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I experienced a strategic “innovation” transformation when I worked in Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) diaper business between 1996 and 2007. In my first assignment the name of the business was “Diaper Category,” later it became “Baby Care.” This was an indication of a significant change in the business strategy—the focus…
You may be aware that CIMdata has been hosting a series of educational webinars. We have seen record attendance and many of the past webinars are available for replay from the CIMdata on-Demand page of our website. I recently hosted a webinar on IoT which generated lots of questions that…
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How to Create the Next Big Idea?

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In my presentation at the recent CIMdata NA Market & Industry Forum, I talked about why PLM has to extend to strategy and Front End Innovation (FEI) to become a platform for innovation. In this blog, I would like to talk about a key aspect of FEI: Ideation and Idea…
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Collaborative Innovation and Employees

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An organization delivers on its mission through its employees. This fact is often expressed in corporate communication statements such as “Employees are our most valued asset.”  However, despite best intentions, not every organization is able to create an environment in which employees feel valued. This is true even in companies that competitively…
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Internet of (Smart) Things

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The Internet has transformed commerce, and enhanced human interaction, and CIMdata believes that the Internet of Things (IoT) will do it again. Amazon, Orbitz, and Über are three examples of companies that leveraged the Internet to permanently change the competitive landscape in a range of industries—great examples of the “creative…
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Mysteries of PLM in the Cloud

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Over the past year the hype around “the cloud” has grown substantially, but so has the confusion. What is the cloud, should I fear it or love it?  I’ve started digging into the confusion about the cloud and specifically the impacts it has on PLM. First there’s the question of…
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