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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                                               July 20, 2009 - Vol12 #9

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Technology vs. Problem

by Scott Cleveland


Problem First

Typically, a company spends money to solve some kind of problem. They buy a new computer because they are short of compute power; They buy additional disks because they are out of storage space; They buy new software because either they need more for a new employee or there is an application that they don't have but need; etc.

Following this logic, the Problem comes first.

Technology First

Let's say that I am a big believer in SOA (service oriented architecture) software. I will be looking to use SOA wherever possible. My answer to any and every problem is going to involve some kind of SOA solution.

There is an old adage that if the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. With a technology first approach, you are walking around with a hammer ready to pound on anything. You could run across a Philips head screw - you have the option of pounding it in with a hammer or you could look at other technology, like a Philips head screwdriver.


My Thoughts....

I can't stress enough that you must really understand the problem before thinking about technology. Reviewing problems with a technology approach will put you in a position to make compromises in your solution. And, a technology approach won't allow you to really look at a problem from all angles - angles where other technologies might comprise a better solution.

Many companies have adopted the tried and true ADCI process. ADCI stands for analysis, design, construction and implementation. Analysis should be done without regard for technology. In the Design phase, it is appropriate to look at alternative technologies to create your solution. Still, it would be wise to look at all technologies to see if a better solution is possible. Construction - build the solution. And, Implementation

- Implement the solution....

Your Thoughts....

Scott Cleveland is VP Sales & Marketing, Ingenuus Software.


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Mentor Graphics Corp. and LogicVision, Inc. announced the two companies have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Mentor Graphics will acquire LogicVision.

MSC.Software announced it entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Symphony Technology Group (STG) under which a company controlled by STG will acquire all of MSC's outstanding shares in a one-step cash merger transaction valued at approximately $360 million.


Corel Corp. reported revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2009, ended May 31, 2009, were $50.4 million.

Tata Consultancy Services reported Q1 2009-10 revenues at $1.48B.




 aPriori announced that SFI has selected the aPriori Product Cost Management software platform.

Altair Engineering, Inc. announced that its HyperWorks CAE platform has been used by ABstructures.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that STARC is implementing a Cadence flow for semiconductor designs larger than 20 million gates.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced Toshiba Information Systems selected integrated Cadence Virtuoso Custom IC and EDI System technology.

Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced that National Semiconductor has adopted the Cadence Virtuoso Accelerated Parallel Simulator.

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Sport Systems Unlimited is using SolidWorks software.

NEC Corp. and Seiko Epson Corp. announced that Epson has deployed a new product data management system to Suzhou Epson with support from NEC.

PTC announced that Fujigiken Inc. has been using Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill.

PTC announced that GIGABYTE Corporation has deployed Windchill.

SofTech, Inc. announced that its ProductCenter PLM solution has been selected by Hayward Tyler, Inc.,_Inc._Selects_SofTech's_ProductCenter_PLM_Solution/

think3 announced that Korg Italy has chosen think3's product lifecycle management solution.


AVEVA Group plc announced a new AVEVA product solution, AVEVA Instrumentation.

ESI Group announced the release of PAM-DIEMAKER for CATIA V5.

ICEM Limited announced that ICEM Surf 4.8.2 is available.

Icona Solutions Ltd. announced the availability of aesthetica Version 3.1.

Kalypso announced PLM Vivo, a pre-configured PLM solution for the food and beverage industry.

ModuleWorks announced the latest release of its CAM components, version 2009.6.


Objet Geometries announced a new add-in for SolidWorks 2009 CAD software, CADMatrix.

Polygon Software announced PolyPM Production Planning, integrated with PLM and ERP.

Siemens PLM Software announced Femap 10.1.

Siemens PLM Software announced the latest release of Teamcenter includes new functionality for CPG and F&B.

SpaceClaim announced new Service Packs for SpaceClaim Engineer and SpaceClaim Style.

Vero Software Plc announced the release of Machining Strategist v11.

Visual Technology Services Ltd announced PDF3D Version 1.9.0.

Wilcox Associates Inc. announced the release of PC-DMIS 2009.

Yunique Solutions Inc. announced new materials development tools for its plmOn solution.


Altair Engineering, Inc. announced that Intrinsys has joined the HyperWorks channel partner program.

Altair announced the addition of Sculptor from Optimal Solutions Software to its HyperWorks Enabled Community.

Autodesk announced it elected Mid-West CAD as Reseller of the Quarter for the Americas for the first quarter of FY 2010.

CAD Manufacturing Solutions and Motive Systems announced the availability of CMS Vault by M-Files.

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced signing Beijing Ruihesoft Co., Ltd. as a distributor.

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced signing Trident Techlabs Pvt. Ltd as a distributor in India.

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced a marketing agreement with HCL Technologies.

Premier Farnell plc announced Altium and EMA Design Automation have integrated Premier Farnell's DesignLink.

Zuken announced that StarCad Oy will be taking on CADSTAR distribution.


Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Ricoh Co., Ltd. has joined the Power Forward Initiative.

Le Club PLM, an organisation aiming to bring together PLM experts, reported on its preparatory meeting, held June 30, 2009.

Open Text Corp. announced that Forrester Research, Inc. named Open Text a leader in The Forrester Wave : Records Management, Q2 2009.

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced it was honored with the 2009 Best of Tampa Award in the Computer Software category.

PTC announced that Ducati Motor Company has named PTC as "Official Supplier" 2009.

Siemens PLM Software announced an in-kind software and services grant with a commercial value of US$35 million to Chung Yuan Christian University.

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