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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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.


Why On Premise Solutions Are a Bad, Bad Practice

When it comes to getting product lifecycle management (PLM) systems up and working, Solution Consultant Mark Andres has managed both on-premise ‘big box’ PLM as well as cloud PLM implementations. Having seen PLM from both sides of the fence, Andres — without prejudice or harsh interrogation methods — confesses willingly to preferring cloud-based PLM systems. “The benefits of cloud are overwhelming, especially from an IT support perspective,” says Andres.


Want Dark Lord Visibility Into Your Design Processes?

The benefits of a holistic product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to provide unparalleled visibility across the supply chain date back to the time of Middle Earth.


Three Warning Signs You're Being "Catfished" By a Fake Cloud Vendor

The cloud is your dream date. You can see a future together. Kids. Puppies. No costly infrastructure and resources needed to maintain on-premise software. It’s a chance to focus your precious human capital (namely engineers) on critical core business activities.


A Truly Frightening Supply Chain Horror Story

Over the millennia, Halloween has evolved from a somber pagan ritual to a day of costumes, parades and treats for children. The merriment also includes ghost stories—mostly revolving around haunted OEMs—that are spooky enough to send shivers up the spine.


The Chicago Bears: Mistakes Every Business Should Avoid

For over 40 years, my father was a Chicago Bears season ticket holder. He was in the stands at Wrigley Field when the Bears beat the New York Giants to win the 1963 championship. He saw Gale Sayers race up and down a muddy field, scoring six touchdowns in a single game against the San Francisco 49ers. He watched Dick Butkus, the greatest middle linebacker in NFL history, brutalize opposing offenses. And, of course, he watched Walter Payton, aka ‘Sweetness’, break rushing records.


Unlock the Secrets of IoT

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is a term you’ve probably read in the headlines. Perhaps a lot. Analysts forecast IoT revenues will reach $3 trillion in 2020 with 30 billion devices expected to be connected through the Internet.


Rise of the Killer Robots Has Begun

Bill Gates. Elon Musk. Stephen Hawking. When the world's most brilliant, technologically savvy minds warn us of the danger of “killer robots”, it's no longer science fiction — it's a reason for pause.


Engineering Lessons From The Dark Side

If you’re a Star Wars historian or engineer, your days are probably filled with these nagging thoughts:  Why did the Death Star ship to market with an obvious design flaw? How did the Dark Side get FDA approval for Darth Vader’s ambulatory suit? What supply chain solution did the Rebel Alliance use to design X-Wing Fighters?


What’s the Real Total Cost of Ownership of On-Premise Software?

I wanted to step outside of character today and shine the light on some other PLM smarty-pants to see where they weigh in on the topics of PLM return on investment, total cost of ownership and opportunity costs.


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