Terminator IV: The Quest to Save Thanksgiving

On a chilly November San Francisco evening with the crisp smell of a recent storm still clinging to the air, two beings from the year 2050 emerged from a portal. One was the Terminator Model 101, a turkey that had a Mensa level IQ, advanced combat sk [...] read more

Delivering Significant Business Value: Establish Metrics

In the previous blog post, we proposed that by adding significant value to your organization, you will be rewarded. After targeting a process, use metrics to justify your proposal to improve the process. Later on, you can use “Before and After” m [...] read more

ROIs That Support PLM’s Ability to Save and Make Money

Historically speaking, identifying the total financial benefit from a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution is not as obvious as it is within an ERP system. Nor is it as straight-forward. As a consequence, many raise a white flag after attem [...] read more

Delivering Significant Business Value

As Engineering Document Control Manager, you keep information flowing. You make sure everyone is getting accurate documentation when they need it. You ensure that ECOs are signed off and related systems are updated. When all systems operate smoothly, [...] read more

Three Manufacturers Testify to the Business Value of PLM

According to a recent Pricewaterhouse Coopers report, titled “Getting the Benefits That PLM Has Promised for Years,” “PLM is still largely seen predominately as an ‘engineering sell’ rather than an integral, enterprise wide, cross-function [...] read more

Flexible Wearable Electronics

Flexible electronics technology has been around a long time in the form of flexible electrical connections and circuit boards.  With more and more intelligent and small electrical components becoming available (nanotech sensors, IC and SOC radios, m [...] read more

A Terrifying Ghost Tale of PLM Past

Over the millennia, Halloween has evolved from a somber pagan ritual to a day of costumes, parades and treats for children. The merriment also includes ghost stories—mostly revolving around haunted OEMs—that are spooky enough to send shivers up t [...] read more

Forget Collaboration – I Work Alone!

Teaching at Stanford, I spend a lot of time touting the wonders of various ideation practices, and brainstorming tools.  I talk a lot about how sharing ideas with a wide variety of people can increase the breadth of ideas and lead to greater innovat [...] read more

Enterprise Collaboration Without Email, Spreadsheets or IT

Companies have been collaborating for a long time, but have been doing it the hard way. Tools such as email with attached documents have made working together slow, difficult and ineffective. Topics get fragmented across many places with design fi [...] read more