Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Forum 2013: “Taking the Cloud Back to the Enterprise, Not the Other Way Around.”
It’s an interesting exercise to study the evolving vocabulary at tech conference keynotes. About five or six years ago, speakers went out of their way to hail PLM. Today many prefer to keep PLM references to a minimum. Instead, they pepper their talks with “social,” “community,” “apps,” and “cloud.” It’s a reflection of tech consumers’ changing attitude. They want easily deployable, social media-inspired solutions with an always-on connection to the web and a cancel-anytime option. Continue reading
This week’s Siemens PLM Software NX CAE Symposium 2013 at the University of Cincinnati featured more than two dozen presentations, roundtables, and panel discussions, as well as two workshop tracks. Siemens PLM Software NX customers explained how they used the software to simulate everything from tiny 0.015mm cardiovascular stents to huge, ship-based cranes and heavy-lift rockets. While the simulation projects were varied, there was a common theme running throughout the symposium: the need to reduce cycle times via collaboration and system-level engineering. Continue reading
What some claim is the originator of the hosted PLM concept and the latest entrant to the category both took the wraps off new versions of cloud-based PLM, spotlighting what appears to be a discernible shift toward this model of deployment.
On-premise deployments and traditional-style PLM still comprise the lion’s share of the market and user implementations, and likely will for some time. However, interest in cloud-based PLM is definitely picking up, in part because of the overall uptick in demand for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business software as well as the fact that there are a growing number of SaaS-based PLM offerings to choose from today.
In addition to the splash made by Autodesk with Autodesk PLM 360 and its expanding family of cloud-based engineering tools, there have been a slew of new cloud-based engineering collaboration platforms and refinements to existing platforms, giving engineering customers a deeper selection of choices. According to research by TechNavio, the PLM market is expected to achieve a 9.7% compound annual growth rate between 2011 and 2015, and cloud-based PLM applications, in particular, are expected to drive much of this growth.
One of the companies expecting to capitalize on this anticipated growth spurt is Arena, which came out with the first cloud PLM platform (it was referred to as hosted or on-demand software back then) more than a decade ago and has been at it ever since. Arena settled on what at the time was a disruptive software delivery model because of its target audience—companies in the electronics sector, which typically rely on contract manufacturers and extended global supply chains while dealing with extremely short product delivery cycles and highly accelerated rates of change. Continue reading
In what some might call a stepping stone to the cloud, PTC has acquired its long-time partner NetIDEAS Inc., which specializes in providing software hosting and services around PLM.
For more than a decade, NetIDEAS has provided secure hosting environments for PTC customers looking to offload the heavy lifting around PLM deployment and day-to-day maintenance. Instead of investing in the server and storage infrastructure to run Windchill PLM on their site (along with the IT personnel to administer the enterprise application), NetIDEAS hosts, administers, and supports Windchill along with providing additional consulting services. Continue reading
Siemens PLM Software is now executing on a foundation it’s been building toward for years — releasing a new series of industry-specific solutions, dubbed Catalysts, that aim to take some of the sting out of PLM implementations.
The Industry Catalyst Series will encompass a portfolio of solutions based on a specific industries’ best practices and culled from Siemens’ collective experience collaborating with customers. The idea behind the Catalysts is to help companies jumpstart PLM deployments and accelerate time to value. Continue reading