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PLM and FOSS, What PLM Seekers Think?
Since Aras decided to stop asking for license fees for Aras Innovator [evaluate the product]by switching to the business model that the vendor calls enterprise

plm present  The Demand of Running PLM in FOSS Environment Another aspect I’d like to present is the percentages of FOSS operating system (OS) and database being required when people think of selecting their PLM systems, regardless whether a PLM seeker is planning to have a FOSS PLM or not (figure 2). Figure 2. PLM seekers’ preference on FOSS server platform and database Figure 2 demonstrates the demand of running PLM systems on top of FOSS OS and database. Please note that a PLM seeker may choose multiple

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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PLM: A New World of (More) Collaboration and Innovation


It used to be the case that PLM was perceived as being principally about CAD tools and 3D drawings and complex technical specs that no one really understood except the geekiest of PLM geeks. This perception was justified, to an extent. After all, PLM and CAD tools can be complicated, engineers and designers tend to operate in highly specialized environments, and there's a common misconception

plm present  angles, they showed that PLM also faces the same technological disruptions (e.g., cloud, mobile, social media) as any other business software type. But they highlighted the fact that the same technologies are also enablers for innovation and collaboration across the enterprise and even outside its walls. The closing keynote was presented by an astronomer working on the European Extremely Large Telescope Project which aims to build the largest telescope in the world with a mirror of 40 meters (the largest Read More

Process PLM Vendor Sequencia Adds Portfolio Management


Sequencia extends its Process Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offering with portfolio management, leading the impact of the solution into the executive suite.

plm present  remaining portions of the PLM system. Using common scoring models, portfolio management supports the process of ranking projects according to multiple project metrics, for example Net Present Value (NPV), Expected Commercial Value (ECV), Productivity Index (PI) and Project Attractiveness Score (PAS). New projects can be evaluated against both existing projects and competing new projects, selected and prioritized. Existing projects may be accelerated, killed, or re-prioritized based upon how they relate Read More

If There's One Thing CRM Tells Us: Don't Do PLM the Same Way


Product lifecycle management (PLM) doesn't work, but it should. Industry's general approach and attitude to PLM mimics the early days of customer relationship management (CRM) adoption, and lessons from that experience should help when tackling the "ifs" and "hows" of PLM investment.

plm present  from CRM to make PLM work? Challenge 1: Understand the Importance of Integration First and foremost, CRM is an integration issue. To present a single view of the customer, we have to collate all the relevant electronic data from existing systems, and put in place processes and procedures to collect data that does not currently exist in any formal systems. So, what CRM first required was the existence of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, or at least some joined-up applications, possibly Read More

Selecting PLM Software Solutions Part 2 - Problem Overview


Past experience shows us that the vast majority of enterprise technology evaluations run over time and budget, and once selected, the majority of the implementations fail to meet functional, return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) expectations. Many companies have consequently been stuck with under-performing software products and dejected users, and are still unable to gauge their system to determine how far they are from the ideal solution for their business requirements.

plm present  mistakes when selecting a PLM solution. Vendors Vendors, their value added resellers (VARs) and system integrators (SIs) are not in an easier situation either, despite their tendency to often oversell their products. On the vendor side, the challenge of educating the potential client of their offerings results in painfully long and costly sales cycles, painstaking and numerous RFI responses time and again, and the potential for pursuing a mismatch opportunity, resulting in projects that can go terribly Read More

What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?


What does the “P” in PLM really mean? The question seems ambiguous since PLM may refer to many different things (such as an airport, a university, a railway company, etc.). Okay, so let me clarify what I mean. The PLM I’m talking about here is product lifecycle management. Now, the answer seems quite simple. However, my purpose is not to trick you with this silly question, but to explore the true

plm present  Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? What does the “P” in PLM really mean? The question seems ambiguous since PLM may refer to many different things (such as an airport, a university, a railway company, etc.). Okay, so let me clarify what I mean. The PLM I’m talking about here is product lifecycle management . Now, the answer seems quite simple. However, my purpose is not to trick you with this silly question, but to explore the true meaning of “product” under the PLM setting. So, what is a prod Read More

From Right Brain to Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM


Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. In this white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both.

plm present  Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. In this white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both. Read More

Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid


Product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation strategies are in many cases unique from company to company. However, it is not uncommon for companies to encounter some of the same obstacles or pitfalls along the way. Understanding where these nasty little pitfalls lie will hopefully help you steer clear of them, and improve your chances for PLM success.

plm present  10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. SofTech ’s solutions, including our flagship ProductCenter™ PLM solution , along with CADRA™, DesignGateway™, Prospector™ our other CAD and CAM solutions, draw on a company’s total resources to optimize product development, with crucial bottom line results. Source : SofTech Resources Related to PLM Pitfalls To Avoid : Read More

Two Origins, One Destination? A Look at the Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint


There are two major genres of PLM solution: CAD-PLM and ERP-PLM. These two types have different integration capabilities, but the gap between them is shrinking thanks to various factors driving the market. Currently, however, the difference still matters in the solution selection process.

plm present  Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint A Brief History of PLM Product lifecycle management (PLM) originated decades ago in the discrete manufacturing area, for the purposes of storing and managing product definition information (mainly computer-aided design [CAD] data). At that time, this kind of management system was usually called engineering data management (EDM) or product data management (PDM), and management of product definition activities mainly resided within the design d Read More

What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?


In an earlier post, What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?, I discussed what the word “product” means in  product lifecycle management (PLM). In this post, I am going to move onto the next letter, “L” for lifecycle. According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of lifecycle is “a series of stages through which something (as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its

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Siemens PLM Software Releases LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13


LMS, a business segment within Siemens PLM Software, announced the latest release of its LMS Imagine.Lab software, the state-of-the-art platform for mechatronic system simulation and collaborative multidisciplinary design. The latest release, LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13, delivers a variety of new features and enhancements aimed at increasing platform openness and system integration efficiency while strengthening collaboration to master the complexity of even the most advanced products.

plm present  PLM Software Releases LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13 LMS , which was acquired by Siemens in January 2013 and is now a business segment within Siemens PLM Software , announced the latest release of its LMS Imagine.Lab software, the state-of-the-art platform for mechatronic system simulation and collaborative multidisciplinary design. The latest release, LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13 , delivers a variety of new features and enhancements aimed at increasing platform openness and system integration efficiency while Read More

PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software


After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field—Siemens PLM Software. In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the

plm present  Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The company provides both Read More

PDM vs. PLM: A Matrix View


Two recent blog posts by Oleg Shilovitsky (PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective) got me wondering about what a true product lifecycle management (PLM) system actually is. In his posts, Shilovitsky discussed the differences between product data management (PDM) and PLM from the perspective of data (scope and control of the data) and process (coverage of

plm present  data management (PDM) and PLM from the perspective of data (scope and control of the data) and process (coverage of product lifecycle activities) I have a bit of a different perspective. Let me back up first and look at systems being implemented for product development and collaboration (PD&C) (I’m using this term to avoid “PDM”/”PLM”). My question is this: what are the scopes of interaction between PD&C and users, on one hand, and between PD&C and other systems, on the other hand? 1. Degree of Read More

What Can PLM Offer for SMBs?


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plm present  Can PLM Offer for SMBs? Recently I attended a product lifecycle management (PLM) seminar hosted by PTC and its North American Windchill Partner of the Year award-winner BRT Solutions . The main topic of this seminar was about how small & medium businesses (SMBs) can start and advance their PLM practices. After the seminar, I kept thinking about what the PLM industry can offer for SMBs. PLM used to be a luxury for large enterprises. Is the PLM industry ready to accommodate the increasing demands from Read More

PTC Windchill 10 for Core PLM for Discrete Industries Certification Report


PTC Windchill 10 is TEC Certified for online evaluation of core product lifecycle management (PLM) for discrete industries solutions in the Core PLM for Discrete Industries Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

plm present  Windchill 10 for Core PLM for Discrete Industries Certification Report PTC Windchill 10 is TEC Certified for online evaluation of core product lifecycle management (PLM) for discrete industries solutions in the Core PLM for Discrete Industries Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, a Read More