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Aras ACE 2017–The Rise of the Platform

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The Aras ACE 2017 conference was exciting. Aras has a swagger based on their growth and recent big wins in the PLM industry. While originally dismissive, their competition is starting to pay attention to Aras, and CIMdata is receiving a lot of inquiries about what Aras is doing, both from competitors and industrial companies. As it grows its customer base and scope of its solutions, Aras will have its work cut out for it to maintain its competitive position.
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Wipro’s PLM Harmonization Framework for Successful M&A

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata has looked at Wipro’s M&A related PLM advisory and implementation capability. Consequently, we feel that Wipro has developed a systematic playbook, a broad set of system of integration frameworks, a robust governance model, and a PLM maturity model to guide companies in realistically predicting and realizing PLM related value in M&As. CIMdata has also studied post-merger PLM integrations and concludes that Wipro should be considered as a PLM harmonization partner for realizing the long-term business transformation which may be expected from a merger or an acquisition.
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SIMULIA Analyst Event 2017: Simulating Product, Nature, and Life

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • SIMULIA has developed a leading simulation solution portfolio that, when deployed within the framework of a product innovation platform, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, enables model-based systems engineering capabilities for their customers. CIMdata believes that the company has made strong moves towards providing a process and management foundation and apps-based execution technology that can help their customers achieve sustainable innovation.
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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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  • 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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CIMdata’s consulting methodology for PLM solution providers is based on more than 30 years of PLM consulting best practices. It has been carefully designed to support your organization at every phase of its development. From the identification of new markets to developing strategic marketing and business development plans, CIMdata will be your partner at every step along your journey.


Strategic Support for PLM Solution Providers

CIMdata provides a set of services designed to support PLM solution providers’ strategic activities.

Examples of CIMdata’s strategic support activities include:

  • Market updates
  • Strategic plan reviews and validation
  • Business planning support
  • Merger and acquisition support
  • Partner identification supportv
  • Competitive analysis

Product & Program Management Support for PLM Solution Providers

CIMdata’s product and program management consulting services are designed to support the overall programs of PLM solution providers.

Examples of CIMdata’s product and program management support activities include:

  • Segmentation planning
  • Market plan review
  • Competitive positioning and market messaging guidance
  • Membership services
  • Custom research
  • Market and technology briefings
  • Performing comprehensive PLM market validation and solution suite assessment

Product & Program Development Support for PLM Solution Providers

CIMdata’s product and program development consulting services have been designed to support PLM solution providers by providing the necessary insight and guidance to assess their PLM product and program offerings.

Examples of CIMdata’s product and program development activities include:

  • Product assessment
  • Competitive assessment
  • Technology partner assessment

Sales & Marketing Support for PLM Solution Providers

CIMdata’s sales and marketing support services are used by PLM solution providers to develop materials that can be used as part of their wider sales and marketing collateral. These services are divided into three categories: papers, field support, and event support.

Examples of CIMdata’s sales and marketing support activities include:

  • Marketing materials
  • Program and product reviews
  • Developing and publishing implementation case studies
  • Customer validation papers
  • Customer satisfaction surveys
  • Sales and marketing strategy development
  • Planning sessions
  • Vetting market segmentation and go-to-market plans
  • Education and training
  • Industry conference, user group, and product launch support

Channel Support Services for PLM Solution Providers

CIMdata delivers a flexible portfolio of channel research, education, trends impact analysis, strategy consulting, and thought leadership development services to PLM solution providers, systems integrators, alliance partners, and value-added resellers.

Examples of CIMdata’s channel support services include:

  • Channel strategy formulation and validation
  • Independent review of channel business models and tactical business plans
  • Channel program assessments
  • Training and coaching for channel partners
  • Channel success stories
  • 360-degree partner program surveys and performance benchmarks

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