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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

solidworks bloggers  is used in Dassault SolidWorks , accounting for 40 percent of the Parasolid install base base, meaning that a big chunk of Siemens’ Parasolid revenue ironically comes from its archrival Dassault. There is also precedence here with cooperation such as the JT 3D data visualization tool by Siemens that PTC has licensed for compliance management and openness. With that said, with PTC’s recent release of Creo Simulate , PTC supports some modeling and simulation of advanced composite materials directly Read More

Siemens PLM Tackles Product Costing




solidworks bloggers  X-BOM Cost Analytics and SolidWorks Costing , while PTC has Windchill Cost . SAP has said that it was going to use the multi-faceted SAP HANA in-memory analytics for product costing in late 2012—the first product offering related to HANA and PLM. Frankly, I thought that Siemens PLM Software’s next acquisition would be bigger and more ambitious than product costing. I was expecting a move toward application lifecycle management (ALM) for embedded software and systems engineering. But, on second Read More

Web 2.0 -- "Wow!" or "So What?!"


Another buzzword (albeit not another three letter acronym [TLA]) that has slowly (or not) but surely crept into our collective mind is certainly Web 2.0. Although there have been some attempts at defining the term, such as at Wikipedia, ZDNet or TechTarget (and there are also some noble attempts of ZDNet bloggers, such as Richard MacManus or David Berlind), it is most likely that 10 different

solidworks bloggers  2.0 -- Wow! or So What?! Another buzzword (albeit not another three letter acronym [TLA] ) that has slowly (or not) but surely crept into our collective mind is certainly Web 2.0 . Although there have been some attempts at defining the term, such as at Wikipedia , ZDNet or TechTarget (and there are also some noble attempts of ZDNet bloggers, such as Richard MacManus or David Berlind ), it is most likely that 10 different folks will provide 10 different interpretations (albeit most of these will Read More

SAP Backpedals Its SaaS Forays -- By Design or Under Duress?


Let me start this blog post with a huge disclaimer: I have no intentions of wilfully beating up on SAP whatsoever! Sure, the enterprise applications titan has lately been embroiled in an intellectual property lawsuit with archrival Oracle over improper use of support data through its TomorrowNow third-party support (recently discontinued) subsidiary. As if this wasn't enough, SAP is being

solidworks bloggers  Backpedals Its SaaS Forays -- By Design or Under Duress? Let me start this blog post with a huge disclaimer : I have no intentions of wilfully beating up on SAP whatsoever! Sure, the enterprise applications titan has lately been embroiled in an intellectual property lawsuit with archrival Oracle over improper use of support data through its TomorrowNow third-party support (recently discontinued) subsidiary . As if this wasn''t enough, SAP is being sued again, and this time over an allegedly failed Read More

Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III)


Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the acquisition of NSB Retail Systems, Epicor has further expanded its functional footprint, market share and geographic presence in the sector. Namely, NSB added over 200 specialty retail logos, thereby more than doubling Epicor’s retail install

solidworks bloggers  Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III) Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor ''s forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the acquisition of NSB Retail Systems , Epicor has further expanded its functional footprint, market share and geographic presence in the sector. Namely, NSB added over 200 specialty retail logos, thereby more than doubling Epicor’s retail install base. While many analysts like Gartner , Read More

What’s Up with xTuple-and Open Source ERP?


You may be wondering how the open-source ERP vendor xTuple operating with a workforce of only 27 can compete on the same stage with the software giants. Find out how as TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at xTuple’s current ERP offerings and commercial editions, and speaks with xTuple CEO Ned Lilly on the vendor’s social capabilities, product development focus, market and competitive landscape, and future outlook.

solidworks bloggers  design (CAD) systems (e.g., SolidWorks by Dassault Systèmes ), also includes an impressive document management system with optical character recognition (OCR)-based search through multimedia documents. Other capabilities that do not usually come bundled within an ERP system are computer telephony integration (CTI) and embedded business intelligence (BI) via Jaspersoft reports. In addition, there is the e-learning tool, which is built-in to the software and tracks users’ progress as they interactively Read More

Shifts in Payment Models for CAD Deployments


Given the recent desktop virtualization move for PTC Creo, it will be interesting to watch whether PTC will start offering subscriptions for some Creo apps (and Dassault Systèmes for SolidWorks). This is especially interesting in light of the recent move of Siemens Solid Edge to subscription licensing, and also since Autodesk is now offering its desktop and other design products on a pay-as-you-go

solidworks bloggers  (and Dassault Systèmes for SolidWorks ). This is especially interesting in light of the recent move of  Siemens Solid Edge to subscription licensing , and also since Autodesk is now offering its desktop and other design products on a pay-as-you-go basis . In terms of comparing 3D computer-aided design (CAD) offerings, one can put SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor , Solid Edge, and even PTC CoCreate (now Creo/Elements Direct ) in the mid-market category, and Dassault CATIA, Siemens NX , and PTC Creo Read More

Aras Announces VPLM for Autodesk Vault


A week before the Autodesk University 2012 conference, Aras, a provider of enterprise-class open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions, announced the launch of Aras VPLM, a commercial offering designed specifically for companies that run Autodesk Vault with Inventor for three-dimensional product design and AutoCAD for two-dimensional design. Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault

solidworks bloggers  include CATIA, NX, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, and more, as well as electronic data automation (EDA) systems such as Allegro, OrCAD, DxDesigner/DxDatabook, PADS, Expedition, Altium, Zuken CR-5000, and others. Free PLM? If a company wants to roll out a global PLM system and tweak it, Aras provides a great jump-start. Since Aras provide open source PLM software, many companies assume it is free and later complain about getting nickel and dimed for this partner product or that non-core PLM Read More

The 11th Vendor Shootout for ERP: Observations - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the 11th Vendor ShootoutTM for ERP event, which took place in Boston in mid-August 2011. I was able to experience this co-opetitive gathering of eight solution providers and several dozen end users seeking new solutions first-hand as a neutral (and yet very active) observer (for the inner workings of the event, see my article Demystifying

solidworks bloggers  integration of Dassault Systemes’ Solidworks   computer-aided design (CAD)  system directly into the software reduces duplicate effort and allows for quicker time to market (TTM). While abas ERP seems well-rounded and suitable to multiple manufacturing environments, a majority of customers are engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers. Thus, in addition to providing  application programming interfaces (APIs)  to major CAD systems, abas ERP includes an impressive document management system with Read More

Reconnecting with Cincom Systems


Cincom executives lay out some facts, and Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic discovers that Cincom Acquire isn't the old-school client-server sales product configurator he thought it was. Since about 2005, Cincom Acquire has been Web-enabled and functionally expanded to instill knowledge into sales processes (not only into engineering processes).

solidworks bloggers  integrate Word, AutoCAD , SolidWorks , and graphics applications all into a single Word or PDF file for customers. It is also noteworthy that we have been using XML integration to drive complex proposal generation for well over seven years. Moreover, the Acquire pricing engine is based upon the Cincom Business Rules Platform, which is available stand-alone or integrated with the Acquire SPC and ESP modules. The Quoting module is integrated with the SPC and ESP offerings. Figure 3 below (we highlighted Read More

Do You Want Your Apps to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 1


Let me start this blog series with one disclaimer: I am not an early adopter and I do not easily fall for any vendor’s slick marketing. At a recent large user conference, a vendor’s staffer asked me why I wasn’t already using an iPad tablet computer. That question cracked me up, since I still use an Apple’s discontinued iBook notebook (besides the fact that I might only

solidworks bloggers  You Want Your Apps to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 1 Let me start this blog series with one disclaimer: I am not an  early adopter  and I do not easily fall for any vendor’s slick marketing. At a recent large user conference, a vendor’s staffer asked me why I wasn’t already using  an iPad tablet computer . That question cracked me up, since I still use an  Apple ’s discontinued iBook  notebook  (besides the fact that I might only start using the latest  tablet  bestseller Read More

How to Buy an Enterprise Software Thingy


Laws a’mercy, now that’s what you call a flame war. The White Paper Pundit has taken direct aim at our Top 10 Most Ambiguous White Paper Buzzwords, decrying our use of the word “tool” to refer to so-called software “solutions.” I won’t address his characterization of TEC bloggers as “fashionably unique.” (Software selection? Fashionable? Whatever. Can’t wait for the catwalk.) I’ll

solidworks bloggers  to Buy an Enterprise Software Thingy Laws a’mercy, now that’s what you call a flame war. The White Paper Pundit has taken direct aim at our Top 10 Most Ambiguous White Paper Buzzwords , decrying our use of the word “tool” to refer to so-called software “solutions.” I won’t address his characterization of TEC bloggers as “fashionably unique.” (Software selection? Fashionable? Whatever. Can’t wait for the catwalk.) I’ll just point out that TEC’s mandate is to be an advocate for Read More

Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 3


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

solidworks bloggers  Dassault Systemes’ CATIA and SolidWorks) , and the training, data conversion, and other startup costs associated with system replacement make it more difficult to dislodge incumbent design systems. While the market for “desktop solutions” (referring to a typical individual user license on a standalone PC) among large businesses is a mature market, PTC believes that its brand new Creo suite (first release expected in the summer of 2011), will create a growth opportunity for the company in this Read More

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Meeting Configure One at PlanetPTC Live 2011


My recent attendance of the PlanetPTC Live 2011 event was a great learning experience. Look for an article with my impressions on the conference and on PTC’s strategy with regards to the novel PTC Creo suite of design applications leveraging both the direct and parametric modeling (and in the wake of the release of nine Creo 1.0 applications), embedded software lifecycle management (with the MKS

solidworks bloggers  Pro/Engineer (Pro/E), Dassault Systemes'' SolidWorks , and Autodesk Inventor is impressive. Namely, these are not static PDF or JPG attachments, but users can rather see the live 3D CAD drawings changing dynamically as the options are selected on-the-fly. For 2D drawings, Configure One even has its own embedded CAD module so that customers do not have to acquire expensive and complex supplemental CAD products. Concept Enterprise Configurator is written in Java, runs on Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Read More