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 PDF Key takeaways: CIMdata believes Dassault Systèmes has made significant progress simulating the entire Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. Since their acquisition of ABAQUS, Inc., in 2005, the company has transformed the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools from evaluating discrete items to simulating the entire AM lifecycle. The briefing highlighted the significance of simulating everything from raw material to end-use production ready parts, not only prototypes. Dassault Systèmes is clearly focused on the Industrialization of AM. Companies are in transition from static-electronic to live-digitally connected processes, and companies need to eliminate silos and unite all functions into a seamless digital thread, bringing into focus not only technology challenges but organizational issues. Digitally Connected, Science Based Mr. Scott Berkey, SIMULIA CEO, kicked off the Briefing day by describing the rich history of the SIMULIA brand, which originated in Rhode Island in 1978 as Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc. (HKS). At that time the company focused on the
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 PDF Key takeaways: A global stalwart in mid-market enterprise resource planning, IFS is taking on today’s market challenges, relying on the cloud, and delivering on IoT and AI. EQT, their private equity owners since 2015, have continued to invest in the company, its products and ecosystems, and M&A, extending their years of strong financial performance. IFS’ investments, particularly on the cloud, seem perfectly timed to hit the cloud adoption wave evolving enterprise software. With these investments, and the work in IFS Labs and R&D, the company is well positioned for the years ahead. CIMdata recently attended the IFS World Conference 2018, held in Atlanta, Georgia on 1-3 May 2018. IFS’ largest event ever totaled about 1,400 people, including 75 partner firms, IFS staff, and customers and prospects. Founded in 1983, IFS is known for IFS Applications, their component-based enterprise offering shown in Figure 1. Version 10 was launched in 2018. IFS also has other strong offerings,
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 PDF Key takeaways: Industrial companies such as Audi, BMW, Microsoft, and Schaeffler are using the Aras PLM Platform to solve complex problems in support of their digital transformation programs. The Aras PLM platform continues to grow in breadth and depth as execution against their public product roadmap continues. Aras is starting to deliver on last year’s announcement on support of Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO), an important and often extremely profitable lifecycle phase. Last year’s $40M investment by Silver Lake and GE Ventures has enabled Aras to significantly grow their staff, including a doubling of the product management team. Systems Engineering and Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM) are new strategic focus areas for product development and M&A investments. CIMdata attended the annual Aras customer event, ACE 2018, held in Indianapolis on March 20th through 22nd. The format mirrored last year’s, with keynotes for all attendees and multiple parallel tracks. The two and one-half day agenda had
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 PDF Key takeaways: SAP Infodays for PLM’s focus on PLM and advances in the portfolio makes it a much more informative event for SAP customers than other venues. SAP is rapidly enhancing their PLM offering with support for authoring tools spanning the full product lifecycle, enhanced by elements from SAP Leonardo. Customers are driving this innovation pace, helping define necessary enhancements. CIMdata attended the SAP Infodays for PLM event, held in St. Leon-Rot, Germany on 8-9 May 2018. This session brings together SAP customers, primarily from Germany and Central Europe, SAP partners, and SAP staff to highlight on-going developments, strategies, and futures and showcase leading customers’ work in developing and deploying SAP’s solutions. CIMdata has attended a number of SAP events before but the customer presentations at this event were much more informative than many others heard in the past. SAP has been in the PLM market since the phrase was coined.[1] For many years, mechanical
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 PDF Key takeaways: A successful CAD collaboration visualization solution must be cost effective, easy to use, and platform independent. HCL’s Glovius solution meets all three business challenges and delivers important capabilities into the hands of downstream users of design data within the organization and the supply chain. Glovius directly imports CAD and standard CAD formats without needing a license to any CAD solution. Collaborative visualization holds the promise of transforming product development—reducing time to market, improving product quality, and enhancing product capabilities to best satisfy customer and market needs. Initial entry into collaborative visualization begins with the ability to leverage design engineering’s virtual CAD models and share them with downstream technical and business organizations, the supply chain, and customers. An effective collaboration visualization solution, however, requires extensive capabilities beyond just viewing. The business environment for new product development faces three major challenges that must be overcome to provide a successful collaborative visualization solution. The first is
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 PDF Key takeaways: Actify’s solutions enrich and complement existing enterprise environments, such as PLM and ERP, by bridging information silos to provide informed analysis of disparate data, providing product data intelligence. The Actify suite works both within enterprise environments and as a standalone solution that provides an intelligent, visual-based view into product information. The solutions are deployed as a service and priced by the size of the user community. Common Data Intelligence Issues Discrete manufacturers of all sizes share a data problem: How to maximize value from all of the information that is available about products and services? This issue manifests itself throughout product lifecycles: during the product innovation process as well as after products are placed in service. Sharing product data in the enterprise in meaningful ways that unlock insight and support collaboration, efficiencies, and cost reduction is critical to expanding data’s worth. The more that data is shared and reused, the more value is extracted
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 PDF Key takeaways: Infor continues to invest heavily in “Infor OS,” a strong platform technology stack that includes AI (“Coleman”), Data Lake and Analytics, BI, Cloud, and Common User Experience among others. Numerous Infor applications are being rewritten to leverage the capabilities of Infor OS, combining them into a seamless SaaS Cloud offering for their users. Infor has made a major commitment to embedding AI and data analytics within their full product suite and providing the tools to help their customer through the digitalization journey. CIMdata recently attended Infor’s Innovation Summit 2018 held March 19 and 20 in New York City, New York. Charles Phillips, Infor’s CEO, was the keynote speaker and kicked off the Summit with an overview of Infor’s achievements for the past year and set the stage for the Innovation Summit. Mr. Phillips stated that Infor currently has over 16,000 employees, delivered 176 new products during the last 12 months, and has
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 PDF Key takeaways: Multi-disciplinary Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is still in the early stages of industry adoption, similar in nature to the state of MCAD and MCAE technology adoption in the early 1990s. Early adopters of model-based engineering techniques are working to implement an integrated MBSE/MDAO approach within selected programs and domains with positive metrics of success; albeit not without the normal cultural challenges of organizational/process change and related people training. System architecture design and modeling languages such as SysML are maturing to meet the needs of the engineering community in designing, developing, and maintaining more robust cyber-physical systems where embedded software and electronics content is increasing at a rapid pace. Commercial solution providers are building integration platforms and tools such as Phoenix Integration ModelCenter and MBSEPak to bridge the gap between the currently loosely connected domains of traditional systems engineering (RFLP) and PLM/MCAD/MCAE, ECAD, and ALM. Phoenix Integration International Users Conference Highlights CIMdata was provided the
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 PDF Key takeaways: CIMdata believes that the SIMULIA brand of Dassault Systèmes has made tremendous progress in simulating product, nature and life. The renewed focus on industry solutions rather than brand products makes it much easier for end users to apply the simulation technology to their specific needs. Systèmes digital healthcare solutions show that SIMULIA’s simulation capabilities are now available to a much broader audience and span the entire innovation cycle. CIMdata believes Dassault Systèmes is a leader in providing simulation to the digital healthcare industry. With the 3DEXPERIENCE Twin, Dassault Systèmes makes another step forward in applying simulation technology to our daily life. CIMdata believes that SIMULIA has the major multiphysics and multiscale simulation capabilities to enable the digital twin. CIMdata recently attended the Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA brand 2018 analyst event at its campus in Johnston, RI. As SIMULIA executives pointed out, with this dedicated event focusing on simulation, Dassault Systèmes continues to demonstrate
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 PDF Key takeaways: The Aras PLM Platform is redefining customization in the PLM market; the days of worrying about the potential impact on upgradeability are disappearing. The platform’s ability to deploy quickly with real-time customization of predefined best practice applications is a key market differentiator; it is engineered to be highly customized. The platform’s architecture has been designed to protect investment and ensure future adaptability; it is engineered to be sustainable. Upgrades are performed by Aras specialists at no extra cost as part of the Aras subscription. Introduction For several years, the Aras Corporation (Aras) has included no-cost version-to-version upgrades in their enterprise subscriptions, independent of how the solution has been customized and implemented. This is a rather bold guarantee given the historic challenges the industry has experienced with upgrading highly customized PLM deployments. In 2014, when this commentary was originally published, CIMdata felt it appropriate to find out how Aras’ guarantee was playing out. We discovered
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