Happy 1st Birthday Daily PLM Think Tank!

November 30, 2009

Dear Friends,

One year ago I started Daily PLM Think Tank with this post! Thank you all for support and your voices. Without you it was absolutely impossible to make it. So far, some numbers:

369 posts,

1’949 comments,

131’345 page views.

Here are the top 20 stories on Daily PLM Think Tank for this year:

6 reasons Why Google Wave will Change PLM Collaboration
PLM and Internet of Things
PLM Prompt: Microsoft Kills Mashups and focus on SharePoint
Top Five Disappointing PLM Technologies
SharePoint PLM Paradox?
PLM Prompt: Google Fusion Tables – PLM on Steroids?
PLM Prompt: BPM & PLM Cloud Meeting?
PLM Prompt: What will be PLM Open Source Secret Souce
PLM Prompt: SharePoint FAST Social Move
Should I keep secrets from my PLM system
PLM Architecture: Get Off My Cloud?
Do we need to fix PLM basics?
Seven Rules Towards Single Bill of Material
MS SharePoint 2010 – Is it good for PLM?
PLM Transformation: Easy, No; Costly, Yes
PLM Action Plan for Dummies
PDM vs. PLM – Is this about Process?
MS SharePoint 2010 – Is it good for PLM?
Why Do I Like My PLM Excel Spreadsheet?
Top annoying things about PLM software.

So, I’m looking forward to next year… What would YOU like next?

Best, Oleg


Enterprise 2.0 Adoption and Social PLM

November 27, 2009

I had chance to read about adoption of Enterprise 2.0. You can take a look on RearWriteEnterprise blog post here. To see high-tech, manufacturing, aerospace and defense on the leading places was a very interesting and positive surprise.

I put it in the context together with DS Social Innovation, PTC Social Product Development and newcomers like Vuuch Business Communities . I think, Web 2.0 and coming together Enterprise 2.0 is getting stronger. In parallel, I see growing interest of enterprises to organize their system differently. Less interest in big and expensive programs and more interest in lean enterprise 2.0 initiatives. This is a main trend, that will define how PLM 2.0 will look like in 2010-12 years.

This is just my opinion. What do you think? Do you have any plan for Enterprise 2.0 tools adoption?

Best, Oleg


3D Marketplace or Potential Content Wars

November 26, 2009

Some thoughts around future 3D Marketplace. Few days ago, I had chance to post of future of 3D Warehouse. Thanks for Architecture+ blog picking up this topic in “Looking on 3D Marketplace” blog. Even if 3D content online is only in the early beginning, it is very interesting to think about possible evolving of 3D content in the future potential 3D marketplace. I can see few potential routes for 3D content online.

1. Supply Chain. This is the most traditional route that, in my view, already happens in portals providing online catalog parts. Decentralization, outsource design and product development will make such services even more important in the future.

2. Advanced customization. Relatively new trend in my view. Ability to provide advanced customization for products. Especially, this is interesting for products sold online. Ability to generate a precise models of product for visualization can be a very interesting approach for future online market.

3. Consumers oriented content services. I can imagine this scenario as demand of customers to get more realistic product presentation and experience product features online.

Thinking about great potential of 3D content online, I also want to alert on possible conflicts or even content wars. For the last 20-30 years, 3D formats remained a hot topic and didn’t converge to standards that shared between CAD manufacturers. How it can influence future content marketplace? Reading about Microsoft’s effort to de-index content from Google’s search here, you can only imagine the level of potential conflicts between all possible 3D Content providers.

These are just my thoughts. What do you think? I’m looking forward to your comments.

Best, Oleg


Google Wave PLM Use Cases

November 25, 2009

The Google Wave invites pushed to the community for the last 1-2 months are starting to bring some fruitful results. The number of pilots, prototype, demos and other activities related to Google Wave started to growth. I already posted on very interesting, in my view, business process building collaboration tool from SAP. In addition, you can see few more examples of Google Wave in “almost real life” here.

Looking on all these examples I wanted to figure out few possible PLM related scenarios that in my view can get real benefits from using Google Wave.

1. ECO Collaboration. It will be great to have an ability to mix formal process and not formal collaboration around planned or requested change. Most of the today systems implement a formal process that allows to run change approval. The level of flexibility can vary to depend on the system you have, but in my view, none of them can provide an ability to merge of a free mail collaboration and at the same time host formal control on ECO process definition and status. I think, potential of Google Wave robots can unlock and provide such capability to engineering and manufacturing teams.

2. Collaborative Documentation Release. To have high level quality of your product is very important these days. However, to organize efficient collaboration between engineering, manufacturing and documentation team is a not simple effort. They usually have different tools and communicate in a very weak manner. Google Wave can be a collaborative tool that bridge them and allow to have a documentation effort started very early in the process of product development. 3D and non-3D documentation can be embedded into Waves and provide up-to-date information to document writes. This information can be updated and documentation writes can collaborate with people they need in other organizations.

3. Design Discussion and Brainstorming.
Design activities can be hardly formalized. Many people in the organization can be involved into this activity almost on demand. At the same time, conferencing and other collaboration tools are not allowing to engineers do it in the asynchronous way. Google Wave can help. Mixing discussion threads and 3D information in Waves we’ll be able to support designers and engineers.

I think, Google Wave will have a huge potential in the future of collaboration. Email and other collaboration tools will be affected and will require to make their transformation to survive. It will be interesting in ride in my view. In my today’s examples, I was looking mostly on use cases when an email is heavily involved today. However, I’m sure, other examples will come as well.

Best, Oleg


PLM and ERP: Why it doesn’t fit?

November 24, 2009

Reading Jim Brown’s blog post “Choosing an ERP to Fit PLM?”, I started to ask myself why these systems fit or don’t fit. For many organizations, I had chance to see in my professional life, PLM and ERP integration was always on the level of “love and hate” relationships. People wanted this integration to happen and on the other side discovered a lot of conflicting topics that prevented them from the ability to organize smooth fit and integration between PLM and ERP.

I’d like to figure out the list of issues that in my view prevent these systems from good fit and, actually these issues make systems from being competitive rather than work together.

1. Control of product master record. The constant question of “who owns what” is the first and most important. Both systems compete in the organization on the ability to manage product master record. This competition pattern is different in the different organization, but you can discover a presence of this “control war”.

2. Cross organizational process handling. Organizations are driven by processes. It can be the engineering change, configuration or any other processes. However, in most of the cases, these processes are rarely belonged to a single system in the enterprise. Processes are spanning across various organizational boundaries. PLM and ERP are competing on the ability to plan, build and manage these processes.

3. Enterprise Backbone. This is related to my previous post. How many enterprise backbones we need? PLM and ERP are both interested to keep the role of enterprise backbone. So, they can be very competitive in this role. If IT and engineering organization are not making right arrangement, overall organization can overspend on this a lot of internal dollars.

There is set of additional specific characteristics that we need to keep in mind from my standpoint. PLM and ERP fit is very dependent on the organization. Personal topic plays a very significant role. There are too many systems in existing enterprises. This enterprise system’s zoo, brings us to the point where integration is physically impossible or very costly.

So, what is the solution for PLM and ERP fit? Is it the next place for PLM (or may be ERP) innovation? What is the role of professional service and partner’s organization in the processes of making PLM to fit ERP or vice versa?

Best, Oleg


PLM Prompt: Outlook Social Connector

November 24, 2009

Short Prompt. I enjoyed video and examples of Outlook Social Connector. If your life is around Outlook and Microsoft Office, you will be surprised by a great job done in Outlook to connect multiple social networks. If you are working as an engineer or designer you can now consolidate email information stream together with social networks inside of outside of your organization.

What do you think? Are you going all day around between your social community accounts and mails? Do you think your social communication will be improved consolidating all discussion threads under Outlook umbrella?

Best, Oleg


How Many Social Platforms We Need for Enterprise?

November 23, 2009

I think, we are all crazy about a “social computing” topic. Social marketing, social communication, social platform, social content… Few latest announcements last week drove me to some thoughts about Social Platforms in enterprise. Salesforce.com announced Chatter – new social platform for enterprise on their Dreamforce 2009 conference. Almost at the same time, Dassault Systems presentated Social Innovation on European Customer Conference in Paris.

The question I asked myself what is going on around social platforms? How many of such we need? We thrilled by Facebook and Twetter. In parallel, we can see attempts like Yammer to replicate Twitter’s success for the enterprise place. At the same time, big platform providers like IBM and Microsoft are playing with social collaborative musculature of their offering. Finally enterprise vendors get involved and introduced their social platforms. I see Chatter and DS Social innovation are only two examples from last week.

Salesforce.com Chatter Product

Dassault Social Innovation in Plain English.

So, where we are going? Multi-platform social chaos?  I figured out few issues that in my view important to keep in mind looking on multiple social platform efforts.

1. Personal Identification in social networks. We have accounts everywhere – Facebook, twitter, corporate networks etc. As soon as we move towards multiple platforms personal identification becomes more and more important. Interesting directions could be adoption of FOAF or any other potential standardization in this area. How many of you have Google Profile? I created one, but still looking how I can benefit that outside of Google’s world.

2. Content security. Share content in social networks is important and dangerous at the same time. How we can control content shared in social networks? What will be a possible solution for content sharing in enterprise social networks as well as in mixed social networks?

3. Productivity. No doubt social networks brought a lot of advantages. However, how efficiently balance between benefits and disturbing? How I can measure productivity impact from social networks. This is another “interesting problem” in my view.

I’m sure, you enjoyed videos and looking forward to your comments.

Best, Oleg


PLM Prompt: How to Present Cloud PLM Solutions?

November 20, 2009

How you can explain to customers about PLM on cloud (or on demand)?

Quite many times, I’m hearing a phrase “Cloud is not for PLM”.The cloud and on-demand topics were discussed multiple times, and I actually can find some very compelling reasons why cloud is good for PLM. I think everything starts from a good explanation. I found the following video (thanks Josh!) about Google Chrome OS as a very good explanation of why our life will move to cloud.

By the way – lesson #1. We don’t have to say “cloud”. It sounds complicated. Say – Internet! Do you like Internet? Yes, of course, we all like Internet.

Best, Oleg


Develop A Successful PLM Elevator Pitch?

November 20, 2009

How many times you’ve been in the situation when you need to explain what PLM is doing to the people who are not familiar with the magic TLA – PLM ? I assume it happened to you many times… It could be your technological fellows, potential partners, customers… or maybe even your wife is asking about what are you doing on your job after 7pm :). Whatever reason it happened, have you tried to develop 2 minutes PLM pitch about what is your company best PLM products are doing?

So, this is my 1 min elevator, conference, friends pitch: PLM is about helping engineers and everybody in the company to develop (better) products. It includes products to plan, design, engineer, manufacture as well as collaborate between all participants including your customers.

Then, I tried to find some of the existing pitches on the web:

PTC is all about helping discrete manufacturers succeed by meeting their globalization, time-to-market, and operational efficiency objectives in product development.

(Siemens) PLM is the platform for turning more ideas into successful products because only PLM can provide the application depth and breadth needed to digitally author, validate and manage the detailed product and process data necessary to support continuous innovation.

(DS) company’s software and services allow businesses of any size in any industry around the globe to digitally define and simulate products, as well as the processes and resources required to manufacture, maintain, and recycle them while sustaining our environment.

Arena Solutions enables small and mid-size manufacturers to deliver quality products to market on time and on budget. Arena provides a collaborative environment for centralizing, controlling and analyzing complex and constantly changing product information, including bills of materials (BOMs), part specifications and change orders.

I think, PLM was born years ago as a software to support highly complicated product development of big aerospace, automotive and defense programs. It seems like not true anymore, but it is hard to change your past and your roots. With today’s strong trend for simplification, what do you think about how PLM can explain what is doing and present a value for customer?

Just my thoughts. I’m looking to your comments and ideas.
Best, Oleg


3D Warehouse Parade

November 19, 2009

I think 3D Warehouse becomes a hot topic. Number of 3D Content is growing. Yesterday I had chance to try out Autodesk Content 3D Warehouse BETA. So, finally, I got the sequence of the following products which are almost similar (or expected to be similar).

Dassault Systems 3DVia
Google 3D Warehouse
SolidWorks 3D ContentCentral
Autodesk Content 3D Warehouse


Initial impression. Superior 3D performance of 3DVia, Google is absolutely stunning from the speed standpoint. SolidWorks have a very good a practical set of search options including classification, which make it practically useful. It is too early to say something about Autodesk, since it is beta. I need to play more with this product.

What is my conclusion? We will see more content online for the next few years. Significantly more. And this is, in my view, will be the turning point that will move PLM from proprietary formats to open communities. What do you think about?

Best, Oleg


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