2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report and Survey - (Free PDF Download)




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  2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report and Survey


Thank you for your interest in Longview Advisor’s 2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report. We hope you’ll find the information in this report to be relevant and helpful in improving collaboration and interoperability in your manufacturing business – one sure path to improving efficiency and productivity.


Report Overview:

For the past 5 years Longview Advisors has completed a comprehensive interoperability market survey targeted at the engineering, IT and manufacturing professionals in the discrete manufacturing industry. Results of this survey, along with our discussion and analysis, are again included in this year’s Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report. Our long, consistent history of trend data, along with our large sample size of responses from your colleagues and peers in manufacturing, make our survey the most comprehensive and representative surveys available on Collaboration & Interoperability strategies, trends and best practices.

Our Report also includes a collection of timely and relevant articles by thought leaders in collaboration and interoperability about the latest strategies, best practices and solutions, and the latest technology trends and software tools, for data exchange and collaboration. Some of this year’s articles are taken from the more popular presentations given at the 2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Congress ( www.3dcic.com).

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We discuss 22 key findings in this year’s Collaboration & Interoperability Market Survey (in the report). We also explain in detail the following 12 key market trends we discovered:

  • Overall, Collaboration and Interoperability continues to shift towards more cooperation – OEMs and suppliers are more often sharing more complex forms of data and STEP is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
  • On the negative side, huge amounts of professional designer and engineering time still are wasted on data rework and re-creation.   
  • Among OEMs, nearly 30% of design or engineering professionals spend 8 to 24 hours in a typical week reworking or recreating CAD data. Nearly 53% of these well paid professionals spend more than one day each week in this wasted endeavor! Among Suppliers the picture is not much better. Approximately 18% of design or engineering professionals spend 8 to 24 hours in a typical week reworking or recreating CAD data. Approximately 50% of these well paid professionals spend more than one day each week in this wasted endeavor.
  • Continued broadening of 3D downstream, and the majority of CAD data shared is now 3D.
  • STEP remains the most popular format for exchange of 3D data.
  • Suppliers depend on STEP more than OEMS.
  • CAD Migration projects continue to represent a huge cost to industry.
  • Downward trend in CAD data reuse.
  • Less centralized control of data exchange strategies and policies.
  • More companies using data translation tools.
  • OEMs more often requiring specific CAD systems (and formats).
  • Increasing feature and history information by OEMs. PMI also.
  • Greater sharing of more complex data and more editing rights, may signal more trust and cooperation between business partners.

Longview Advisors would like to thank our Commercial and Promotional Sponsors of this year’s Market Report, along with a special thanks to authors of this year’s articles. Information about each of our Sponsors is provided in the report. Please visit their web sites and get to know these leaders in collaboration and interoperability.

And thank you for downloading our report. We hope you find it valuable in your pursuit of higher efficiency and productivity in your manufacturing business.

We would very much appreciate your comments, good and bad. Please contact me directly.



David Prawel


Longview Advisors Inc.


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