西門子PLM的前CEO加盟阿拉斯 2017-04-05
A Surprising Move: Siemens PLM’s Former CEO Joins Aras
A SENSATIONAL MOVE. Siemens PLM's former CEO, Tony Affuso, has joined competitor Aras PLM's Board of Directors.

A SENSATIONAL MOVE. Siemens PLM's former CEO, Tony Affuso, has joined competitor Aras PLM's Board of Directors.

For American PLM developer Aras, recent years have brought a number of commercial and technical achievements that have given their system a boost at all levels.

For instance, in less than two years the company's open-source solution Aras Innovator has gained nearly 200,000 new users in large global companies such as Airbus, Microsoft and GM.

The capacity of Aras’s collaborative platform to communicate the engineering data related to supplier collaboration is the main selling point.

Aras’s advances into the previously locked PLM market can be regarded as sensational, although it should be noted that the platform is usually used as a complementary solution to heavy PDM/PLM systems such as Siemens’ Teamcenter, PTC's Windchill and Dassault's ENOVIA.


Even more surprising is the announcement from Aras CEO Peter Schroer that the company has appointed Tony Affuso, Siemens PLM's former CEO and a seasoned PLM expert, to its Board of Directors.


Tony Affuso was the one responsible for pushing through the deal in which Siemens acquired UGS. This purchase added NX and I-deas (high end CAD), Solid Edge (mainstream CAD), Teamcenter (PDM/PLM), Nastran and Femap (CAE), Tecnomatix and more to the Siemens portfolio.

“I was attracted to Aras because of their disruptive technology, open-source customer engagement model, and the fact that their technology has recently been selected over that of their competitors by several of the world’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies,” said Affuso. He also added that he was impressed by Aras’s "customer-first mentality."

“There is a cultural attitude that has always been the fuel of my passion and which also is characteristic of the entire Aras organization,” Affuso said.

Seen from the outside, this move by Tony Affuso appears somewhat unusual for the PLM industry. Over his nearly 40-year career, he first built UGS into a leading market player, then was the leading force in the deal where the company was acquired by Siemens in 2007. He stayed on as CEO of the newly formed Siemens PLM division, and his name has been strongly linked to that company's products and business.

Admittedly, Affuso has been disconnected from the activities of Siemens since he stepped down and handed the CEO job to Chuck Grindstaff, another recently resigned Siemens PLM manager. But it’s easy to see how his leap back into the action at a competitor might have left many former colleagues scratching their heads.

On the other hand, we live in a free world and Affuso, of course, is free to go wherever he wants after leaving the Siemens sphere.

“We are seeing a resurgence in the demand for PLM, as manufacturers are dealing with increased product complexity and the digital transformation of their businesses to achieve new levels of efficiency and competitiveness. Manufacturers are re-evaluating their systems infrastructure and investing in new capabilities such as the Aras ‘Digital Thread’ that enables full life-cycle traceability of their products. Based on all the factors I am seeing, Aras is emerging as the new PLM leader with the right technology at the right time,” said Tony Affuso.

For Aras founder and CEO, Peter Schroer, the recruitment of Tony Affuso certainly is good news.

“Tony brings a depth of customer knowledge and insight that is just unmatched in the industry. He has seen PLM evolve from the early days of mechanical CAD to the systems engineering era that Aras enables. As a board member, he will play a key role guiding our course and deepening our connections as we continue to redefine the industry’s expectations of PLM,” Schroer finished.



Offshore Construction Company Bets on 3DEXPERIENCE

Dassault Systèmes posted a win this week with McDermott International, an American-based offshore platform construction company.

McDermott has chosen to implement the “Integrated Plant Engineering,” “Optimized Plant Construction” and “Efficient Plant Operation” industry solution experiences from the broader 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The company’s aim is to collaboratively engineer, build and operate fixed and floating offshore production facilities, pipelines and subsea systems for its client base of oil companies.


Risk Management is a Challenge

EPCI companies (short for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation, a common form of contracting arrangement within offshore construction) face strong pricing pressure while being asked to deliver highly complex facilities on time and on budget.

Solving these challenges hinges on effective risk management, while also developing other competitive differentiators.

With the aforementioned industry solutions, Dassault claims that McDermott will be able to digitize and standardize its processes and deploy a single, secure and collaborative environment that fully integrates engineering, procurement, project controls, construction, installation and commissioning.

McDermott’s global teams will also have access to real-time information related to customer requirements, project scope and schedules for full visibility on a project’s status and more informed decision-making.

Its engineers can build a virtual model based on a single source of information that reduces manual and document-based processes and facilitates knowledge reuse. Teams can leverage this virtual model to review the design, manage changes and incorporate as-built conditions in order to predict and optimize performance.


First Offshore Construction Company with PLM?

All of this might sound a bit old hat in more traditional PLM industries such as automotive and aerospace, but implementing tools and processes like these in an engineering and construction company is a different challenge.

“We chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to support our business strategy to become the first energy-focused EPCI company to implement a project lifecycle platform,” said Vaseem Khan, vice president of engineering at McDermott. “This is a transformative initiative – moving engineering in the oil and gas sector from being based on the transfer of discrete documents to being based on an exchange of data in a more integrated and easy to use digital platform. This will change how projects are executed.”

It should be noted that although McDermott has chosen to implement these solutions, this does not mean that the implementation is finished, merely that the decision has been made after a successful pilot. To see how the project pans out, we’ll have to stay tuned.


CENIT’s Roadmap to PLM and Industry 4.0

With the world’s largest industrial fair, Hannover Messe (HMI), coming up at the end of April, many exhibitors are preparing to share their view of what the digital factory and Industry 4.0 will mean for their current and potential customers.

One of these exhibitors is the German software and consulting specialist CENIT, which said it will present a mature strategic and operational approach to establishing 4.0-ready PLM business strategies.

The core elements of CENIT’s solution are a value chain-oriented PLM concept, process-focused integration of Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE with the SAP platform, and pre-configured use cases for lean, agile and efficient introduction of PLM solutions in business enterprises.

At the HMI, CENIT’s specialists will present integrated process scenarios for the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE and SAP platforms along the entire value chain. Based on use cases, CENIT will show, for example, how cross-platform dashboards can be used as control elements for decision-makers in product development and change processes.

The core value of these use cases is that they plan to deliver a seamless control system for business processes and consistent, lossless management of master data and product structures across the two platforms. CENIT claims that clients no longer need to choose between running PLM in the Dassault Systèmes or SAP world – instead, they are free to manage each process role via their “home application,” along with all the associated tasks and in the correct data context.

CENIT will be in attendance at the Hannover Messe, April 24-28 in Hall 6, Booth L30.


TechniaTranscat Expands into Benelux, Acquires Infostrait

It’s full speed ahead for PLM specialist TechniaTranscat. The company, a subsidiary of Sweden-based IT-group Addnode, is in a strong expansion phase and looking to expand more in the European market.

After the purchase of Transcat—and already with a strong foothold in the German-speaking Central European market—the company has cast covetous glances at other regions. TechniaTranscat is one of Europe's leading PLM consultancies related to Dassault Systèmes’ software.

Previously, TechniaTranscat also had a partnership with Dutch PLM company Infostrait. This partnership has now been taken to a new level with TechniaTranscat announcing the acquisition of the Dutch PLM and BIM specialist. The acquisition price is still up for speculation, however, since TechniaTranscat has chosen not to reveal it.

Infostrait is a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of Dassault Systèmes. The company has 18 employees and it showed a turnover in 2016 of about EUR 2.7 million.

“Infostrait has been a partner of ours for many years. The company is customer-oriented, producing high quality solutions and generally an agile business philosophy that is consistent with ours,” said TechniaTranscat CEO Jonas Gejer. He added that, "the acquisition will strengthen TechniaTranscat’s presence in the Benelux market."

Following the acquisition of Infostrait, the number of employees of TechniaTranscat will increase to 540. In 2016, TechniaTranscat had a turnover of EUR 82.5 million in its markets in Austria, Finland, Germany, India, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.



感覺動作  西門子PLM的前CEO Tony Affuso已加入競爭對手Aras PLM的董事會。

感覺動作 西門子PLM的前CEO Tony Affuso已加入競爭對手Aras PLM的董事會。


例如,在不到兩年的時間裡,該公司的開源解決方案Aras Innovator已經在空中客車公司,微軟公司和通用汽車等大型全球企業中獲得了近20萬名新用戶。


Aras對先前鎖定的PLM市場的進步可以被認為是聳人聽聞的,儘管應該指出,該平台通常被用作對諸如Siemens的Teamcenter,PTC Windchill和Dassault的ENOVIA等重型PDM / PLM系統的補充解決方案。


更令人驚訝的是,Aras首席執行官Peter Schroer的公告表示,該公司已經任命Tony Affuso,西門子PLM的前首席執行官和經驗豐富的PLM專家,任董事會成員。


Tony Affuso是負責推動西門子收購UGS的交易的負責人。此次購買增加了NX和I-deas(高端CAD),Solid Edge(主流CAD),Teamcenter(PDM / PLM),Nastran和Femap(CAE),Tecnomatix等等。



從外部看,Tony Affuso的這一舉動似乎對PLM行業來說是不尋常的。在他近40年的職業生涯中,他首先將UGS建成了一個領先的市場參與者,然後成為西門子公司2007年收購的交易的主要力量。他作為新成立的Siemens PLM部門的首席執行官,他的名字與該公司的產品和業務密切相關。

誠然,Affuso已經與西門子的活動脫節,因為他下決定了將首席執行官的工作交給另一位最近辭職的Siemens PLM經理 Chuck Grindstaff 但是,很容易看出他如何跨越競爭對手的行動可能會讓許多前同事刮目相看。


“我們正在看到PLM需求的複蘇,因為製造商正在處理增加的產品複雜性和數字業務轉型,以達到新的效率和競爭力水平。製造商正在重新評估其係統基礎設施並投資諸如Aras“Digital Thread”等新功能,從而實現其產品的全生命週期追踪。根據我所看到的所有因素,Aras正在以正確的時機成為新的PLM領先廠商,擁有正確的技術,“Tony Affuso說。

對於Aras創始人兼CEO,Peter Schroer,Tony Affuso的招聘肯定是個好消息。





達索系統公司本週與美國海洋平台建設公司McDermott International公司取得了勝利。












McDermott工程副總裁Vaseem Khan說:“我們選擇了3DEXPERIENCE平台來支持我們的業務戰略,成為第一家實施項目生命週期平台的能源化EPCI公司。“這是一個變革性的舉措 - 將石油和天然氣行業的工程從基於離散文件轉移到基於更為集成和易於使用的數字平台的數據交換而進行。這將改變項目的執行方式。“




隨著全球最大的工業展覽會,漢諾威工業展覽會(HMI)在4月底推出,許多參展商正在準備分享他們對數字工廠和Industry 4.0對當前和潛在客戶意味著什麼的看法。

其中一家參展商是德國軟件和諮詢專家CENIT,該公司表示將展示一種成熟的戰略和運營方式,以建立4.0-ready PLM業務戰略。



這些用例的核心價值在於,他們計劃為業務流程提供無縫控制系統,並在兩個平台之間實現主數據和產品結構的一致,無損管理。CENIT聲稱客戶端不再需要在DassaultSystèmes或SAP世界中運行PLM之間進行選擇 - 相反,他們可以通過其“家庭應用程序”以及所有相關任務以及正確的數據環境自由管理每個進程角色。





在購買Transcat之後,該公司已經在德語中歐市場上佔有一席之地 - 公司已經在其他地區瞥了一眼。TechniaTranscat是歐洲領先的與DassaultSystèmes的軟件相關的PLM諮詢 e



“Infostrait多年來一直是我們的合作夥伴。TechniaTranscat首席執行官Jonas Gejer表示:公司以客戶為導向,生產出高品質的解決方案,通常是與我們一致的敏捷經營理念。他補充說:“收購將加強TechniaTranscat在比荷盧市場的業務。”