I would like to draw your attention to a couple of items that relate to ODB++ either directly or indirectly. First, on the resources page you will find the first of a series of papers published by one of the Alliance partners, Optimum Design Associates. Take a look at “Lean NPI at Optimum Design Associates – Part 1 where are we now?”, at http://www.odb-sa.com/resources/. Step by step, Optimum will be describing how they are adapting their design and manufacturing flow to take maximum advantage of ODB++ data and (as a side note..) the application of DFM during the design process. I recommend you follow the story as it unfolds during coming months. If you want to give any feedback to Optimum you can link to them from the partners’ page on this site. Second, has anybody seen the report from Aberdeen Group at http://research.aberdeen.com/1/ebooks/pcb-npi/index.html ? Lots of interesting conclusions about PCB design-to-manufacturing data transfer, following a thorough industry survey. What I thought interesting was the conclusion that there are multiple interconnected factors associated with being “Best in Class” in design-to-manufacturing integration. There is not just one “silver bullet” that will get you in the “Best in Class” category. Take a look at the report to see what I mean!