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 PDF Key takeaways: After-sales operations are complex, often a business within a business as a silo not tied to product development and manufacturing. Fast access to accurate product data is critical but far from the only requirement to improve after-sales operations. Warranty activities, repair development engineering, technical publications, supplier management, field services, and shop support are all critical elements that need to be incorporated. While many capital and durable equipment companies see after-sales service as an untapped profit opportunity, the reality is few are realizing the opportunity. For most it is still an immature business without a holistic view or plan. The integration of Geometric helped HCL enhance its after-sales capabilities, enabling recent successes in creating solutions linking product realization with after-sales support, closing the loop around the product lifecycle for several key clients. Every company wants to maximize revenue, especially predictable, recurring revenue. Services and especially spare parts can be highly profitable. In addition, maintaining
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 PDF Earlier today, November 29, 2018, Aras announced they received a $70 million strategic investment led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing (PCI) group, with participation from Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a fund of Silver Lake Management, L.L.C. (Silver Lake), and GE Ventures. As part of the transaction, Goldman Sachs will take a seat on the Aras Board of Directors. As with last year’s $40 million investment led by Silver Lake, Aras states they will use the money to “expand operations, drive global growth, and extend technology leadership.” Another Big Vote of Confidence The Goldman Sachs PCI group specializes in growth equity. The group invests directly using Goldman Sachs’ capital. In contrast, other groups at Goldman Sachs may invest in companies through Goldman Sachs funds or private wealth management for 3rd parties. According to Aras, Goldman Sachs focuses on growth companies with significant barriers to entry, breakthrough technology, and experienced management teams. Silver Lake’s
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

PTC Acquires Frustum (Highlight)

 PDF On November 20, 2018, PTC announced it had acquired Frustum, Inc., an advanced generative design software company for approximately US$70 million. Frustum develops and markets Generate, a generative design product that employs artificial intelligence (AI) to guide design solutions. PTC President and CEO, Jim Hepplemann, publicized the acquisition to an audience of industry and financial analysts in a hastily called press conference, to say that the Frustum solution would be embedded within Creo, PTC’s flagship CAD solution, in the coming year. This announcement was a bit of a surprise, since Siemens PLM Software has worked with Frustum as part of their Frontier partner program since 2016.[1] and in 2017 announced the integration of Frustum into Siemens’ NX 3D mechanical CAD solution.[2] Frustum is based in Boulder, Colorado, and offers their Generate product as a desktop and cloud-based solution. It relies on their patented generative engine, TrueSOLID, that can blend complex structures
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 PDF Key takeaways: Addressing today’s and tomorrow’s security threats demands a new solution, Oracle’s Second Generation Cloud, offering “Impenetrable Barriers + Autonomous Robots.” The Oracle Digital Supply Chain Platform combines Oracle’s traditional enterprise applications with leading edge capabilities like analytics, blockchain, and the IoT. Oracle PLM Cloud continues to expand its capabilities and installed base, including more explicit coverage of and support for fielded products using Oracle’s capabilities in IoT, analytics, and machine learning. CIMdata had the pleasure of attending Oracle OpenWorld, held October 22-25, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. This sprawling event included over 60,000 customers and partners that traveled from 175 countries to participate in this year’s conference. Oracle also claimed that 19 million would attend the event virtually. Even their Analyst Day event on October 22 was large and included over 190 analysts covering every aspect of Oracle’s broad-based portfolio. The consistent message across keynotes from Mr. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s Founder and Chairman
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