PLM User Experience and Google Related

August 17, 2011

PLM User Experience… Yes, I know. This is a painful point. Everybody wants it simpler, intuitive and easy. My best quotes about how to design a good user interface belongs toSteve Krug – “Don’t Make Me Think”. One of the most painful elements of user experience in data-management systems like PDM and PLM is “clicks”. You need to click to move to another screen, open a form, open another form… very painful. Apparently, user experience is a common problem. Take a look something new coming from Google Israel calledGoogle Related.

What is my take? I played with Google Related this morning when working on my daily social medial stuff. I found it slick and useful. It definitely helped me to save few clicks back and forth in a browser. Maybe UX designers thinking about next PLM products need to take a note.

Best, Oleg

A Geek’s View on Part Numbers

August 17, 2011

I feel a bit geeky today. I posted about part numbers, document number and numbering few times in the past. These posts sparkled an intensive discussion about all possible and impossible data schemas, intelligent numbers and standards for part numbering. I want to give you a bit different approach to think about Part Numbers – Regular Expressions. First of all, what is that? This is how Wikipedia defines regular expressions.

In computing, a regular expression, also referred to as regex or regexp, provides a concise and flexible means for matching strings of text, such as particular characters, words, or patterns of characters. A regular expression is written in a formal language that can be interpreted by a regular expression processor, a program that either serves as a parser generator or examines text and identifies parts that match the provided specification.

Navigate to the link to the following article – How to use regular expression to search better and save time? Take a moment of time and read it. You will find a lot of interesting tips how you can create various queries that fits your numbering models for documents and parts. The article provides good examples on how to use regular expressions and link to additional resources.

What is the conclusion? I hope you enjoyed my "geeky tips". Speaking seriously and thinking about practical aspects, regular expressions are good only when your PLM software supports them. Did you get any experience with this in the past? Can you share any examples of regular expression usage in your PDM/PLM software?

Best, Oleg

Will Google Develop A Better PLM for Motorolla?

August 17, 2011

Note. To be honest, I don’t have much to say with regards to the last Google purchase – Motorola. I’ve been listening, reading and thinking about various aspects of this purchase together with thousands other bloggers and hundreds of analysts and news websites.

Obviously, I’m using mobile and Google. However, my interest is primarily in software for engineering and manufacturing. Between all these articles, analyzes and publication one post by Business Insider caught my attention – THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GOOGLE – MOTOROLA DEAL: It could end up being a disaster. Read the article and make your opinion. Here is the quote I found the most interesting in the context of PLM:

"…Hardware manufacturing and sales are about supply chains, parts, factories, physical distribution, and consumer marketing–all things that Google has little or no experience with…"

This is something that smells interesting to me. There is no better way to try your software "in-house". Google just added a unique place to experiment with all Google technologies inside of 19’000 people enterprise with design, production, manufacturing plants, supply chain, etc. This is can be a good trigger to develop a future PLM system for Motorola using Google’s platform. Is there PLM player who can do it? Navigate to the following link. Motorola is actually using an open-source PLM – Aras Innovator. Earlier, this year, Aras made a bold statement about their move to multi-platform deployment away from existing .NET code base. Aras on Linux platform with some cloud-based features can be a good opportunity for Motorola. I believe other PLM vendors will not stand still as well. Recent Dassault announcement about Cloud V6 is just one of them.

What is my conclusion? It is hard to predict what route Google-Motorola will take. However, earlier or later Motorola is going to embrace the technologies developed by Google to optimize their business. Product Lifeycle Management question will come. It is just a matter of time. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg


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