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 PDF Benjamin Franklin, the well-known 18th Century publisher of Poor Richard’s Almanack and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, is credited for stating, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Well, we’re not sure that there are only two things that are…
 PDF Engineers generally think of the suppliers of engineering analysis or CAE (also known as simulation and analysis) solutions as engineering software tools developers and marketers. Based on CIMdata’s many years of experience working with CAE suppliers and users, we recognize that this is not the case with Altair Engineering…
 PDF Continuous pressures to improve productivity, lower costs, compress delivery times, and enhance product quality are challenging manufacturers around the world. At the same time, the quest for innovation of both products and internal processes is essential for companies to be successful. In this environment, companies are investing in numerous…
 PDF Like any expanding and highly competitive software market, the PLM market is not immune to the technology refresh debate—a debate that marketing professionals love to use to create fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and technologists use to create elaborate justification matrices. If you remove all the hype and marketing adjectives…
 PDF Alliances between software and services suppliers seem like natural business arrangements, and most of these companies at least try to foster them. Yet good alliances that really pay off for both parties are very rare. The pre-requisites for success fall into two categories: leadership commitment and a sound operational…
Monday, November 08, 2010

PLM Meets Scrum (Commentary)

 PDF A recent visit to PTCʼs new Blaine, Minnesota software development center proved to be enlightening and refreshing—no trivial task considering this is coming from someone who has a degree in Computer Science and who in the past worked on some of the largest software systems ever coded. The visit…
 PDF PTC today (28 October 2010) unveiled its new next generation computer-aided design focused product suite embodying advanced flexible design capabilities developed under the code name Project Lightning. The new suite, conceived and developed as an improvement on traditional CAD product design techniques, is named Creo™. Given today’s preview, CIMdata…
 PDF In today’s competitive business environment, companies must deliver more innovative products and services, reduce costs, improve quality, and shorten time to market, while achieving their targeted return on investment (ROI). To reach these goals, businesses must continually improve how they operate in order to become more efficient and productive.…
 PDF Two main product realization business models are in common use today: Make-to-Stock and Engineer-to-Order (ETO). While each of these supports a viable business model and some companies use both, this commentary will concentrate on ETO. However, to set the stage, both models are outlined here. Make-to-Stock supports volume-based manufacturing…
 PDF Electronic Design Automation (EDA) is a special domain where only the most seasoned Electrical Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) experts reside—at least that’s what many electrical engineers would say. Perhaps there is some truth to this statement. An electrical engineer’s need for vast libraries of components, specialized systems analysis functionality, and…
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