BEYONDPLM’s top stories of 2012

January 3, 2013

It is always interesting to take a look and see what posts drove the most attention of my readers in the past. So, I’m following this tradition. Here is a short recap of beyondplm top stories for 2012. It was a year with lots of transformation and changes. So, I wasn’t surprised to see PLM Perfect Storm 2012 on the top of the list. The second topic actually surprised me a bit. I thought, technology is something people are less interested these days. Nevertheless, the discussion around the post What is the future of PLM databases? drove lots of readers’ attention. Autodesk PLM 360 was a new product introduced by Autodesk in the beginning of 2012. So, readers interest in this topic was almost expected. Complexity is another topic which drives lots of attention these days in PLM industry. PLM and the death of complexity article confirms that. Another "logical" choice was an article about SolidWorks mobile app for iPad. Please find below list of posts and brief conclusions.

PLM Perfect Storm 2012

It is an interesting time to be in the PLM market these days. As I wrote in my recent blog –SolidWorks community and opportunity for PLM, there is a significant opportunity to deliver PLM solution to the white space market these days. Gartner’s PLM market dynamics slide is highlighting the same opportunity. It is clearly a perfect storm. Large PLM companies have a lot of money to play the future PLM game. They have a lot to win as well as to lose, in case something will go wrong. Who will take the best “stormy seat” in this game? An interesting question to ask.

What is the future of PLM databases?

The complexity of product lifecycle problems brings the need of new concepts in data modeling and data management. One of the main questions – how to break the boundary of a single database? This is a key question, in my view. It will solve the problem of logical scalability and provide a platform for future information discovery.

My first take on Autodesk PLM 360 system and technology

I have a positive impression about PLM 360. It is stable, and I could perform my research experiments as well as some customization and development work. The overall maturity of the system even higher than I would expect from the system developed from scratch (as it was mentioned by Randal Newton in his article) – Autodesk PLM 360 is the first PLM product written from scratch for contemporary cloud technology. Autodesk is betting it will be a hit with companies of all sizes. At the same time, I didn’t find special novelty in the data-management paradigm. Also, I didn’t find any confirmation about flexibility and scalability of the system going beyond traditional PLM solutions (in the case systems like Enovia, Aras, etc. will be hosted on the cloud). The concepts of integration of PLM 360 are not clear and provide a concern with regards how PLM 360 can be embedded into overall company IT strategy. With all that, I found my user experience quite enjoyable, and I liked how PLM 360 performed tasks.

PLM and the death of complexity

The death of the complexity is here. PLM and other software vendors in the manufacturing and engineering space need to take a note. The user experience will not be set by enterprise monsters. New generation of people will not tolerate the complex PLM software. This is a time to rest the expectations.

First Look of 3DS SolidWorks e-Drawings for iPad

Later is better than never. I think, many of SolidWorks users will appreciate e-Drawing iPad app. I’m going to experiment how easy to use e-Drawing as a viewer on my iPad in addition to other mobile apps I already have from Autodesk and other vendors.

Thank you for your commitment to Beyond PLM blog in 2012. I’m looking forward to keep blogging in 2013.

Best, Oleg

Disclaimer: In 2012, the company I co-founded (Inforbix) was acquired by Autodesk Inc. For the moment, I’m responsible for product development of Autodesk PLM360 and other Autodesk PLM/PDM product and technologies.

Image courtesy of [stuart miles] /

Autodesk acquires Inforbix and message to my readers.

August 29, 2012

Dear friends! I’m glad to share the news with you – Autodesk Continues Strategic Investment in Product Lifecycle Management with Acquisition of Inforbix. You probably remember my first blog about Inforibx back in 2010 – Introducing Inforbix Product Data Apps. I’m excited for Inforbix, the team and looking forward to new challenges and opportunity at Autodesk. Autodesk confirmed the strategic course to develop and expand PLM 360 and other products on the cloud. Inforbix brings technology to aggregate, fuse, search and visualize data. If you haven’t had a chance to discover it until now, you can catch up on inforbix website, which is still alive as well as Inforbix social media channels – YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Facebook. The following video fragment can give you a glimpse of what Inforbix technologies can do for PLM 360.

Autodesk and Beyond PLM

I want to say few words about my blogging activity. For the last almost five years, Beyond PLM and PLM Think Tank is sharing my opinion 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 continue to be independent now. I’m looking forward to continuing sharing new information, thoughts and opinion here. I’m sure will have an opportunity to speak more about Autodesk PLM/PDM, but it will come from Autodesk blogs.

Best, Oleg

Picture courtesy of SolidSmack blog.

Top 10 PLM Posts of 2009, Beyond PLM and more…

January 4, 2010

It’s over. 2009… The loooooong weekend was a perfect time to think about last year, summarize, statistics, reviews, read an unlimited number of future predictions and analyzes of past predictions and what is mostly important think about coming 2010. So, first what I’ve got.

Top 10 post

We discussed Google a lot last year. Even if Google is not considered as The PLM brand, I think ideas and products that coming from Google are inspiring to think about what we are doing wrong and how we can change things. So, it is not surprising to get Google-related posts in top 10. Another trending topic last year was Open Source. I considered it as an innovative business model for PLM, Open Source drove attention from both sides – vendors and customers. I have to say few words about more PLMish and fewer technological blog topics. Various posts about Bill of Material were fascinating, got attention and raised lots of questions.

Google Wave was an interesting topic last year. Coming with the idea to change the way we work with email, Google Wave open new page in collaboration. I’m going to share my experience about Google Wave very soon. Stay tuned…

PLM built great expectations over the past 5-10 years. Obviously, together with expectations can come also disappointments. Without intent to correct all people’s frustration from PLM-related technologies, I’m taking slice of them discussing what are my top five…

This visionary topic taking you in the future of PLM and Internet together. Internet, probably, is the best virtual space. Big part of real life is reflected in the internet cloud. Here are my thoughts about how future Internet can change PLM future.

SharePoint behemoth changed a lot of things moving fast into enterprise organizations. Exceptionally good customer adoption drove us to many questions. Can we do PLM with SharePoint? What are benefits and drawbacks? Some of PLM vendors jumped over to get full experience of SharePoint ride. What is Microsoft PLM SharePoint roadmap?

Visionary. Do you think Google will be able to re-invent Excel? If yes, how it will look like? Seriously, I think MS Excel is #1 PLM tool, how Google’s experience can be beneficial for potential Google-PLM-Technologies?

Coming out of SharePoint 2007 success, 2010 versions, expected in 2010 contains a lot of future statements. To get initial analyzes and predictions how SharePoint 2010 will play PLM game.

BOM – single, multiple, different, compared, engineering, manufacturing, as-built, My BOM and their BOMs. How to get them all and separate? How to manage it in my organization and in supply chain. May be in the end – The BOM is only one?

Free and Open. It comes also into PLM space. Wanted. Inspiring and dangerous. Unclear and simple. Will Open Source change the rules of PLM game? Or it is just yet another way to get money from customers? Be part of this discussion too…

Should PLM handle everything that related to product  in my organization? Don’t boil the ocean, be focused. Don’t allow to your PLM dreamers to bring PLM everywhere and disrupt your PLM future.

I want to have simple plan for PLM. How to implement it in the fast, efficient and mostly non-complicated way? So, what means PLM for Dummies?

2010 and Beyond PLM…

Thank you all for such this awesome experience in 2009. It was time to learn new things from your, got great discussion and experience. I’m looking how to continue and expand it in 2010. Sneak preview of what you can wait in 2010.

Mobile Blogging – you will see more PLM discussions on the road. Mobile becomes more and more important. You should not be in front of your desk or even connected to internet to read my posts.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more – our discussion will be more social. More presence in social networks, more connections, discussions and great ideas.

Beyond PLM – this blog started as an idea to make our industry more open. However, I found lots of ideas and new things to discuss on the crossing between technologies, product development, engineering and manufacturing. So, I decided to think how I can expand our discussion beyond PLM boundaries. I’m looking for some interaction from your side here. Let me know, please, what type of discussions you are looking for? What are topics of your interests? What are problems you cannot resolve and we’ll try to discuss it together.

Happy New Year!
Best, Oleg


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