How to Turn Your Engineers into Product Design Superheroes

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super-heroToday’s companies are built on the mighty shoulders of the engineers who design innovative products. Companies that invest in easy-to-use product development tools that make their engineers’ lives easier unleash the inner superhero of their company’s mild-mannered human capital. Sounds too simple, right? But trust me: happy plus engineers equals better products, built faster than a speeding bullet. And everyone wins.

So, what tool can you invest in to make your engineers happy and productive? Answer: an easy-to-use all-in-one product development solution supported by a cloud platform.

An all-in-one product development platform helps engineers by removing tedious admin responsibilities, streamlining the design environment, and empowering engineers to collaborate more efficiently with other cross-functional stakeholders.  

An all-in-one solution with PLM at the core with embedded QMS and ALM capabilities keeps engineers from toggling between different systems, which can impede visibility and collaboration, resulting in data error. And an engineer working in a siloed system is like Superman without the powers bestowed on him by Earth’s yellow sun—weak.

In this three-part blog post series, we will show you how you can transform your mild-mannered engineers into superheroes, without encouraging them to play with radioactive spiders or experiment with gamma rays. You’ll discover how an all-in-one solution empowers engineers to spend more time on product design by optimizing their relationships with the differing departments they interact with across the organization.

You may be so impressed with the results you want to buy capes.

What follows is an excerpt from the whitepaper “Turn Your Engineers Into Product Design Superheroes.”

Product innovation happens in the early phases of development when things change quickly, often during requirements analysis and functional allocation. Component advances can occur weekly. An all-in-one system gives systems engineering a way to incorporate new technologies as their work progresses before allocations are made, thus minimizing disruption and confusion.

Hardware and software allocations have a significant impact on product design and manufacturing. Arena’s all-in-one solution is designed to define, support, and maintain your quality management processes and regulatory requirements. This leaves you more time to focus on delivering your products and services to change the world. A united solution provides a platform where systems engineering can announce reallocations in a collaborative effort with input from electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, firmware mavens and software engineering alike.

PLM provides a framework where cost-benefit analysis can take place with input from manufacturing, quality, test, manufacturing and even marketing. Plus, these changes can be shared project and enterprise-wide, which enables them to be integrated with a downstream enterprise resource planning system.

Engineering is an iterative process. PLM and QMS alike afford access to design decisions in a variety of formats, depending on the need. In many cases, expensive prototypes can be eliminated or at least minimized, when data is shared across engineering functions. These interactions become a historical record of the decisions and rationales that drove them, which can prove particularly helpful in the next product release or audit; a modern PLM solution serves as a go-forward knowledge base. 

At design reviews, this solution offers clients and management transparency into the inner workings of the process itself. Changes or enhancements revealed at each phase of the design review process become incorporated more readily under PLM. With easy to understand progress reports and design reviews, this critical information is available to all which is particularly key when you’re trying to bring someone up to speed rapidly.

What’s more, discoveries and applications made by EE and SE (and other functional areas) become a legacy, a knowledge base that is current, concise and valid, which can drive derivative products or enhancements to existing products. Engineering can locate and reuse discoveries and approaches from previous initiatives with greater confidence, resulting in less rework and earlier problem identification and avoidance. This is especially relevant for software/hardware marriages. What was discovered or designed in the past may provide new insight into current and future engineering efforts.

Good engineers are worth their weight in gold; so once you find one, you should get them the tools (an easy to use all-in-one product development solution) that will bring out their secret identities: masks, utility belts and capes. A single product development solution turns your engineers into productivity superheroes by allowing them to spend more time focused on the task they do best: designing innovative, world-class products. 

Engineers are priceless human capital. Give them an origin story. They’ll make you profitable. 

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John Papageorge
John Papageorge has worked at some of the biggest names in the high tech industry, launching products and programs for companies, such as Oracle, HP, Cisco, and Microsoft. John's passion ... Read More 

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