio.
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“Looking Outside” at Autodesk University 2013

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  • AU 2013 was a lively event that had a wide range of topics, one that CIMdata could only sample given the custom track created for the Media and Industry Analysts in attendance. The Innovation Forums were thought provoking, as intended, and had a nice energy from the thought leaders that populated them.
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Is Your Organization Making Good Product Decisions?

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  • Just about every company has faced the impact of a faulty decision. Some decisions have led to spectacular product failures, while others have resulted in a minor annoyance for customers. Decision making is very important, and avoiding faulty decisions should be an objective of every product development organization.
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PTC Creo View: A Solution for Enterprise Validation and Review

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  • This paper reviews the capabilities of PTC Creo View and its ability to pair mechanical and electronic product data for full product visualization and interaction.
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CIMdata's Consulting Approach for Industrial Organizations
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We start with the clients’ strategic business objectives. We educate, provide guidance, make concrete recommendations, transfer knowledge, and define and execute action plans. We work with our clients to customize programs based on their unique requirements. We have been providing high-quality skilled consulting services for over 30 years.

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CIMdata's Consulting Methodology for Industrial Organizations

CIMdata’s consulting methodology for industrial organizations is based on more than 30 years of PLM consulting best practices. At the heart of CIMdata’s consulting methodology is education – the transfer of knowledge. It is embedded in every step and stage of PLM-related business process and technology transformation. PLM Transformation has been designed to support your organization’s target of achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage.

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Strategy Development for Industrial Organizations

The development of a well-thought-out and -executed PLM strategy is key to success. CIMdata delivers on this because of its extensive experience with industrial organizations around the world.


Solution Definition for Industrial Organizations

CIMdata’s consulting methodology for industrial organizations includes a number of customized activities that support detailed PLM solution definition. This definition is based upon a client’s specific PLM strategy.

CIMdata takes a business-centric approach to ensure that business needs are met with the most appropriate combination of PLM-enabled business processes to support the client’s PLM needs.

CIMdata deploys a number of best-practice oriented tools, such as PLM-focused technology and process maturity models, and a benefits-appraisal model to help define the solution.


Solution Evaluation & Selection for Industrial Organizations

CIMdata understands the commercially available PLM solutions. This dramatically reduces the time needed to evaluate and select the most appropriate PLM solutions.

CIMdata’s evaluation and selection approach helps a company focus on the business and technical issues that are most critical for achieving its PLM strategy and vision.

CIMdata’s comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP)/Request for Quotation (RFQ) template has been proven to transform business requirements into technical requirements.

CIMdata helps facilitate final selection by making sure all strengths and weaknesses are measured and considered so the best business solutions are recommended.


Implementation Planning for Industrial Organizations

After selecting the appropriate PLM-enabling solutions, CIMdata’s support continues throughout the implementation-planning phase of a PLM project.

We offer best-practice support in implementation rollout, statement-of-work development, contract negotiation, implementation team structuring, “to-be” process definition, systems definition, cultural/organizational change management, and training, to name a few.

Our best practices cover a number of PLM-related business processes, such as configuration management, engineering change, data modeling and classification schema development, and other.


Implementation Support for Industrial Organizations

CIMdata’s extensive implementation support services are include the provision of:

Strategic implementation consultants and program managers who always place the client’s interests first

Best-practice support related to process implementation and implementation assessments

Education for those who manage or own the process, for those benefiting from the outcome of the process, and for those responsible for realizing the project


Monitoring & Continuous Improvement for Industrial Organizations

CIMdata provides a robust set of services designed to maximize each client’s ability to gain the most advantage from their PLM solution.

CIMdata leverages a set of assessment techniques and other best-practice experiences to identify areas requiring improvement and then recommends roadmaps to move forward.

CIMdata’s extensive PLM industry experience plays a vital role during this PLM project phase. Our consultants, who each average more than twenty years of experience in the PLM business, leverage their knowledge of hundreds of PLM implementations in numerous countries, companies, and industries in order to help our clients succeed.

CIMdata takes a practical approach, ensuring that our clients not only know where improvement is required, but also what course of action is recommended.


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The PLM MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market during 2012. It contains analyses of major trends and issues, leading PLM providers, revenue analyses for geographical regions and industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth.

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Simulation & Analysis Market Analysis Report

This report presents CIMdata’s overview of the global simulation and analysis market, one of the fastest growing segments of the overall product lifecycle management market, including profiles of the leading S&A firms.

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PLM Market Analysis Country Reports

These reports offer country-specific analyses of the PLM market during calendar year 2012. Their focus is on PLM investment and use in industrial markets. Reports cover Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.