Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lean Construction Case Study: UCSF Cardiovascular Building Team Implements “Value Stream Mapping”

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Lean Construction Case Study: UCSF Cardiovascular Building Team Implements “Value Stream Mapping”


Lean Construction Case Study: UCSF Cardiovascular Building Team Implements “Value Stream Mapping”

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 04:20 AM PDT

McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is a case study from that report on Value Stream Mapping, implemented on the Cardiovascular Research Building project at the University of California in San Francisco.

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)


Achieving Savings Through Value Stream Mapping

Rosendin Electric was challenged by the project owner to look at ways to bring their projects even more under budget.

As a firm that prides itself on innovation and one that strives to remain on the cutting edge of technology, Rosendin tasked one of its in-house study groups to come up with ideas that would be able to save time and cost.

As a result, one of the approaches they decided to pursue was Value Stream Mapping (VSM).

Process Improvements Identified Through Value Stream Mapping

VSM, in its simplest term, sets out to observe every step of a process and identifies areas where improvements can be made to eliminate waste. The technique was first originated by Toyota and is a lean tool that employs a flow diagram documenting in high detail every step of a process.

The process they chose to study was the installation of pendant-hung fluorescent lights at the Cardiovascular Research Building at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF).

Light fixtures installed through a more effective process

Light fixtures installed through a more effective process

As a first step, they needed communication to come from upper management to let the workers know that the VSM study was looking for improvements in the process and that it was not a judgment on anyone's work. The communication also let the workers know that they were open to their ideas and feedback on how the process could be improved.

Joseph Leoncavallo, assistant project manager and one of the leaders of the VSM study, says, "We communicated to them that we didn't want them to install the lights any faster than they normally would just because we were there watching them with a stopwatch and a piece of paper and writing down everything that they did. So it's really important to have that honest conversation with the guys working in the field, first."

The management team, as a result, got very positive feedback from the field. They were excited to be part of a process and to see what could be done going forward.

Bob Weisman, senior estimator at Rosendin states, "The field team want to be successful and to do things the best way for themselves and the company. And we're giving them buy-in. We're not telling them they have to do this; we're saying: 'what do you think?' And that's a big, big deal when you ask people what they think."

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Each Step Taken Into Account to Identify Waste

The VSM started with setting up an observation record where a list of every activity was recorded along with notes. The group started documenting every step of the process, including activities that workers might not ordinarily consider when they are estimating time spent, including answering a question from someone, bathroom breaks and grabbing a wire nut.

The whole process from start to finish was recorded. The group repeated the process four or five times to get a good understanding of the installation process.

As a next step, the current state map was created, which involved taking the observation record and putting it down as a process map. The map essentially provided a high-level overview of every step of the process. After all the steps were mapped out, the group went back and looked at the amount of time each step took. Two levels of time were recorded: non-value-added time and value-added time.

Value-added time is considered time that is spent directly contributing to the installation of the light fixture, such as physically hanging the fixture. Non-value-added time, on the other hand, is considered something that could be done in the factory such as installing an end cap, or it could be opening a box, a necessary activity, but one that does not directly contribute to the light fixture being hung.

The team then analyzed each step in the process and identified areas where processes could be improved and waste eliminated. These areas of improvements were displayed on the map in highlighted yellow, a Lean technique known as Kaizen bursts.

The areas of improvement that were identified included nine steps in the process that could be eliminated as a result of getting the fixture prefabricated by the manufacturer.

Prefabricating Provides Key Opportunity for Savings

Next, the team incorporated the Kaizen bursts into a future state map that displayed the improved process for installing the pendant-hung fluorescent lights.

According to Leoncavallo, "We were looking at about 22 minutes of time that could be eliminated from each fixture installation, most of it due to eliminating the on-site [work on just one component of] a single fixture. Some of that time was non-value added, and some of it was value added."

Rosendin communicated to the manufacturer their need to prefabricate the desired fixture and were not met with resistance. The manufacturer had the capability to undertake this for them and wanted to maintain Rosendin's business, so in the end, they included the additional steps in their agreed-upon scope of work with no additional charge.

While the advantage of being a big player was certainly a factor in the manufacturer's cooperation in this process, this is potentially an approach that any firm could benefit from. Leoncavallo says, "I think [the decision of the manufacturer
to cooperate is made on] a case-by-case basis, but I think the biggest lesson there is, if you don't ask for something, you'll never know."

VSM Study Results in Project Budget Reduction

The time saved on this project as a result of prefabricating the light fixture resulted in the opportunity to reduce the project budget as the team had set out to do.

Weisman says, "I was convinced that we could at least save 15 minutes per fixture on 2,000 fixtures. So 15 minutes times 2,000 comes to 500 man hours, and our labor rate is close to $100 an hour. So I was able to lower my budget by $50,000."

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According to Weisman, the $50,000 savings against an overall project budget of $100 million was still considered significant by the owners. Especially when taking into account that overall only approximately $2,000 was spent on the VSM study, the time spent by the person conducting the study.

Value of the Process

Leoncavallo finds the value of this process exceeds the cost savings. "It gives you an opportunity to go out there, observe, really see what's going on and eliminate waste, which is going to improve your flow and productivity.

“It deepens the knowledge of the installation process …. And the other thing is, it really improves communication between the field and management because you're collaborating together on this solution."


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JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon takes on virtualization in entertainment

Posted: 30 Jul 2014 07:00 AM PDT

The 14th annual event allows industry leaders to discuss technical topics with other insiders. The 14th annual Jon Peddie Research Siggraph Press Luncheon will bring together entertainment CG experts and the press to explore "Virtualization Comes to the Entertainment Industry … or Not." The popular event will be Wednesday, August 13 at the Pan Pacific [...]

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Bentley extends use of hypermodels in asset performance management

Posted: 29 Jul 2014 02:25 PM PDT

Design documentation becomes the virtual edition of the physical plant for on-going operations. A new release of Bentley Systems' AssetWise APM (asset performance management) extends the use of its pioneering hypermodels technology into asset operations and maintenance. Hypermodeling is Bentley technology for merging 2D drawings, 3D models, and related project data into one spatial viewing [...]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

“CATIA Excellence Club | Inspiring people, Energetic Atmosphere and Great Time!” plus 1 more

“CATIA Excellence Club | Inspiring people, Energetic Atmosphere and Great Time!” plus 1 more


CATIA Excellence Club | Inspiring people, Energetic Atmosphere and Great Time!

Posted: 29 Jul 2014 06:13 AM PDT

CATIA Excellence Club - Team

People who use CATIA have joined together in user groups all around the world. These groups offer members the opportunity to become friends with other CATIA users, get questions answered, and be represented by a recognized organization discussing with Dassault Systèmes. They are for everyone from first-time users to experts – from every profession, background and age. For the first time, we decided to bring together in the same place leaders of these user groups. We organized a dedicated and very special event for them, the CATIA Excellence Club.

CATIA Excellence Club is a two days event where CATIA professionals, leaders and enthusiasts come together to share ideas, meet peers, form teams, understand and overcome challenges user groups face every day.

CATIA Excellence Club aims to help founders prepare for upcoming challenges they might face and support them in sharing fresh, new and up-to-date content with their CATIA users local community. Together with them, will find solutions to their issues or ideas they can implement easily!

From presentations to brainstorming sessions the event was composed from multiple experiences. Indeed, our user groups leaders got to have interesting discussions, listened and participated in workshops lead by CATIA experts, as well as an intimated dinning on a boat trip over the Seine in Paris.

Sounds cool isn't it? Discover the atmosphere in the photos below:

CATIA Excellence Club - Atmosphere 1

CATIA Excellence Club - Atmosphere 3

CATIA Excellence Club - Atmosphere 2

CATIA Community Conference is our greatest opportunity to meet with the community and make their voice heard. It was a real pleasure for us to organize a memorable experience for everyone. Thank you to the user groups leaders who gave a speech and to our entire community for being so wonderfully energetic and excited!

We look forward to seeing everyone for the next one – wherever in the world it may be!

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Manufacturing Goes on The Cloud

Posted: 29 Jul 2014 01:08 AM PDT

Cloud

The Cloud is Everywhere

Or at least it seems like the cloud is everywhere today. More and more you see service offerings to back-up your system data or store your files. The storage space is nice to have, but I like the cloud for the data organization aspects. Cloud storage lets you organize things like your music for example, according to many different criteria. So instead of just listing it alphabetically like I would on my hard drive, I can organize it according to the genre of music, or the year it was released. I can organize it according to whether I listen to it while I am driving or while I am working out. It also lets me grant access to it according to who may listen to it, so if it is a suitable song, I can grant access to my son or daughter so they may listen to it.  As my library of photos and music grows, as well as my family, I can add more space to the cloud to scale it to my usage.

Manufacturing on the Cloud Makes Big Data Easy to Manage

Manufacturing applications on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform work much in the same way.  Of course the cloud offers a great repository to keep all of your manufacturing data and applications. But even better, it offers a great place to manage and access all of your project data.  Whether it is a document, a process plan, a workcell simulation, or a manufacturing resource, it can be easily accessible on the cloud from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud makes large amounts of data manageable and makes it easily searchable by different criteria.

Manufacturing on the Cloud Offers Scalable Resources

Manufacturing on the cloud is scalable. Projects ramp up and down as do workloads. Companies have a tough time managing hardware and software requirements that are constantly in a state of flux. Once hardware is purchased, it is on the books until it's lifecycle is over. On the cloud, software and hardware requirements are completely scalable. So as projects and workloads ramp up and down, so does the system utilization and software licensing. This means that the capital investment made for hardware and software is transferred to a scalable system. Over the years as the company grows, the value of the 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud grows exponentially.

Manufacturing on the Cloud helps companies to be more competitive

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud gives smaller companies many advantages. It provides scalable resources and technology at a lower cost. By hosting hardware and software on the cloud, it also allows for reduced on-site support from IT specialists, as well as reduced infrastructure. Since it lets IT offload the responsibility, your team can focus on new projects and new products. In other words, they can focus on growing your business.

There are many possibilities when manufacturing goes on the cloud. What do you think? To learn more, join in the conversation or visit our blog "60 Seconds to Experience".

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Behind the CG scenes at Siggraph 2014 Dailies

Posted: 28 Jul 2014 03:46 PM PDT

Rapid-fire two-minute clips from blockbusters and indies alike showcase what it takes to bring excellence in computer graphics to the screen. Siggraph 2014 will showcase the work of more than 40 computer graphics veterans in the annual Siggraph Dallies next month in Vancouver. Always one of the best-attended events at Siggraph every year, the Dailies [...]

Virtalis building new business with Visionary Render Software

Posted: 28 Jul 2014 07:00 AM PDT

The pioneer in visualization/simulation has a new deal with ZSpace. Virtalis has been very busy over the past 90 days, most recently showing its technology at PTC Live, where it demonstrated its new plug-in for Creo View and an­nounced a strategic partnership with ZSpace. The company has seen consid­erable expansion in the past few years. [...]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Autodesk Inventor Suporte


Large Assembly Performance References

Posted: 28 Jul 2014 06:31 AM PDT

We wanted to share a few resources available for large assembly performance.

There is a great document that has been crafted around performance for large assemblies in Autodesk Inventor. The attached file Inventor Deep Dive - Large Assembly Instructions, reviews application settings, hardware configurations and stratagems for maximizing the potential of Autodesk Inventor.

  Doc

Additional resources can be found in the online help at the below links.

Large Assemblies

Inventor optimalization for large assemblies

Below are a couple of free on-demand classes from the Autodesk University website that may help with level of details.

MA4673-V: Now You See it, Now You Don't: Working with Representations

MA1577: It's All in the (Level of) Details: Simplification Strategies for Inventor

Thanks to Nathan Chandler for collecting document and links

Update 2 for Inventor 2015

Posted: 28 Jul 2014 12:24 AM PDT

Update 2 for Inventor 2015 is now available.

Please, read the Readme file for the Installation Instructions and the Summary of Issues Fixed by this Update.

Inventor Topix

Inventor Topix


Inventor 2015 Update 2

Posted: 28 Jul 2014 05:05 AM PDT

Autodesk has just released Update 2 for Inventor 2015. This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2015. Here is what is addressed in Update 2: Vault commands are not available in Task Scheduler with Vault 2015 R2 Client Incorrect view displaying after Save copy as AutoCAD DWG Ground shadows show white effect under Ray Tracing Good and Best mode Unable to access some web pages

Inventor 2014 Update 1 for Service Pack 2

Posted: 28 Jul 2014 04:56 AM PDT

Autodesk has just released Update 1 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2. This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2014. Here is what is addressed in Update 1: Surface component not visible in drawing view ACAD DWG with 3D entities with units in meters will be imported into Inventor in millimeters Drawings not updating properly with iLogic rule Inventor hangs when updating

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Jaguar bringing augmented reality to driving

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 09:00 AM PDT

The Virtual Windscreen uses the entire windshield as a head-up display.  Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are in the "performance driving" segment of the auto market, a competitive space where the vendors are always looking for an edge. JLR thinks part of that edge in the future will be to offer its customers an augmented reality [...]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?

Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?


Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 07:21 AM PDT

Sports performance

Over the last few decades, technological advancements in sport have been moving the benchmark of human limitations. Some ways are easy to understand: fiberglass poles became more flexible allowing vaulters to reach new heights; replacing wooden tennis rackets with ones made of fiberglass and graphite improved accuracy; swimming bodysuits were developed to reduce drag.

But while these advances may have been game changing at the time, a new era of technology has arrived that seeks to lift the lid off the secrets to our biomechanics and help push both professional and amateur athletes to greater heights.

In every sport, and at every level, companies are now supplying equipment, clothing and gadgets in a bid to revolutionize the way professionals and amateurs train, compete and recuperate.

Personalized Footwear

Sports performance

As an example, in recent years, a growing consumer appetite for customization has seen sports brands embrace technology in order to create the perfect footwear for individuals. While it is already possible to go online or into a shop to choose the color and design of shoes, 3D modeling and printing technology is now being used to mold and shape footwear for customers to create the definitive personalized design.

Next Up: 3D Modeling for the Masses

3D modeling sole

Although professional athletes have greater support and access to use and trial these kinds of technologies, Susan Olivier, vice president of consumer goods and retail at Dassault Systèmes, believes 3D modeling techniques will soon be readily available to the public.

"The cost and size of 3D scanning is going down dramatically. I can imagine in three to five years that before shopping we will visit a booth that scans our feet and other body parts. Then we can take the scan to our favorite sports outlet who will be able to design equipment, clothing and footwear to our specifications," says Olivier.

Want to learn more? We invite you to watch the video below co-produced by Dassault Systèmes and the BBC Commercial Advertising Production team that shares some specific stories of  how technology is helping both professional and everyday athletes race towards perfection.

Click here to view the embedded video.

You can also read more about in an article published on the BBC’s website.  This article includes examples such as how Olympians like Usain Bolt are benefitting from 3D technology mapping human motion to help athletes gain split second advantage and at the same time protect themselves from injury.

NOTE: The article and video were first published as an Advertisement Feature on BBC’s website and were created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes.

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Autodesk Webinar Series

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 03:21 PM PDT

You're invited! Please join us for the Autodesk® AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® Webinar: 'Precision Drafting: Object Snaps and Object Tracking'

Date & Time: July 31 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT

For more information visit Precision Drafting: Object Snaps and Object Tracking

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“Other” revenue uptick helps Dassault Systèmes second quarter

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 04:02 PM PDT

Revenue from primary brands posted single-digit growth. Net income was down 18% due to aggressive acquisitions.   By Randall S. Newton Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: DSY.PA) posted modest year-over-year growth in the second quarter, buoyed by revenue from new acquisitions and a big spike in services revenue. Total revenue for the quarter (ending June 30, [...]

PTC revenue up 6% in third quarter

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 02:43 PM PDT

The CAD/PLM vendor makes another acquisition in the Internet of Things. Customers are finally buying into Creo with gusto.  By Randall S. Newton PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today reported third quarter results at the high end of its previous guidance, with revenue of $336.6 million, up 6.66% from the year-ago quarter. Growth was strong in its [...]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

“Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Quintiq!” plus 1 more

“Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Quintiq!” plus 1 more


Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Quintiq!

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:54 AM PDT

Quintiq acquisition

We’re delighted to announce earlier today the acquisition of Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain operations planning & optimization. Quintiq comes as a great new addition to the DELMIA Brand, which already saw its scope extended after the acquisition of Apriso last year, bringing the world of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM).

Who is Quintiq?

Founded in 1997 and headquarted in The Netherlands, Quintiq brings the expertise of just over 800 employees in 16 offices spanning from the US to Europe, Asia and Australia. Quintiq is not only among the global leaders in Supply Chain Management, but has demonstrated a tremendous growth dynamic in the past years (the fastest growing company in the SCM space).

Quintic

 

What does Quintiq do?

I found the Slideshare below very interesting to get an understanding of the context and rationale behind the need for customer-centric supply chain management:

With this context in mind, Quintiq solves complex business operations planning challenges ranging from…

Quintiq coverage

Watch this video to see more examples of the operations covered by Quintiq:

Click here to view the embedded video.

What does Quintiq bring to 3DS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform?

Dassault Systèmes’ goal is to enable our clients “to create delightful experiences for their ultimate customers or consumers”. Quintiq complements our existing offering to help our clients deliver the perfect end-user experience, on time, on cost and on expectation. In fact, the value Quintiq brings to the 3DEXPERIENCE is so significant that we decided to evolve DELMIA’s current footprint in the world of production into “Global Industrial Operations”.

From an industry coverage perspective, Quintiq increases DELMIA's offerings for new industries such as primary metals, mining, oil & gas, rail, logistics, and workforce-intensive services industries (such as delivery, rail transportation or air traffic control).

You can find back Quintiq on social networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Lean Construction Saves Costs, Improves Bottom Line

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:03 AM PDT

Construction Cranes

Cost Savings from Lean Projects and Contractor Profit Margins

Given the importance of project profitability in helping to drive the adoption of Lean practices, it is critical to understand how individual players benefit from the efficiencies achieved in pursuing Lean.

Do the savings achieved improve the bottom line of the firm implementing Lean, or do they get passed along to their clients, whether that is general contractors or owners?

General (71%) and trade (72%) contractors who have implemented at least one key Lean practice agree that the savings they see from using Lean practices contributes to their bottom line and project profitability.

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Savings From Lean Contribute to Firm's Bottom Line

Less than 10% of either general or trade contractors disagree that the savings are contributing to their bottom line.

In addition, 59% of general contractors find that the adoption of Lean practices by their subcontractors increases their profit on projects.

This finding makes sense, given the fact that the best approach to Lean is when all project team members participate, which makes scheduling and other factors more reliable.

Adoption of Lean Practices by Subcontractors Increases GC's Profit Margins

Trade contractors in the in-depth interviews value their ability to be competitive and win business more highly than increased profit margins, so their business benefits from their ability to help the general contractor achieve a higher profit margin. One also reports that instead of increased profit margins, they now experience a consistent, reliable profit on projects, which they find to be even more valuable (see In-Depth Interview Findings: Benefits of Adopting Lean Techniques).

In the survey, general contractors also place a high value on their ability to compete.

41% agree that they benefit more from competitive pricing to owners on their Lean projects than they do from a direct increase in profitability, compared with just 14% who disagree.

This is a critical finding because it demonstrates that even firms that do not experience significant increases in profit from their adoption of Lean still experience strong business benefits.

General contractors who self-perform their own trades, however, have very different opinions on a few key points than general contractors that do not.

Even though the number of Lean respondents who do not self-perform some trades is too small to be statistically significant, there are clear trends that can be seen in the responses. They demonstrate that contractors who self-perform their own trades are more likely to see direct profits from their Lean efforts and more likely to find those profits valuable than the competitive edge they are afforded by Lean.

Adoption of Lean Increases Profit Margins on Projects

  • Self-Perform Work: 68%
  • Do Not Self-Perform Work: 39%

It is possible that firms that self-perform their own trades are able to better control their profit margins, similar to the trade contractor in the in-depth interviews, than those that do not, which could account for this finding.


Source: Lean Construction SmartMarket Report, 2013. Excerpt courtesy of McGraw Hill Construction.

Learn more about the Lean Construction 3DEXPERIENCE® Solution from Dassault Systemes.

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Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 10:03 AM PDT

Android gains a way to standardize 3D graphics, testing for OpenGL/OpenCL compliance.  Google has purchased drawElements, a Finnish software company with tools for testing the accuracy of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs running on mobile devices. Terms were not disclosed, but various sites reporting on the deal speculate Google may have paid an eight-figure sum. [...]

Encoded puppets for 3D animation modeling

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 08:05 AM PDT

The Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich designs a new way to move and post virtual characters. By Jon Peddie Trying to ma­nipulate and move a model, or an idea, that's in 3D while dealing with a 2D screen has never been easy. Various at­tempts have been made to give design­ers a 3D control or [...]

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Open Dialogue about Cloud Security

An Open Dialogue about Cloud Security


An Open Dialogue about Cloud Security

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 02:24 AM PDT

Secure cloud

Back in Feburary of 2014, Dassault Systèmes introduced a disruptive change to how we go to market by putting 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on the cloud. That could be a scary prospect if you are not familiar with either why we did this or how we are securing your collaboration on the cloud, so the intention here is to provide a light introduction and point you to some materials that could help make you reassured.

Introducing the 3DEXPERIENCE on the Cloud

Let's start with a quote from Bernard Charlès from July 2013:

The cloud is a way of working. It is where consumers voice their needs, their ideas, their feedback. It is where innovation is fostered and ideas take hold. The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform reveals and delivers that potential. It gives our customers a holistic, unified view of their business and ecosystem to create better experiences for their end-consumers.

What I feel Bernard is trying to say is that by de-coupling experience creation from a static On Premise deployment, we are able to offer 3DEXPERIENCE Platform in a software-as-a-service manner using elastic cloud-based resources. This allows for better social interaction between producers and consumers, more mobility for users of the platform, and significant reductions in the Total Cost of Ownership for the solution.

A Definition of Cloud Computing

But what is the difference between this and, say, massive virtualisation by VMware or hosting services you may ask? Laurent Seror, CEO of Outscale, one of our cloud providers, used the following analogy:

Comparing Cloud Computing to hosting services and VMware is like comparing how cars were originally made piece by piece to the assembly lines in the first Ford factories. Cloud Computing industrialises IT processes and automates a maximum of tasks.

This means that you waste far less time deploying and administering the IT system, and more time leveraging it to your advantage in experience creation.

The Cloud and Security

When companies consider moving to the cloud, security is always a major concern. At Dassault Systèmes, we recognise several layers of security requirements in our Security in Depth philosophy. Described in our free Cloud Security Whitepaper, we add levels of security end-to-end to give our users a maximum of security during their entire experience. We also leverage the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) as a yardstick to ensuring that state-of the-art anti-piracy and anti-hacking technologies are embedded in the platform.

Cloud computing security

Conclusion

We hope that this short blog post will help you get a grasp of the Dassault Systèmes' cloud strategy and that you feel reassured by our commitment to security of your cloud-based collaboration. Let's make this a dialogue! Please feel free to comment or ask you questions in the comment section below.

Michael FINOCHIARRO is Senior Director, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. You can find him on Twitter at @le_fino.