Cloud PLM & OpenBOM w/ Oleg Shilovitsky
In this episode we will be talking with Oleg Shilovitsky about cloud PLM, OpenBOM, and user training.
Oleg is the co-founder and CEO of OpenBOM. OpenBOM is a cloud-based real-time collaboration and data management software for managing parts, catalogs, bill of materials, inventories, and purchase orders. The software is used in all stages of engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain environments.
Oleg has been in the trenches of PLM for over 25 years, building software products for data management, engineering and manufacturing. He has worked for many companies such as SmarTeam (acquired by Dassault Systemes), Dassault Systemes ENOVIA, Inforbix (acquired by Autodesk) and Autodesk. His passion for the manufacturing industry and new technologies led him to start working on OpenBOM. Oleg is the author of Beyond PLM, a leading source of information and comments about engineering and manufacturing software for the last 10 years. He is also a consultant and advisor to a number of startups and industrial companies.
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- The core foundation of OpenBOM is the idea of a network, which can be called multi-tenant or System-as-a-Service (SaaS). Unlike traditional PLM that are developed for a specific company, OpenBOM focuses on the network of a company.
- The COVID-19 crisis hasn’t changed the trajectory of the rise of cloud PLM adoption we have seen in the last 10 years, however, it has been a huge acceleration factor. This crisis is pushing everyone in this direction as more companies are starting to allow their employees to work remotely.
- The implementation of OpenBOM is quick and seamless: you can open an account directly on the platform, no need for a lengthy and costly setup. The system works out-of-the box immediately.
- The biggest challenge for companies when implementing a PLM system is education and decision making on what will go into the software. OpenBOM has a bottom-up approach: get the people in a standard PLM as soon as possible, and by using and interacting with it, users will progressively realize what their problems and needs are, and customize the system accordingly to those.
- Cloud PLM was initially criticized for its lack of flexibility and customization. However, nowadays, this is not true anymore. OpenBOM was created with flexibility in mind: the whole data model is completely customizable. You can change the column names, add features, and much more.
- Security in cloud PLM is not a problem, it’s a red herring. People are less secure than the cloud. The biggest scandals in the security world are not caused by technology, but rather people.
- OpenBOM has invested a lot in providing online information. People like to figure things out by themselves. If they can’t find the information and support online, users will get demotivated and abandoned.
- OpenBOM created an online library. It is the focal point for users to learn. They realized that by solely providing help with ‘’click here’’, nobody was interested. If a process requires some creativity or an understanding of the problem of the company, it requires more context. So the library provides information, not only on the steps but also the context around it.
- Oleg’s biggest advice for any manufacturing company is to use virtual mirrors. They need to look at themselves and understand what they want. He always starts asking his client: what do you have and what do you want. And then technology will come.