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IFS Continues Its Reinvention through Pruning Part Three: Market Impact and User Recommendations


By selling CAD and payroll applications, IFS may not only control potential damage but also "kill two birds with one stone" by 1) leveraging Bentley's and Personec's commitment to a true partnership and product integration to boost both parties’ license sales, while streamlining its own operations; and 2) obtaining some equity, however little, as to improve its balance sheet.

cad tutor  Norway, which employ IFS' CAD applications. The agreement with Bentley is expected to have a positive impact on IFS' earnings totaling approximately 6 million SAK (approximately $800,000) in 2004 and 2005. Further, the deals with Bentley and Personec, which are also in tune with the above inclination to leverage partners discussed in Part Two , would not be the first of a sort for IFS. Namely, the vendor initially expanded into the customer relationship management (CRM) arena by acquiring former Israel-ba Read More

SolidWorks and IQMS Partner Tightly


IQMS is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution systems (MES) vendor that tries to deliver as much native functionality as possible. But computer-aided design (CAD) and product data management (PDM) are highly specialist capabilities. To that end, IQMS has just released its SolidWorks PDM add-in. With more than two million license on the market, SolidWorks is an

cad tutor  SolidWorks is an established 3D CAD application owned by Dassault Systèmes . Manufacturers use SolidWorks rendering tools to create, simulate, publish, and manage product data, parts, and tools. From within the SolidWorks menu (without the need for a separate CAD-ERP linking program), users can link parts, tools, and other assembly file details and configurations to create engineering change orders (ECOs) and cross-populate the inventory, bills of material (BOMs), and project management and Read More

What Can Aras’ Selection as PLM Enhancement at MAN Diesel & Turbo Tell Us?


While multi-CAD (computer aided design) situations have been a matter of course at large manufacturing organizations, it appears that multi-PLM (product lifecycle management) software deployments will follow suit. To that end, Aras, an upbeat open source PLM software solution provider for large enterprises, recently announced that MAN Diesel @ Turbo (MAN), a provider of large bore diesel engines

cad tutor  Siemens NX as the CAD solution. Aras will likely be a PLM supplement to Teamcenter Engineering , which is a discontinued PDM solution by Siemens PLM Software . The legacy solution is seemingly working fine for Siemens’ NX CAD data management but not for efficient enterprise-wide PLM processes such as creating and managing bills of materials (BOMs), engineering change management (ECM), task management (task allocation and control), enterprise-wide change management, and new product development and Read More

PTC Live Global 2013: All About Design for “Servitization” —Part Two


Last week on the TEC blog I talked about market shifts and technological changes that are reshaping the competitive landscape for manufacturing firms, based on PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann’s seven trends, which formed the backbone of his keynote presentation at the PTC Live Global 2013 event held in California in June. PTC Live Global also had a companion Service Exchange (formerly Servigistics Exchange

cad tutor  following businesses and brands: CAD ( Creo and MathCAD ), contributing about 40 percent of PTC revenues; PLM ( Windchill ), ALM ( MKS Integrity ), and supply chain management (SCM, Windchill FlexPLM ), contributing about 45 percent of revenues; and SLM (Servigistics, 4CS , Arbortext , and the most recently acquired Enigma , see my blog post about the acquisition ), generating the remaining 15 percent of revenues. There is lots of work in progress integrating Windchill and Servigistics, but no official Read More

Dassault Systèmes-Expanding Product Development and the 3D Experience


The Dassault Systèmes vision is to enable everyone—from product designers, engineers, and suppliers to end users and their respective communities—to create, share, and experience the three-dimensional virtual world, thereby maximizing the value of their intellectual property and digital assets. In this article, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reports on the 3D design tools he recently saw demoed, how they enable collaboration, and their application to manufacturing and other sectors.

cad tutor  hodgepodge of PLM and CAD systems, where even migration from V4 or V5 to V6 implies essentially a new implementation), Dassault Systèmes may be a trailblazer in product design. Dassault Systèmes’ unwavering philosophy is that virtual worlds can improve the real world. The unified V6 platform is a major redefinition of the PLM market—it is designed to harness collective intelligence from online communities and enable any user to imagine, share, and experience products in the universal language of Read More

What Could Be Some New Frontiers for Large CAD/PLM Providers?


My attendance of Siemens’ two-day product lifecycle management (PLM) analyst summit in the late summer of 2011 was like trying to drink from a fire hose. Even without the plant automation and manufacturing execution system (MES) discussion (which was also included in the 2010 event), there was an abundance of products and related information, and I am still trying to wrap my mind around the main

cad tutor  integration with all major CAD systems, including Dassault CATIA, PTC Pro/E , and Siemens NX .  Dassault also has its own CATIA Composite competitive product , whereas  enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors do not have any design capabilities whatsoever, only viewing/visualization capabilities at best . Co-opetitive “Business as Usual” Likely Siemens’ well-established open business model that serves the needs of all customers regardless of their mix of IT solutions and CAD platforms should Read More

Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 4


Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC), which is an over $1 billion (USD) large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The article analyzed the company’s genesis from its inception in 1985 until the mid-2000s. Part 2

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Best-of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On


The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches.

cad tutor  of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches. Read More

Accenture Becoming a PLM Consulting Force


Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services and outsourcing company, has announced plans to acquire PCO Innovation, an international consulting and systems integration group that specializes in product lifecycle management (PLM) and computer-aided design (CAD) software technologies. PCO Innovation counts more than 600 consultants and experts within its ranks serving 150

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Gaining Competitive Advantage through Global Product Development


Product development is a mission-critical process. And it can also be very expensive. But thanks to modern computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, many manufacturing companies now have the tools that allow better alignment of cost and value-add. This is what’s referred to as “global product development.” Learn more.

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CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

cad tutor  PLM vendors with a CAD background is that their vast suites of business applications allow users to integrate product development with program management/product portfolio management (PPM), supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution, and customer relationship management (CRM). ERP players have the ability to intersperse data about financial results, resources, products, and workflows throughout their product intelligence capabilities, thereby enabling key product strategy and execution Read More

TEC Vendor Note: Lectra, A Focused PLM Player


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PTC Creo Elements/Direct 19.0 Is Available


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IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part One: Event Summary


Is selling-off of its Brazilian subsidiary and of tangential CAD and payroll applications a sign that IFS is grasping the realities of a mature enterprise applications market, which requires, among many other things, finding a perfect balance between cultivating the install base versus the zeal for hitching brand new customers?

cad tutor  Norway, which employ IFS' CAD applications. The agreement with Bentley is expected to have a positive impact on IFS' earnings totaling approximately 6 million SKr (approximately $800,000 USD) in 2004 and 2005. This is Part One of a three-part note. Part Two will present background information and cover challenges and response. Part Three will discuss the market impact and make user recommendations. Collaboration With Personec The vendors believe the collaboration means that IFS customers, approximately 12 Read More