Siemens PLM Software appointed Tony Hemmelgarn president and CEO. Hemmelgarn was previously the company’s executive vice president for global sales, marketing and services. Former president and CEO Chuck Grindstaff became executive chairman of Siemens PLM. Continue reading
Siemens PLM named Robert R. Ryan CEO of its CD-adapco subsidiary, whose president, CEO and cofounder, Steve MacDonald, passed away a few months before its acquisition by Siemens early this year. Ryan’s appointment puts a seasoned, world-class CAE executive at the helm of Siemens PLM’s CFD business. Ryan’s previous positions include chairman and CEO of ADAMS developer Mechanical Dynamics, Inc., acquired by MSC Software in 2002. Ryan’s appointment also strengthens confidence that the HEEDS multidisciplinary design exploration software from Red Cedar Technology—a CD-adapco subsidiary of which Ryan was CEO, and which Siemens PLM acquired in its CD-adapco purchase—will continue to receive proper resources, attention and management support. See Should you buy design space exploration technology from a PLM vendor?
One of Siemens PLM’s hallmarks is its track record of outstanding management of its acquisitions over many years. It consistently presents a compelling strategic rationale for the move, makes sensible, comprehensible commitments as to how it will operate and integrate the acquired business and its technologies—then follows through, robustly and on schedule.
When Siemens announced its agreement to acquire LMS International in 2012, it said the acquisition would make it “the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software company to provide a closed-loop systems-driven product development solution.” Now, with its just-announced Simcenter portfolio, the company has taken possibly its single greatest step both to continue delivering on this vision and to further extend it. Continue reading
Is the new term “product innovation platform” simply a rebranding exercise to refresh the aging “product lifecycle management” (PLM) label? Or is there more to it? Continue reading
In its recent acquisition of CFD leader CD-adapco, Siemens PLM also acquired CD-adapco’s Red Cedar Technology subsidiary, developer of the HEEDS design space exploration software. With this move, Siemens PLM joined its principal PLM rivals in owning premier technology for design space exploration. Dassault Systemes entered the market in 2008 with its acquisition of Isight developer Engineous Software, while PTC has long offered an internally developed design space exploration product known today as Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension (BMX).
World-class design space exploration products are also available from a multitude of independent software developers focused exclusively on this area. On the one hand, these vendors’ commitment to design space exploration is effectively assured. On the other hand, many are small companies that must devote a great portion of their resources to software R&D and customer support; the result is often constrained marketing and sales budgets that make robust growth a challenge.
Being owned by a large, deep-pocketed PLM vendor has the potential to liberate a design space exploration software business from such constraints. But for customers, could there be drawbacks as well? In evaluating and selecting a vendor, buyers need to weigh the likely benefits of sourcing design space exploration software from a major PLM vendor against the potential limitations. Continue reading
To help engineering organizations link their simulation and optimization data and workflows to their enterprise product information backbone, the latest release of ESTECO’s Enterprise Suite features new plug-in connectors in SOMO 1.6 that provide direct integration with PLM systems. First unveiled in 2013, ESTECO Enterprise Suite combines the capabilities of the modeFRONTIER multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) platform with SOMO, ESTECO’s distributed execution framework for enterprise-level collaborative design process management.
The new SOMO plug-in connectors use the PROSTEP OpenPDM technology to enable design teams focused on simulation and optimization to connect with external PLM and PDM repositories and databases such as Siemens Teamcenter and PTC Windchill. This lets SOMO users easily transfer projects to and from SOMO and PLM repositories, ESTECO says, with consistency of simulation data links ensured throughout the entire information flow, including when working at the desktop level. Continue reading
Siemens PLM’s agreement to acquire Polarion, a prominent provider of ALM (application lifecycle management) technology, will give the PLM vendor one of the last major pieces needed to complete what CEO Chuck Grindstaff calls its “systems-driven product development environment.” Over the past decade-plus, embedded software has become a major component of automobiles, consumer goods, medical devices, commercial aircraft, defense systems and countless other manufactured products, responsible for more and more of their performance, differentiation and customer appeal. ALM enables manufacturers to continuously integrate, verify and validate this growing software content.
With the increasingly central role of software in manufactured goods, the demarcation between product development and software development has become blurred. However, the digital toolsets that support product design and development have struggled to keep pace. PLM and ALM tools evolved independently, with each addressing different issues, work processes and engineering cultures. PLM focused on mechanical and electrical components, while ALM focused on software. Continue reading
Automating the setup and execution of simulation and analysis problems has been a goal of both practitioners and software vendors since almost the beginning of the mechanical CAE software industry. After a long period of gestation and gradual progress, new solutions that benefit analysts, engineers and designers alike are coming to market at an ever-accelerating pace. Continue reading
Ford Motor Company adopted ESTECO’s SOMO as a tool to enable what it terms an enterprise multidisciplinary design optimization (EMDO) system, announced Dr. Yan Fu, technical leader of business strategy and engineering optimization at Ford. SOMO is an enterprise collaboration and distributed execution framework developed by ESTECO and customized to meet Ford’s engineering processes and IT requirements.
Ford’s move affirms two key points we have long observed:
- MDO is a strategic capability for engineering organizations, not just tactical.
- To have strategic impact, MDO needs to be institutionalized at the enterprise level, not implemented as just a departmental or workgroup capability.