<<  <  Page 3/3
User Rank
Re: Is the trend getting traction
naperlou   4/12/2012 1:17:36 PM
Rob, I was going to ask the same thing.  I was reviewing collaboration software for some clients a couple of years back.  These tended to merge social media with project management.  In one tool, which looked good, everything was a project.  The last time I talked to the local rep for that company they were being redirected to a particular application area.  I think the problem they ran into was with their project centered terminology they were lumped in with project collaboration and management products.  Like Facebook, they were completely general purpose. 

It looks like the vendors in the CAD space are going the same route.  Make something "like" Facebook, but more specific.  With this approach they can address security concerns while leveraging the social media idea. 

Another answer to your question might be that the trend these days is for users to want their on-line experiences to be similar at work and at play.  Considering the centrality of computers to our lives these days, that makes sense.  How it gets implemented is another story.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Re: Is the trend getting traction
Rob Spiegel   4/12/2012 11:48:03 AM
Yes, I would imagine it feels foreign to most engineers, However, I have hunch that twenty-something engineers fresh out of college will get their hands on these tools and go, "Whoa, look what this can do!" Whatever vendor can wow the next generation of engineers may have a winner.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Re: Is the trend getting traction
Beth Stackpole   4/12/2012 11:42:36 AM
Rob, I think it's early on and way to soon to say these tools are gaining traction. I think with any kind of new technology, the software vendors are experimenting by pushing the envelope with capabilities that consumers are using in other aspects of their lives and seeing how they can make a difference with design tools. Some engineers will like the new way of working, others won't. But just like with any new technology, you've got to take some shots and see where it all lands. Years from now, I think social components will be a mainstay of every kind of software, but because it's new territory, it still feels pretty foreign to most engineers.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Is the trend getting traction
Rob Spiegel   4/12/2012 11:26:26 AM
You have reported on quite a number of these product development social media tools, Beth. I find the development fascinating. Are these tools getting any traction, or is it too early to tell? 

<<  <  Page 3/3

Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
3D printing has met up with drones in a 3D-printed UAV. University of Sheffield engineers printed the prototype drone in 24 hours from ABS plastic using Fused Deposition Modeling.
Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
AMD is set to launch the industry's first 16 GB workstation graphics card -- the W9100.
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5

Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service