Instead of heaping on a laundry list of new bells and whistles, the latest release of Aras PLM concentrates on the user interface and scalability functionality—key attributes to supporting the next wave of adoption as PLM extends beyond engineering. Continue reading
PTC’s recent $112 million acquisition of ThingWorx steers it directly into the path of the Internet of Things (IoT), an era where increasingly smart and connected products generate real-time operational data streams that can be captured and analyzed to fuel innovation and generate new revenue streams.
ThingWorx is an early-stage company delivering a platform that enables companies to build and run applications for monitoring, maintaining, and operating products. Using the ThingWorx platform, companies in such industries as oil and gas and manufacturing are developing IoT applications that track the flow of products or physical assets through the factory, manage the performance of individual machines or systems in the field, as well as monitor systems and products as part of a predictive maintenance strategy. Continue reading
Managing CAD files from diverse CAD systems remains one of the on-going pain points for engineering organizations, despite the myriad solutions that attempt to address the issue.
For years, the vendor community either overlooked or under solved the problem, hoping their customers would be content to live in a homogeneous CAD world. With global, oftentimes, cross-company engineering efforts now the norm today, CAD vendors have come to grips with the fact that multi-CAD is here to stay and the onus is on them to provide a harmonious environment if they want to keep customers satisfied and remain competitive in the market. Continue reading
For those firmly entrenched in the design engineering world, Dassault Systèmes has made a couple of head-scratching acquisitions in recent history: Last year’s purchase of Netvibes, a provider of customer sentiment analysis software was a good case in point.
But while engineering folks might wonder where business intelligence software fits within the product line of a company best known for CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, Dassault’s acquisition this week of Apriso, which markets manufacturing execution software, is much less confusing and seems to be more clearly aligned with the company’s long-standing mission. Continue reading
If there were lingering doubts about whether Autodesk was fully committed or merely experimenting with the cloud, that ambiguity should be put to rest with its latest announcement: Autodesk Fusion 360, what the company claims is the first comprehensive 3D CAD program to support the emerging delivery paradigm. Continue reading