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Configuration Lifecycle Management as a Platform for Cross-Functional Collaboration and Digital Transformation

Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) is an efficient and scalable solution for providing reliable, up-to-date product configuration information that can enhance engineering, manufacturing, sales and service solutions. But the real value of CLM is in providing a platform for cross-functional ... Read more

Cost Center to Profit Center

In the post-pandemic global economy, CIOs profile as strategic collaborators continues to rise. And with that often comes larger budgets and bigger KPIs. Add to this the increased focus on the transformative powers of a digital transformation, IT leaders can feel the pressure from both the top- ... Read more

From Vertical Application-Specific Integration to Knowledge-Based Integration with CLM

One of the striking aspects of the COVID-19 lockdown has been the acceleration of digital transformation in all companies. The work-at-home rules in place across the globe forced companies to take a leap of faith and look past whatever reservations they might have had with automation and widesc ... Read more

Managing the Transition to Software-Defined Everything

Over the last decade, we have seen products become more intelligent and connected to the Internet, even products that would previously have been considered “mechanical.” Automobiles, household appliances, industrial appliances and other products that few would consider “soft,” today increasingl ... Read more

Addressing Product Complexity With Collaboration, Integration and Configuration Lifecycle Management

As customer demands for more customization and choice increase, the complexity of products and associated product design, manufacturing and sales processes also increases. Product lifecycles are also getting shorter, requiring a constant flow of new products with high-value features and capabil ... Read more

Rule History Management

Change is inevitable. Change is constant. – Benjamin Disraeli Configurable products naturally evolve over time: new features and technologies are introduced; legal rules and customer requirements change. In this blog, I will describe how versioning and effectivity are two essential capabi ... Read more

Why CX Is More Important Than Ever

Providing a strong, effective customer experience has long been thought to apply only to B2C companies. Retail, online banking, travel services and real estate sites are just a few examples of the traditional business-to-consumer companies that were previously only thought of as needing to focu ... Read more

The Changing Role of the CIO

In the past, CIOs were seen as the guardians of servers, implementers of software and maintainers of systems. Today, CIOs are increasingly becoming responsible for strategic initiatives, profitability and even new product development. The traditional CIO with a tech-heavy background was not req ... Read more

Enabling CIOs to Digitally Transform the End-to-End Customer Journey

Digital transformation has been a top priority for many companies and organizations over the last few years and has had a major impact on the role of CIOs. Given the technical nature of digital transformation, it is only natural that management and the board look to the CIO to lead the way. How ... Read more

Business Benefits of a Virtual Tabulation®-Based Configuration Solution

When configuration rules are maintained in separate systems, it is difficult to get a consistent and aligned view on products across the enterprise. This blog post will explain the benefits of collecting all the rules across the main functional areas of the organization, such as Engineering and ... Read more