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028: How to Increase Digitization Adaptation in Companies of All Sizes

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Updated: Monday, November 25, 2019

028: How to Increase Digitization Adaptation in Companies of All Sizes


In this episode, Thom and Craig welcome Rob McAveney, the CTO of Aras.  Rob works to shape and sharpen the industry vision of the future of product and technology, and he shares his experience with digital adaptation across many industries and with companies of all sizes.  He highlights the need for preparing for the future of PLM and shares several effective ideas for getting started with the tools and practices that will help your company embrace the digital enterprise of the future. 

 On today’s podcast, you will learn:

How to Prepare For the Future of PLM 

  • Proper scaling for the rapidly expanding data and processes needs to be a top priority.  

  • Constantly changing business models and the complexity of products is driving the increased pace of change. 

  • Complexities will require increased manpower to handle changes. 

Ideas for Increasing Digitization Adaptation for Companies of All Sizes

  • Companies of all sizes have increased accessibility to PLM software and cloud computing.

  • Open source software business models are available to companies of all sizes, eliminating the need for small businesses to write their own code.  

  • Smaller companies need to adopt digitization at the same pace as larger companies.

  • Get familiar with open source software by downloading and using it either without customer support or by engaging with a provider to learn how to use and adapt PLM. 

Is Standardization Really Necessary? 

  • Standardization is a good industry practice, but it’s often outdated as soon as it’s updated. 

  • The time and effort required to implement standardization may better be spent with innovation. 

  • Industries with fewer competitors may have greater success with standardization. 

  • Flexibility in the future can be just as valuable as standardization. 

A CTO’s Advice for Building a Career in PLM

  • Get as much varied experience as you can, including customer interaction, software architecture, technologies and business practices. 

  • Don’t be afraid to talk to a crowd of people, regardless of your level of expertise. 

  • Take advantage of opportunities to refine your speaking abilities.

Guest BIO

Rob McAveney brings a lifelong passion for technology to the CTO role at Aras. For the past 20 years, that passion has been focused on building rich software platforms that solve difficult business problems for major industrial companies. Rob paints the vision of the future of PLM technology, while staying grounded with the realities of configuration management, systems integration and the many other challenges in delivering enterprise software.

Prior to Aras, Rob led technical engagements for Eigner, an early entrant in the PLM market. He began his career at Boeing, where he gained a broad understanding of engineering and manufacturing systems and processes. Rob holds a BSME from Virginia Tech.

Tags:  Digitization  PLM  Standards 

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