PLM Professor Direct?


Engineering and Manufacturing software requires some learning. I hope even biggest promoters of to make "single button PLM application" would agree with me that you need to have industry background, understand product development practices and get familiar with application and tools. So, basic and specialized education is required. The trend is clearly goes towards making it easier and more efficient.

My attention caught an interesting enterprise efficiency article Professors Don’t Need Schools Anymore. Not connected to PLM industry, article speaks about opportunity for professors to provide courses without specific school affiliation. Thanks for the internet, new platform Professor Direct allows to sell course online and establish new business model for eduction.

It made me think about social education opportunity in PLM space. I know very small amount dedicated instructors dealing with training in PLM world. However, the biggest value in product development eduction and PLM training can be provided by practitioners and people from manufacturing companies that ready to share their knowledge and experience. Online social education platform can setup a framework and helps to provide flexible PLM educational options.

What is my conclusion? I can see huge opportunity in using internet for eduction. To share unique knowledge can be a unique opportunity for many engineering and manufacturing people working on PLM implementations. Today, in person on site education is complicated and expensive. By cutting travel time, location dependencies and associated cost, we can open new world of PLM education opportunities. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

2 Responses to PLM Professor Direct?

  1. Jos Voskuil says:

    Oleg hi, as a virtual dutchman traveling most of the time I like the concept, however in my situation it does not work. As PLM implementations often touch the human behavior face-to-face interaction is often required, to build trust, to build consensus in a company.

    I could imagine the PLM professor could have value in topics around methodology – from my blog I learn there is still a huge need for basic education in BOM handling, typical business processes, part- or document numbering etc

  2. @Jos, thanks for the comment! Yes, you are right about face-to-face people interaction. However, who knows, maybe people will trust you based on the number of other people that got your PLM education online too? Best, Oleg

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