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SOLIDWORKS 2018: The Launch

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The forthcoming SOLIDWORKS 2018 release carries on its long tradition of a mix of new capabilities and user requested enhancements. CIMdata agrees that SOLIDWORKS is one of the very few CAD solutions that is broadly accepted by the product design community and uniquely positioned to help drive new technologies and new design methodologies. CIMdata welcomes the extensive enhancements found in SOLIDWORKS 2018 and believes they will contribute to user success and innovation.
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All Things Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2017

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended Oracle's annual OpenWorld event in San Francisco. Oracle made some big announcements, such as their Autonomous Database and cyber security. We look forward to seeing machine learning applications in the Oracle PLM Cloud suite.
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Siemens PLM Software: The Actionable, Holistic Digital Twin

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata sees a need for an actionable, holistic digital twin that is managed by the PLM or digital innovation platform solution as the single source of record and the starting point for interrogation, prediction, validation, and continuous product and process improvement and innovation. Siemens PLM Software defines an actionable, holistic digital twin composed of multiple functional twins, including product, performance, and production digital twins—one of the broadest digital twin strategies in the industry.
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“Realizing the Digital Twin”—Siemens PLM Software Analyst Conference 2017

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata is impressed with the broad and deep portfolio of solutions assembled by Siemens. They have developed and/or acquired technology and solutions that provide value across the entire lifecycle and can be used to connect the silos of mechanical, software, and electrical and electronics. While Siemens has made significant progress, there is a lot of work still to do. CIMdata looks forward to seeing how and when Siemens leverages the full scope of their suite.
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Accelerating Toward the Future of Making Things

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Autodesk Accelerate successfully convened Autodesk Fusion portfolio customers to share their early successes and missteps applying the solution to their business problems. Many already see Fusion Lifecycle as a core strategic asset powering people and processes across their business. CIMdata looks forward to seeing how Autodesk will continue to evolve their Fusion portfolio to provide more complete support across the product lifecycle, while maintaining their willingness to support the heterogeneous solution environments demanded by most industrial companies.
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Configuration Lifecycle Management: Seamlessly Connecting the Disconnected

  • A CIMdata Whitepaper:
  • Product complexity is increasing, in part due to the incorporation of embedded electronics and software in today’s smart, connected products. Increases in complexity must be handled by an efficient configuration management methodology. Traditional configuration management approaches can no longer manage the complexity and disconnects that many companies are facing. It is only by adopting a new and efficient end-to-end configuration lifecycle management methodology and associated enabling technologies, like those offered by Configit, that today’s companies will continue to be successful.
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Introducing HCL’s GeometricPLM—Empowering the Digital Ecosystem

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • HCL recently completed its acquisition of Geometric. The acquisition comes with over two decades of PLM services experience and a track record of successful large PLM implementations. HCL is using Geometric’s capabilities to further strengthen its position in the end-to-end engineering services space. The acquisition is a strategic move by HCL to support changing business needs of its customers. Now, with GeometricPLM, HCL is better positioned to support digitalization, digital thread, and digital twin initiatives of global manufacturers, adding PLM to their strong capabilities in MES, MoM, and aftermarket services.
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ITI and Anark Partner to Deliver PDF-based Data Exchange and Validation for Model-Based Enterprise

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Anark Corporation and International TechneGroup have formed a strategic partnership to provide users a production quality 3D PDF solution for 3D data and document publishing, including model-based definition (MBD), validation, and exchange. CIMdata welcomes the Anark/ITI partnership and looks forward to seeing their joint MBE solution positively impact the PLM market. With this solution CIMdata believes that data exchange has taken another step forward in capability to streamline data among product developers, their supply chain, and customers.
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Accelerating Time to Go-Live Using Capgemini’s Migration Accelerators

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Moving to new PLM platforms has usually meant using vendor-supplied toolsets, effectively limiting migration options and increasing migration costs and schedule risks. Through the use of open source migration tools, multiple staffing and schedule choices become available, lessening the risk to migration schedule—and decreasing time to value on the new PLM platform. Capgemini is a global PLM solution provider that can make this vision happen.
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New $40 Million Investment in Aras

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Aras announced they received a $40 million strategic investment led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a fund of Silver Lake Management, L.L.C. (Silver Lake), a global leader in technology investing, with participation from GE Ventures, the investment arm of General Electric.
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Product Innovation Platform Assessment: Aras PLM Platform

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook describes how the Aras PLM Platform stacks up against CIMdata’s Product Innovation Platform requirements. The platform measurements are categorized into Strategic Imperatives and Foundational Characteristics. Measurement scores and how the Aras product is differentiated are included in the eBook.
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MindSphere for Closed-Loop Innovation in the Connected Intelligent Industry

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Siemens has leveraged the industry standard, Cloud Foundry™, to make MindSphere infrastructure agnostic. For example, it can run on cloud infrastructures such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, SAP Cloud Platform, and Atos Canopy.
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From the Last Mile to the First: Infor’s Cloud Strategy Paying Dividends

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • In the logistics world, the “last mile” often refers to the challenge of getting people and goods to their final destination. Infor uses this phrase to describe how their industry-specific offerings deliver much-needed capabilities for their customers’ businesses. That last mile is the foundation of Infor’s strategy. Infor's work to date and their high customer adoption rates are impressive. But as they readily acknowledge, there is much more work to do.
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Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Earlier this month, Automation Alley hosted a group of southeast Michigan industry representatives to a “Tech Takeover” focused on “Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things (IoT).” This Tech Takeover was kicked off by Peter Bilello, CIMdata’s President. The event was sponsored by Fisher Unitech.
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Siemens PLM Software’s Support for the Energy & Utilities Industry

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • Siemens PLM Software, in conjunction with Siemens AG, is taking a fresh approach to solving challenges in today’s energy industry. To drive further progress, the company recently held an Energy Executive Council event in Houston, Texas, with attendance from key influencers throughout the industry.
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Collaboration: Did They Respond Yet?

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Collaboration between aerospace and defense OEMs and their design chain suppliers has been identified as a chronic pain point by the OEMs, i.e., point of friction impeding information flow through the product lifecycle. CIMdata research has revealed that, in general, A&D OEMs and their partners have no system in place to record and track collaboration inquiries. Establishing an inquiry and response tracking system between collaboration entities is a simple, low cost investment that would go a long way to alleviating this chronic pain point.
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Tata Technologies’ PLM Analytics Maturity Assessment Program

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook describes Tata Technologies’ PLM Analytics program which is designed to provide insight and guidance for developing a PLM strategy within an enterprise. Organized into four components, the first level enables a company to start with a quick overview assessment to identify issues and potential directional priorities for their PLM program. With each successive tier, more extensive knowledge is obtained leading to a detailed execution roadmap. Using the results of this methodology helps companies close their PLM value gap.
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Product Innovation Platforms: Definition, Their Role in the Enterprise, and Their Long-Term Viability

  • A CIMdata Position Paper:
  • In this position paper, CIMdata offers an enhanced understanding of platforms in terms of their long-term viability specifically focusing on answering the following questions: What is a practical working definition of a product innovation platform? How is the long-term viability of a product innovation platform measured?and What makes product innovation platforms vital to an enterprise?
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Dassault Systèmes 2017 Analyst Event

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently had the pleasure to attend Dassault Systèmes annual PLM analyst event. As in previous years, these two days were well organized with presentations and demonstrations by key Dassault Systèmes’ management team members. Overall, CIMdata is quite pleased with Dassault Systèmes’ messaging and positioning of their 3DEXPERIENCE platform, as well as with the progress made realizing their vision. Throughout the event a strong passion and dedication to fulfil the vision was evident. With many levels of the company represented at the analyst event, the message was still very consistent. Dassault Systèmes appears to be in good shape to address the needs of changing industries.
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Driving Opportunity Using Advanced Visualization

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • The eBook presents CIMdata’s perspective on PLM education today and includes results from a survey of PLM educators from around the world. The results and analysis point out some common issues that are impacting PLM education.
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Getting Your Product Consumer Ready

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • FlexPLM from PTC has the capabilities to help get your product distribution channel ready—from planning through post-product manufacturing operations such as artwork, labeling, and packaging. Consumer product companies looking to optimize their end-to-end lifecycle should consider PTC FlexPLM. For PDMLink users, using FlexPLM can offer extended benefits, since it is based on the same Windchill platform, enabling an easy extension of capabilities.
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Driving Opportunity Using Advanced Visualization

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook presents CIMdata’s perspective on the importance of advanced visualization to improve brand engagement with consumers. Companies will need to adapt their visual asset pipelines to support efficiency from beginning to end and the ability to respond rapidly to changes, all while promoting the artistry and creativity which is essential to brand engagement.
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Simulation-Driven Systems Development (SDSD): Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities for Success

Science in the Age of Experience Additive Manufacturing Symposium: An Assembly of AM Thought Leaders

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Dassault Systèmes demonstrated their 3DEXPERIENCE suite of connected AM applications: BIOVIA, CATIA, SIMULIA, and DELMIA which illustrated what’s available today to help customers design and make AM parts. Customers can choose whether to adopt incrementally, as point solutions, or holistically to provide an end-to-end platform for designing, simulating, and making AM production ready parts.
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Dassault Systèmes’ Science in the Age of Experience Conference 2017

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • In CIMdata’s opinion, with the capabilities of BIOVIA, GEOVIA, and SIMULIA on a common platform, Dassault Systèmes continues to display a compelling vision of how science can and will enable sustainable innovation. The major challenge CIMdata sees going forward is how to gain the momentum needed to apply cultural change to make full use of the technology which is already available.
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Tata Technologies’ PLM Analytics Maturity Assessment Program

  • A CIMdata Whitepaper:
  • Tata Technologies has developed a four-component PLM Analytics maturity assessment program designed to provide insight and guidance to customers about the state of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) within their enterprise. This approach enables a company to start with a quick, low-cost assessment that will identify issues and potential directional priorities for their PLM program. With each successive component, they obtain more extensive knowledge about their current situation, leading to a detailed execution roadmap to guide them. Using the results of the PLM Analytics methodology helps companies close their PLM value gap.
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Simulation-Driven Systems Development (SDSD): Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities for Success

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Participants from industry, government, and academia, as well as solution providers attended the recent CIMdata Simulation Driven Systems Development (SDSD) Knowledge Council Workshop held at the UI Labs/Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago, IL on June 6 & 7, 2017. This annual workshop was focused on the technical challenges, business opportunities, and implementation strategies for industry to define and achieve best practices for simulation-driven systems development within the context of the rapid digitalization of global enterprises.
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PTC’s LiveWorx 2017

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata attended PTC’s LiveWorx 2017, held in Boston May 23 through 25. Billed as a technology conference and marketplace for solutions engineered for a “smart, connected world,” the event was staged under the banner “Shaping the Future of Business.”
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Transforming Value Chains: Accenture in Retail, Footwear, and Apparel

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Successfully implementing PLM in retail, footwear, and apparel (RFA) firms requires deep RFA industry experience and process knowledge, and access to the levers of power in the executive suite of RFA firms. Accenture offers access to the latest PLM technology, a deep bench of savvy RFA professionals, and a long history of successful PLM implementations.
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Making the Connection: The Path to Cloud PLM

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook is the first deliverable from a multi-sponsor collaborative research program on the use of cloud-based solutions to PLM strategies and processes in industrial companies. The eBook seeks to frame the debate around cloud-based applications using standard terminology, supporting the discussion with selected data from the survey results and quotes from interviews conducted. The eBook also takes a look at PTC's PLM Cloud.
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DESIGN In the Age of Experience: An Inspirational Dassault Systèmes’ Event

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Dassault Systèmes’ DESIGN In the Age of Experience event, held in Milan, Italy was inspiring and showcased a significant number of their clients and how they are using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to change the way they innovate and design. This event was organized around Dassault Systèmes’ four pillars of design in the age of experience: Designing Experience, Design is The Business Plan, Design is Tribes, and Design is Science Driven, each of which were expanded on throughout the event.
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Are Students “Real-World” Ready? The Challenge in Preparing Students for Industry 4.0

  • A CIMdata Whitepaper:
  • Educational organizations must prepare tomorrow’s leaders for tomorrow’s realities as embodied in Industry 4.0, systems engineering, SDPD, and similar initiatives. This includes the need for educators as well as engineering and manufacturing leaders to understand the impacts and value of PLM in driving new economies, markets, and technologies. The education of the next generation of workers for industrial companies is a critical element, and having them cognizant of the capabilities inherent in a PLM strategy is critical to ongoing success.
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Aras ACE 2017–The Rise of the Platform

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The Aras ACE 2017 conference was exciting. Aras has a swagger based on their growth and recent big wins in the PLM industry. While originally dismissive, their competition is starting to pay attention to Aras, and CIMdata is receiving a lot of inquiries about what Aras is doing, both from competitors and industrial companies. As it grows its customer base and scope of its solutions, Aras will have its work cut out for it to maintain its competitive position.
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Wipro’s PLM Harmonization Framework for Successful M&A

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata has looked at Wipro’s M&A related PLM advisory and implementation capability. Consequently, we feel that Wipro has developed a systematic playbook, a broad set of system of integration frameworks, a robust governance model, and a PLM maturity model to guide companies in realistically predicting and realizing PLM related value in M&As. CIMdata has also studied post-merger PLM integrations and concludes that Wipro should be considered as a PLM harmonization partner for realizing the long-term business transformation which may be expected from a merger or an acquisition.
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SIMULIA Analyst Event 2017: Simulating Product, Nature, and Life

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • SIMULIA has developed a leading simulation solution portfolio that, when deployed within the framework of a product innovation platform, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, enables model-based systems engineering capabilities for their customers. CIMdata believes that the company has made strong moves towards providing a process and management foundation and apps-based execution technology that can help their customers achieve sustainable innovation.
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Altair Enables Up-Front Multi-Disciplinary Systems Development and Design Optimization

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata is impressed with Altair’s product strategy for enabling systems simulation up front in the product development process to drive innovative product design concepts and by Altair’s execution in developing a comprehensive portfolio of multi-physics solvers integrated with Altair’s world-class optimization capabilities. The bottom line is that Altair has grown into a multi-physics systems modeling and simulation platform provider that can compete toe-to-toe with the major PLM market leaders and has the potential to be a disruptive force in their targeted industry segments.
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SOLIDWORKS World 2017: Expanding the Eco-System

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended the 19th annual SOLIDWORKS World conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. A large and enthusiastic crowd of over 5,000 SOLIDWORKS users attended the conference. This year’s theme was “The New, The Next, The Never Before.”
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A Proposed Framework to Simplify Enterprise Network Management: Why Microsoft with LinkedIn Has the Right Elements to Deliver It

  • A CIMdata Position Paper:
  • CIMdata’s proposed digital framework as described in this position paper links People, Organizations, Projects, and Applications/Tools through visible profiles. Enterprises have significant opportunities to improve the trust and engagement of their key stakeholders by adopting CIMdata’s proposed digital framework within a more open culture. With the recent acquisition of LinkedIn, Microsoft now has a “proven” approach to implement the network management framework that is proposed by CIMdata.
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Achieving Sustainable Innovation: The Value of a Platform for Scientific and Engineering Simulation

  • A CIMdata Whitepaper:
  • The value of the platform approach comes to full fruition when it enables systems engineering thinking and model-centric processes. The underpinnings of the mentioned value can be delivered by operating within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Platformization based on a design engineering innovation foundation is key for staying competitive in today’s business environment. It is the foundation for sustainable and profitable growth in our fast-paced, ever shifting, and technologically complex, connected, and mobile world.
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Enterprise Product Record: Oracle’s Digital Thread

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata attended the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 in San Jose, California on February 13-15, 2017. The Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience is a business meeting focused on market influencers and decision makers with presentations by Oracle, customers, and selected partners. Over 3,000 people attended from around the world.
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Keys to Capital Project Success for EPCs and Owner-Operators

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • In this CIMdata eBook find out how an integrated information platform can improve results and reduce risks on large-scale projects.
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Autodesk: Transition at the Top

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • The morning of February 7, 2017 brought news that Carl Bass was resigning from Autodesk effective February 8. Mr. Bass is only the third CEO in Autodesk’s history, having taken the helm from Carol Bartz in 2006, who succeeded Autodesk founder John Walker in 1992. Mr. Bass is notable for leading the company through major transformations of both its product offerings and business models.
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SOLIDWORKS 2018: The Launch

All Things Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2017

Siemens PLM Software: The Actionable, Holistic Digital Twin

“Realizing the Digital Twin”—Siemens PLM Software Analyst Conference 2017

Accelerating Toward the Future of Making Things

Configuration Lifecycle Management

Introducing HCL’s GeometricPLM—Empowering the Digital Ecosystem

ITI and Anark Partner to Deliver PDF-based Data Exchange and Validation for Model-Based Enterprise

Accelerating Time to Go-Live Using Capgemini’s Migration Accelerators

New $40 Million Investment in Aras

Product Innovation Platform AssessmentL The Aras PLM Platform

MindSphere for Closed-Loop Innovation in the Connected Intelligent Industry

From the Last Mile to the First: Infor’s Cloud Strategy Paying Dividends

Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things

Siemens PLM Software’s Support for the Energy & Utilities Industry

Collaboration: Did They Respond Yet?

Tata Technologies’ PLM Analytics Maturity Assessment Program

Product Innovation Platforms: Definition, Their Role in the Enterprise, and Their Long-Term Viability

Dassault Systèmes 2017 Analyst Event

Are Students "Real-World" Ready?

Getting Your Product Consumer Ready

Driving Opportunity Using Advanced Visualization

Science in the Age of Experience Additive Manufacturing Symposium: An Assembly of AM Thought Leaders

Dassault Systèmes’ Science in the Age of Experience Conference 2017

Tata Technologies PLM Analytics Maturity Assessment Program

Simulation-Driven Systems Development (SDSD): Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities for Success

PTC’s LiveWorx 2017

Transforming Value Chains: Accenture in Retail, Footwear, and Apparel

Making the Connection: The Path to Cloud PLM

DESIGN In the Age of Experience: An Inspirational Dassault Systèmes’ Event

Are Students “Real-World” Ready? The Challenge in Preparing Students for Industry 4.0

Aras ACE 2017–The Rise of the Platform

Wipro’s PLM Harmonization Framework for Successful M&A

SIMULIA Analyst Event 2017: Simulating Product, Nature, and Life

Altair Enables Up-Front Multi-Disciplinary Systems Development and Design Optimization

SOLIDWORKS World 2017: Expanding the Eco-System

A Proposed Framework to Simplify Enterprise Network Management: Why Microsoft with LinkedIn Has the Right Elements to Deliver It

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