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PLM and Knowledge Management
Apr 6, 2016
In 1999, I started my company TacIT in order to focus on knowledge management. The name TacIT came from the term tacit knowledge, the knowledge an expert has, combining knowledge from different domains and making the right decision, based on his or her experience / intuition? Tacit knowledge is the opposite of explicit knowledge which [… [more...]
The weekend after PI Munich 2016
Mar 14, 2016
Last week I attended the PI conference in Munich, which has become a tradition since 2011. Personally, I have been busy moving houses, so blogging has not been my priority recently. However, the PI Conference for me is still one of the major events happening in Europe. Excellent for networking and good for understanding what [… [more...]
The impact of Non-Intelligent Part Numbers
Jan 31, 2016
Some weeks ago I wrote a post about non-intelligent part numbers (here) and this was (as expected) one of the topics that fired up other people to react. Thanks to Oleg Shilovitsky (here), Ed Lopategui (here), David Taber (here) for your contribution to this debate. For me, the interesting conclusion was that nobody denies the [… [more...]
"Intelligent" Part numbers?
Jan 10, 2016
Happy New Year to all of you and I am wishing you all an understandable and digital future. This year I hope to entertain you again with a mix of future trends related to PLM combined with old PLM basics. This time, one of the topics that are popping up in almost every PLM implementation [… [more...]
FIVE Things we learned related to PLM in 2015
Dec 20, 2015
  It does not make sense to define the future of PLM PLM is not an engineering solution anymore Linearity of business is faster becoming a holdback The Product in PLM is no longer a mechanical Product Planet Lifecycle Management has made a next major step   It does not make sense to define the [… [more...]
The Innovator's dilemma and Generation change
Dec 6, 2015
The past weeks I have discussed at various events two topics that appeared to be different: The change from an analogue, document-driven enterprise towards a digital, data-driven enterprise with all its effects. E.g. see From a linear world to fast and circular? The change in generations upcoming. The behavior and the attitude of the analogue [… [more...]
PLM, ROI and Disappearing Jobs
Nov 15, 2015
Image and article related to the article The Onrushing Wave in the Economist Jan 18th, 2014 When PLM is discussed at management level, often the goal is to increase efficiency, which translates into doing the same with fewer people. And it is the translation that is creating worries inside the company. The PLM system is [… [more...]
The Netherlands and PLM. 2 events - 2 extremes - 1 future
Nov 1, 2015
As a genuine Dutchman, I was able to spend time last month in the Netherlands, and I attended two interesting events: BIMOpen2015, where I was invited to speak about what BIM could learn from PLM (see Dutch review here) and the second event: Where engineering meets supply chain organized by two startup companies located in [… [more...]
The weekend after PDT2015
Oct 18, 2015
In this post observations from the PDT 2015 conference which took place in the IVA Conference Center, part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Services in Stockholm. The conference was hosted by Eurostep supported by CIMdata, Airbus, Siemens Energy and Volvo AB. For me, the PDT conference is interesting because there is a focus [… [more...]
The importance of a PLM data model: EBOM - MBOM
Sep 27, 2015
In my series describing the best practices related to a (PLM) data model, I described the general principles, the need for products and parts, the relation between CAD documents and the EBOM, the topic of classification and now the sensitive relation between EBOM and MBOM. First some statements to set the scene: The EBOM represents [… [more...]
How do you measure collaboration?
Sep 13, 2015
This is a post I published on LinkedIn on July 28th related to a discussion around Excel and PLM usage and usability. Reposted for my blog subscribers. This post is written in the context of two posts that recently caught my attention. One post from Lionel Grealou comparing PLM and Excel collaboration and reaction [… [more...]
Classification
Aug 31, 2015
In my previous post describing the various facets of the EBOM, I mentioned several times classification as an important topic related to the PLM data model. Classification is crucial to support people to reuse information and, in addition, there are business processes that are only relevant for a particular class of information, so it is [… [more...]
The importance of a (PLM) data model
Aug 24, 2015
Someone notified me that not everyone subscribed to my blog necessary will read my posts on LinkedIn. Therefore I will repost the upcoming weeks some of my more business oriented posts from LinkedIn here too. This post was from July 3rd and an introduction to all the methodology post I am currently publishing. The importance [… [more...]
Some more EBOM methodology
Aug 12, 2015
  In my earlier posts, I described generic PLM data model and practices related to Products, BOMs en recently EBOM and (CAD) Documents. This time I want to elaborate a little bit more on the various EBOM characteristics.   The EBOM is the place where engineering teams collaborate and define the product. A released EBOM [… [more...]
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