Originally, Think Tank is an idea generator. Daily PLM Think Tank is my blog about Product Lifecycle Management Innovation. I’m coming to put my daily thoughts about different aspects of PLM – technological, social, organizational, business and others.


“If you want to have a great future you have to think about it in the present, because when the future’s here you won’t have the time”. [Nathan Myhrvold, ex-CTO of Microsoft].

About me:

I’ve been building software products for data management, engineering and manufacturing for the last 20 years. This is long time to gather experience in diverse fields – industry, customers, technology, organization, management, communication.

After Autodesk acquisition of Inforbix products and technologies in 2012, I joined the team at Autodesk Inc. developing cloud PLM and PDM products.

In 2010, I co-founded Inforbix. I’ve been proud to be part of the Inforbix founding team developing a new way to help manufacturing companies to solve their product data problems. It was fun and a lot of work to make things happen.

I spent a decade (1999-2009) working for Smart Solutions, SmarTeam, Enovia, Dassault Systems. Over these years, I held various positions in R&D group and company management. Most recently I was ENOVIA SmarTeam Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to that I spent few years developing data management and CRM applications at Decision Systems Israel. Before I was working for Autodesk reseller in Israel, focusing on application development, customer implementations, pre-sale and training.

I hold a PhD in CAD Systems from the Moscow Civil Engineering Institute and a MSc in Computer Systems for Industries from Magnitogorsk Polytechnic Institute in Russia.

Photography is my hobby for many years. You can see some of my pictures on Attractive Universe site. Oleg Shilovitsky’s photo on Attractive Universe

Contacts: LinkedInTwitterEmailFacebookAbout.Me

Oleg Shilovitsky.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are my own only and in no way represent the views, positions or opinions – expressed or implied – of my employer (present and past) ”


Photography is my hobby for many years. You can see some of my pictures on Attractive Universe site.

Oleg Shilovitsky’s photo on Attractive Universe

Any ideas and comments are welcome! –

Oleg Shilovitsky



The content included in my blog is my own personal opinion, experience and thoughts. I may choose to moderate comments as I find appropriate in order to maintain the content within my view of good taste, however the comments are the opinions of their respective authors. No warranties or other guarantees are made as to the accuracy or quality of the opinions or any other content offered herein.

59 Responses to About

  1. Oleg,

    I like your blog. I manage the Forum on the PLM Technology Guide
    (http://plmtechnologyguide.com/site/?page_id=6). What do you think about adding reciprocal links to each of our blogs/forums on our sites?

    Best regards,


  2. Dear Andreas,

    Thank you for comment! You are welcome to add reciprocal links.
    Will be glad to join plmtechnologyguide.com forum.


  3. olegb says:

    No comment. What I can say more?

  4. Oleg, welcome to my blog! – Oleg.

  5. Tom Gill says:


    Is there a way to subscribe to the comments if you don’t post a comment first? Also, is it possible to make the “notify” check box checked by default. Sometimes I forget.



  6. Tom, I will check. This is actually wordpress engine, so… I will ask IT. – Regards, Oleg

  7. David Yang says:

    Oleg, I have learned much PLM knowledge from your blog. Thanks! I am a CAD/CAE software developer in China. I think PLM will have great market share and I will transfer my work to PLM area.

  8. David, Thanks! I will be interesting to stay in touch. Regards, Oleg

  9. David says:

    Oleg, Thanks for your response! One post each day is absolutety hard work for you. Appreciate your spirit!
    Could you recommend some websites which we can learn much more about PLM in your Blog? Best Regards, David

  10. David, thanks! With regards to websites, you can start to dig from wikipedia. you can also try to dig analysts web sites, such as CIMData, Cyon, AMR, etc. Best regards, Oleg.

  11. David Yang says:

    Oleg, Thanks for your help! David

  12. Mark Holman says:


    I enjoy reading your blog, it’s one of the few that I’ve found that explores the conceptual elements of PLM. I also know how hard it is to keep up a daily pace of authoring new content. Just curious, have you run across other blogs on PLM and related fields that you like to follow?


  13. Mark, thank you very much!

    I strongly believe, that open discussion and contribution to multiple ideas can move technology forward. After years I spent with CAD/PDM/PLM, I found our industry is still very closed. So, this is my small contribution to industry discussion. Thanks again! We will keep blogging :)


  14. Yasmin Hurst says:


    I have been enjoying reading your daily PLM Think Tank, it has given me food for thought as our consultancy ‘Cheeky Monkey’ have been leading a global PLM implementation over the past 3 years. We have found PLM to be very emotive and have had much debate over how it’s implementation should be approached, is it an ‘IT project’ or a ‘Business Change project’. We strongly adhere to the later and have recently written our own blog on this topic, please take a look http://www.wayofthemonkey.co.uk/blog/2009/06/26/product-lifecycle-management-plm/, perhaps this would be a good discussion for your Think Tank.



  15. Yasmin, Thank you very much! One of my thoughts when I started this blog was to facilitate industry discussion and innovation. So, I’m happy it really happens. And thank you for your link… I will check it out. -Oleg.

  16. Just wana say that it’s an interesting blog for people who want know more about PLM.

  17. Dennis, Thanks for you comment! Will keep blogging.. Best, Oleg.

  18. Jim Botimer says:

    Hi Oleg,

    Great blog. I have heard Dassault Systemes and PTC talk about PLM 2.0 but I do not see anything on your blog related to that topic (?)


  19. Jim, Thank you! You can search for Social Innovation or Social Product Development. You will get some links on these topics from both DS and PTC. Also, try to search PLM 2.0 on my blog – you will find quite many posts. Best, Oleg

  20. Ajit Kini says:

    Oleg, your blogs have become a supper to me.Overwhelmed in content,attention catching,rich and informative.You are a true pioneer in this world of 2.0 and I thank and wish you Good Luck.Your blog has inspired me to initiate a blog myself and the result is http://kiniajit.wordpress.com/

    Ajit Kini

  21. Ajit, thank you and good luck with your blog!

  22. Andy says:

    just subscribing…

  23. Madhusudan says:

    Hi Oleg
    I run Lucid which develops software for Nondestructive Testing ( NDT) applications. We are exploring the ways and means to integrate NDT data with both PLM and EAM solutions. I note that your blog on CAE integration with PLM explores similar themes.

    Best wishes

  24. Madhusudan, Thanks for coming to my blog! Best, Oleg

  25. William Grossmann says:

    I am developing a course in project/program management useful for senior aero and ocean engineering students at Va Polytechninc Institute and State Univ for their senior design/build/fly projects. I need an easy to implement PDM/PLM application and since they all have ms excel this would seem to be ideal. Do you have any case studies or introductory material about how to get started?

  26. William Grossmann says:

    I am developing a course for vA Polytechnic’s Aerospace and Ocean Eng department aimed at senior eng students design/build/fly (or sail) senior projects. Please send me any information concerning MS Excel PDM/PLM use and examples and/or case studies…..or point me to where I can find such information.

  27. William, It is hard to find something in PLM world that brand-neutral. I’d recommend you the following book: Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking – (http://www.amazon.com/Product-Lifecycle-Management-Generation-Thinking/dp/0071452303/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266929995&sr=1-2). This is good systematic reading about PLM-related problems without special vendor-oriented materials. Best, Oleg

  28. Tom Gill says:


    You might want to take a look at Aras Innovator (www.aras.com). It’s an open source PLM application that has an integrated project management module. I’ve worked on several production deployments. Feel free to contact me if you want more info.

  29. Hi Oleg,,

    I am very impressed by the blog,

    I would like to invite your attention to SAP PLM Group on Linkedin, I also see that you are linkedin Networker,

    I would Like to request you to Kindly join and share your contributions with our group members,and spread news.

    teh linke to the group is:http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=46560


  30. Krishna, Thanks a lot for the invitation! I’m delighted to join SAP Linked In Group. I’m sure it will be beneficial for both sides and looking forward to new interesting discussions. Best, Oleg

  31. Oleg,
    Thanks for joining,

    I am sure it will be beneficial to both of us and also for our “PLMers” community



  32. Alok says:

    Hi Oleg,

    I must say nice work up here. I am new to this domain. I have joined a PLM solution company called as Wrench Solutions. You can visit us at http://www.wrenchepc.com or http://www.wrenchsolutions.com

    Your ideas and suggestions are truly inspiring for me. Can you suggest me any useful links to learn more about PLM.

    Thanks for these updates.


  33. Alok, Thank you! And I appreciate links on Wrench Enterprise. I will take a look. It looks very interesting to me. With regards to the PLM links- I’m going to prep a special post with links and references, since your request is not unique… Best, Oleg

  34. Stefan says:

    I am trying to generate traffic coming from our website to yours as well as give people information about PLM. I would like to ask you if I could use your logo to direct traffic to your blog?

    I am just trying to give people more information on PLM.

  35. Stefan,
    Thank you! You can use PLM Think Tank logo and refer my blog.
    Best, Oleg

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  37. James says:


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. You can see a sample of my work at LaptopComputers.org under the author James Mowery. I’ve also written for several high-profile blogs like Mashable, Perfromancing, and CMSWire. Thank you for your time.

    – James

  38. James, Thanks for your message! I haven’t had a guest blogging on plmtwine so far. My new blog site http://beyondplm.com will allow that. Please write me oleg dot shilovitsky at gmail dot com to discuss. Best, Oleg

  39. […] a recent post his blog, PLM Think Tank, Oleg Shilovitsky wrote about the PLM Open Source Tradeoff.  I shared my thoughts on the piece and I am […]

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  41. Anna, thank you for your message. I will take a look on this. Best, Oleg

  42. Pratt says:

    Hello everyone,

    Just was going through the thread and was wondering if you all know anything about the Mobile PLM recently launched for android, iphone, etc.
    Please let me know if you have any clue on that, heard a lot bout it .

    Any help will be welcomed, as I am looking to get that solution for my company.


  43. Pratt, I don’t think, vendors will build a complete PLM solution for iPhone. However, I can see companies are building apps for iPhone, iPad, Android to run viewers or other reviews. Take a look on this – http://beyondplm.com/2010/07/16/ipad-plm-and-non-plm-user-experience/. Best, Oleg

  44. Pratt says:

    I guess they have this solution built for the open source Aras PLM

  45. Pratt says:

    Hello Oleg,

    Thank you for the reply.

    Well just continuing my search for Mobile PLm I came across this link

    Please check this out. Demo looks cool to me, what do you say to that?


  46. Pratt, Demos look very basics. Looks like Aras did a technological case. However, the real use case is not there yet (at least not in this demo). The objects (add/delete/update) functions are not the functionality that will be required on mobile first. Just my opinion, of course… Best, Oleg

  47. Pratt says:


    I managed to get that downloaded to android device of a friend of mine, since it was free to download, the system is very basic, currently you can manage customers, projects and program, that too at very basic level. But I like the experience of using the system on Mobile, it was cool!
    They have it available on their(Porchys) website link to download for mobile. Also, they have demo running there on the website.

    System is giving feel of actual web based system. Well lets hope this is just a small start to a new generation in PLM.
    I request if you have any android devices with you please have a trial on your device.


  48. Pratt, This is what I understood from additional comments made by MarcL from Aras, this is just a first technological case. Please, take a look here – http://beyondplm.com/2010/09/20/plm-mobile-networks-big-time/. Thanks, Oleg
    PS. plmtwine is a mirrored blog site. I keep it for many users who subscribed for the past 2 years. I’m originally posting now on beyondplm.com.

  49. BM says:


    Do you mind if I make reference to your website from my website?


  50. BM, what is your website?

  51. Pratt,thanks for these links! Best, Oleg

  52. kathleenh101 says:


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

  53. Kathleen, I’m sorry. for the moment, there is no guest posts on my blog. I maybe be change my decision about that in the beginning of the next year. Best, Oleg

  54. Hi Oleg. With an information sciences background, i am interested in your thoughts about “engineering document management”. Do you see PDM systems have for the most part been employed for that and how current and future trends seem to be moving “documents” into “content”? Thus, “content management systems” seem a better solution for managing “documents” –meaning we stop repurposing PDM systems as file shares for “documents”.

    And for that matter, just what is, to you, an “engineering document” and what are the reasons we need to manage them in PDM systems?

  55. Duane, thanks for the comment! In my view EDM is something beyond CAD documents. Maybe it is a oversimplification. You can position it as you wish (EDM, PDM, ECM…), but until CAD will produce files, PDM will keep differentiations status-quo as it has today.

  56. Bhushan says:

    Hello Oleg,
    I am working in PLM domain as a developer from India & I always read your blogs which helps me to enhance my knowledge about all PLM applications and now I am willing to work for various CAD application and get knowledge of various PLM apps. & your photography is also good :) just saw today

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