This post is again a reaction to the post from Oleg Shilovitsky's. The post was titled :
Let us get back to the question, just a bit of history before google map GIS was complex, expensive, not web based software, closed source, understood and used by a very small subset of the population. Do you see any resemblance with PLM ? :-)
Google maps brings it to the mass.
I agree with you that none of the application or technology below deliver something close to what google maps bring.
- Enterprise Mashups (application area emerged from ability to mix data coming from different sources and present it to user.
- Microsoft Excel Services (high acceptance of Excel user interface make it usable everywhere)
- Dassault Systemes 3DLive (very promising lifelike user experience comes last year in new DS products).
So if PLM want to get close to that ubiquity PLM vendor will need to open the doors and the windows in order to get some fresh air, idea in. This put them in front of 2 challenges :
- Ability to deliver code able to compete with other open source software. In my eyes that means improve their quality and documentation
- Build a business model to keep up this effort and make benefits from it.
Afresco manage to do it in a different realm I am sure someone will do it the only questions left are who and when.