Sometimes talking about your vision of the future can get you into trouble, or at least set you at odds with other people. When you’re the head of a company, people kind of expect you to talk about the future, because they want to know if your vision matches their vision.
Engineering.com has been running a series of video interviews the heads of various CAD/PLM companies called Battle of the Visions. This stuff is seriously interesting for guys like me. I like to see how what the guy in charge has to say matches the public perception of the company. Previous interviews have included Jim Hepplemann of PTC, Carl Bass of Autodesk, and Bernard Charles of Dassault Systemes.
In the interview posted April 29, Engineering.com interviewed Chuck Grindstaff of Siemens PLM. Mr. Grindstaff laid out a vision for the future that allows for new technologies, while giving the customer the choice of how it is to be implemented. Most of his comments were directed at the NX world of products, but I think the vision will serve him and Solid Edge customers well.
He was specific about “cloud” aspirations, which I think is key. Basically his point of view is that customers should be able to make up their own minds. They can run the software locally, implement a local cloud, or take it to Amazon and do their implementation there. These comments were specifically aimed at Teamcenter, but the interviewer did ask also about if managing PLM data on the cloud could be effectively separated from running CAD on the cloud.
The interview is 34 minutes, but much of it is worth listening to. From the link I’ve provided above, you can also get links to the heads of PTC, Autodesk, and Dassault Systemes to see how those visions compare to the Siemens vision.