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026: Understanding the Next Generation of Design Tools

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2019

026: Understanding the Next Generation of Design Tools



On this episode, Thom and Craig welcome Matt Heying, Director of Product at Vertex , to take a look at the future of the industry's design tools. They discuss the importance of understanding cloud collaboration and some of the mobile, social and platform tools that are available today. They examine some of the most surprising problems that are present in modern manufacturing and what the next generation expects from today’s technology. Matt shares why start-up companies are exactly what the industry needs in order to improve quality and efficiency, even if it means disrupting the traditional way that processes have always been done. 


On today’s podcast, you will learn:

The value of SaaS and cloud computing for companies of any size

  • The benefits of the controls and restrictions offered by cloud computing increase the security of confidential information. 

  • SaaS companies are working to educate businesses on best practices and available security measures.

  • As cloud companies continue to be audited and proven trustworthy, more companies will embrace their services.

What the next generation is doing to improve the industry’s future

  • Manufacturing technology needs to keep up with the latest digital solutions, including the connectedness that the younger generation expects.

  • The latest technology often comes from startup companies, not from a tried-and-true industrial giant, and from new college graduates.

  • Standards of excellence do not have to suffer just because technology allows a company to try something new.

Some of the most surprising limitations about modern manufacturing processes

  • Manufacturing processes are often not as up-to-date as they could be.  

  • Traditional practices that were put in place to ensure quality are in need of updating. 

  • Calming the fear that computers are replacing people can start with eliminating the tedium of putting information on a model by allowing a computer to do the job. 


Don't miss Matt's webinar "Are You Ready for the Next Gen Engineer?"


Guest Bio: 

Matt has over 15 years of experience in designing and building B2B cloud-based collaborative applications in manufacturing, finance, and defense. In his role at Vertex, Matt oversees all of the product management and product marketing team in addition to leading initiatives on new markets and products. This unique position gives him insight into ensuring new product capabilities match customer expectations and needs.

Previous to his role at Vertex, Matt served as Vice President of Product and User Experience at Workiva. Over the course of his nine years at Workiva, Matt tackled many strategic and leadership roles including the creation and implementation of a new enterprise product line and building product strategy to grow the product footprint within existing customers.

Matt received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Matt’s graduate work at the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and DARPA. His research focused on 3D visualization and machine learning for mechanical and materials design applications.


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