Office 2010 and Collaboration

Office 2010 LogoMicrosoft recently announced Office 2010, and is actively touting its benefits to the IT world.  Although many will bemoan this information as marketing hype about interface changes and inconsequential feature additions, there are some significant additions in the Office productivity suite that merit discussion in the PLM community.  In particular, deeper integration with Microsoft SharePoint and browser-enabled versions of key Office applications are two significant functionalities worth mentioning.

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Your Process Stinks. You Need to Change it.

Your Process Stinks

Yup, I said it. Your company’s processes STINK.  They are slow, inefficient, and have been around since the company started.  Some  are “organic” processes that have developed out of the need to get things done, while others have been implemented to fix a problem, prevent problems, or increase efficiency on getting products out the door. They still stink, trust me. I know. 6zrpgdcx74

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Open Source PLM a Real Option

The Open Source Option

Gone are the days when people simply accept conventional wisdom that mandated companies use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software, because those companies couldn’t risk an open source solution.  Excuses such as available resources, regular releases, stable software, etc., just don’t cut it any longer. Continue Reading

Advanced Product Data Management Engines

From the last post on this topic, we’ve collected five basic “engines” at work in even the simplest Product Data Management (PDM) systems that manage CAD files:

  • File vaulting
  • CAD relationship interpretation
  • Multi-document file vaulting
  • Lifecycle
  • Security

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What’s Interesting about Next Generation Browsers?

The new generation of web browsers is faster with more features and is more “people” focused than browsers of the past. With the increase of social networking sites on the web, such as twitter, facebook and myspace, browsers such as Flock are integrating the user’s favorite social sites directly into the browser with easy, sometimes one click access. Google Chrome allows users to create desktop shortcuts to web applications, it has a built in element inspector for web developers and it includes a process management utility that allows a user to see what websites are using the most memory or CPU time. The point is that each web browser has its “Claim to fame” as far as features are concerned and a user only needs to do a little research to find what is right for him.
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What’s Interesting about Next Generation Browsers?

The new generation of web browsers is faster with more features and is more “people” focused than browsers of the past. With the increase of social networking sites on the web, such as twitter, facebook and myspace, browsers such as Flock are integrating the user’s favorite social sites directly into the browser with easy, sometimes one click access. Google Chrome allows users to create desktop shortcuts to web applications, it has a built in element inspector for web developers and it includes a process management utility that allows a user to see what websites are using the most memory or CPU time. The point is that each web browser has its “Claim to fame” as far as features are concerned and a user only needs to do a little research to find what is right for him.
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PLM and PDM for the Engineering-Centric Enterprise

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software can help businesses of any size proactively manage their mission-critical intellectual property and control their product definitions to help them avoid problems and lost design cycle time due to unmanageable design and change processes. This whitepaper takes a closer look at PLM and product data management (PDM) technology, explaining each of the applications used to define and manage the data associated with products, from concept through retirement.
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