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066: The Need for Flexibility in PLM Solutions

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Updated: Monday, August 17, 2020

066: The Need for Flexibility in PLM Solutions 

On today’s episode, Thom and Craig  interview industry veteran Bill Bone, CTO for Automotive at Aras Corporation, to discuss the changing and adapting world of PLM and ALM in the automotive industry.  They examine the value of bringing these two critical systems closer together and highlight the potential benefits to companies utilizing them.  Like Craig, Bill is a failed retiree and shares valuable advice not only for those that are nearing the end of their career but for those that are just starting out as well, and it all starts with developing your passions and tapping into your network.

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

Bringing ALM and PLM together

  • There are still challenges, but Application Lifecycle Management and Product Lifecycle Management are closer together than ever.

  • When do you lead with software and when do you lead with hardware?

  • Computers and services are both essential components of a flexible PLM solution.

  • An effective PLM platform is a critical component of the structure of all functions. 

  • Utilization of requirements and features is an essential component of the PLM structure.

  • Features have long-term capability and long-term reliability, and refer to what the customer is willing to pay for, not the mechanical content of a vehicle.

The value of connecting ALM and PLM 

  • A PLM strategy without an ALM strategy is a losing strategy.

  • Excelling at software development is the first step to tying into a valuable customer database.

  • It is key to remember who your customers are and what they are willing to pay for.

  • Service data is the key to managing a successful application or product lifecycle.

  • The future is going to focus on Service Lifecycle Management as it contains such valuable information. 

Advice for those who are failing at retirement or growing a career

  • There is great value in continuing to work with things that give you a sense of involvement and purpose.

  • Identify the topics that you are most passionate about and frame your efforts around it.

  • Your network will help you stay involved and informed.

  • Don’t be afraid to make the phone calls that will keep you engaged in meaningful work.

  • There are constant changes in most industries — go with the flow and keep up with the changes.

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Bill Bone is the CTO for Automotive at Aras Corporation in Troy, Michigan; in this position, Mr. Bone leads solution platform definition and evangelism for automated and connected vehicles. Prior to this position, Mr. Bone was VP, Product Development, for CloudSAFE’s products and services. This portfolio spanned cloud-based products and services for customer data protection, full stack integrations, colocation, and data center internetworking. Previously, Mr. Bone served as Director for Global Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy at General Motors from 2010 through 2013. Mr. Bone was a Fellow with Hewlett-Packard working as Chief Technologist for the global Manufacturing, Energy, and Life Sciences Industry Group from June 2008 to August 2010.

Mr. Bone has a strong background in complex product management, IT infrastructure, cloud computing, and the automotive industry. He has defined and developed embedded systems for automotive, product management frameworks, cloud computing, business intelligence, and global IT systems.  Mr. Bone holds a BS in Physics from WV University and a MS in Physics from Eastern Michigan University. In addition, he has attended many summer sessions at Stanford University studying business, electrical engineering, and computer science.


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