Introducing Inforbix Product Data Apps

November 2, 2010

I’d like to take an opportunity and introduce a new company, I founded together with my colleagues - Inforbix. Our vision is to revolutionize the way people in manufacturing companies are accessing heterogeneous product data. Please, visit Inforbix website to get more information about the company, people and our ideas. Also, I’d like to introduce a new blog - Product Data Space. Inforbix is a social company, so you’ll be able to find us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.  You are also invited to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Inforbix and Beyond PLM

I’d like to say few words about my blogging activity. For the last couple of years, PLM Think Tank and, lately, Beyond PLM shared my opinions about engineering and manufacturing software, CAD, PDM, PLM, industry and technological trends. This activity was absolutely independent of my employment in the past and will remain independent of my future role in Inforbix. PLM Think Tank remains daily, and I’m looking forward to sharing new information, thoughts and opinion about what is going on in Engineering and Manufacturing Software Beyond PLM.

Best, Oleg


PLM Prompt: 3D Publishing, CAD and Online Google Graphic…

December 31, 2009

The idea of 3D publishing isn’t new. For the last few years we had chance to see multiple examples of how CAD and PLM companies focused on this space by creating and acquiring products that can publish complicated 3D models in the way humans outside of engineering will be able to adopt it. PTC Arbotext, 3DVIA Composer, Autodesk Inventor Publisher- these are only few examples of these products.

The following Google SketchUp blog drove my attention with information about how possible to use SketchUp 7 Layout to create Web ready images. Take a look on video.

I think CAD/PLM vendors need to watch this space. With connection to Google 3D Warehouse, it can be targeted towards some Adobe 3D PDF features or even higher end CAD/PLM  . I’m expecting to see some news in this space in coming 2010.

How do you like it? What do you think?

Happy New Year!
Best, Oleg


Can I Report to My PLM from Audi A8 via Google?

December 21, 2009

A very short prompt this early European morning. Google is coming to the next Audi A8. Take a look on the nice photos on Google’s blog.

This is what written in the blog:

To help you figure out where you want to go and how to get there, we’ve also brought Google Maps and Local Search into the A8, and linking it to your desk. You can send business listings directly from Google Maps to your car: search for an address at your desk, send it to the car, and by the time you go to the parking lot your car will know where to go. While in the car, you can use Google Local Search in the same rich quality as at your desk. Imagine you get hungry on the way or want to find a cinema – simply perform a live Google search on your car navigation system and immediately get up-to-date, rich and relevant results.

Now my question is quite simple. Google might collect information about users of A8. So, if you will be driving your next A8, in potential, all systems can report about their performance via the Google’s board navigation system. As you can see on the picture, systems are online… Ha! Don’t you think it will be just cool?

Holiday Greetings!
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


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


PLM Prompt: Office and SharePoint 2010 public betas now available for download

November 19, 2009

Microsoft finally made available beta versions of Office 2010 and SharePoint 1010 yesterday. So, I finally have an account to try it out. What are the most interesting scenarios to test in my view?

1. Accessing external data using SharePoing 2010 composites.

2. Collaboration with people outside of your organization using Office Web version.

3. Collaborating on Bill of Material data using Excel Services.

4. Using community services.

I had chance to talk about PLM and Office/SharePoint 2010 in my previous posts:

SharePoint 2010 – Is it good for PLM?

SharePoint 2010 Communities and PLM Social Demands

SharePoint 2010 for Collaborative Product Development Applications

Why PLM Need to Learn about SharePoint 2010 Composites?

New Office 2010 features and PLM integration

Office 2010 and PLM On Demand Solutions

Initial prediction – what MS Office 2010 Technologies can bring to PLM?

I’d be interested to collaborate with other people evaluating SharePoint/Office 2010 these days.

Best, Oleg



PLM Alert: Google Image Swirl User Experience

November 18, 2009

Short alert on Google Labs Releasing Swirl. Google Image Swirl allows you to organize and search images. Official Google’s blog announcement is here. You can run Google Swirl from here.

I think, this user experience can be kind of beneficial for engineers working on 3D and 2D drawings.

Just my thoughts. What is your opinion on that?

Best, Oleg


PLM Prompt: Amazon RDS and future PLM apps on cloud?

October 28, 2009
Amazon announced Amazon RDS. In my view, this is the next logical level of cloud services’ deployment. Now you can develop you cloud applications with RDBMS back-end on cloud… Impressive? I think so and I think multiple PLM providers will be able to leverage that.

Quote from the Amazon Web Services blog article:

Today I’d like to tell you about our newest service, the Amazon Relational Database Service, or Amazon RDS for short. Now in beta, RDS makes it easier for you to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. You get direct database access withoutworrying about infrastructure provisioning, software maintenance, or common database management tasks.

Using the RDS APIs or the command-line tools, you can access the full capabilities of a complete, self-contained MySQL 5.1 database instance in a matter of minutes. You can scale the processing power and storage space as needed with a single API calland you can initiate fully consistent database snapshots at any time.

Much of what you already know about building applications with MySQL will still apply. Your code and your queries will work as expected; you can even import a dump file produced by mysqldump to get started.

This is also a good time to point back on cloud watching Kate and I made on 3D Perspectives. Below you can see current results.

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What do you think about that? Do you or your organization is thinking about the future of cloud applications?

Best, Oleg


PLM Prompt: Open BPM tools.. Oh, Yes! It’s free! But where is PLM?

October 4, 2009

Picture 16New week start. Interesting prompt related to free and open source software. Take a look on a quite impressive list of open/free BPM suites (thanks Process Cafe for links).

Free BPM and Process Modeling Tools:

Now, my question is why we don’t see more PLM tools in Open Source, Free or Freemium models?

Have a good week! Best, Oleg


PLM Prompt: A Roadmap to PLM Success?

September 30, 2009

I wanted to share with you funny picture from flowingdata. This picture reminds me a lot about PLM implementations and various PLM methodologies. Nevertheless, now, let me ask you few serious questions.

What is a roadmap to PLM success in the organization?

What is a roadmap to successful PLM implementation?

I’m going to think and blog about this next week, but would be interested to hear your voices…

Best, Oleg


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