On 9 September 2021, same as last year, I gave a full day of lectures and workshops on Configuration Management for the Minor Factory of the Future from Avans University of applied sciences at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Coming from about 20 students last year to over 30 students this year. Niek van Weert also wrote a blog post about the day (in Dutch), check it out. This year I requested the students to create a Word Cloud… Read More »What comes to mind when you think about Configuration Management?
This post is based on the IpX ConX19 Keynote that I gave together with Martin Haket, remember when we could still do in-person conferences? And it is the prequel to the posts We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! and CM2: the cross-platform standard for impact analysis! Thanks to Max Gravel from IpX who was so kind to let me use his images. James Newman triggered me with his comment on my post ‘Would… Read More »Ignorance is Bliss! (till it isn’t)
Already some time ago (early 2020) the article Has FFF Killed? from Yoann Maingon has generated a lot of discussion, already 100+ comments and counting. It is clear there is a lot of opinions about how to deal with changes to parts, whether parts have revisions or not, and how PLM tools should deal with this. So what better way to start they new year, with a blog post on… Read More »HELP!!! Parts, Documents, Data & Revisions
During my interview with Jennifer Moore from Minerva, Jennifer suggested that it would be interesting to read a post on Configuration Management for Startups. I thought that was an excellent idea, so here it is. For most startups configuration management might not be the first thing on their mind, or even the second or third…. But whether consciously aware about it or not, most if not all startups are dealing with configuration management. This post… Read More »Configuration Management for Startups
Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV
Jennifer Moore from Minerva PLM TV interviewed me recently. We talked about Enterprise Configuration management, CM2, more vs less changes, change faster and document better, the challenges of CM, how to get your CM journey started and more. For me the CM journey started when I was still working at Philips with the book CMII for Business Process Infrastructure by Vincent C. Guess. This book was the reason to invite… Read More »Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV
Aras CTO Rob McAveney presented the Aras Vision on Wednesday 11 November 2020 at the Aras Digital 2020 – Europe virtual event. During the Q&A he explained that AI/ML (artificial intelligence and machine learning) would change the way we do Impact Analysis. We either had the same ideas or Aras really listens when good ideas are shared. A little over a year ago I created the picture in the header as part of… Read More »Applying AI/ML to Configuration Management
Joe Barkai (make sure you regularly check his blog for some insightful articles) published the article “How Many ECOs are Preventable?” where he states: Fundamentally, ECOs reflect errors in requirements definition, design or manufacturing. They represent waste in the product development process. ECOs are disruptive and resource intensive, and mature organizations should make an effort to minimize the frequency and impact of ECOs. In this context ECOs are defined as:… Read More »More is More: Make every Change count!
CM2 the cross-platform standard for impact analysis! Almost a week ago Jos Voskuil published a post on LinkedIn and virtualdutchman.com (A cross-platform interface standard for impact analysis?) as a response an article of me and Martin Haket (We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! Naturally I have to respond with another article as LinkedIn have a very limited way of giving feedback. CM2 (Enterprise CM) First some background on CM2. CM2 provides the operating… Read More »CM2: the cross-platform standard for impact analysis!
We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! Co-author: Martin Haket In case you have missed it, at the IpX ConX19 conference in San Diego Martin Haket and me stirred things up with our question to the panel of PLM/CLM vendors when we can expect a proper standard to support Impact Analysis across business systems. Oleg Shilovitsky already posted several articles about this: Who needs PLM standards? What would happen if PLM vendors would agree on data… Read More »We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis!
Impact Analysis It is my belief that one of the most critical steps of the change process is the impact analysis. A good impact analysis can make the difference between profit and loss. Most companies use the item hierarchy, product structure, or bill of material to help determine the impact of a change. However it is not as simple as that, especially with the trend of ever increasing complexity of… Read More »Impact Analysis