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CAD in the Cloud? Sorry, It’s Not Happening

Posted By Jeff Moad, June 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM, in Category: Cybersecurity

Now that many manufacturers are finally embracing cloud enablement of a wider range of systems and data—including salesforce automation, HR, procurement, even ERP—can a migration of core product data and CAD applications to the cloud be far behind?

Yes, actually, at least in the opinion of Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of CAD and PLM supplier PTC. Speaking this week at the company’s annual customer conference in Anaheim, CA, Heppelmann said many of his company’s manufacturing customers remain very concerned about the security risks involved in moving proprietary parametric product data to the cloud. As more products gain connectivity to the Internet, Heppelmann noted, they are increasingly vulnerable to being hacked, a possibility that becomes greater if cloud-based design data is compromised. For that reason, he said, many manufacturers have no intention to migrate CAD applications and data to the cloud.

Addressing a PTC competitor that is more committed to CAD in the cloud, Heppelmann added, “Sorry, Autodesk, that’s just the way it is.”

What do you think? Does CAD in the cloud make sense?

Category: Cybersecurity
Written by Jeff Moad

Jeff Moad is Research Director and Executive Editor with the Manufacturing Leadership Community. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program. Follow our LinkedIn Groups: Manufacturing Leadership Council and Manufacturing Leadership Summit


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Cloud is a computing option - you run your own server configuration, or you outsource, or you do a mix. The problems begin when your Cloud apps need to exchange data with legacy systems running at your site. The traffic can slow processing down to a crawl. Of course, adding more and more bandwidth solves the problem.
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