What Is Inforbix?

This morning I woke up to this blog post by David Levin of Ledas announcing that Oleg Shilovitsky of Beyond PLM had announced a new company called Inforbix. I knew Oleg was up to something when I met him and his business partner Anatoly Savin recently in Moscow. But I didn’t know what. So I headed to the Inforbix web site to learn more about the company. And I could not make head nor tail of what they were about. So I sent an email to Oleg with three words “What is it?” That lead to a half an half an hour conversation with him this evening, after which I still have no clue what the company is about. Reason? They are still not ready to disclose what it is they are doing.

The web site is actually a teaser. Which is fine. But I found it odd that it has a form asking people to sign up for a Beta program. Which begs the question, “How do you decide that you want to sign up for a beta program when you don’t know what the beta program is about?

According to this “What is Inforbix?” page:

Inforbix is developing a brand new approach to collecting product data from disparate sources, finding semantically connected pieces of information and presenting them to the user in a meaningful way. These data sources can include CAD files, Office, Emails, databases, enterprise applications (CRM, ERP, PDM, PLM) and homegrown systems. The application functions will include search, browsing and ability to slice, dice and present product data in various forms.

Sounds a lot like the enterprise search stuff that Dassault Systemes is doing with Exalead. I asked Oleg to describe the problem that his solution would be trying to solve. He replied, “There is a lot of product data in Engineering and Manufacturing which is dispersed in different places. People don’t know how it is related and how they can reuse that data.” He gave me an example of one of his customers (who he calls Design Partners for reasons beyond the limits of my comprehension) who manufactured pumps. They found that they had a leakage problem, zeroed it down to Manufacturing and fixed it by changing assembly instructions. Two months later the problem surfaced again. Using the Inforbix solution they were able to look at their data in a different way and found that the problem coincided with shipments from one of their suppliers.

Oleg tells me that these so called “Product Data Applications” that Inforbix is building are going to be off-the-shelf applications and not custom software solutions. It is not a PLM system. And neither is it going to replace any existing system in an enterprise. Rather it will work with existing systems and offer better ways to relate different types of data.

The company is self funded and headquartered in Boston. It has more than 20 people located in Boston and Russia. Now that you are non the wiser as to what Inforbix really is you can curse me for wasting your time and continue doing your work. 😉

  • Stan Przybylinski

    I met with Oleg a few weeks ago, and he showed me a demo. Very interesting…

  • Deelip, thank you for posting about Inforbix! We just started and we are developing our first products to have it ready for beta. We are planning to share more information via our blog- Product Data Space (http://inforbix.com/product-data-space). Read our blog and follow us on twitter and Facebook to learn more about Inforbix. Best, Oleg@inforbix.

  • Anonymous

    For those that know Oleg, there is no doubt that the message about the product may be a bit cryptic, but it will nonetheless be interesting. I haven’t seen anything like the demo that Stan mentions above, but I like the idea of a tool that creates context for seemingly unrelated product data. Sounds a bit like magic, but it would be a very useful piece of magic. In any event, best of luck to Oleg and the Inforbix team!

    • Jonathan, we are working on demo and beta. Best, Oleg

    • Jonathan, we are working on beta and demo versions. Best, Oleg

      • Kiran Kumar

        To me it sounds like an application that is integrated with multiple PDM,PLM,ERP,etc. systems to give a complete detailed report, etc. Interesting… How configurable and customizable it can be, will decide its acceptability in the industry. Good thought inforbix… you discovered a new market place… if you succeed in this, you will face lots of competition from all big player… good luck.

        • Kiran,

          Yes, the product data is comingfrom CAD files, Excels, PDM/PLM, CRM, ERP and other systems and data sources in the company. What you say about conformability and customizability is very important. We put a significant focus in this direction.

          Thank you for your comments and wishes! You are invited to visit our blog on www dot inforbix dot com.

          Best, Oleg

    • Jonathan, we are working on beta and demo versions. Best, Oleg

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  • Phil Spreier

    Curse you for wasting my time 🙂

  • snowshoe2

    Well, looks like Autodesk thought enough of the product.