For Specialist Marine Interiors, having a cloud-based PLM platform, in this case Autodesk PLM 360, is instrumental in helping the company move away from inefficient collaboration around email and Microsoft Excel, to providing access to a shared repository where dispersed engineering teams can access the most current design data no matter what time zone or global location. With engineers in New Zealand, Croatia, the US, and other locales, time zone differences were once problematic in terms of efficient collaboration.
Scott Moyse, design manager for the New Zealand-based company, which designs and installs interiors for luxury super yachts and aircraft, told us:
With email, a lot of communications had to be done within certain times of the day and we might get only four out of the five day work week to communicate. Having stuff hosted in the cloud means my engineers can work with live data and access it any time of day, any day of the week, without having to get someone out of bed or stay up late and all that other awkward stuff.
Ron Menigoz, vice president of operations at Tactus Technology, a startup developing next-generation haptics technology for touchscreen devices, said Arena Solutions' cloud-based PLM offering fit nicely with the rest of the company's cloud-based software tool strategy. More importantly, it enabled the company to get up and running on complex PLM software without having to make any capital investments in technology or in the IT personnel to administer the technology.
Arena PLM helps Tactus efficiently keep track of design revisions and manage its bill of materials information with suppliers. As the team gets more familiar with the software, Menigoz sees additional applications around design collaboration, and at this point, he has minimal concerns surrounding the security of design IP. "I don't see Arena as a target for people trying to steal valuable stuff," he said. "All our valuable stuff is printed in our patent materials and you can read those online as well."