Collaboration is such as sweet word. Remember, collaborative design, collaborative PDM, collaborative PLM, collaborative engineering, etc. Nice buzzwords, but what does it really mean? For many people, the word “collaboration” is really confusing.
Culture is eating strategy for breakfast and technology for lunch. While to create new technology and develop tools is an absolute priority for engineering and manufacturing software vendors, lots of this stuff is not proliferate in the minds of engineers. And the reason for that is intertia.
Mobile devices have changed the way we live for the last 5 years. A decade ago, I was perfectly satisfied with the mobile email on my Blackberry. Everything else was on my desktop or laptop. Not any more. Now when everyone has a smartphone, Apps is a central place of the universe.