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A recent article in The Economist leads me to reflect on the manufacturing revolution that has occurred, not in my lifetime, but only in the last 25 years. Economies, industries, and companies have been transformed by digital technology. When I went to work in 1980 for GM in the Detroit area, within 50 miles of my home there were dozens of factories producing automobiles: With an annual volume approaching perhaps 8 million vehicles. Now, most of those factories (and their jobs) are gone, and those that remain (certainly with a vehicle capacity of less than 2 million) have been dramatically transformed. Back then, it took 6 years to bring a new automobile to market, and the development process involved up to ten distinct prototype builds. Now, with a vastly more complicated product, it takes two years, often with no prototypes. A prototype build, if it exists, is used to prove the
Published in Simulation/CAE
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IoT: Expanding the PLM Opportunity

With the talk of IoT booming across almost every industry and the number of connected products exploding towards mindboggling numbers, IoT has become a major economic force. A force that is predicted to grow at an increasing rate during the next decade. While IoT mainly provides the possibility to connect products, by collecting and exchanging data, it is the use and application of that data and the new business opportunities that come with it that make IoT so important for companies and consumers alike. There is a wealth of insightful information that can be generated from the right data, and that is where the challenge lies. The business opportunities that IoT provides need to be considered and reflected in a company’s strategy, which requires the exposure of IoT to executives and staff across all functions of a company and its extended enterprise partners. An IoT enabled business strategy requires smart connected
Published in PLM
  Will Microsoft Simplify Collaborative Innovation Management? By leveraging LinkedIn in their Enterprise solutions When Microsoft announced last June its intention to acquire LinkedIn, there was speculation in the media about the reasons[1][2]. Many thought the value of this acquisition relied in the size of the “social network” – 400+ million professionals who are members of LinkedIn. Some thought LinkedIn would enable Microsoft to become a bigger player in the CRM market. Now that the acquisition is complete, I am excited to share my thoughts on what it might mean for Collaborative Innovation and network management. Last March I gave a presentation at CIMdata’s annual PLM Market and Industry Forum. The title of my presentation was “Materials Innovation Ecosystems: Finding, Building, and Managing Your Networks.” In this talk I shared a simple vision for enterprise network management architecture, see Figure 1. Figure 1. A vision for Enterprise Network Management (Courtesy of CIMdata) The key elements of this
Published in Innovation
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