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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

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • 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

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • 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

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • 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?

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • 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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PLM Knowledge Councils & Industry Consortia

CIMdata PLM Knowledge Council Membership

CIMdata’s PLM Knowledge Councils focus on in-depth research defining best practices for topics of interest to industrial companies who use PLM to support their ongoing product development business strategies and PLM solution providers interested in understanding and setting their PLM strategies and directions. The resulting research is directed at both industrial organizations and PLM solution providers. It emphasizes strategic as well as practical, tactical options for companies to follow as they further adopt Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). CIMdata currently offers five PLM Knowledge Councils. Council topics are developed from CIMdata’s PLM Community as technology evolves and industry dictates.

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Digital Manufacturing Knowledge Council

While PLM and PDM initiatives have made explosive progress with product development functions, early and full integration with manufacturing has badly lagged. Yet the compounding complexity of today’s production processes raises many challenges for simplifying and streamlining manufacturing processes. The focus of the Digital Manufacturing Knowledge Council (DM Council) is targeted at the entire end-to-end process of designing and building a product.

An important deliverable of the Digital Manufacturing Knowledge Council, the Digital Manufacturing Scorecard captures input from industry leaders and ranks them across broad categories. Participants include high-, medium-, and low-volume producers from the consumer goods and food processing industry, the automotive sector, industrial machinery and other industry segments.

The Digital Manufacturing scorecard seeks to establish a framework of common terminology for integration and optimization of the diverse activities that fragment manufacturing production and design. Complementing that effort, the Electronics Integration Scorecard engages representatives across broad industries since electronic controls are a large part of a wide range of modern products. By implementing the best practices documented in these scorecards and related research reports, companies can transform their business by reducing costs and offering greater product variety.

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PLM Enterprise Value & Integration Knowledge Council

The PLM Enterprise Value & Integration Knowledge Council (PEVI Council) researches and evaluates new capabilities and best practices in product and process management, highlights the best, most advanced uses of technologies, and provides a link between the IT infrastructure and the realization of business value. It provides guidance for defining an implementation road map; reducing product and process complexity; reducing cost; adapting product development processes; and harmonizing information and product architectures. The council also serves solution providers and systems integrators in assessing current market issues, in planning the development of successful products and services, and in designing sound product implementation plans.

Under the guidance of collaborative clients, PEVI’s current strategic analysis concentrates on the following critical issues:

  • Requirements management
  • Data modeling
  • Implementation architectures and deployment models (on-premise, open source, cloud)
  • PLM in a combined discrete and process product environment
  • PLM to manufacturing planning (ERP integration issues)
  • PLM to manufacturing execution (MES integration)
  • BOM management
  • Integration with other solutions

A PEVI Scorecard will guide companies to assess their current PLM maturity and help guide their next steps including how different PLM-enabling solutions be integrated into the overall product development process.

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Simulation & Analysis Knowledge Council

The Simulation & Analysis Knowledge Council (S&A Council) supports a simulation framework, an integrated environment that provides tools to manage access to applications, data, and computing resources, including high performance computing. The framework manages the complexity of multi-disciplinary system-level product performance, and integrates with other elements of the PLM environment, including product geometry, test, and requirements.

Knowledge capture, process automation, and data management are necessary elements to support simulation process and data reuse; traceability and quality control; and collaboration for system-level multi-disciplinary product design optimization. The low level of PLM maturity at many companies presents a significant problem in defining, deploying, and integrating a simulation framework.

The S&A Council focuses on simulation-driven design. A detailed scorecard on Simulation Data and Process Management (SDPM) assesses end-user requirements and best practices, analyzing data from users within leading-edge companies. A strategic, high level review and scorecard of the offerings by leading SDPM vendors is also continuously updated. Case studies provide guidance on strategies for the integration of simulation in the product development process, and for successful deployment to overcome organizational resistance to change. S&A also provides highly regarded forums for face-to-face discussions between users and providers.

The S&A Council is open to industrial and solution provider participants, through enterprise sponsorships or individual memberships. More than fifty end users have contributed consistently, and participated in both our PLM Road Map™ conferences and our Design/Simulation workshops over the last 10 years.

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Social Product Development & Collaboration Knowledge Council

The Social Product Development & Collaboration Knowledge Council (SPD&C Council) represents the authoritative industry source for the architecture and implementation of digital product modeling and design collaboration technologies, and for their reconciliation in product engineering and manufacturing process planning. Numerous organizations, many of them among the world’s largest manufacturing companies, and an extensive range of PLM solution providers, collaborate with us as equal partners to define an evolving engineering framework for PLM.

The SPD&C framework accelerates decision making and improves reliability across the critical engineering processes of product design and modeling, analysis, collaboration, visualization, knowledge engineering, and manufacturing process development. These disciplines serve as springboards for companies to gain competitive advantage. The SPD&C Council program applies a structured methodology to the evaluation of new products and processes and to evaluating current projects in client organizations. The SPD&C advisory service is designed to help client organizations harness the power of technology and to achieve its bottom-line benefits.

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Systems Engineering Knowledge Council

The Systems Engineering Knowledge Council (SE Council) gathers and benchmarks best practices for integrating data, processes, tools, and people across mechatronics and software domains. It is an industry-wide effort focused on cross-domain product development collaboration, which is necessary to integrate specialties that currently fragment the systems engineering disciplines of embedded controls, software, mechanical, and electronics engineering. Scorecards are provided for embedded software, electronics, and mechanical integration using a forced-ranking approach of maturity levels for a number of criteria. The specific criteria are established collaboratively with input from the Systems Engineering Knowledge Council. Several of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, and a range of PLM solution providers, participate in the effort to define and maintain criteria and priorities for continuous improvement in mechatronics integration.

The Embedded Software scorecard focuses on the integration of embedded software into mechatronics systems. The high level topics in the scorecard include:

  • Defining the engineering problem in embedded software
  • Collaboration and integration between people and processes
  • Embedded software design and engineering solutions
  • Embedded software verification and release
  • Supporting tools and technologies

Overall, this scorecard successfully captures maturity levels for embedded software integration in mechatronics systems across companies and industries. While rankings generally align with expectations, wide variances appear across nearly all the detailed criteria. This implies that tremendous improvement opportunities exist for low-performing companies. By implementing the best practices documented in the report, companies can transform their business by offering greater product variety at lower cost, higher quality products, and products that meet customer requirements.

The Electronics Integration scorecard engages representatives across broad industries, since electronic controls are a large part of a wide range of modern products. The focus for 2012-13 is the integration of systems engineering methodologies with digital manufacturing for manufacturing design.

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Industrial Consortium Membership

CIMdata has assembled a group of leading industrial companies into a consortium to help collectively address current PLM–related challenges by identifying the top PLM market issues to be researched collaboratively with CIMdata. This membership enables your organization to make more informed business decisions by providing timely and valuable information, insights and advice, while networking with companies with similar challenges about PLM and its use within industry. Annual membership in this program facilitates an ongoing working relationship with CIMdata that strengthens and enhances the value of our support for your team.

The CIMdata PLM Industry Consortium membership provides ongoing, subscription–based research and analyses delivered through reports, interactive work sessions and collaborative meetings, and remote consultations with CIMdata experts. Other Key Benefits can include:

  • Common Practices & Issues: Enabling cross–industry PLM–related best practice collaboration with organizations from around the world
  • Special Initiatives: Focusing on initiatives important to the group, such as benchmarking, process re–engineering, technology implementation, information sharing, and lessons learned analysis.
  • CIMdatas Research: Improving the capacity and expertise of the members by providing timely information from CIMdata’s PLM Community and targeted research topics defined by the Consortium members.
  • Larger Voice: Increasing the ability to advocate requirements for the solution providers through Consortium collaboration.
  • Networking: Enhancing professional networking, education, and executive peer–to–peer support.
  • Resource Sharing: Encouraging the sharing of resources among members (including content, technology, expertise, and funding).

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Featured Cimdata Reports

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PLM Market Analysis Reports

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.