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Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix
BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other

machine design  to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix In the first part of this series (please see Quote-to-order: New Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ), the emerging quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere was discussed in terms of its history and current developments, as well as how software providers are rising to the challenge of meeting their customers' Q2O needs. The second part, Quote-to-order: Newcomer Causes a Stir in the Market began an in-depth analysis of how the vendor BigMachines has been

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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Machine Telematics: Leveraging Machine-to-Machine Technology to Improve Customer Relationships and Product Reliability


Information technology provides the foundation to store, process, and manage today’s huge volumes of telematics data, which will only continue to grow. In addition, analytical tools are available to tap the intelligence hidden in this data and deliver valuable insights. By capitalizing on the synergy between machine telematics and new innovations such as in-memory computing, mobile, and analytics solutions, manufacturers can gain the timely, accurate insights needed to drive product design improvements, manufacturing process improvements, overall quality improvements, and improved service parts management.

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Dassault Systèmes-Expanding Product Development and the 3D Experience


The Dassault Systèmes vision is to enable everyone—from product designers, engineers, and suppliers to end users and their respective communities—to create, share, and experience the three-dimensional virtual world, thereby maximizing the value of their intellectual property and digital assets. In this article, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reports on the 3D design tools he recently saw demoed, how they enable collaboration, and their application to manufacturing and other sectors.

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Discrete Manufacturing-Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (based on Dynamics AX)


Special industry machinery manufacturing is considered one of the most demanding segments of discrete manufacturing, in part because every machine you produce may be unique. Compared to standard production environments, manufacturing processes are complex. Your company faces challenges that include concurrent engineering and changes that must be addressed during the construction process. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Special & Large Machinery from To-Increase will help you streamline processes so you can: Integrate your business applications with product lifecycle management (PLM), product data management (PDM) & computer-aided design (CAD). Create and manage complex bids and quotations. Master complex engineer-to-order processes. Provide strong customer service and support. Integrate your business applications with computer-aided design (CAD), product data management (PDM), and product lifecycle management (PLM). Focus on lean project-based manufacturing

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Microsoft Delves Deeper into Social Networking


Microsoft's Office 365 team will soon be rolling out Office Delve to Office 365 business customers. Powered by Office Graph, which uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to map the relationships between people, content, and activity that occurs across Office 365, Delve figures out and displays the most relevant info for each person based on the work they are doing and with whom they are engaging.

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Common Pitfalls in Dashboard Design


Dashboards are a popular means to deliver important information at a glance, but their potential is rarely realized. The best software in the world will not produce a useful dashboard without effective visual design. To better understand the concept of business intelligence dashboards in the first place, it is thus vital to understand the common pitfalls of dashboard design.

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Breaking Down Information Silos Between Manufacturing and Design: A New Approach to CAD/ERP Data Integration


What would you do if a critical error occurred during production—all because the wrong data was input into your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system? You’d probably be asking “how could this happen?” The ability to communicate information between teams can mean the difference between production success and failure. Avoid these snafus with a system that can integrate the data of both the design and ERP systems.

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Stationery and office products design company credits selection of a winning PLM software solution to Technology Evaluation Centers’ expertise and support


Carolina Pad, a family-owned and -operated office and school supplies design company, was experiencing business challenges due to independently operating departments and multiple software systems. With the objective of integrating to a single PLM solution to obtain “one version of truth,” an internally led software selection project was launched. Unsure of the results, Carolina Pad turned to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) for expert software selection advice and project management.

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Network Design: A Sole-source, Service-based Approach


Typically, useful network documentation requires a significant investment in time and effort. But because enterprise networks are in constant flux, many companies do not document their network on a regular basis. However, by adopting a sole source, service-based solution for network shapes and stencils, organizations can perform mission-critical documentation more regularly—in ways that are simpler, faster and more effective.

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Project Lifecycle Management Implies Long Term Value; Forget the Total Cost of Ownership Fuss


Understanding the nature and specifics of your product development life cycles, and especially new product design and initiation, can help you realize tangible cost savings and will offset the total cost of ownership of a product lifecycle management system.

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Data-driven Design


Creating and maintaining a successful digital experience that drives business results requires the right research insight, design, technology, and ongoing optimization. Forrester conducted an online survey of 209 digital experience professionals in the US to evaluate current practices around Web site monitoring and digital experiences. Read about the adoption, benefits, and challenges of current data-driven design processes.

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