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MCAD Tech News (#321)

26 Jan, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff


Does PLM Belong in the Cloud?

Accessing data, processes, and business intelligence in the cloud can help global companies leverage critical resources and manage complex analytics — if it's done correctly.

By Eric Marks

There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technologies, particularly product lifecycle management (PLM). The adoption rate of PLM "in the cloud," however, has been slow. Customers are having a difficult time deciphering when, how, and even whether to use PLM in a cloud. Some users feel apprehension about moving sensitive information — such as that managed in PLM — to the cloud. Adoption is gradually gaining momentum, however, as more customers learn about the available options and advantages.

PLM software is branching out from its traditional stronghold in engineering-intensive discrete manufacturing and moving aggressively into process-oriented industries such as energy, food and beverage, and consumer goods, according to a study released by the ARC Advisory Group in November 2011. Cloud-based PLM is garnering more support and higher adoption as these industries start to deploy newer technology and more evolved IT computing environments.

However, there is still quite a bit of education about cloud-based PLM — and specifically, about how can it benefit enterprises — needed in the market. The easiest way to visualize cloud computing is to think of it as a grouping of remote computers. You can harness the power of those computers on an as-needed basis, regardless of where the computers reside, who owns them, who can access them, etc.

As for the benefits for PLM customers, PwC Principal Technology Leader Tom Degarmo explained it best: "Cloud computing accelerates innovation and improves time-to-market successes and offers added flexibility within PLM applications. Overall it can improve connections across a company's network of suppliers, time zones, and cultures. It enables an extendable enterprise." Read more »

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Eric Marks is an analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers and an author of technology strategy books.

     

Get 'Em While They're Young

The latest efforts to shore up the nation's engineering base start with instilling a love for math, science, and technology long before students reach college.

By Heather Livingston

Once a tool that addressed a very specific professional need, CAD today is pervasive, touching just about everything that isn't created by nature. Although most think of CAD and 3D modeling as technology that's taught at the college or professional level, it is now trickling down to high-school and even middle-school classrooms. From software including Autodesk's TinkerBox app to in-school curricula such as Project Lead The Way, CAD increasingly is shaping the education of America's youth in ways that far outstrip its original application as a drafting tool. Its use is helping to shore up the country's supply of engineers by instilling a passion for technology use at a young age — and shoring up students' confidence in their ability to succeed. The latest efforts to shore up the nation's engineering base start with instilling a love for math, science, and technology long before students reach college.

Autodesk's TinkerBox app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch incorporates science and engineering principles into a game. It is one of several ways the company works to support the interest of young people in STEM pursuits. Image courtesy of Business Wire.
Autodesk's TinkerBox app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch incorporates science and engineering principles into a game. It is one of several ways the company works to support the interest of young people in STEM pursuits. Image courtesy of Business Wire.

CAD for the Young

When it comes to fostering students' interest in a subject — or stated differently, averting a disinterest in it — current wisdom says the window of opportunity is closing by the time students finish middle school. That, together with an emphasis on the importance of teaching process and critical thinking, is what's driving the push to introduce CAD technologies to students in the third through twelfth grades. Read more »

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Cadalyst contributing editor Heather Livingston is a freelance writer specializing in design, sustainability, and architectural technology.

       

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

 

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program: Atlanta
February 6–10, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia
The CIMdata PLM (product lifecycle management) Certificate Program prepares PLM professionals at several levels to address the challenges inherent in PLM implementations. This assessment-based certificate program includes an intimate classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. Read more »

RAPID 2012
May 22–25, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia
The RAPID 2012 and 3D IMAGING events will reveal the latest developments, trends, and techniques specific to additive manufacturing and 3D imaging at the industry's largest forum for presentation and discussion. Read more »

Hexagon 2012 International Conference
June 4–7, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Bringing together users from Hexagon Metrology, Intergraph, ERDAS, Leica Geosystems, and NovAtel, the Hexagon 2012 agenda promises attendees hands-on training courses, interactive technology demonstrations and exhibits, and unlimited networking opportunities. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

       

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