Ontonix partnership:: achieving simple and robust design [CAE]


25299_100121910026116_100000849211465_891_635125_sAltair, developer of the popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software, today announced it has partnered with Ontonix to offer OntoNet™ complexity management solutions in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). The partnership will enable Altair HyperWorks customers to further optimize the product design process and analysis.

Altair HyperWorks customers can access OntoNet™ through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications that can be accessed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) applications available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

“If CAE is to cope with the inevitable increase of product complexity, then complexity must enter the CAE loop. High complexity is a prelude to inefficiency and vulnerability; therefore it becomes necessary to use a measure of product complexity as a design attribute,” said Dr. Jacek Marczyk, founder and CTO of Ontonix. Dr. Marczyk has nearly three decades of experience in CAE, has actively pioneered innovative methodologies for uncertainty and complexity management, and has published seven books on stochastic, nonlinear mechanics and complexity management. “Technology developed by Ontonix allows engineers to conceive new solutions and designs while effectively quantifying and managing the risks associated with overly complex systems”.

via Altair and Ontonix Offer Complexity Management Solution for Achieving Simple and Robust Design – PR Newswire – sacbee.com.

Presentation: deeper understanding by thinking in systems


“Systems thinking” can help with the understanding of so much in our lives that, we either take for granted, or are content to leave in the “domain” of Academics, experts and specialists. I thought this an excellent presentation on the subject and one that may “whet the appetite” to learn more about the complexity of non-linear systems.

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Business owners, finance and risk professionals who continue to think predominantly in terms of linear processes will only succeed in increasing uncertainty in the environments in which they operate…and beyond!

Why? Because it is much easier to stick with an engrained belief system (Mental Model), particularly one that is widely accepted, understood  and applied than it is to question or challenge the norm. Contrarians are as welcome as whistleblowers in firms with something to hide!

What systems thinking illustrates is that, we need to reconsider much of what we know – or thought we knew – about “risk”. We don’t exist in a “Gaussian world” that fits neatly into a bell curve. The fact is that “outliers” in data cannot be discounted. Rare events do happen and their impact can be disproportionately large. Read more of this post

Improve Profitability & Reduce Risk — Thrive in a Recession [Forbes]


Feeling vindicated is pretty satisfying but being fully vindicated in print is a new level. HOWEVER, when an article appears in Forbes THAT IS SPECIAL. Then to top it all off the author name-checks Ontonix, our CTO (and Founder) and our services. WOW!!!

Let’s face it if I had written this article very few would even read it and bold claims about complexity management: increasing profitability; reducing risk; building resilience, etc. would be dismissed as “too good to be true” or marketing BS!

But, depending upon your perspective,  this is all the incentive a CxO should need to investigate the subject matter – to gain an insight into just how damaging excessive complexity is to a business OR, it is all the justification required to contact Ontonix.

It is now 3+ years since I wrote The Complexity Crisis, which sounded the “alarm” about how companies were losing profits, creating self-induced problems (with the best of intentions), while searching for growth in no-growth markets. Many companies were confusing proliferation with innovation, and overlooking hidden costs all over the place, because none of the standard accounting systems make them easy to identify. These errors have not damaged the top line (revenue) as much as the bottom line (net profit), but make no mistake about it; both have been adversely affected by unmanaged complexity. The issue now is what to do about that problem.

via Improve Profitability & Reduce Risk — Thrive in a Recession – Forbes.