About Rob Kennedy

Rob has over 25 years of experience providing leadership in the development and delivery of services centered on PDM and PLM support for the range of PTC products, Siemens Teamcenter, Oracle Agile, Autodesk, Cadence, and multiple CAD programs. Rob has extensive experience on both sides of the service engagement having worked as a Draftsman, Designer and Design Engineer in the Semi-Conductor and Electronics Packaging field, and as Service Engineer at a Value Added Reseller.
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Who needs PLM? And will it help my business?

Who needs PLM? And will it help my business? by: Rob Kennedy, President A simple question with a simple answer. If your company designs and manufactures a product, then yes you absolutely need a PLM. I am sure I am going [...]

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Globalization in a PLM World

Globalization in a PLM World by: Rob Kennedy, President Managing and controlling the entire Product Development Process (PDP), or the process that takes a product from concept to market, can be quite a task. There are a few questions we ask [...]

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How do you ‘PLM’?

How do you 'PLM'? According to Wikipedia, PLM came from American Motors Corporation (AMC) as a way to speed up its product development process and to compete with larger competitors in 1985. So, is PLM speeding up your product development process? Is [...]

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“Recently Accessed” for speed and efficiency

"Recently Accessed" for Speed and Efficiency Here’s a great tip for working with Windchill: when you’re in a time crunch or you want to avoid navigating through Windchill to find your current work, the Recently Accessed drop-down menu is your best friend. [...]

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The Costs of Empty Software Support Seats

The Costs of Empty Software Support Seats Windchill System Administration is critical.  But finding candidates…? It’s a Jungle out there! Filling an empty Windchill System Administration seat is no easy trick. Less than 3.1% unemployment means good help is hard to find. When you do [...]

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Cool Windchill Reporting

Cool Windchill Reporting Windchill Reporting is about to get a whole lot easier! Eccellent Solutions understands the problems with Windchill reporting.  Therefore, we’re bridging the gaps between hammering out reports, and leveraging business intelligence. As a result of our efforts, [...]

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System Administration – 7 Investments

System Administration - 7 Investments What's happening to System Administration?! 7 Reasons you should invest in Sys Admin (and some you don't…) Enterprise System Administration capabilities and responsibilities are fragmenting at a rapid rate.  As a result, they're literally growing apart. With advances [...]

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System Administrator Fact 1: You run on IT

System Administrator Fact 1: You run on IT System Administrator Fact 1: “Your Business Runs on IT.” When you manage your company’s own information super highway you carry the cost of infrastructure support. If the pavement is fresh and new it’s all about [...]

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System Administration Fact 2: It’s the Data, Stupid.

System Administration Fact 2: It's the Data, Stupid. System Administration is important. Data and Information Security, System Uptime, Throughput, Configuration, and Processing Capability, all are the primary responsibilities of the System Administrator. They have a huge impact on corporate productivity and the bottom [...]

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System Administration Fact 3: They have special capabilities

System Administration Fact 3: They have special capabilities Your System Administration capabilities are specialized. But not necessarily in a good way. Five things cause this: System Administration Fact 4, Fact 5, Fact 6, Fact 7, and Evolution. Twenty years ago the number of [...]

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System Administrator Fact 4: They’re hard to find

System Administrator Fact 4: They're hard to find A Good System Administrator is hard to find. As a result, most publications have the average unemployment rate for the System Administrator sector hovering somewhere between 2% and 3%, but closer to 2% - which [...]

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System Administration Fact 5: They’re mostly entry level

System Administration Fact 5: They're mostly entry level System Administration is typically an entry level position. Don’t get me wrong, there are people who have made a nice career of being a SysAdmin. But not by staying in the role that teaches them [...]

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System Administrator Fact 6: They Get the Itch

System Administrator Fact 6: They Get the Itch Average System Administrator tenure is about seven years. Aaah, the seven-year itch! The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOLS) parks the midpoint for “longevity in a System Administration career” at somewhere between five and nine years. [...]

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System Administrator, Fact 7: They’re expensive

System Administrator, Fact 7: They're expensive According to the BOLS data, average annual salary for a “Network and Computer System Administrator” (job code 15-1142) is upwards of $80K (this is a National average, mind you. Local salaries may differ based on a particular [...]

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The Flip-side of Moore’s Law

The Flip-side of Moore's Law If you’re noticing that your Enterprise System and Business Administration capabilities are literally dis-integrating [sic], there’s a reason for that.  With every advance in computing power, greater sophistication and specialization is required to manage the inputs [...]

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Application Performance Management – Taking out the garbage.

Application Performance Management - Taking out the garbage Application Performance Management is like taking out the garbage. Actually, it’s more like my son taking out the garbage: It’s his chore; he knows it’s full, he can see that it’s full, he waits anyway, [...]

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