Mobility and Mobile Applications
By 2014, 46% of employees will be mobile only (IDC research). 2011 saw the introduction of many design apps in the industry. We’ll see this continue as more and more employees (and designers) cut the cord from the confines of their desks. Tools like Arbortext for the iPad give service information and engineering professionals portable access to real-time, contextual service and parts information
PLM and Crowd-sourcing Creates Collaboration 2.0
As PLM drives product development by including more people in the process, designers can contribute to a project anywhere, at any time. With more PLM tools including social networking capabilities, crowd-sourcing product design will become more popular.
Software Is the Product
The nature of the products is changing due to the software inside that makes it smarter and and/or easier to use. Continental's new windshield wipers detect rain, start up, and roll up the windows.
Community Enhancing Programs
Corporations launching programs to benefit the social good is not new. PTC likes the idea of “shared value,” businesses create economic value that also creates value for society beyond social responsibility. Through sponsorships of STEM and FIRST, PTC helps build its own future workforce