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Can MonarchFx Transform e-Commerce Logistics?

It’s not every day that a new business is announced with a strong ability to execute, particularly not when it comes to logistics. In November, there was one. The MonarchFx Alliance is out to provide a transformative new option for e-commerce logistics. The term Alliance is a hint to the secret sauce: it’s collaborative. Just […]

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New Vistas for Next-gen Product Design

The broader your view, the more impact the vision can have. To realize value from a broad vision also requires the ability to get into details and get small things right. This week, Siemens PLM announced its intention to acquire Mentor Graphics. This combination opens up grand new vistas for next-generation product design, and also […]

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Fast, Mobile and Adaptive for Instant Gratification

We live increasingly in an age of instant gratification. New technologies such as 3D printing, see-now, buy now and on-line product upgrades all mean we can get the very latest without waiting. The question is, how do you design and plan for products made on-demand, on-site, in real-time? What does the new manufacturing company and […]

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When Lean Works: Gracefulness and Gratitude

If went in and toured two facilities, could you distinguish one with a truly lean culture from one that doesn’t? I wouldn’t have. Until Wednesday. Here’s the answer: You’d see gracefulness and gratitude. The people would be moving through their work with grace: with no hitches, confusion, sidetracking or backtracking. When one group or person’s […]

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Industrial (R)Evolution Siemens Style

The (R)Evolution in Industry: Siemens Style

Everything is changing so fast it’s difficult to fathom. Does that sound trite? That is the truth of Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Digitalization, or whatever you call it. Last week, the Siemens PLM Industry Analyst Conference theme was:  “Digitalization Changes Everything, Everywhere.” The question I came away with is whether this is an evolution or […]

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Beyond IoT, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are emerging

Caution: IoT Experience is not Industry 4.0 Expertise!

Beware of your experience and expertise! It can lead you into a false sense of security and leave you in grave danger of falling behind. Please, don’t be smug. If you’ve been using the Internet of Things (IoT) for a long time, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 may look familiar. You already have ways to […]

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Will PTC’s AgileWorx KickStart a New Trend in Product Development?

As the demand for “smart” products (e.g., smartphones, smart cars, and even smart appliances) grows, product manufacturers face a daunting challenge – how to accelerate the design and development of these complex products. With increasing levels of embedded software, “connectedness”, and complex mechanical/electrical/electronic sub-systems, these products come with a unique set of challenges for manufacturers to: […]

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Transformation through Big Data

If you have a business transformation initiative, you’d better be ready to support it with big data.  Yes, the long-term success of a new company strategy almost certainly depends on this particular technology. Most business transformation programs focus on how to deliver greater or more differentiated value to customers and the market. If it were […]

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Scope, Granularity and Scale

Can you understand and solve a broad or large-scale problem with a high-level, low granularity view? Usually the answer is no. That makes for some major challenges, as we have only a limited capacity to work with many items at the same time. Granular detail across a broad scope is very difficult to fathom. Fortunately, […]

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Software Change-out and April Fools

Why did the company change out their legacy software applications? To get to the other side. This might sound like a pretty lame April Fool’s joke, but actually it’s companies who don’t change out applications who often end up being the fools. Or who don’t execute great program management and change management through a software […]

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