IBM’s 20-year partnership with Dassault Systemes took an interesting turn this week. The pair, which for more than two decades has collaborated on developing and marketing Dassault’s 3D CAD and PLM suite, have slowly been backing away from their exclusive arrangement. Their independent streaks surfaced again this week when IBM inked a deal with UGS Corp. to co-market to its business partners UGS’ Teamcenter Express software, part of its Velocity series of pre-configured PLM aimed at SMB customers. IBM inked a similar co-marketing deal with PTC last year. Experts say the moves signal a broadening of IBM’s strategy to be more of an open PLM vendor and to push sales of its WebSphere integration and infrastructure platform. For its part, Dassault is focused this year on building out its own channel. Regardless of their individual agendas, the pair claim to be committed and their partnership strong.
Who knows, maybe non-exclusivity is the best bet for both parties.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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