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052: Tools That Enable Remote Work

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

052: Tools That Enable Remote Work



On today’s episode, Thom Singer and Craig Brown welcome Matt Heying, product leader at Vertex Software, to discuss the ins and outs of working remotely. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to rethink traditional work standards and practices, and Matt has joined us to discuss the tools, tips, and practices that will allow manufacturing and engineering employees to get the job done, wherever they may be working from.

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

How to overcome the limitations of working remotely

  • Design is naturally a highly collaborative process, but a majority of the process can be completed remotely

  • Software programs such as Vertex facilitate design wherever you are

  • Collaboration doesn’t need to be limited to the office — the right tools can reach engineers wherever they are

  • Cloud-based applications offer a higher level of security than traditional methods

  • Digital design reviews give multiple views of the same design, offering a higher level of collaboration and efficiency

Defining the ‘new normal’ in the workplace

  • Many companies have already been effectively working distributively for years

  • People are often more efficient when they’re not working in an open plan office

  • There is a great advantage for knowledge workers to do their ‘thinking work’ remotely 

  • Curriculum and training that can be delivered remotely should be wherever possible

  • Quality design reviews can still be effectively conducted remotely

  • Companies don’t need to aim for a completely virtual workplace, but do need to reconsider utilizing remote technologies

Looking to the future of remote working

  • COVID-19 has required a shift in thinking regarding supply chains and traditional practices 

  • A recent study shows that 60% of employees don’t want to return to the office full-time 

  • Accountability should not come from the “checking in” at the desk that many managers demand

  • Work should not be about where you are, rather what you are getting done


Vertex Software is a cloud-based digital twin platform that fuels team collaboration by unlocking 3D data and providing aligned visuals across engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, service and the supply chain.



Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at

Guest Bio: 

Matt Heying 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.  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.



Tags:  3D  Collaboration  Manufacturing  PLM  Remote Work  Tools  Vertex  Working from Home 

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