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By Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Consultant, Beyond PLM
Business environment is changing fast these days. Enterprise and manufacturing processes are very slow moving segments. Long production programs, dependencies on costly manufacturing shops, equipment and tools, slow decision process are challenges faced in these times. Manufacturing is a very conservative domain for technological disruption. PLM programs took years and cost millions with no alternatives. Things are changing. PLM industry is impacted by changes in enterprise software, manufacturing technologies, development of web and data management.New enterprise software reality for PLM vendors Dot com crash was a significant event for software and IT industry. At the same time, it provided a significant push for technologies during the following decade. Open source, web, beginning of mobile revolution. Appearance of iPhone became a tipping point for IT to lose control. It was clearly about mobile and web revolution. Five big technological disruptors emerged during that time - smart mobility, social media, consumerization, cloud, and big data. Consumer IT revolution created a significant impact on the future of enterprise IT. It is all about to become faster, cheaper, and better. If enterprise IT won’t figure out how to work in a new environment, employees will no longer depend on them. They will bring their own devices (PC, tablets, phones) and will buy the cloud services they need. Engineering IT that controlled and ruled PLM for many years understand the potential impact and see the significance of changes. Many manufacturing companies are not satisfied with ROI from current PLM products and looking how to bring alternatives to solve urgent business problems. There are three fundamental changes in enterprise software - Distributed, Connected, Cloud. Distributed software is everywhere. Nothing happens in a single place today. Regardless of the type of company and industry sector, companies are dealing with customers, partners, suppliers, engineers, manufacturing facilities located everywhere. This is a new reality and it is getting reflected in the enterprise software. Software is not considered as something that exists in a company in a specific location. Everything is connected. The time where companies were sending faxes and emails is in the past. A new type of software gives you a new type of connectivity between people and organizations. Social networks and the web disrupted the way enterprises are operating nowadays. Cloud moves into the stage of practical implementation. Cloud gives companies a new way to scale your IT organization. It is new communication and computing paradigm. It is elastic and it is fast to get started with. Amazon and other cloud service providers can give you as much resources as you want at the time you need it. The reality of today is distributed enterprise software.