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Making digital products customers love. Insights into product strategy & emerging technology with 3D, CAD, Visualization, PLM, AEC, BIM, and downstream 3D. #mobile, #cloud, #game-changing. Curated by Jed Fisher www.4Dpipeline.com @4Dpipeline
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The boom is coming - New businesses powered by new Web Standards, HTML5 and WebGL

The boom is coming - New businesses powered by new Web Standards, HTML5 and WebGL | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
The Cl3ver 3D content authoring site is a project funded by Wayra, an accelerator fund backed by Spain's Telefonica. The young company is making the rounds of potential funders.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice job by Cl3ver but the first sentence is key "The boom is coming … another one. Web standards, HTML5, and WebGL are enabling smart young companies to take 3D online."

This is indeed the truth. 

At 4D Pipeline, we've helped many companies create great 3D WebGL experiences. What is best about it is not only have we helped create great 3D WebGL experiences but UNIQUE and VALUABLE great 3D WebGL experiences.

WebGL and mobile allow young companies to take an idea to market that is rich, visual, immersive, and interactive. No longer do you need a team of 60, instead you do it with 1 or 2 developers in a couple of months. 

Take you idea to market today. Time waits for no one!

Reach me at jed [at] 4Dpipeline [dot].com

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RTT (further) integrates visualization into PLM

RTT (further) integrates visualization into PLM | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
The second version of RTT DeltaGen for Teamcenter will launch in August, bringing the visualization workflow inside Teamcenter.
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It's been almost 3 years since I worked as VP of Product Strategy and Solution Architecture at RTT. 
I'm happy to see that the project and partnerships that I was part of at their beginning have continued to grow and progress. VBOMs is a concept and idea which I was and am passionately behind. Companies have EBOMs and MBOMs but often don't have a concept of a VBOM (reasons I believe are largely historic, plus it's the only BOM which is entirely virtual, purely for visualization, not manufacturing, packaging, engineering, etc).
As for the Siemens Teamcenter integration, this too is something that I take pride in being part of. Visualization companies focus a lot of efforts on integrating with the CAD system and the file formats but often forget that the PLM system is the "life blood" system used by the company. Only with a connection to a PLM system can their be a VBOM, can you have change management, and universal company wide access and collaboration.
To add to the importance, Siemens is also a significant shareholder of RTT stock, and so it's great to have both sides of the partnership supporting the collaboration/integration.
In my former (pre RTT) company, Right Hemisphere, we also did something similar with SAP (who ultimately acquired the company) and made the RH technology part of the SAP PLM Visual Enterprise.

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BIM/CAD File Format Support in Architectural iOS Apps

BIM/CAD File Format Support in Architectural iOS Apps | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

The big four BIM players include Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect. 

For CAD formats Autodesk DWG is an industry de facto standard. The less proprietary format DXF is also a universal standard for information exchange. Autodesk’s less popular DWF format also has iOS support among apps. Bentley’s approach to iOS apps is its i-model format. One needs the Bentley desktop applications to create i-models.

We have included some open-standard 3D CAD formats with robust market use and acceptance. These are quite common on the MCAD side but also have use in AEC in limited form. Within this group is listed the IFC 2×3 file format for BIM.

We are going to start with propriatary formats first and then review the most popular open formats below.


Jed Fisher's insight:

I've dealt with over 120 3D / 2D Vector formats in my time (the Right Hemisphere platform read about this many), you name it, I've had to deal with it. I know them all and hate them all ;-)  

For the last 15+ years people have talked about one 3D file format to rule them all. It hasn't happened in MCAD, it hasn't happened in DCC/3D, and it's not going to happen in AEC CAD.

That said, it's good to be aware of the main formats, those that are open and those that are proprietary. 

Whether you deal with DWG, DWF, DXF, SKP, IFC, OBJ, 3DM, i-models, or other; this article is useful to you. It's a good overview to the main format supported formats in architectural iOS Apps. It's also part of a good series on iPad Apps for architects

http://architosh.com/2013/03/ultimate-ipad-guide-apps-for-architects/

Let me know any questions you have.

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VR is back! Oculus Rift Headset with Quality and Affordable Virtual Reality

VR is back! Oculus Rift Headset with Quality and Affordable Virtual Reality | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Using low-cost components developed for mobile devices, a start-up called Oculus VR hopes to put a high-quality virtual reality headset within reach of video gamers.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Virtual Reality is back and maybe this time to stay!

I recently had a chance to try Oculus at the NVIDIA GTC event and saw firsthand why it's impressing a whole lot of people.

I've been playing with VR headsets for the last 15+ years and this is by far the best experience I've had. What's even better is it's at a cost of  ~$300 (which will probably get even cheaper) (compared to $25K 10 years back).

What's also great is that this is being integrated with existing systems, both content creation tools and viewers and also computer game middleware technology (Unity, etc). Today it's primarily focused on gaming but I really hope we will also get to see some great solutions in Manufacturing, Design, and AEC.

Can't wait to play with my dev kit!

 

About: Oculus VR, have raised $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign (one of the most successful ever). The company was founded by Palmer Luckey and the co-founders of Scaleform.The Oculus Rift has been endorsed by big names such as John Carmack, Gabe Newell, Cliff Bleszinski, Michael Abrash, Tim Sweeney, Chris Roberts, David Helgason, and others.

The consumer version is planned to support 1920x1080 resolution.





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16 reasons why nobody yet dominates the construction SaaS collaboration sector

Despite widespread adoption of SaaS-based construction collaboration platforms and wider acceptance of SaaS, no company has achieved real dominance across any major regional, national or vertical A...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Fantastic article by Paul Wilkinson, I've written similar lists in the past but Paul nailed it with 16 spot on reasons.

The AEC industry is ready and wanting a revolution and reimaginged product buidling experience. 

 

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Get used to it: The post-PC employee has arrived

Get used to it: The post-PC employee has arrived | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Forrester survey shows that the future is now when it comes to use of personal computing for work
Jed Fisher's insight:

Powerful and compelling analytics by Forrester.

Some of the key findings:

- Technology has found that employees believe so much in the post-PC devices that they're willing to pay for them themselves to use at work -

- Gartner predicts Macs will be as accepted by IT as Windows PCs by 2015.

- Use of multiple devices is already common.

- More people choose or bring their own PCs than you'd think. 

- The number of people accessing the Internet through PCs in the USA will shrink from 240 million in 2012 to 225 million in 2016. Tablets are using used at roughly the same levels (from 39% to 49%) everywhere – at a work desk, home, cafe and traveling. Use of multiple devices is coming (29% already use 3 or more devices). PC rules, but mobile is getting bigger

- Tablets will be a big proportion of computing devices in use.

- Cloud storage and data syncing is commonplace.

- IT must plan on sourcing technology from Apple and the Google Android ecosystem.

- Microsoft's role as an IT provider is its to lose.

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M-Six VEO has arrived

M-Six VEO has arrived | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Our challenge is to enhance the value of intelligent models. How can owners, designers, and builders make better decisions earlier and throughout the lifecycle? How can they refine decisions over time as unanticipated requirements emerge?

Jed Fisher's insight:

After a huge prelaunch and a tremendous amount of attention from the AEC industry, M-Six VEO is now officially live.

They plan to revolutionize the AEC (+O Owners) industry with their platform that has been in stealth mode now for I believe a few years.

Website looks great, and I'm downloading the trial right now. 

Very interested to see if lives up to the hype.

The AEC/BIM software industry is so exciting right now, we've got big ole Autodesk going mobile/cloud with 360, we've got great groups like Gehry buying up and building their online BIM 3D platform, we've got fresh approaches coming in from bim+ (www.bimplus.net); add to all this we've online viewers from Sketchfab and GrabCAD, content libraries from BIM Object, Sketchup being eaten by Trimble, Rhino, GRAPHISOFT and Vectorworks continuing to do good things, beautiful collaborative renderings from Bloom Unit, and so much more. It's fantastic.

Anyway, Check out M-SIX VEO and let me know your thoughts.

 

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PTC flat revenue but net income rises

PTC flat revenue but net income rises | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

GraphicSpeak » PTC will reduce headcount by 4% during the current quarter. Revenue for the quarter ending December 29, 2012 (first quarter of PTC’s fiscal 2013) was $319.7 million, up 0.4% compared to a year earlier. Net income was $35.8 million, up 61% from a year earlier.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Some good market numbers/metrics again. Also some insights into PTC.

The battle for CAD/PLM continues. PTC vs Dassault vs Autodesk vs Siemens ...

Dassault System's CEO, Bernard Charles, and Autodesk’s CEO Carl Bass talk about the mobile revolution, the cloud, and social product development. PTC's CEO Heppelmann directs his gaze at the customer and their perception of what customers really want and really need. Who's right? Time and revenue will tell.

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Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing

Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Ford has pulled back the curtain on some details of how it is using AM to speed up production in the design and prototype stages.
Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm looking forward to the day a 3D printer can print a 3D printer :-)

So, I've held back on talking about 3D Printing for a while but it's now unavoidable. It's clearly past a fad stage and people are now using 3D printing for new workflows and significant process improvements. Be it a dentist who can now more economically make molds for tooth fillings, or a design engineers who can experiement and better communicate automotive designs, 3D printing is significantly helping.

It's also changing where manufacturing is done, moving manufacturing back to being closer to the customer ( http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=637)

This scoop link is good example to how Ford is using it (Additive Manufacturing).

 

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Ford's Letting Anyone Write Apps for Cars with Its New Developer Program

Ford's Letting Anyone Write Apps for Cars with Its New Developer Program | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Starting today, Ford will be rolling out the Ford Developer Program which will let developers anywhere specialize their apps for use with Ford's Sync functionality using Ford AppLink.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Apps, Apps, and Apps.  Will there be an App Marketplace for the car?

Let's think about it. For a marketplace to be successful you need a combination of suppliers + consumers + focused content. 

If this goes into all Ford cars then you certainly have a huge potential consumer base; and it looks like Ford is opening this up to developers (suppliers and content providers), so it could be very good, with many potential Apps which would specialize in improving the vehicle experience.

The key to me is finding content and suppliers that really do this, rather than just taking the mobile Apps and porting them to the Ford App world (why not just connect my phone via bluetooth, etc). 

That said, there are ton of exciting Apps ideas that could do amazing things for the in-vehicle experience.

(Could also create some great liability cases :-) For example, an App distracts the driver, who's fault?) 

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The 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps

"Fred Wilson and the ten golden principles of successful Apps"

Jed Fisher's insight:

This is two years old already but like so much of Fred Wilson it's almost timeless and very ahead of it's time. It is just as applicable to mobile apps as it is to web apps. Great watch.

 

Here are his 10 points if you are short on time (but really, watch the video!)

1. Speed. Every click delay counts/costs.

2. Instand utility, instant result.

3. A Voice (personality).

4. LESS is MORE!

5. Programmable (read/write API)

6. Personal. (community, having people care about your App)

7. RESTful (not just the software architecture but readable URL linkage for everything)

8. Discoverable (SEO, ground up discovered by Google AND social media)

9. Clean (UI, simple, inviting)

10. Playful

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Computer graphics market will exceed $142 Billion by 2016

Computer graphics market will exceed $142 Billion by 2016 | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

CG industry currently growing at a 5.3% rate. New opportunities are opening up in all aspects of the industry.

JPR expects the development of traditional segments like CAD/CAM expand as new design approaches in automotive, aerospace, and architecture are adopted. Visualization, a market that has been almost dormant for the past few years, is now poised for significant growth due to the availability of more powerful and less expensive visualization technologies.

Jed Fisher's insight:

As always another quality article by Jon Peddie Research. It's great to see Mobile leading the pack. I've been in the CG industry for almost 20 years now. I've never seen so much activity and so much potential. Great time to be involved in visualization and CG.

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As has been proven for a long time - where gaming goes - simulation and visualisation markets follow. Jon Peddie has been clear on the potential  value prop of mobile to 3D adoption for a long time and as these figures show - its a key ingredient for delviery of new solutions.

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Two great Quara articles on excelling at Product Management

Two great Quara articles on excelling at Product Management | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Highly recommended reading by Noah Kagan, with his answer to what are key strategies to acquire first 100k users with zero marketing budget?. http://www.quora.com/What-are-key-strategies-to-acquire-first-100k-users-with-zero-marketing-budget

 

And Ian McAllister, answer to what distinguishes the top 1% of product managers from the top 10%?

http://www.quora.com/Product-Management/What-distinguishes-the-top-1-of-product-managers-from-the-top-10

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

Did i mention we (4D Pipeline) are looking for not just great 3D OpenGL Developers but also awesome Product Managers (particularly in the 3D/Visualization space). Let me know if this might be you! awesomejob[at]4Dpipeline.com

 

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3D BIM for downstream users in field and facility management

3D BIM for downstream users in field and facility management | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

THE CONCEPT OF FIELD BIM
There are now increasing initiatives in the construction industry to ‘virtualise’ the access to BIM data, to move it away from a static office environment and to enable it to become relevant on-site. GPS and Wi-Fi enabled handheld Toughbooks and iPads are seen by some as the ideal interface to facilitate ‘field BIM’ and communicate building information bi-directionally between individual operators in the field and a central server. They allow crews on site (both during and after construction) to interrogate the physical building, referencing it to a virtual information model (or vice versa) that contains information about construction or O&M aspects.

Jed Fisher's insight:

If you've been reading my blog for a while you will see that one of the things I'm very excited about are the changes and opportunities in the BIM and AEC/O (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners) space.

 

With similarities to the manufacturing PLM space, the AEC BIM space is finally modernizing itself and starting to take advantage of all the tremendous advances in mobile, collaboration, cloud, access anywhere, etc.

 

It's awesome to see 3D Visual BIM data becoming more and more accessible to downstream people, i.e. not just Architect and Engineers but owners, facility managers, and building occupants.

 

This is a great article as it reminds us that there are still truckloads (pun) of opportunities in the construction and field BIM space. We've seen a few AEC ISV companies operating in this space namely Vela (bought up by Autodesk) and also Latista. However I am sure that in the coming months we'll see more. In particular, we'll see more easy to install Apps for the field (and FM) that work with existing BIM data (if you haven't already, take a look at the bim+ approach www.bimplus.net ).

 

Exciting times ahead in the for Owners and Consumers of BIM data and all those wanting to interact and access information from buildings and from the process of building buildings.

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Ford Goes Open Source to Speed App Development

Ford Goes Open Source to Speed App Development | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
In the ecosystem gamble of "open" or "closed," Ford is putting all its chips on open.
Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm very interested in this. There are a ton of solutions that really fit well for an in-car experience. The key for the App developers is to make compelling Apps that make sense and work well from within the car. 
I love that this will result in Apps that let me better engage, use, and understand my particular vehicle, it's location, and what can be done with it. 
I'm glad Ford has taken a open approach and not start with some closed

proprietary system. 

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While initial focus will likely be apps for in car entertainment and information services, the open sourcing of the API's adds a lot of potential for smart telematics apps that better help with traffic management, environmental reporting etc as well. Be worth tracking this.

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BMW Driving Simulator.

"Before BMW´s driving assistance systems become reality in the various models, they have to be tested. With the dynamic driving simulator experts can create virtual situations in daily life to check the functionality of these systems. This high-tech testing is necessary to guarantee the passenger´s safety on the road."


Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

Thanks for link João,

The last Ford I rented had terrible visibility with the window reinforcement bar blocking much of my driver side view sight. Nice to see how BMW is trying catch potential design problems like this earlier.

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9 More Reasons to Invest in Inbound Marketing

9 More Reasons to Invest in Inbound Marketing | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

What is Inbound Marketing?

Inbound marketing (wikipedia) is a term that can mean different things to different people. At HubSpot, we've created the inbound marketing methodology, which is what inbound marketing means to us. For the last year or two, I've explained it in 5 steps.

Attract trafficConvert visitors into leadsConvert leads into salesRetain, upsell and cross-sell to existing customers.Analyze each activity for continuous improvement.

And here's the current official explanation of the inbound marketing methodology:

Jed Fisher's insight:

I hear the terms guerrilla marketing and social marketing a lot. Very few people are specific with what this is and how it works.

It's taken me a long time to "get it" and I'm still learning a lot on this area. Hubspot not only make a great platform for helping Inbound Marketing but  they also practice what they preach and do a damn fine job at it. 

If you followed this article from start to finish you will almost certainly improve the profitability of your business. 

Marketing can often seem like witchcraft, it shouldnt be like this. What I love about the principles outlined in this article is that they are based on solid facts and evidence based information 

1. Inbound Marketing is *Predictable*.

2. Inbound Marketing is *Trackable*.

3. Inbound Marketing Efforts Can Be *Directly* Attributed to Revenue.

4. Inbound Marketing Only Requires Small Bets that Can Each Generate Big Returns.

5. Inbound Marketing Creates the Foundation for Generating a *Measurable* ROI from Advertising.

6. Inbound Marketing Creates Content That Will Have a Positive Impact on Your Business Long into the Future.

7. Inbound Marketing Attracts a *Global* Audience.

8. Inbound Marketing Analytics Enable Improvement Over Time.

9. Inbound Marketing Results are *Cumulative & Compounding*.

Finally, be sure to look at the newspaper diagram and the final diagram in this article. 

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Great catch from Jed Fisher at 4D Pipeline. In bound marketing is how you atttract people to your site and how you convert them to customers, subscribers etc. Its a process orientd flow and is best done when measured. Jed scooped a great article from HubSpot - seriously worth the the time to read if you are looking to increase the number of people who read your blog, research or convert to to online customers through your site. Click on title to learn more and if you want to learn more on product management visit 4Dpipeline.com. 

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Power to the People! The Consumerization Of IT: 7 Ways To Seize The Business Opportunity

Power to the People! The Consumerization Of IT: 7 Ways To Seize The Business Opportunity | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
The consumerization of IT means empowerment for users, a (potential) headache for tech professionals, and an opportunity for third parties that offer products and services that increase the productivity of non-technical workers.
Jed Fisher's insight:

The revolution is here! Power to the people! :-)

IT/Software will never be the same again. 5 years ago we made software for the desktop. Now we think mobile and cloud first. So much so that I can almost not imagine starting a new piece of software for Microsoft Windows only. 

Here is a  simple summary of how to seize the opportunity -
1. Data Anytime, Anywhere.

2. Pick A Tool, Any Tool.

3. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

4. Let Me In.

5. Be Social.

6. The Business Proposition.

7. I Can Do It Myself, Thank You.

 

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Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2) | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Qualcomm’s visionary CEO, Paul Jacobs, wanted to use internal Qualcomm ideas to find breakthrough innovation that could be turned into products, (not simply a suggestion box for creative thoughts or improving sustaining innovation.)  His only request was that we keep two of the original program’s goals:

1. The program had to remain fully open to employees from all divisions.
2. The ideas were to be implemented by existing business or R&D units – i.e., no need to create new permanent infrastructures for innovation.

And he added a third goal that would ensure his greater involvement and support going forward.

3. The program had to have an efficient mechanism to bubble-up the best ideas (and their champions) to the timely attention of the top executive team.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Another excellent article by Steve Blank. He gives a great overview on how a "big company" can have a fast and efficient boot camp process to develop breakthrough products and new business opportunities.

Awesome read.

 

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Breaking news - Autodesk Acquires PI-VR

Breaking news - Autodesk Acquires PI-VR | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

"January 8th, 2013. Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has completed the acquisition of PI-VR, a privately held German software company that specializes in sophisticated realtime visualization technology"

Jed Fisher's insight:

Autodesk continues its acquisition spree, with the latest acquisition of PI-VR  (visualization solutions in automotive and manufacturing).

This is after Autodesk as already acquired similar companies in the past like Opticore, and another German visualization company Numenus.de.

It's also an interesting acquisition as this software will once again compete with Autodesk Showcase.

This leaves Automotive companies now have one less competing visualization solution provider (good and bad). It's now Autodesk, Autodesk, Autodesk, or RTT, Bunkspeed, or a few others.

I suspect, RTT and Bunkspeed, will continue to innovate and set the pace for Autodesk to follow.

More analysis to come.

 

 

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The Rise of Lean And Why It Matters

The Rise of Lean And Why It Matters | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Lean has given enterprises, which have already shaved back on costs, a new language for motivating people to get creative on limited resources.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Are you defining a new market? or are you improving an existing one? This is such a fundamental question but it is one that is often passed over or incorrectly answered. The answer to this question changes almost every aspect of your business strategy.

This article is not only is a good reminder of why Lean and Agile can work so well, the image/table captures the difference between sustaining innovation and disruptive innovation.

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Let's hope 2013 will be the year for Indoor location reporting!

Let's hope 2013 will be the year for Indoor location reporting! | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
In the race to bring indoor location technology to market, an eight-person startup is taking on big name players Google, Qualcomm and Samsung, and has the potential to win.
Jed Fisher's insight:

CSR’s Sirf Technologies division and WifiSLAM claim to have figured out how to map indoor locations when you’re walking with your mobile phone inside a building. I really hope that we get to see this work in practice (with good precision) in 2013. 

Having the ability to get to less than a meter precision inside a building is a very powerful technology breakthrough that would enable many more workflows and usecases. Currently GPS/Wifi is not precice enough for many workflows (only getting to around 3 meters at best). 

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