5 Techniques for Accelerating Engineering Development

Design News | March 12, 2019

Whether it's a parts company, software supplier, or all the way to system integrators and even consultants, no one seems immunte to the ideas of decreasing costs and faster time to market, while improving product quality.
Probably ninety percent of all engineering vendors rely on these sorts of coveted, and often overused, marketing phrases. But any hyperbole aside, it touches on a reality of human nature. We want to do more at the same or better quality level, while also decreasing the resources we use to achieve our end goals.

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New technology is exciting, but we shouldn’t let that cloud the fact that we work in an industry built on people. We took this simple position in deciding to produce this report, and it is one we believe underpins the successful deployment of any new technology. Our aim is to shine some light on the narrative surrounding legal technology.

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New technology is exciting, but we shouldn’t let that cloud the fact that we work in an industry built on people. We took this simple position in deciding to produce this report, and it is one we believe underpins the successful deployment of any new technology. Our aim is to shine some light on the narrative surrounding legal technology.

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SOCOTEC GROUP | January 18, 2022

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