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18 July 2008

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CIMdata’s latest opinion poll indicates that Simulation & Analysis, while growing in use, is still primarily selectively used within enterprises according to 59% of respondents. Supporting this situation is that many most enterprises (56% of respondents) have not yet established corporate processes for managing S&A data. However, even though the responses indicate limited use of S&A, it is clearly growing. The fact that 44% of the respondents indicated that processes are being applied illustrates the growing importance that companies are placing on S&A and the recognition that managing this valuable IP is becoming more and more critical.

When asked where S&A data is being maintained, respondents indicated that approximately 18% was essentially in a loosely or uncontrolled manner – 3% on paper and 15% in other (Microsoft Excel is the leading S&A tool for S&A). On a positive note, 33% of respondents indicated that PDM systems were being used to maintain S&A data, while another 49% indicated that simulations data managers associated with the analysis tools were being used. The fact that some 80+% of the data is being placed under more formal control is a solid step to establishing better use of S&A data, including reuse and traceability. Linking the simulation data managers into the overall PLM environment will continue to improve this process.

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