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Impact of the Internet of Things on Manufacturers

Smart, connected products in the Internet of Things enable new capabilities for manufacturers, but also disrupt the status quo. Learn how manufacturers capitalize on the IoT opportunity.

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We live in a smart, connected world. The impact is a fundamental transformation of how manufacturers create and exchange value with customers. For those that get it right, the future represents a huge opportunity.

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October 12, 2015

Fortune: “Why PTC Just Bought This Augmented Reality Platform for $65 Million”

“Internet of things software maker PTC has acquired Vuforia from Qualcomm for $65 million, with plans to increase its focus in the IoT and B2B (business to business) world.”

October 12, 2015

Xconomy: “PTC Buys Qualcomm’s Vuforia to Add Augmented Reality to IoT Biz”

“In a day where EMC’s $67 billion sale to Dell dominated headlines, another New England company made a less attention-grabbing acquisition that advances its move into the “Internet of Things.”

October 12, 2015

Engineering & Technology: “PTC to Acquire Augmented Reality Company Vuforia”

“Computer software company PTC has announced a $65m (£42m) purchase of virtual reality business Vuforia.”

October 12, 2015

Graphic Speak: “PTC to Acquire Qualcomm’s Vuforia Augmented Reality Technology”

“... it’s been amazing to watch the redefinition of PTC. The company has bitten off a lot, but they sure do have the attention of their competitors.”

October 12, 2015

Constellation Research: “IOT News: PTC to Acquire Augmented Reality Leader Vuforia from Qualcomm”

“"It’s All About the Collaboration. The combination of Vuforia and PTC leverages two transformational technology trends – Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR) – to deliver a new class of products that merge the digital and physical worlds..."”

October 12, 2015

Product Design & Development: “Qualcomm to Sell Augmented Reality Platform to Software Company PTC”

“PTC believes that the grouping of the Vuforia with PTC’s focus on IoT and analytics platforms will help to create cutting-edge products that integrate the digital and physical worlds.”

October 12, 2015

ZDNet: “Qualcomm Sells Vuforia AR Business to PTC for $65 Million”

“PTC plans to couple Vuforia with its IoT and analytics platforms. The ultimate goal seems to center around creating a converged workplace technology platform that taps into both AR and IoT.”

May 21, 2015

CFO: “How to Make Money with the Internet of Things”

“If you look out in the market, you’ll probably see two main camps: one highlighting all of the great outcomes that IoT will bring, and another focused on the technical details of sensors, communications protocols, security, and data management. …Over the course of a few days downtown, PTC LiveWorx brought together the technical and financial, both in terms of topics discussed and technology partners in attendance.”
May 19, 2015

CIMdata: “LiveWorx 2015: How Smart, Connected Products are Changing Business – A CIMdata Commentary”

“CIMdata was impressed with both the interest in and growth of LiveWorx and the increasing variety of companies that participated, especially new ones with IoT-focused solutions.”
May 15, 2015

Forbes: “How Internet Of Things Data Improves Product Development”

“The data provided by the Internet of Things (IoT) is fast becoming an essential tool for product development.” In this article Forbes’ Dan Woods offers five examples demonstrating the impact of IoT on product development including ThingWorx customer All Traffic Solutions.
May 11, 2015

Computer Business Review: “7 key facts from LiveWorx”

After revealing new acquisitions, partnerships and IoT platforms, PTC addressed other aspects of the IoT business.James Heppelmann, CEO of PTC made the point that "the world is making progress, but will take a while" to fully reach what IoT can offer. CBR has compiled together the main bits of day two.
May 11, 2015

Tech Clarity: “PTC PLM Vision 2015+” 

“PTC is going through a major transformation to support their customers’ evolution to the next era of product offerings – smart, connected products.” This post shares Tech Clarity’s view of PTC’s vision for PLM. It is a part of Tech-Clarity’s PLM Strategies of the Major PLM Vendors 2015+ series. It updates our views from last year’s PTC PLM Vision 2014+.
May 11, 2015

Field Service Digital: “Service Leaders Will Be Hard Hit by Internet of Things Revolution: Harvard’s Michael Porter”

discusses the LiveWorx presentation by Michael Porter and Jim Heppelmann where they summarized their Harvard Business Review piece. The article highlights points made by Michael on the four ways that Internet of Things will force service leaders to adapt.
May 9, 2015

Schnitger Corporation: “LiveWorx connects physical & digital; magic happens”

“PTC’s LiveWorx event last week showcased all things Internet of Things (IoT): technology, business processes, benefits/drawbacks, change/resistance, new opportunities and old challenges.”
May 8, 2015

Aberdeen Group: “Takeaway from LiveWorx 2015 – The Rise of Smart, Connected Products and ALM”

“I had the opportunity this week to attend PTC’s LiveWorx 2015 IoT Strategy Forum in Boston.  The event focused on improving collaboration, reducing costs, and accelerating innovation driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). It was a 2 day event that highlighted numerous real-world success stories and the future plans of IoT. The overall message I took away from the event is that the future is smart, connected products – a sentiment that I, and Aberdeen, couldn’t agree more with.”
May 8, 2015

Compass Intelligence: “IoT Eco-system comes Together at LiveWorx 2015”

“If the end purpose of LiveWorx was to drum up PR, marketing and branding for PTC, to help shed light about the true potential of a complete IoT solution, help companies and customers understand how to derive and create maximum impact from their connected products and how to generate maximum value – then the event was a resounding success.”
May 8, 2015

Joe “PTC Expands the ThingWorx Platform, Adds ColdLight Analytics”

“As I’ve discussed and written in the past, the business value of the IoT is not in connecting and managing devices, although these are critical to form the necessary foundation for value realization. The real value lies in the ability to shorten the latency in decision-making.”
May 7, 2015

Supply Chain Matters: “Supply Chain Matters Initial Impressions of LiveWorx 2015 Conference”

“…the takeaway from LiveWorx was the added profound context that was provided in the potential game-changing implications related to industry, product and value-chain competitiveness.   That was articulated by Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School who in his address, demonstrated a perceptive understanding of the impacts IoT will have on many firm’s value-chains, and indeed, how they will compete in the technology wave.”
May 7, 2015

Connected World Magazine: PTC’s Vision for IoT: Coming on Strong

“It seems every time we talk about the IoT (Internet of Things) we are engaging in a discussion about what it is and what companies and individuals perceive it to be in many different industries. While its basic definition is evolving, its contribution within the marketplace continues to remain steadfast. It’s all about data…”
May 7, 2015

Desktop Engineering: “PTC Goes All In With IoT”

“While PTC‘s latest acquisition target of a Big Data company fits squarely with its strategy to dominate the Internet of Things (IoT) market, it definitely draws the firm further away from its roots as a CAD and PLM (product lifecycle management) provider.” 
May 7, 2015

Engineering & Technology: “Raspberry Pi powers PTC's 'digital twin' concept

PTC demonstrated its Internet of Things ‘digital twin’ concept using a mountain bike fitted with a Raspberry Pi and a variety of sensors at its LiveWorx customer conference this week.
May 7, 2015

MCAD Café: “LiveWorx 2015: PTC Drives Home Its IoT Future – Part 1”

“So, you think that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a fad? Based on my experience at PTC’s LiveWorx 2015 in Boston this week, IoT is a big part of the future, not only for PTC, but for all of us.”
May 7, 2015

Design News: “IoT Buzz Sounds Like the Dot Com Era”

“…the IoT is a big deal. In many ways it’s the last and biggest promise of the Dot Com evangelicals. The premise of the disruption is that if you change the product, you change the company, and if you change the company, you change the industry. The kernel of the change is the product’s ability to communicate back to its maker over the course of its lifetime.”
May 6, 2015

Shaping the Future of IoT (video)

Mike Campbell, PTC's Executive Vice President of the CAD division sees the world a little differently. Everything is about smart connectivity. 
May 6, 2015

Forbes:  PTC Makes A New Reality

“PTC is no longer the Internet of Things best-kept-secret. LiveWorx, an annual event started by ThingWorx, the IoT platform developer PTC acquired eighteen months ago, is now the largest, fastest-growing IoT event, according to the company.”
May 6, 2015

Desktop Engineering: “ThingWorx 6.0 Ships”

PTC has released ThingWorx 6.0, the company’s scalable Internet of Things (IoT) platform. This release, according to the company, provides tools and capabilities that enable enterprises to create solutions for IoT applications.
May 5, 2015

Computerworld: "Economist: The Internet of Things will deliver surge of productivity"

“The view from Harvard's Michael Porter, an economist noted for his work on competition, is that the last 10 or 15 years have been "pretty dismal" for the economy. The IT- and Internet- driven innovations over the past four decades or so have played themselves out. The rate of investment and innovation "has been slowing down," he said. 
But that will change thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, which will deliver "tremendous" efficiency gains, he said.”
May 5, 2015

Graphic Speak: “PTC is connecting the digital prototype and the physical product”

“Today’s factories turn digital prototypes into physical products, says PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann. But what becomes of the virtual model after the real one exists? The physical product never connects back to its digital origins. As envisioned by PTC, the emerging Internet of Things is an opportunity to put the digital model back to work after manufacturing, as the digital avatar of all its physical instances.”
May 5, 2015

Boston Business Journal: “A Mass. firm just spent $105M to expand its Internet of Things business”

“Needham software company PTC Inc. said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire ColdLight, a Pennsylvania-based maker of software that uses analytics to evaluate data from connected devices, for approximately $105 million.”
May 5, 2015

Diginomica: “Is service management the killer app for the Internet of Things?”

“ServiceMax is pushing service management into the Internet of Things with a new alliance with PTC. Service management meets the Internet of Things. That’s the underlying principle behind a new partnership between ServiceMax and smart connected products provider PTC.”
May 5, 2015

Fortune: “PTC builds Internet of things analytics strategy with $105 million acquisition”

“Manufacturing software company PTC believes predictive maintenance will be one of the first clear killer apps for the Internet of things, a credible theory given big investments in this area by GE and Caterpillar.”

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