An Interview with Scott Heide, CEO of Engineering Intent - PPLM: Welcome, Scott. Thank you for spending some time with us. We are happy to have you bring additional perspective to our topic of CPQ. Before we start, give us a quick backgrounder as well as what you are doing today. Scott: I started out with an interesting educational combination, both engineering and computer science degrees. After I graduated with a master’s in science from MIT in the mid-80s, I immediately joined a company that was a pioneer in engineering automation called ICAD. They developed the concept of what was then called “knowledge-based engineering,” now more often called “engineering automation,” and were able to deliver some eye-opening applications to a wide variety of high-end customers.Read More
Practical PLM Blog
Just because PLM can do everything, doesn’t mean is should… especially when starting out. Far too many consultants and service providers are happy to help you find the end of the PLM rainbow when in reality 80% of the value is driven by 20% of a solution’s functional scope. How can this “20%” be found before time and money are wasted. Join Martin van der Roest at next week’s webinar and learn how to equip yourself with proven strategies that emphasize the importance data cohesion and process automation as foundational pieces of a PLM solution. Using this approach will help identify the “20%” and produce a solutions that scales and extends value throughout the enterprise.
Over the past several months, we have all been in various conversations with prospects. As we get into the discovery and briefing stages, we’re constantly trying to uncover the real issues and challenges. Airing out “dirty laundry” is not always easy. As the information and details unfold, you can see the solution forming in your mind’s eye and the potential business value it can deliver. The value propositions are played back in the forms of “reduce cycle time”, “improve product quality”, “drive broader visibility”...Read More
Beyond manufacturers, there is a significant opportunity to leverage Aras Innovator specifically for owner-operators (OO) and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) organizations. Intuitively, applying product lifecycle management (PLM) might seem like a stretch. How would engineering change management, configuration management, quality processes, component engineering and so-on apply to this space?
The term “PLM” is not as common as other terms in an IT organization. I would imagine that common threads of discussions touch on technologies such as SaaS/cloud based solutions, SAN/NANs storage, voice-over-IP, etc. Some of the terms related to specific applications most likely include CAD, ERP, ECM (Enterprise Content Management) and CRM. My own anecdotal experience with various customers suggests that PLM is still not common vernacular.
For manufacturing organizations treating a large number of parts, component supplier management is a critical discipline that directly impacts costs of goods (CoG) and cost of quality. Dana Nickerson has a long rich history in this space, both as a practitioner and consultant.
A couple of weeks ago, during April 22 to 24, Aras Corporation held their annual Aras Community Event or what is known as ACE. The event was held in Detroit and was attended by customers and partners from around the world. It was by far the best event for both its organization and attendance in the company’s 15 year history...