Topic: Business Strategy

In today’s global economy, dissemination of critical documents across an increasingly complicated IT network leads to more and more silos of data spread across the enterprise. To address this challenge, departments within a company often purchase separate enterprise content management (ECM) and...

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As the name implies, Silicon Valley is home to a vast number of software startups. From giants like Facebook and Google in the South Bay to Twitter, Zynga and Salesforce in San Francisco, it feels like there’s a new app, social network or cloud tool emerging every day. And...

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Designing with a single source part—meaning a part that is only available from a single vendor or distributor—is one of the riskiest moves an engineer can make. With all your eggs in one basket, what happens if the supplier raises prices, begins limiting component quantities or goes out of business...

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When we founded Arena in 2000, it was uncommon (unique, even) to deliver PLM, and manufacturing software in general, as a cloud application. In fact, our main integration challenge was configuring our cloud BOM and change management system, Arena BOMControl, to work with the on-premise EDA, MCAD and...

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You’ve probably heard before how establishing a solid plan for new product introduction (NPI) can help you meet cost, quality and scheduling goals, but the benefits don’t stop there. A good new product introduction plan is the foundation of any successful product launch and often helps boost sales and encourage...

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Whether in medical device, consumer goods or any industry in between, companies that design electronic products need to be confident in the electronic design automation (EDA) tool used in their designs. Without the right EDA software, even the best electronic design won’t make it far from the sketchpad. To...

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When a business begins to sell across the globe, it’s sometimes assumed that the next step is to move some—or most—of the manufacturing operations to one or more foreign countries as well. After all, it’s always advantageous to be closer to your customer base—right? Not necessarily. The decision to...

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As I mentioned on Tuesday, we’re doing a lot of thinking about the innovation BOM—a tool for conceptual design that provides organization to the innovation process. The innovation BOM was developed out of a need to organize and empower design innovation. While most engineers keep their earliest lists...

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When incorporating a new component revision, many manufacturers struggle with the question of whether to trigger a new revision of the assembly. You don’t want to bury yourself in a pile of pointless documentation updates, but you also never know when you may need to trace a given...

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