Spring 2013

Editor: Karen McCandless
Cover: One single view

The Spring 2013 issue of Speak is out now, focusing on Microsoft technology in retail, consumer industries and hospitality. This issue, Speak reports back from the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, which showcased Microsoft’s innovations in the retail industry including Windows 8 powered devices and apps, cloud productivity tools such as Office 365, intelligent systems, smartphones, digital signage, handheld devices and POS tablets.

Elsewhere, Speak presents a special Windows 8 report, which explains how Microsoft’s new operating system is helping to transform the face of retail, as well as looking at the Windows 8 apps that have already been developed and exploring the specific features that demonstrate just how suitable it is for the enterprise.

Cover story

Fast track success


Lindsay James finds out how high performance automotive engineering company RML is relying on Siemens PLM Software technology to deliver the most innovative high performance cars in the industry.

In practice

We highlight successful technology implementations at Samsung Electronics and The European Organization for Nuclear Research

Company spotlight

Dassault Systèmes’

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform is helping STRUCTeam to efficiently present concepts while increasing design process efficiency, accuracy and collaborative innovation


Thought leadership articles providing insight into industry trends from Invensys’s Steve J. Elliott and Jan Larsson from Siemens PLM Software


Mobile collaboration in PLM


Karen McCandless explores how having access to data from a connected manufacturing community on mobile devices can enable product innovation.

The bigger picture

Amber Stokes finds out how key IT trends are helping to give manufacturers complete visibility into their supply chains.


A round up of the latest stories from the manufacturing industry including Microsoft’s company reorganisation, new solutions from Dassault Systèmes, Siemens and GE, and a round up from ARC’s India forum

Signing out

GE’s Jim Walsh and PTC’s Jim Heppelmann explain the value of closing the loop between product design and production execution

Video Highlight

RML Group Video Case Study

Solution profile

Dynamics AX

Karen McCandless explores how Dynamics AX is enabling Xiamen Tungsten Group to improve efficiency as it undergoes rapid growth


Enterprise quality management systems


It’s the people that can make or break the success of an enterprise quality management system, says Mike James

3D modelling

Manuel Rei highlights the shortfalls in flexible printed circuit board design today and explains how manufacturers can revolutionise their approach.


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Speak provides its readers with a quarterly digest of features, commentary and case studies focusing on the significant challenges faced by today's retail, hospitality and consumer-focused businesses. Written by a well-informed team of journalists and with supporting contributions from a range of thought leaders, an insightful and balanced view is assured.