Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Quintiq!

By Aurelien

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).

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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:

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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.

Bosch Improves Engineering Coordination to Achieve Product Leadership

By Eric

You could say the library is the brain of our development. All the information our developers need for their work is stored centrally, so they know, for instance, whether they can use a component for a new development or when it has been discontinued

explains Lutz Napiwotzky, responsible for Engineering Applications Corporate IT at Bosch.

When the Bosch Group’s Automotive Technology Division, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the automotive industry, analyzed their development processes, they quickly identified areas for improvement, including consistent data management. Each division structured data differently and stored it in different systems. As a result, tasks like tracing component use were inefficient and sometimes impossible. The company really wanted to increase the efficiency of these processes by simplifying and standardizing them. The only solution for Bosch was to install a component supplier management solution.

After implementing Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform Bosch engineers understand exactly which components were installed in which devices, including all configuration and material information. In particular, the component library structuring and versioning capabilities bring significant value to the Stuttgart-based company.

If you would like to know more, please read the full customer case.

 

Hi-Tech Trade Wars

By Robert

With the global recession in full swing we see some cracks appearing within the global movement towards ‘free trade’ (the trade between nations without protective customs tariffs), and these cracks appear to be moving towards a more regulated environment. Governments are increasingly adding regulation to favor locally manufactured products as a way to support local economy growth.

This is nothing new when you look at the BAA, NAFTA, G7, and the ‘China Government Procurement Program’ as good examples of ‘free trade’ with some regulations, restrictions, or down-right favoritism. What is new is the pace at which changes are being proposed and in some cases forced upon the global enterprise in terms of compliance as a way to push for localized growth in a recessionary environment.

What does this mean for the future of compliance?

Well, we can see from our experience with materials and substance compliancy that software solutions are often needed in order to comply efficiently. The tracking of compliance to numerous and varying government mandates from different regions becomes overwhelming on an ad-hoc or manual basis. Compliancy roll-ups related to trade compliance will require the right schema, good business processes, and a scalable platform.

PLM may be the right place to start such an endeavor since the ability to manage rolled-up data from items to assemblies, and the tracking of engineered, planned, and manufactured BOMs are capabilities that already exist today.

Extensions to allow for end-to-end trade compliance tracking by country-of-origin/trade region, commodity spend and other parameters are also capabilities that fit well within the context of PLM, and allow for the possibility of a single version of the truth for trade compliance reporting and analysis.

Of course, this becomes a complex topic based upon the complexity of today’s hi-tech supply chains. One only has to ‘look under the hood’ of any mobile device or laptop to see the global nature of technologies and components that are involved in any single product.

We should all keep our eyes out on the opportunities and risks presented by the slippery slope of ‘free trade’ into ‘regulated trade’. What is clear is that the landscape is changing.

Please feel free to comment on this thread with your thoughts and opinions on trade compliance, and the opportunities and threats this topic to offers the hi-tech enterprise and supply-chain.

Best,
Robert



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