Autodesk Announces PLM-Specific Event

Autodesk Accelerate 2014 Event LogoAutodesk has announced its first-ever Autodesk PLM 360 User Conference, Accelerate 2014, to be held September 16-17 in Boston. This free event looks to be a great place not only to network with others in the Autodesk PLM 360 community and meet the Autodesk PLM 360 product and support teams, but also to hear from industry leaders and analysts about trends in product innovation and manufacturing. Continue Reading

PTC Introduces Creo

If you’re a 3D CAD user, you no doubt recognize the name PTC, or at the very least, Pro/ENGINEER.  But with the recent announcement by PTC of their new product line, Creo, the Pro/E brand’s days have become numbered.  Creo is a new line of products based on technology from PTC’s three main design and viewing brands, Pro/ENGINEER, ProductView, and CoCreate.  Creo was introduced October 28th, 2010 (known up until the launch date as “Project Lightning”) and is slated to be delivered in 2011.  Those are the basics, but what is this really all about and why is it important in the PLM industry?  Continue Reading

Fear of the Engineering Cloud

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.  Continue Reading

Why SOA is Important in ENOVIA V6

We at Razorleaf have been going through the ENOVIA V6R2010x documentation to figure out the “real” meaning behind the much publicized SOA readiness of V6. Before we dive in, let’s get familiar with the definition of SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture). Continue Reading

Cloud-y with a Chance of PLM

There is a lot of buzz around cloud computing today, and not all of it is positive.  If you don’t know much about cloud computing, the simplest description is to think about a bank of remote computers whose resources you can harness on an as-needed basis.  Note that this description omits any discussion of where the computers are located (other than not being attached to your keyboard), who owns the computers, who else can access the computers, etc.  The concept of cloud computing itself doesn’t imply answers to any questions about ownership, location, or privacy/security.  So let’s dig a level deeper to discuss how these ownership, security, and privacy issues relate to cloud computing, and specifically in the world of PLM.  Continue Reading

Action-Packed SolidWorks World 2010

For those of you not able to attend SolidWorks World 2010 in Anaheim, California earlier this year, let us recap some of the most significant events related to the show.  As usual, SolidWorks lined up a number of interesting and motivational speakers (James Cameron, James McLurkin, Jeff Ray, and Bernard Charles).  There were also a handful of product and technology announcements related to PDM and Design Automation that made this year particularly interesting.  Continue Reading

What Kinds of Licensing Options Exist?

If you’ve been working with software tools very long, you are probably very familiar with the licensing schemas that your vendors have available for their products, but different software niches approach licensing very differently. For those not in IT, or without a history of working with a wide variety of software, we’ve compiled a list of the most common licensing schemas we see in the market today:
Named User: The license is tied to a specific person, regardless of their location when accessing the system. Named user licenses are frequently tied to an account name or login.
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