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Smart Industry 2018 Summary

2018-12-12T13:56:20+00:00

We just got back from the 4th annual Smart Industry 2018 Manufacturing Technology Conference, where we learned all about the state of digital transformation in manufacturing. Here's our 5-point summary. 1. Digital transformation in manufacturing doesn't have to be hard One consistent theme was that digital transformation, IoT, Industry 4.0 — they don't have to be clunky, multi-million dollar projects. It [...]

Smart Industry 2018 Summary2018-12-12T13:56:20+00:00

How to measure the ROI of PLM

2018-12-12T13:53:48+00:00

PLM isn't like other software. Return on investment (ROI) can't be calculated from a single number. Product lifecycle management software slips and slides into the crevices of your business. It wraps itself around your organization and delivers: Time savings Cost savings Reduced opportunity cost Better risk management Each of which contributes to the ROI of PLM. And yet, the ROI of [...]

How to measure the ROI of PLM2018-12-12T13:53:48+00:00

What’s next for Cleantech? 5 Threats to be Ready For

2018-12-12T13:53:43+00:00

No industry is immune to disruption. Even the disruptive cleantech industry can be disrupted. Meta-disruption, if you will. With that in mind, here are 5 threats we think cleantech companies need to watch. 1. The cleantech industry reliance on lithium-ion batteries The cleantech industry is overwhelmingly focused on renewable energy, electric vehicles (EV), and converting static power grids into smart ones. [...]

What’s next for Cleantech? 5 Threats to be Ready For2018-12-12T13:53:43+00:00

Why Companies Are Jumping on the Cloud PLM Bandwagon

2018-12-12T14:11:23+00:00

Summary: there are two cloud PLMs on the market now. SaaS Cloud PLM — where providers embrace iterative development, SaaS business models, and software integration — and Cloud Lite, where products are delivered over the internet but are at best a reskin of on-premise solutions. While a step in the right direction, Cloud Lite fails to achieve the benefits SaaS cloud [...]

Why Companies Are Jumping on the Cloud PLM Bandwagon2018-12-12T14:11:23+00:00

6 Cash Flow Risks Hardware Scale-ups Need to Watch

2018-12-12T14:08:27+00:00

Bringing new products to market is difficult. Only 24% of hardware scale-ups even make it as far as the second round of funding. And cash flow challenges makes this challenge much greater. Today, we're looking at the 6 most common reasons hardware scale-ups who are focused on new product development struggle with cash flow, and what to do about them. 1. [...]

6 Cash Flow Risks Hardware Scale-ups Need to Watch2018-12-12T14:08:27+00:00

6 Reasons Why It’s Time to Give up Excel

2018-12-12T14:05:04+00:00

Summary: Excel limits manufacturers because it makes it difficult to track and manage complex production data. As your team grows, it should outgrow Excel for manufacturing. Excel powers SMBs. And with good reason: Excel is an extraordinarily powerful tool for manipulating data. Everyone has it Everyone's comfortable with it No training costs Rapid deployment. Combined with CAD software and a shared [...]

6 Reasons Why It’s Time to Give up Excel2018-12-12T14:05:04+00:00

Why Open Source PLM Doesn’t Mean Free

2018-12-12T14:04:08+00:00

Summary: Open source PLM often bills itself as free. But in fact, there are a number of costs other than licensing that open source PLM providers use to generate revenue that drives up the total cost of PLM.  Open source (OS) solutions are increasingly common in enterprise solutions. There are robust CRM solutions like SugarCRM (until 2014) and SuiteCRM, and of [...]

Why Open Source PLM Doesn’t Mean Free2018-12-12T14:04:08+00:00

Are You Beating Your Manufacturing Production Deadlines?

2018-12-12T14:02:52+00:00

Summary: Automated workflows are key to hitting manufacturing production deadlines. They facilitate communication, collaboration, and faster, less risky product launches.  Whether it's your boss assigning a task or a client assigning a project, we all have deadlines to hit. So how can a business make it easier to beat manufacturing production deadlines without risking quality or consistency? That's the exact question [...]

Are You Beating Your Manufacturing Production Deadlines?2018-12-12T14:02:52+00:00

The 3 Flavors of PLM You Need to Know

2018-12-12T14:01:53+00:00

Summary: there are three major types of PLM: specialist providers; modular PLM systems, and dedicated cloud PLM solutions. They all have pros and cons, and it's about choosing the right solution for your business.  Product lifecycle management software comes in almost infinite flavors and combinations. And if you think you need PLM, it can be hard to know where to start. So [...]

The 3 Flavors of PLM You Need to Know2018-12-12T14:01:53+00:00

9 Questions to Ask When Evaluating PLM

2018-12-12T13:59:50+00:00

Summary: The PLM procurement process is a big job. So we've created a cheat sheet of must-ask questions to streamline your PLM system purchase.  Given all the flavors available, what to look for in a PLM is sort of a big question. So we trawled through dozens of research reports and hundreds of calls with clients and prospects to bring you [...]

9 Questions to Ask When Evaluating PLM2018-12-12T13:59:50+00:00