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Altair Enables Up-Front Multi-Disciplinary Systems Development and Design Optimization

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata is impressed with Altair’s product strategy for enabling systems simulation up front in the product development process to drive innovative product design concepts and by Altair’s execution in developing a comprehensive portfolio of multi-physics solvers integrated with Altair’s world-class optimization capabilities. The bottom line is that Altair has grown into a multi-physics systems modeling and simulation platform provider that can compete toe-to-toe with the major PLM market leaders and has the potential to be a disruptive force in their targeted industry segments.
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SOLIDWORKS World 2017: Expanding the Eco-System

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended the 19th annual SOLIDWORKS World conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. A large and enthusiastic crowd of over 5,000 SOLIDWORKS users attended the conference. This year’s theme was “The New, The Next, The Never Before.”
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A Proposed Framework to Simplify Enterprise Network Management: Why Microsoft with LinkedIn Has the Right Elements to Deliver It

  • A CIMdata Position Paper:
  • CIMdata’s proposed digital framework as described in this position paper links People, Organizations, Projects, and Applications/Tools through visible profiles. Enterprises have significant opportunities to improve the trust and engagement of their key stakeholders by adopting CIMdata’s proposed digital framework within a more open culture. With the recent acquisition of LinkedIn, Microsoft now has a “proven” approach to implement the network management framework that is proposed by CIMdata.
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Achieving Sustainable Innovation: The Value of a Platform for Scientific and Engineering Simulation

  • A CIMdata Whitepaper:
  • The value of the platform approach comes to full fruition when it enables systems engineering thinking and model-centric processes. The underpinnings of the mentioned value can be delivered by operating within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Platformization based on a design engineering innovation foundation is key for staying competitive in today’s business environment. It is the foundation for sustainable and profitable growth in our fast-paced, ever shifting, and technologically complex, connected, and mobile world.
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Enterprise Product Record: Oracle’s Digital Thread

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata attended the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 in San Jose, California on February 13-15, 2017. The Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience is a business meeting focused on market influencers and decision makers with presentations by Oracle, customers, and selected partners. Over 3,000 people attended from around the world.
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Keys to Capital Project Success for EPCs and Owner-Operators

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • In this CIMdata eBook find out how an integrated information platform can improve results and reduce risks on large-scale projects.
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Autodesk: Transition at the Top

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • The morning of February 7, 2017 brought news that Carl Bass was resigning from Autodesk effective February 8. Mr. Bass is only the third CEO in Autodesk’s history, having taken the helm from Carol Bartz in 2006, who succeeded Autodesk founder John Walker in 1992. Mr. Bass is notable for leading the company through major transformations of both its product offerings and business models.
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Aras Announces Recent Wins

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • According to the Aras Corporation (Aras) web site, the company had a very large win at the end of 2016. They closed a 50,000 seat deal at General Motors to support enterprise change management, vehicle bill of materials (EBOM & MBOM), variants and options, and other lifecycle processes. The implementation is underway now. CIMdata believes that Aras was selected because of its technical capabilities, business model, and the architecture’s ability to support complex configuration management, which was an important use case.
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Accelerate Time-to-Value with De-Customization and Standardized Configuration

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • HPE’s expertise in de-customization and smart standardization of PLM and MES solution implementations applied to global engineering and manufacturing businesses is invaluable for such organizations to become nimble and modern, to improve their speed of innovation, and balance their production capacity to suit regional demands while reducing structural costs and optimizing their manufacturing footprint. In CIMdata’s observation, HPE with more than 30 years of experience implementing, maintaining, managing, operating, and supporting complex and heterogeneous PLM and MES solutions is an acknowledged leader, with deep real world experiences in de-customization and implementing standardized configurations.
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ANSYS Dimensions Innovation Conference 2016

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently participated in the ANSYS Dimensions Innovation event held in Paris, France. On day one, the presentations were tailored towards management participants with a focus on highlighting global industry trends and how ANSYS is developing an integrated product innovation platform to enable simulation-driven systems development. Day two consisted of a series of in-depth technical presentations across three concurrent tracks on IoT, System Simulation, and Embedded Software.
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Tebis

  • A CIMdata Program Review:
  • Program review addresses elements of the full range of Tebis software functionality, beginning with capturing and importing customer product and component data through to final assembly; and for die making beyond assembly through to tool tryout and correction. Additionally, this review addresses Tebis Consulting, the Tebis AG department that provides manufacturing related consulting services. Tebis AG’s present and future outlook, as well as their software go-to-market strategy, round out the topics covered in this review.
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A Product Innovation Platform and Its Impact on Successful PLM Deployments

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • A strong product innovation platform dramatically eases the burden of integrations with an enterprise’s broad range of PLM-enabling solutions. Aras Innovator provides an open and extensible product innovation platform that can be employed to provide an enterprise with a PLM solution that can grow into the future.
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Solid Edge University: The Indy 500

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • In CIMdata’s view the Solid Edge University 2016 conference served the purpose of both educating and inspiring the Solid Edge users in attendance. The range of hands-on training sessions and innovative, thought provoking end user presentations combined to raise the awareness of the attendees to “Expand their Horizons.”
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Autodesk University 2016: The Future is Near

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Autodesk is establishing itself as a pioneer in cloud services by aggressively deploying a web services platform, building new cloud-based applications, creating new business models, and establishing a modern developer network. The challenge for Autodesk will be to successfully bridge to the future for the millions of customers using its established applications, while simultaneously winning out over its competition as it expands into new disciplines and markets.
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BSH—Leveraging Siemens PLM to Enable Smart, Connected Products

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The trend toward smart, connected products and the emergence of the Internet of Things are changing both product complexity and how businesses must operate and compete—resulting in both new opportunities and new challenges.
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Siemens PLM Software’s Components Conference: A Critic’s Perspective

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Siemens PLM Software’s leadership in the components market and the dynamic content of this first PLM Components conference showcased that interplay. Going forward, I see the significant role it can play to help shape the future of PLM and BIM solutions.
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Siemens to Acquire Mentor Graphics

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Leading product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services providers have been evolving their offerings to respond, often through acquisitions. Siemens AG continued this trend by announcing their intent to acquire Mentor Graphics, a leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) solutions, which will further bolster the PLM offerings of Siemens PLM Software.
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AEC Technologies and Transformation: Survey Results and Interpretation

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently conducted an online survey of professionals involved with the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. The survey was fielded in July 2016, with a second distribution to a more senior group in September 2016, and 84 completed responses were included in the subsequent analysis. This commentary shares the findings.
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Working to Democratize Multiphysics Simulation

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • COMSOL recently held their COMSOL Conference 2016 at the Newton Marriott, just outside Boston, Massachusetts. Over 300 attendees took part in the many training sessions, and convened for the excellent keynotes spread across the two-day agenda.
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Minerva Transforms Medical Device Product Data to a Competitive Advantage

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The Minerva Medical Device PLM solution, built on the Aras Innovator PLM platform, configures Aras Innovator to support medical device specific data and processes based on industry best practices. This offers companies a faster way to get a PLM solution implemented. CIMdata finds this solution to be a great choice to get value quickly while still having the option to take advantage of the flexibility of Aras Innovator and the ecosystem surrounding it. Medical device companies looking to improve their processes and make better use of their product data should consider Minerva’s Medical Device PLM solution.
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Optimal Lifecycle Costing is a Team Sport

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • To win business, companies must make decisions earlier in the lifecycle, making it more difficult to get disconnected functions to bid to win and to make money. Using product costing across the lifecycle and the many contributing functions supported by solutions like aPriori’s will increasingly become essential to launching products at the right cost.
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SOLIDWORKS 2017: An Expanding Platform for Innovation

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The SOLIDWORKS 2017 launch highlighted the continued evolution of the SOLIDWORKS portfolio to support developing smart, connected products. This release expands support for multi-CAD and synchronous collaboration, essential capabilities for customers to optimize participation in their value chains.
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The Fusion Portfolio—Autodesk’s Product Innovation Platform

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended Autodesk's third annual Accelerate event in Boston’s Seaport District on 15-16 September 2016. Nearly 300 people attended.
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Siemens PLM Software Analyst Event 2016

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended Siemens PLM Software’s annual analyst conference held in Boston, Massachusetts, September 6th through 9th. The event was linked with one of Siemens AG’s Building and Energy Management events.
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Extending the Digital Thread with Integrated Manufacturing Process Planning

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Aras’ new Manufacturing Process Planning solution leverages the Aras single platform architecture to enable a solution that automatically derives the MBOM from a manufacturing process plan and maintains as-designed to as-planned traceability.
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Simulation-Driven Product Development Enables Breakthrough Sustainable Energy Innovation

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The implementation of a simulation-driven product development platform as offered by engineering technology providers, such as ANSYS, is able to make a significant impact on producing breakthrough energy innovations to address the world’s concerns about the long-term sustainment of energy, resources, and human life, as we now know it on this planet.
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Arena’s Cloud-Based Closed-Loop Product Development Offering

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Based on CIMdata’s consulting experience, many organizations are still struggling to achieve the efficient introduction of ALM and QMS in a PLM environment in their quest to develop dependable smart, connected products as part of their overall PLM strategy. CIMdata believes that Arena, with its cloud-based closed-loop product development solution, offers a flexible, efficient, robust, and cost-effective backbone that could prove ideal for launching all sizes of manufacturers very quickly into their competitive markets with innovative smart, connected products.
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Architecture, Engineering, and Construction: On the Verge of Convergence

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The AEC market is undergoing rapid change. Now that the majority of customers have adopted BIM, the next challenge for the industry is to achieve the productivity and efficiency benefits promised by BIM. To meet this challenge, industry participants, ranging from building products manufacturers to AEC firms and solution providers, are looking to lifecycle strategies pioneered in the manufacturing industry. By combining technology innovations, new business models, and new work processes, the industry has the opportunity to close the productivity gap with manufacturing and generate greater efficiencies throughout the lifecycle from initial concept through facility operations.
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ESI Extends the Virtual Engineering Environment

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • A major transformation is underway in engineering processes for today’s complex systems and cyber-physical products, triggered by several significant global trends. ESI continues to execute on a corporate strategy to provide multi-domain and multi-fidelity solutions for realistic virtual prototyping of both components and systems by unifying the detailed 3D/4D capabilities of FEA, SEA, and CFD with the 0D/1D systems simulation space. ESI is undertaking the next major step in providing physics-based performance simulation within a cloud-based platform to link the virtual and physical worlds via model-based, predictive data analytics.
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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 a proven track record of providing high-quality, experienced, and skilled consulting services to industrial organizations around the word for over 30 years.

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CIMdata's Consulting Methodology for Industrial Organizations that Transforms Your Business for Competitive Advantage

CIMdata’s consulting methodology for industrial organizations—PLM Transformation—is based on more than 30 years of PLM consulting best practices and experience. At the heart of CIMdata’s consulting methodology is education – the transfer of knowledge. It is embedded in every step and phase of PLM-related business process and technology transformations. 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 consistent, well-thought-out and executed PLM strategy is critical. CIMdata delivers on this because of its extensive experience with industrial organizations around the world. Strategy is not about deploying technologies, but rather about clarifying internal and external collaboration and robust decision-making processes and capabilities needed to achieve the business objectives as the first step.


Solution Definition for Industrial Organizations

CIMdata’s consulting methodology for industrial organizations includes a number of customized activities that support the development of a 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’s extensive understanding of commercially available PLM solutions 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.

By leveraging CIMdata’s knowledge of the available solutions and our client’s specific requirements, we are able to provide a short-list of appropriate PLM solutions for further evaluation.

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

This list of three to six solutions is then evaluated with the help of a number of technical and business-oriented templates and associated methodologies.

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 implementation support services are extensive

CIMdata is an independent and unbiased PLM management consulting firm and is able to provide 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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