Collaboration Software and the “New Normal”

We saw enterprise collaboration software through a pre-Covid-19 world as an enabler to remotely create our best ideas and refine them together. This was something many organizations were moving toward during their digital transformation journey. Some reasons for investing in collaboration software were due to having distributed team or workforce, or perhaps the need to leverage share with external partners. Now it’s a necessity, because life got weird and many more of us are no longer co-located. This is going to have a broader chain reaction to the way we work, and economic impact to businesses depending on the physical

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IoT: Bringing Big Data to Manufacturing

Creating a competitive advantage is hard work. It sometimes feels like all the innovations have already hit the market and the margin between you and the competition is growing narrower. The modern marketplace requires vast amounts of information to be collected and analyzed beyond what engineers and marketers can eyeball. And from that, the advantage we seek is a single key insight culled from a big haystack of data. Welcome to the manufacturing Digital Transformation journey

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Navigating PDM vs PLM

Acronyms are prevalent in the technology sector, and they can cause some confusion. This is one reason Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) are used interchangeably. While they are both systems for storing information, the differentiator is what type of information. Let’s break down what each solution provides and how they compare to each other.

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Quality is more than a department

When I speak with many of my clients, especially in the SMB space, I find that the majority have quality departments that are  focused on corrective actions and nonconformence. I think there is a better way. We should look for opportunities to integrate quality with the entire product development process. Frequently metrics used to manage a product development project focus on the end, or the post-development process. This nudges employees to place emphasis on the end result, therefore rushing through the journey and lowering overall quality. This creates a negative feedback loop that generates more corrective actions and nonconformance write ups.

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