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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

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

What’s New in the World of Design Components and Kernels?


Those folks that follow the 3D and 2D computer aided design (CAD) space are aware that all major design, manufacturing, and engineering software products are based on geometry modeling kernels and a variety of other development components. Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systèmes subsidiary, is one prominent provider of 3D development software components for technical applications across a broad range

solidworks bloggers  SIMULIA as well as SolidWorks V6 . I don’t know who originally created CGM but it is now under Spatial Corp. (which was acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 2000). Most recently, Spatial Corp. joined Geometric Limited in announcing Geometric DFX , a standalone application for carrying out the DFX validation of product designs. Geometric describes DFX as “Design for X” where X represents various downstream process checks related to design goals such as manufacturability, assembly, quality, 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

Can Software Help Employees Enjoy Their Workday (More)? - Part 1




solidworks bloggers  Software Help Employees Enjoy Their Workday (More)? - Part 1 In 2005, after his PeopleSoft venture ended (successfully in financial terms, at least), I was sure that Dave Duffield would not sit still for long. And in fact, I''ve been listening to a slew of otherwise hard-to-please analysts and bloggers raving about Workday for a few years now – this company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in November 2006 by two great IT minds and PeopleSoft alumni: Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri. Dave Read More

Federal Screen Selects abas-USA ERP


abas Software AG continues to be an enterprise resource planning (ERP) company that is less known than it deserves to be. Most recently, Federal Screen, a Canadian producer of wedge wire screens, selected abas-USA as its ERP provider.

solidworks bloggers  forward with abas ERP. SolidWorks computer-aided design (CAD) integration and overall system flexibility were the other order-winning factors.   abas software is priced to fit most budgets while delivering full ERP functionality. Operating on LINUX, Unix, and Windows, and coming with free built-in database, content management, and learning management capabilities, abas Business Software has the flexibility, scalability, and ease of use that has demonstrated consistent return on investment (ROI) to its Read More

PTC Creo 3.0—CAD Interoperability


CAD software is changing to make data reusable and collaboratively shared in the customer/supplier’s native format (most commonly 3D CAD formats). At the forefront of these changes is product development software player PTC, and the company’s 3D product design solution Creo, now on its third version, which offers powerful CAD interoperability and design and efficiency improvements.

solidworks bloggers  management [PLM] customers use SolidWorks for CAD), but things are different with Creo, and especially Creo 3.0. PTC now believes that it has surpassed the competition and set a new CAD interoperability bar with Creo 3.0 CAD interoperability.   The PTC Creo 3.0 multi-CAD capability sounds somewhat like Aras ’ MultiCAD Gateway for NX, Creo, SolidWorks, JT, and CATIA via Elysium that the PLM player announced in early 2014. But, this move was only logical given that Aras has no own CAD product of its own Read More

Kenesto Drive: Product Data Management and Collaboration Game-changer?


Kenesto, a software start-up providing secure desktop-to-cloud engineering file sharing and management, has announced Kenesto Drive for mainstream engineering companies. Kenesto Drive is designed to serve as a more astute alternative to the commonly used shared network drive solutions such as Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive, offering tight integration to popular CAD systems but a lower price point than product data management (PDM) and lifecycle management (PDM) suites.

solidworks bloggers  dozen of those (e.g., SolidWorks, Solid Edge, PTC Creo, AutoCAD, etc.). The challenge is how many other software companies will have already entered a product collaboration space and are trying to be non-overkill PLM solutions.   Indeed, Kenesto might not have much chance against Autodesk, as Kenesto doesn’t have the vast CAD user base that Autodesk has, plus Autodesk has its own A360 collaborative cloud data and project management offering . There is a similar situation with GrabCAD, since now Read More

PTC Offers PLM Cloud for Improved Product Development


PTC recently announced a new product lifecycle management (PLM) software offering, PTC PLM Cloud, catering to the needs of SMB product companies. This solution leverages the flagship PTC Windchill platform, while simplifying PLM adoption with a flexible subscription offering that matches the team collaboration and product data management needs of SMBs.

solidworks bloggers  will have Creo, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Inventor workgroup management (WGM) capabilities included. (Autodesk recently announced that the same CAD data management solutions are all included for free using the patent Transfer Avoidance technology). Like in cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, a slightly different price is rarely the key driver, and the Autodesk cost difference will not be a game changer. But the cloud PLM competition is only going to intensify, as noted in our recent PLM Read More

Can Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workday (more)? - Part 2




solidworks bloggers  Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workday (more)? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in November 2006 by two great IT minds and notable PeopleSoft alumni: Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri. For a few years now I''ve been listening to a slew of otherwise hard-to-please analysts and bloggers raving about this software company that has purportedly finally overcome the traditional Read More

Dassault Systèmes Acquires SIMPOE


On the heels of recent tuck-in acquisitions, Dassault Systèmes has made yet another industry-specific acquisition, again for an undisclosed amount. This time it's SIMPOE, a France-based provider of plastic injection molding manufacturing simulation software. The acquisition of SIMPOE will expand Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE umbrella platform and its SIMULIA, CATIA, and

solidworks bloggers  SIMULIA, CATIA , and SolidWorks applications in the plastic parts domain. Plastic injection molding, one of the most common processes of plastic forming, is used in the mass production of complex and sophisticated parts. Plastics remain a crucial part of today’s products, which are increasingly complex, both in shape and production, as well as the speed with which they are brought to market. SIMPOE will continue to offer its solution, covering the entire plastics injection molding process. With more Read More

Global Shop Solutions One-System ERP Solutions


Global Shop's ERP systems provide functionalities for cost, pricing, and profits; customer relationship management (CRM); financials; inventory and purchasing; quality assurance; scheduling; and shop management. Global Shop customers receive after-sale service and support in a variety of ways, including Global Shop’s highly educated, professional manufacturing and accounting consultants and instructors; new user basic training for one week at Global Shop’s training facility, and additional training as required; on-site consulting at the customer’s plant; virtual training via the Internet, available as subscription virtual training and individual virtual training; classes taught at the annual users’ conference; implementation assistance; documentation manuals; online help; in-house telephone support; Global Shop’s ServiceWeb, which allows posting and tracking of all service calls; and data conversion support.

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Infor Strikes Again (at Long Last): Getting “Soft” While Flexing Its Muscles? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Infor’s latest acquisition of SoftBrands Inc., a company with a somewhat complicated history and lineage, and formerly called Fourth Shift and AremisSoft. The post concluded that, from a higher level overview, Infor has a good synergistic opportunity with the SoftBrands Hospitality solutions but some serious tweaking to do with the SoftBrands Manufacturing

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Are ERP Consolidators ("Assemblers") Really Running Out of Steam ("VC Dough")?


Even in such a volatile stock market and under investor/regulatory scrutiny, going public as a means of getting some capital investment is still an option -- the most recent examples being Deltek and NetSuite. On the established public vendor side, CDC Software, Epicor Software, Lawson Software and Oracle (if not even SAP too) would be examples of mostly unrelentingly acquisitive vendors in the

solidworks bloggers  ERP Consolidators ( Assemblers ) Really Running Out of Steam ( VC Dough )? Even in such a volatile stock market and under investor/regulatory scrutiny, going public as a means of getting some capital investment is still an option -- the most recent examples being Deltek and NetSuite . On the established public vendor side, CDC Software , Epicor Software , Lawson Software and Oracle (if not even SAP too) would be examples of mostly unrelentingly acquisitive vendors in the enterprise applications space. Read More

Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 1


My previous blog entry about procurement commandments in a down economy also made me think about whether there are different priorities for the chief procurement officer (CPO) during prosperous economic times. Or, how different are (or should be) the CPO’s strategies in good versus bad times? Well, the CPO’s fundamental objectives do not change: procure the physical goods and services needed by

solidworks bloggers  Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 1 My previous blog entry about procurement commandments in a down economy also made me think about whether there are different priorities for the chief procurement officer (CPO) during prosperous economic times. Or, how different are (or should be) the CPO’s strategies in good versus bad times? Well, the CPO’s fundamental objectives do not change: procure the physical goods and services needed by the company at the best possible mix Read More