To RFP or Not to RFP: That is the Question

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Hamlet might have been contemplating the pain of life versus the fear of death as he said his famous line, “To be, or not to be: that is the question,” but a similar question is at the heart of most companies’ PLM selection processes.  Many companies are afraid of the cost and pain involved in developing a detailed RFP (Request for Proposal), but just as many companies fear equally the ramifications of not precisely defining what they want in an enterprise business system.  With this theatrical analogy now played out (get it “play”ed out), let’s explore RFP’s a bit further.  What should you do in an RFP and what should you skip?  Read the rest of this entry »

More DriveWorks 8 Revealed

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OK, so we’re not WikiLeaks (so PLEASE don’t launch a Denial of Service attack against us) since we’re pulling this information from the Philip Stears blog ,and we’re pretty sure he’s OK with it. But we want to make sure that all of this good stuff about DriveWorks 8 is getting to our readers. So here’s another installment in our commentary on the upcoming DriveWorks 8 release.   Read the rest of this entry »

DriveWorks 8 Rules Engine Secrets

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Yes folks, you’re hearing it here first (unless you read the Philip Stears blog, in which case you’re reading it here second). Philip, lead developer at DriveWorks, is slowly leaking out some teasers of what’s coming in the new release of DriveWorks, version 8. We anticipate that we will see the full reveal of DriveWorks 8 at SolidWorks World 2011, coming up in January. The latest tidbit shows us some new functions added to DriveWorks’ Titan rules engine, including the ability to manage arrays.  Read the rest of this entry »

DriveWorks 8 Revealed!

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OK, so maybe not all of DriveWorks 8 is being revealed, but in his blog, Philip Stears (lead developer at DriveWorks) is starting to leak details about the treasures in the new version of DriveWorks. Last year, DriveWorks unveiled their current version (DriveWorks 7) at SolidWorks World, and we anticipate that we may see that same thing happen this year with DriveWorks 8.  Let’s take a look at what Philip has had to share, initially about some DriveWorks user interface improvements.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fear of the Engineering Cloud

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Fear seems to be a big part of the engineering-on-the-cloud discussion, at least in the blogosphere and on discussion boards.  But I think there are two different fears that need to be addressed.  The first fear, the fear of losing your intellectual property, can be overcome and it is what I would call an “unhealthy” fear.  The second, the fear of falling behind, is trickier but I would argue that it is a “healthy” fear because worrying about it can make you stronger and ultimately help you.  So read on to see if either of these fears resonates with you.  Read the rest of this entry »

Get Rid of 2D Software: The Resisters

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If you read my earlier rants (first post, second post) about getting rid of 2D, then this one is the next logical step: dealing with the human element.  Inevitably, there will be folks who refuse to give up their 2D software.   This is their comfort zone, and most people don’t like change anyway.  To ensure your transition to 3D is 100% there are a few things that need to be done to help the people along.  Read the rest of this entry »

Design Automation Myth

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“Design automation tools are just configurators for finished 3D models and 2D drawings.”  Wow, if only we could get the Mythbusters to take a look at that one.  Nothing would explode, but that myth would certainly be busted.  Design automation goes far beyond the simple configurable design, and automation need not wait until a design is completed and fully documented to be valuable.  Read the rest of this entry »