Upchain moments: highlights from ConX19

Upchain moments

About IpX ConX19

If you attended IpX ConX19 conference in San Diego, you probably went home with loads of information. ConX19 was filled with informative presentations, breakout sessions, and opportunities for attendees to connect and share their enterprise transformation experiences. Attendees learned best practices for tangible organizational change and cultural change that deploy sustainable continual improvement throughout the organization. Speakers presented lessons learned with combining CM2, lean principles, and agile methodologies to achieve maximized business value. The leaders in AI/AR, PLM, ERP, MES, QMS, and CLM solutions provided guidance on digital transformation through cutting-edge advancements in technology. IpX along with other cross-industry visionaries including Upchain led topics that demonstrated the need for a modern approach to business strategy that integrates the future state roadmap of the enterprise. Read more about sessions led by Upchain, Diamond Partner at ConX19.

PLM has reached the end; CLM is taking it from here forward.

PLM helped us send rockets to the Moon, launch Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets, and make high speed trains. But product development has radically changed since the 60’s and 70’s when commercial PLM solutions first appeared. Much of engineered products for industrial and consumer markets is now comprised of modules and sub-systems rather than components/parts only. Whole products are now a system-of-subsystems; a sub-system being a semi-autonomous functional discrete product in itself.

PLM, which is usually PDM with extensions, wasn’t envisioned to cope with this level of product and commercial complexity, or IT systems that are needed to enable it. This is where CLM (Configuration Lifecycle Management) comes in. CLM addresses not only the IT systems capability but also the end to end processes, the data structures and the underlying organization to support the ever changing roles of OEM’s, work-groups and people. In the breakout session John Laslavic, CEO and Founder of Upchain discussed a new outcome-centric, not CAD centric, CLM paradigm which enables the underlying product stakeholder network, and the shift from products designed around basic components, to products designed around configurations sourced from the OEM’s supply chain.

Why are spreadsheets the most widely used PLM?

In this session, James White, VP Partner Enablement at Upchain, discussed how companies when implementing PLM fail to realize their vision due to time, complexity, and cost reasons. Discontinuous systems and tools result in people  capturing and sharing critical product IP, outside of systems, on spreadsheets thus compromising Master Data Management records. Revision control, BOM management, access control, editing/viewing rights, approval policies are unable to be governed when this happens.

James then explained how Upchain allows people to email spreadsheets freely yet maintain records such as sender-recipients, file version/revision, file author, date etc. Usually information sharing practices such as emailing spreadsheets, outside of PLM compromise the product master record. Upchain integrates all activities and files throughout the product stakeholder network enabling peer to peer collaboration and Enterprise Governance.

Fast Round with Upchain


Live webinar

Freedom with guard rails: enabling PLM processes step by step

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 11:00 AM EST

Freedom with guard rails sounds like a dichotomy. How can one be free yet bounded by guard rails? Moreover, PLM is all about control of people, processes, systems and organizational structure. That’s not freedom.

In this webinar James White, VP Partner Enablement at Upchain and Joseph Anderson, President at IpX will confront the dark reality of traditional PLM implementations; that the original vision is rarely realized due to time, complexity, and cost reasons, resulting in gaps, rework loops, and manual touch due to discontinuous systems and tools.

James White and Joseph Anderson will outline how Upchain software rapidly enables CM2 processes which are defined by IpX, to create a series of well organized quick wins, one workgroup at a time. IpX lay the ground work with CM2 services (the guard rails) and Upchain software enables those processes to provide a flexible powerful product development platform.

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James White

James White
VP Partner Engagement, Upchain
James White is an Industry Executive and Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Business Transformation and Additive Manufacturing (AM)/3D Printing. He has strong client skills with extensive industrial manufacturing experience in global Hi-Tech, Medical Device, Automotive, Aerospace and Discrete industries, delivering disruptive products, systems, and solutions.


Joseph Anderson
President, IpX
Joseph joined IpX in 2016 and was instrumental in building the True North Enterprise Calibration™ model. In addition to leading the expansion of IpX training opportunities such as RISE, Retention through Inclusion, Service and Equality®, a training and service model providing methods for globalization of diversity and inclusion initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience within the automotive, aerospace, marine and defense industries in various executive positions.