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Navigating a New Renaissance: Leonardo and SAP

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • SAP Leonardo is an excellent step for SAP in its business evolution. While they will continue to be a dominant on-premise enterprise software provider for some years to come, the future is in the cloud. The industry trends addressed by the Leonardo technologies are revolutionizing the global economy and companies trying to compete in it.
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Digital Twin: An End-to-End Lifecycle Solution Approach

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata believes that digital twin technology is just at the very beginning of finding its way into actual applications. Many solution providers are still developing appropriate offerings to effectively enable the ultimate digital twin use cases. CIMdata believes that Mevea’s end-to-end digital twin solution approach is matchless and very promising.
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Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Forum

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Forum—North America in Florida. The Forum was informative about where Dassault Systèmes is and where it plans to go. The breadth of areas that can be supported by aspects of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is both broad and deep. CIMdata looks forward to the next new things Dassault Systèmes will bring into the PLM space.
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Altair Completes IPO

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Altair Engineering, one of the pioneers of the Computer-Aided Engineering software market, recently completed a highly successful Initial Public Offering on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. Find out what CIMdata has to say about this financial event.
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Optimizing Enterprise Operations Using Agile

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Markets and products are changing faster than ever before, and companies need to evolve across a range of dimensions to keep up. Accenture’s Engineering & Product Operations services are designed to help their clients meet these challenges.
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Combining the Virtual and Physical Becomes Real

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Ten years ago, Siemens acquired UGS. The acquisition clearly set a new agenda for the entire PLM industry. Customers across manufacturing and process industries could envision the benefits of integrating the physical world, such as through Siemens AG’s leading automation design and production technology, and the virtual world, through UGS’s leading factory design, product design, and digital collaboration software. That decade old vision is indeed real.
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Siemens PLM Software Unveils NX 12

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • On September 6, 2017 Siemens PLM Software, at a gathering for industry analysts, offered early looks at the strategy and content of NX 12, Siemens PLM Software’s flagship CAD solution. Targeted for commercial release at the end of October 2017.
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SOLIDWORKS 2018: The Launch

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The forthcoming SOLIDWORKS 2018 release carries on its long tradition of a mix of new capabilities and user requested enhancements. CIMdata agrees that SOLIDWORKS is one of the very few CAD solutions that is broadly accepted by the product design community and uniquely positioned to help drive new technologies and new design methodologies. CIMdata welcomes the extensive enhancements found in SOLIDWORKS 2018 and believes they will contribute to user success and innovation.
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All Things Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2017

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended Oracle's annual OpenWorld event in San Francisco. Oracle made some big announcements, such as their Autonomous Database and cyber security. We look forward to seeing machine learning applications in the Oracle PLM Cloud suite.
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Siemens PLM Software: The Actionable, Holistic Digital Twin

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata sees a need for an actionable, holistic digital twin that is managed by the PLM or digital innovation platform solution as the single source of record and the starting point for interrogation, prediction, validation, and continuous product and process improvement and innovation. Siemens PLM Software defines an actionable, holistic digital twin composed of multiple functional twins, including product, performance, and production digital twins—one of the broadest digital twin strategies in the industry.
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“Realizing the Digital Twin”—Siemens PLM Software Analyst Conference 2017

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata is impressed with the broad and deep portfolio of solutions assembled by Siemens. They have developed and/or acquired technology and solutions that provide value across the entire lifecycle and can be used to connect the silos of mechanical, software, and electrical and electronics. While Siemens has made significant progress, there is a lot of work still to do. CIMdata looks forward to seeing how and when Siemens leverages the full scope of their suite.
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Accelerating Toward the Future of Making Things

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Autodesk Accelerate successfully convened Autodesk Fusion portfolio customers to share their early successes and missteps applying the solution to their business problems. Many already see Fusion Lifecycle as a core strategic asset powering people and processes across their business. CIMdata looks forward to seeing how Autodesk will continue to evolve their Fusion portfolio to provide more complete support across the product lifecycle, while maintaining their willingness to support the heterogeneous solution environments demanded by most industrial companies.
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Configuration Lifecycle Management: Seamlessly Connecting the Disconnected

  • A CIMdata Whitepaper:
  • Product complexity is increasing, in part due to the incorporation of embedded electronics and software in today’s smart, connected products. Increases in complexity must be handled by an efficient configuration management methodology. Traditional configuration management approaches can no longer manage the complexity and disconnects that many companies are facing. It is only by adopting a new and efficient end-to-end configuration lifecycle management methodology and associated enabling technologies, like those offered by Configit, that today’s companies will continue to be successful.
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Introducing HCL’s GeometricPLM—Empowering the Digital Ecosystem

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • HCL recently completed its acquisition of Geometric. The acquisition comes with over two decades of PLM services experience and a track record of successful large PLM implementations. HCL is using Geometric’s capabilities to further strengthen its position in the end-to-end engineering services space. The acquisition is a strategic move by HCL to support changing business needs of its customers. Now, with GeometricPLM, HCL is better positioned to support digitalization, digital thread, and digital twin initiatives of global manufacturers, adding PLM to their strong capabilities in MES, MoM, and aftermarket services.
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ITI and Anark Partner to Deliver PDF-based Data Exchange and Validation for Model-Based Enterprise

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Anark Corporation and International TechneGroup have formed a strategic partnership to provide users a production quality 3D PDF solution for 3D data and document publishing, including model-based definition (MBD), validation, and exchange. CIMdata welcomes the Anark/ITI partnership and looks forward to seeing their joint MBE solution positively impact the PLM market. With this solution CIMdata believes that data exchange has taken another step forward in capability to streamline data among product developers, their supply chain, and customers.
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Accelerating Time to Go-Live Using Capgemini’s Migration Accelerators

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Moving to new PLM platforms has usually meant using vendor-supplied toolsets, effectively limiting migration options and increasing migration costs and schedule risks. Through the use of open source migration tools, multiple staffing and schedule choices become available, lessening the risk to migration schedule—and decreasing time to value on the new PLM platform. Capgemini is a global PLM solution provider that can make this vision happen.
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New $40 Million Investment in Aras

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Aras announced they received a $40 million strategic investment led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a fund of Silver Lake Management, L.L.C. (Silver Lake), a global leader in technology investing, with participation from GE Ventures, the investment arm of General Electric.
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Product Innovation Platform Assessment: Aras PLM Platform

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook describes how the Aras PLM Platform stacks up against CIMdata’s Product Innovation Platform requirements. The platform measurements are categorized into Strategic Imperatives and Foundational Characteristics. Measurement scores and how the Aras product is differentiated are included in the eBook.
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MindSphere for Closed-Loop Innovation in the Connected Intelligent Industry

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Siemens has leveraged the industry standard, Cloud Foundry™, to make MindSphere infrastructure agnostic. For example, it can run on cloud infrastructures such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, SAP Cloud Platform, and Atos Canopy.
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From the Last Mile to the First: Infor’s Cloud Strategy Paying Dividends

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • In the logistics world, the “last mile” often refers to the challenge of getting people and goods to their final destination. Infor uses this phrase to describe how their industry-specific offerings deliver much-needed capabilities for their customers’ businesses. That last mile is the foundation of Infor’s strategy. Infor's work to date and their high customer adoption rates are impressive. But as they readily acknowledge, there is much more work to do.
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Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Earlier this month, Automation Alley hosted a group of southeast Michigan industry representatives to a “Tech Takeover” focused on “Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things (IoT).” This Tech Takeover was kicked off by Peter Bilello, CIMdata’s President. The event was sponsored by Fisher Unitech.
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Siemens PLM Software’s Support for the Energy & Utilities Industry

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Siemens PLM Software, in conjunction with Siemens AG, is taking a fresh approach to solving challenges in today’s energy industry. To drive further progress, the company recently held an Energy Executive Council event in Houston, Texas, with attendance from key influencers throughout the industry.
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Collaboration: Did They Respond Yet?

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Collaboration between aerospace and defense OEMs and their design chain suppliers has been identified as a chronic pain point by the OEMs, i.e., point of friction impeding information flow through the product lifecycle. CIMdata research has revealed that, in general, A&D OEMs and their partners have no system in place to record and track collaboration inquiries. Establishing an inquiry and response tracking system between collaboration entities is a simple, low cost investment that would go a long way to alleviating this chronic pain point.
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Tata Technologies’ PLM Analytics Maturity Assessment Program

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook describes Tata Technologies’ PLM Analytics program which is designed to provide insight and guidance for developing a PLM strategy within an enterprise. Organized into four components, the first level enables a company to start with a quick overview assessment to identify issues and potential directional priorities for their PLM program. With each successive tier, more extensive knowledge is obtained leading to a detailed execution roadmap. Using the results of this methodology helps companies close their PLM value gap.
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Product Innovation Platforms: Definition, Their Role in the Enterprise, and Their Long-Term Viability

  • A CIMdata Position Paper:
  • In this position paper, CIMdata offers an enhanced understanding of platforms in terms of their long-term viability specifically focusing on answering the following questions: What is a practical working definition of a product innovation platform? How is the long-term viability of a product innovation platform measured?and What makes product innovation platforms vital to an enterprise?
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Dassault Systèmes 2017 Analyst Event

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently had the pleasure to attend Dassault Systèmes annual PLM analyst event. As in previous years, these two days were well organized with presentations and demonstrations by key Dassault Systèmes’ management team members. Overall, CIMdata is quite pleased with Dassault Systèmes’ messaging and positioning of their 3DEXPERIENCE platform, as well as with the progress made realizing their vision. Throughout the event a strong passion and dedication to fulfil the vision was evident. With many levels of the company represented at the analyst event, the message was still very consistent. Dassault Systèmes appears to be in good shape to address the needs of changing industries.
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Driving Opportunity Using Advanced Visualization

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • The eBook presents CIMdata’s perspective on PLM education today and includes results from a survey of PLM educators from around the world. The results and analysis point out some common issues that are impacting PLM education.
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Getting Your Product Consumer Ready

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • FlexPLM from PTC has the capabilities to help get your product distribution channel ready—from planning through post-product manufacturing operations such as artwork, labeling, and packaging. Consumer product companies looking to optimize their end-to-end lifecycle should consider PTC FlexPLM. For PDMLink users, using FlexPLM can offer extended benefits, since it is based on the same Windchill platform, enabling an easy extension of capabilities.
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Driving Opportunity Using Advanced Visualization

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook presents CIMdata’s perspective on the importance of advanced visualization to improve brand engagement with consumers. Companies will need to adapt their visual asset pipelines to support efficiency from beginning to end and the ability to respond rapidly to changes, all while promoting the artistry and creativity which is essential to brand engagement.
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Science in the Age of Experience Additive Manufacturing Symposium: An Assembly of AM Thought Leaders

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Dassault Systèmes demonstrated their 3DEXPERIENCE suite of connected AM applications: BIOVIA, CATIA, SIMULIA, and DELMIA which illustrated what’s available today to help customers design and make AM parts. Customers can choose whether to adopt incrementally, as point solutions, or holistically to provide an end-to-end platform for designing, simulating, and making AM production ready parts.
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Dassault Systèmes’ Science in the Age of Experience Conference 2017

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • In CIMdata’s opinion, with the capabilities of BIOVIA, GEOVIA, and SIMULIA on a common platform, Dassault Systèmes continues to display a compelling vision of how science can and will enable sustainable innovation. The major challenge CIMdata sees going forward is how to gain the momentum needed to apply cultural change to make full use of the technology which is already available.
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Tata Technologies’ PLM Analytics Maturity Assessment Program

  • A CIMdata Whitepaper:
  • Tata Technologies has developed a four-component PLM Analytics maturity assessment program designed to provide insight and guidance to customers about the state of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) within their enterprise. This approach enables a company to start with a quick, low-cost assessment that will identify issues and potential directional priorities for their PLM program. With each successive component, they obtain more extensive knowledge about their current situation, leading to a detailed execution roadmap to guide them. Using the results of the PLM Analytics methodology helps companies close their PLM value gap.
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Simulation-Driven Systems Development (SDSD): Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities for Success

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Participants from industry, government, and academia, as well as solution providers attended the recent CIMdata Simulation Driven Systems Development (SDSD) Knowledge Council Workshop held at the UI Labs/Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago, IL on June 6 & 7, 2017. This annual workshop was focused on the technical challenges, business opportunities, and implementation strategies for industry to define and achieve best practices for simulation-driven systems development within the context of the rapid digitalization of global enterprises.
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CIMdata provides a set of services designed to support PLM solution providers’ strategic activities.

Examples of CIMdata’s strategic support activities include:

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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
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  • Competitive positioning and market messaging guidance
  • Membership services
  • Custom research
  • Market and technology briefings
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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
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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
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  • 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

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