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Critical Components of an E-PLM System
E-business has prompted a lot of vendors to move towards creating electronic product lifecycle management (e-PLM) suites. However, enterprise resource planning

allocation of actual or budgeted amounts  development projects with resource allocation, status reporting, deliverable tracking, and portfolio analysis Additional e-PLM Components Description Collaborative Engineering Collaboration tools allowing remotely located team partners to work on designs and resolve issues independently and collectively and on-line Process Engineering Components for process design and simulation, computer-aided manufacturing, computer-aided process planning (CAPP), electronic work instructions, computer-aided process

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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