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Engineering is more information intensive than ever before, as communication technologies and software, computing, and analytics capabilities converge at exponential speed.

The Information Workflow Requirements of Engineers highlights common themes relating to requirements around information workflow and productivity improvements. This report highlights three key areas of need:

  • Discoverability
  • Ease of use (accessibility and interoperability)
  • Quality assurance

The report also examines the changing usage of information and workflow tools by engineers, the existing information environment, and requirements of a new generation of engineers moving into more senior roles. It also highlights several organizations that are strategically well positioned for success.

Always an information-intensive role, engineers are now knowledge workers as much as anything else, and it’s essential for vendors supporting this role to understand the challenges and opportunities at hand.

Table of contents

Why This Topic


Market Overview

   What is an Engineer?

   The Engineering Life Cycle

   Challenges Facing the Engineering Industry

What Engineers Want

   Engineers as Knowledge Workers

   Engineers and Standards-Related Information

   Engineers: The Next Generation

Information Market Landscape

    The Role of the Design Engineer

   Types of Information Providers

Companies to Watch

Essential Actions

Related Research

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Figures & Tables

Figure 1. Positioning Engineering as a Discipline

Table 1. Major Engineering Disciplines and Sub-Disciplines

Table 2. Examples of Traditional and Emerging Technology Engineering Sectors

Figure 2. The Engineering Life Cycle

Figure 3. The Project Life Cycle

Table 3. Examples of Information Tools and Software Used by Design Engineers

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