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12 May, 2014

Paul Johnston Quiz Question: If Capital electrical platform engineering software stated its’ version at the first year of release at 1.0 and we moved through a new number before the decimal point to denote each new version the current version instead of being called 2013.1 would be called what? Answer: By my calculations, I believe it would be Version 9. What’s in it for you? This Blog post is a little bit longer … Read More

Interoperability, Integrated Electrical Systems, Outsourced Integrated Electrical Systems Software, automotive wiring harness, Capital, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Interconnect Design, ROI, Upgrades, IESD, Customer Support, Wire Harness, Deployment

14 Mar, 2014

Paul Johnston It happened again this year. The assembly of personages from Mentor Graphics involved in Sales or Technical support of the sales organization getting together for planning meetings, technical training, networking and more meetings.   There is a lot of misunderstanding about Sales people, what they do, how they do it and how much use they are to you when you are considering buying software from Mentor … Read More

Capital, Capital Harness Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Mentor Sales

12 Feb, 2014

Paul Johnston Rolling out an enterprise system is for many Capital electrical platform design software customers a multi-stage process. One set of tasks in managing the distribution of the value to individuals and the corporation is to integrate to the corporate IT infrastructure. This is done mindful of the needs to provide acceptable reponse to users, adequate security policy conformance, appropriate data backup … Read More

Mentor Customer Support Division, Mentor Consulting, Outsourced Integrated Electrical Systems Software, Capital, Capital Harness Bridges, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Interconnect Design, Wire Harness, Integrated Electrical Systems, Capital Harness XC, Electrical Distribution Systems

8 Mar, 2013

Paul Johnston In an internal meeting at the end of last month I heard a fact announced.  In the total worldwide licenses for Mentor Graphics’ software for Integrated Electrical Systems the balance has changed. There are now more Capital Harness XC seats than Capital H Classic. The legacy system, the last generation software is gradually replaced by the new.  We are now at that stage where the front runner has been … Read More

VeSys Electrical Series, Capital H, Capital Harnes Classic, Capital, VeSys, VeSys 2.0, Capital Harness Systems, Capital Harness XC

3 Dec, 2012

Paul Johnston   When engineers design products – and electrical systems on transportation platforms are no exception – the process inevitably involves checking. Checking the elements of the design are all present and correct. You may be testing the systems behave to anticipated norms. You may be looking back to the requirements, the specifications, looking over the shoulder to where the design work … Read More

Manufacturing Verification, Design Validation, Capital, Capital Insight, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Design Rule Constraints, Design Rules, Capital Integrator, Data Validation

26 Nov, 2012

Paul Johnston Since the period when I added 13 countries in four years to my “new placed visited” map, my professional life has calmed down somewhat with respect to a frenetic pace of business travel. Very recently I made my first intercontinental business trip for a while. To Germany. Germany has changed a little in the last decade since I visited. Some new sights around Frankfurt Airport. My rental … Read More

Customers, LCable, Capital, Training

6 Nov, 2012

Paul Johnston Ah, a title with a “who” in it. What or who is it about? Easy answer. It’s all about you.   Everybody who works for a software company, anybody who has anything to do with the sales process in Mentor Graphics knows it. The customer is paramount. Know your customer facing orthodxy. Q: Why are we here? A: For our customers. Q: What are you doing that for? A: For a customer. Q: Why … Read More

Capital, Customers, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Mentor Graphics, Trade Shows, Detroit, Electrcal Platform Engineering Software

29 Oct, 2012

Paul Johnston   One of my coworkers recently described a situation their customer was in: “You know you want to deploy, it has to be now, you don’t know how, but you do know you don’t have enough resources to do it without risking success.” Never mind that at that stage, when those words aptly describe your predicament it can be difficult to be effective in the help I or anyone else can give implementing an … Read More

Capital, Capital Harness Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Outsourced Integrated Electrical Systems Software, Customer Support, Deployment

25 Jan, 2012

Paul Johnston Here’s something new in this blog – a post I’ve mostly not written. Below is a response from Russell Forsyth on the subject of the how to get that “time to value” in an implementation which I addressed last time. He’s a Senior Consultant with Mentor Consulting Division Americas. We’ll try and keep this under 20,000 words by not going through Russ’ successes and accolades.   Russ has the view competent … Read More

Outsourced Integrated Electrical Systems Software, methods, pilot projects, Capital, CHS Tips and Tricks, Best Practice, jumpstart engagements, Mentor Consulting, Training, Deployment, Implementation Projects

16 Jan, 2012

Paul Johnston All-Stars Occasionally in these blog postings I have highlighted contributions from team players who make Capital a pathway to business efficiency for their companies.   They were … (click blue for link)  Librarians: Without the underpinning of a complete, comprehensive and accurate electro-mechanical library your automation of engineering processes is diluted.  Product Managers at Mentor Graphics: Capital … Read More

Mentor Consulting, Integrated Electrical Systems, Product Manager, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Capital, Application Engineers, Training, Expertise, Implementation Projects, CHS, Electrical Distribution System

4 Jan, 2012

Paul Johnston Out with the old, in with the new. In my last blog I made some serious points in a lighthearted way about the importance of communication. Quite often when you get to lay your hands on some new features of the Capital software, you do it without some lead-in steps. Especially if 1) you have been anticipating new functionality, and 2) you are by nature an enthusiastic early adopter it is hard for me … Read More

Deployment, CHS, Electrical Interconnect Design, Best Practice, Capital, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Version upgrade, Capital MPM, Capital Version 2011.1, Capital Insight, Capital Level Manager

29 Nov, 2011

J VanDomelen “[Skydrol] is very unpleasant to work with. It stings. It forms a very fine mist and gets everywhere,” reveals an anonymous aircraft maintenance engineer of the widely used hydraulic fluid. “When you have a pinhole leak somewhere, and are trying to find it, you will get it all over you and itch for ages afterwards. It really should be banned as a health hazard to mechanics.” Sounds like lovely stuff, … Read More

Electronic, electrical, Milaero, Mil-Aero, Software, IESF, Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum, Capital, Mentor, Aerospace, Mentor.com, Engineer, Electric, Geek, Goodrich, Hardware

1 Nov, 2011

Paul Johnston My excuse for no blog posting has recently been a very good one. Thanks the generosity of my employers and the miracle of new life I have been on extended paternity leave.  Now I’m back and raring to go again.   Global Village My experience brought to mind the African proverb with a few variations which is in English summarized “it takes a village to raise a child“ see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Takes_a_Village. … Read More

Customers, Deployment, Capital, Mentor Consulting

22 Apr, 2011

Paul Johnston Developing global platform cars is not easy. The workload of engineers designing electrical interconnect and delivering a manufacturing BOM for suppliers is considerable. The reality of electrical and electronic feature proliferation in a vehicle platform is somewhere between harsh and vicious for electrical design and wiring engineers. Not that I’ve personally tried to knock together a car … Read More

Electrical Design Systems, Electrical Design, Electrical Distribution Systems, automotive wiring harness, Capital, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Interconnect Design, CHS, Wire Harness, circuit design software, Capital Harness, Wiring Harness, Capital Harness Systems

2 Apr, 2011

Paul Johnston I highlighted the powerful influence of customer lbrarians in delivering automation in the design of electrical systems’ interconnects using the capital suite of programs. Librarians get proficient initially through the ministrations of a trainer to guide them through the concepts of the software and how these apply to their working lives. I’ve also singled out the product management staff … Read More

Wiring Harness, Capital, Capital Harness XC, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Interconnect Design, Training, CHS, Customer Support

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