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It’s All About the Stories: More Fusion Lifecycle Classes at AU2020

Michelle Stone
October 29, 2020

Last week I outlined some reasons to attend Autodesk University this year and a handful of Fusion Lifecycle classes you’ll want to check out (did you know it’s FREE to attend AU this year? Just register).

Our team in Europe have several sessions they want to highlight.  I got to preview two of them this week and love the story telling aspect of these classes – it’s not just the ‘what’, but also the ‘why’.  Keep these sessions on your radar! They will be available on demand the week of AU and I’ve listed the Q&A times when you can meet with the presenters.

Story telling

Gain Business Insights to Improve Decision Making and Lifecycle Efficiency – Thursday, November 19 at 14:00 (UTC)

Having all process-related information at hand in real time by using a PLM (product lifecycle management) system helps to reveal inefficiencies and bottlenecks in your daily processes. Learn how you can use PLM to determine automatic key performance indicators (KPIs) and reports to assess your company’s success. In the next step, see how these insights can be improved to continuously improve the flow of information and collaboration.

Automate Supply Chain Collaboration – Thursday, November 19 at 16:30 (UTC)

Sharing data with suppliers in real time, the right format, and the latest version is a challenge for global supply chains. Keeping everyone in the lifecycle posted about changes is barely possible without a real-time collaboration platform. Learn about the key benefits for supplier collaboration provided by Fusion Lifecycle cloud-based PLM (product lifecycle management) system: real-time data provisioning and acknowledgement; definition and tracking of suppler deliverables; integration of suppliers in change management activities

Shift Your Change Processes to a Higher Gear with Fusion Lifecycle – Thursday, November 19 at 10:00 (UTC)

Effective change management is critical to deliver your products and projects on time, with the right quality and within budget. Throughout the product lifecycle many changes can happen. Change management isn’t just for engineering and manufacturing but also other stakeholders such as suppliers, service, and so on. In this class you will see how Fusion Lifecycle software can help you take control of change by offering a collaborative environment where product changes are fully defined, reviewed, approved, and implemented. We will show you the out-of-the-box workflows and see how we can easily extend them to respond to change requests in time, quickly discover and assess the scope of changes, learn the complete change history log, and manage team activities in context of your change activities.

Shorten Lead Times by Integrating Design Automation in Downstream Processes – Thursday, November 19 at 12:00 (UTC)

More and more companies are moving to a configure-to-order approach, making their products modular and configurable. Where in the past each customer order was designed separately, with a product configurator, every order is compiled from existing modules. The automated output of the configured product (quote, visuals, Bill of Materials) can be used in the downstream processes. This means a significant reduction in the turnaround time for lengthy processes such as quoting, planning, and engineering. The Forge platform offers with the Design Automation API for Inventor software a technology to build a web-based configurator, automating BOM, pricing, and 3D-visualization delivery. Besides that, Fusion Lifecycle software offers the perfect platform for managing the business-wide workflows, like the management of downstream engineering, sales, and change processes. In this class, we will show you an example of how to build and combine these technologies to get an integrated process.

The first two classes listed about are presented by Sven Dickmans, the other two by Peter Van Avondt. Combined they have about 40 years of experience in helping customers find value in enterprise solutions. You can be sure you’ll learn a lot from them!


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