Rob, interesting Story. Eventhough security is a major concern with adoption of cloud technology; there are certain measures to make it somewhat secure. As of now only high end hackers are able to spy the data flow and it applicable only for high end designs or new products. Most of the Small and Medium level companies can use cloud technology, where their PLM or designs are not so crucial. About 90% of companies are coming under this category.
Richard, cloud has lots of advantages, especially when team is distributed geographically at different locations. Since all the changes or data updation are reflecting in real time environment, it can be a best way to make the modifications and to prepare a final draft. But the drawback is, it require a seamless high speed data connectivity, which is the back bone of cloud accessibility.
The notion of security comes up frequently in discussions about cloud computing. One marketing person at a cloud vendor was asked by a prospective customer about security. The person's answer was, "First, tell me about the security you have here at your site."
Cloud vendors live and breath on the quality of their security.
Since design is on the cloud, it only makes sense to connect the rest of the product chain that way. A all-in-one package, to use an old term, will save plenty of time. Collaboration will be easier. However, I wonder in removing the ties from the office will make much of an impact. The cloud lets people travel and access the data, besides high ranking people, will it truly benefit the design cycles?
I like the idea, just to sever the engineer from esoteric (and often old) management software packages, and let them access it on the platform of choice. Besides that, what do you all see as the benefit of PLM on the go?
Rich, I agree with you about the cloud impact on PLM. It is a good fit for several reasons. The first is that it is an infrastructure that is not locked into any one department. This has always been an issue with traditional approaches. With more and more projects being done across organizations and with external companies, this is generally a problem. The cloud based systems solve that problem.
The issue with the cloud is security. This is being addressed in several areas. Even with Electronic Medical Records there are cloud based solutions being proposed. There are good, standards based, solutions to the issue of security and privacy available in the cloud. They just require an adherence to the protocols.
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