John Papageorge Tech Guru

John is a PLM Innovation Senior Analyst at Arena Solutions. He is a results-driven consultant who has worked with some of the biggest names in technology, including Oracle, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, and IBM, to improve their marketing and lead generation strategies. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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How Cloud Accelerates the Internet of Thing's Need for Speed

In the Internet of Things (IoT) space, pain points vary widely across industries. IoT technology for enabling a smart city has very different dynamics and ramifications than the technology needed to make a smart watch for example. Regulatory hurdles for a government project may take a decade to address, whereas a consumer product could go through multiple generations of changes in one percent of those timeframes. Adoption rates for IoT also vary widely – with retail, consumer products, and manufacturing leading the way, and financial services, natural resources, and education taking longer to adopt. 

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The Rise of the Modern Manufacturing CFO

The role of CFO at innovative product companies has quickly evolved from “bean counter” to powerful agent of change and business leader. In manufacturing's past, the role of the CFO has been limited to accounting practices, such as ensuring company compliance with financial reporting and control requirements — rather than any direct involvement in specific IT strategic initiatives.

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Listen to Your Customers

Here’s a connect-the-dots exercise. Design-focused companies have outperformed the S&P 500 index by 228 percent in the last decade. Salesforce, which offers the most intuitive, highly configurable CRM SaaS solution on the market, grows 25% year over year. In a recent CNN product design survey, two of the top ten product designs in the last century — according to design experts — were from Apple, a company soon to be worth a trillion dollars.

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How Smart Manufacturers Get "Exotic Personalities" to Collaborate Nicely

A few months ago, I wrote an article about the dangers a company faces when one of its employees raves about Olive Garden. The issue isn’t that the Olive Garden lover is a problem employee — it’s that anyone tarred with the “Olive Garden lover” brush will unfairly get thrown under the bus when failures arise in a manufacturing company’s supply chain.

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Medical Device Managers Share One Secret to Success

Many executives in the medical device industry—from founders of startups to the heads of billion dollar public companies—have long felt overly burdened by what they consider unduly complex approval processes. Frustrated executives bemoan how these directives impede innovation and delay the availability of better health care.

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Turn Disruptive Change Into a Competitive Advantage

The high tech industry is undergoing a sweeping transformation. This has meant an increasingly competitive market with more pressure to perform, but also introduces new business opportunities. 

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How to Avoid the FrankenCloud Monster

Are you afraid of so-called cloud applications that go bump in the night because they are fake? What about on-premise solutions that suck the blood out of your valuable engineering resources turning them into the walking dead trapped in a perpetual cycle of maintaining your system instead of developing new application features? The opportunity cost to a company is horrific. 

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Intelligent BOM Management For Smarties

Because successful bill of materials (BOM) management is at the heart of every innovative product company’s collaboration efforts, it’s the foundation and central focus of Arena’s ever expanding product offering. Arena’s core capabilities support your company’s essential need for having centralized materials available in the cloud to enable visibility, collaboration and synchronization. 

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Avoid the Dark Side of Quality Failure

There’s been a lot of talk about our Star Wars eBooks—maybe too much talk in my opinion. Look, we here at Arena don’t see ourselves as heroes. We’re just trying to create an all-in-one product development platform that enables innovative product companies to make great products, fast.

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Why Intelligent Part Numbering Makes Kylo Ren Angry

Both Jedi and Sith blood flowed within the veins of Kylo Ren, causing the conflicted young man to suffer deep psychological torment. Unlike his emotionally restrained grandpapa Darth Vader, Ren’s shame-based anguish drove him to petulant temper tantrums and fits of rage. These violent outbursts usually followed news of costly product development errors that caused scrap, rework and shipping delays on the First Order’s new battle station.

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