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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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The Many Faces of PLM Part Two: The Future of the PLM Suite


The future of the PLM Suite will include more applications that cover product-related functionality and further expand the benefits available. As the PLM Suite matures, companies will benefit from increased functionality and increased integration between business processes. The ultimate expression of this more mature solution will result in a broad suite of focused, integrated applications that leverage a core of unified, structured product data - the PLM Platform.

best of breed plm  trade-offs between integration and best of breed functionality more important, requiring more detailed and overlapping product selection criteria. For more information on the tradeoff between PLM functionality and integration, see Can ERP Speak PLM? The PLM Platform Is every software application that focuses on products really a part of PLM? If you take a broad definition of PLM, such as a suite of applications that focus on leveraging product information to improve product profitability , the Read More

PLM Coming of Age: ERP Vendors Take Notice


With a PLM solution in place, a company has the ability to automate, monitor, and track product development and revision processes with their customers, suppliers, and employees amid the increasing pressures of mass customization, globalization, regulatory compliance, outsourcing, and product accountability, which are just some market driving forces.

best of breed plm  PLM solutions will involve best of breed components. Due to the number of components, earlier stipulated, that are used to deliver a PLM solution, there is still a plethora of niche providers that offer compelling products yet fail to deliver the breadth of a required solution and sustainable customer bases. However the future for stand-alone PLM niche providers that fail to differentiate their value to the market is dubious. For example look at the shopping spree during the last year of Agile Software Read More

Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM vendors recognize the need for integration and have addressed the need in their toolkits. The additional work comes from integrating the concepts and semantics of one system to the next, if this business level integration has not already been provided between the two systems. This can be a big challenge for best of breed vendors, who may need to rely on systems integrators for much of this conceptual and semantic integration.

best of breed plm  a big challenge for best of breed vendors, who may need to rely on systems integrators for much of this conceptual and semantic integration. Who Speaks PLM? In the same way that innovation is King in product design, it is also true in software application development. Enterprises that are looking for the highest level of functionality will probably want to turn to PLM specialty providers or PLM suite providers. The PLM specialists typically offer greater depth of functionality in the design, product Read More

Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations


MAPICS hereby joins the raft of enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors that are making their way into the product lifecycle management (PLM) market by bundling or partnering strategically to embed PLM functions within their suites.

best of breed plm  PLM solutions will involve best of breed components. Due to the number of earlier stipulated components that are used to deliver a PLM solution, there is still a plethora of niche providers that offer compelling products yet fail to deliver the breadth of solutions required and sustainable to customer bases. The acquisition of MAGIK! might further confirm the trend of a dubious stand-alone future for PLM niche providers that fail to differentiate their value to the market, as also illustrated in the last Read More

Selecting a PLM Vendor


PLM enterprise applications should not be selected in a vacuum. The needs and requirements of multiple departments and even business partners must be represented in the documented requirements and also on the selection team, which should attempt to examine different functions and methods involved in critical areas.

best of breed plm  deeper functional depth of best of breed vendors against the value of pre-integrated solutions from their ERP providers. However, do not automatically assume that the solution from your ERP vendor is integrated. Integration, particularly business level integration of concepts and semantics, is difficult work for your vendor as for you. Look for tight alignment and strategic investment from your ERP vendor. About the Authors Predrag Jakovljevic is a research director with Technology Evaluation Centers, Read More

The Integrated Information Management Infrastructure: The Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach


Overlooking how an application fits into your overall IT landscape can lead to costly implementations. But addressing data management with middleware solutions that work seamlessly with existing applications in your company’s IT environment can lead to significant benefits. Explore the value of technology decisions that support and maintain infrastructure-wide interoperability with regard to your data management solutions.

best of breed plm  Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach Overlooking how an application fits into your overall IT landscape can lead to costly implementations. But addressing data management with middleware solutions that work seamlessly with existing applications in your company’s IT environment can lead to significant benefits. Explore the value of technology decisions that support and maintain infrastructure-wide interoperability with regard to your data management solutions. Read More

State of the Art in TCO: Managing the Total Cost of Ownership


Total cost of ownership (TCO) is one of the most difficult metrics to benchmark. Even when using the clearest of metrics, companies often obtain inadequate results. Instead of thinking solely about how to calculate and reduce TCO, companies should think about how to manage TCO from a business perspective, in order to leverage solid, results-oriented decisions about IT solutions.

best of breed plm  of the Art in TCO: Managing the Total Cost of Ownership Total cost of ownership (TCO) is one of the most difficult metrics to benchmark. Even when using the clearest of metrics, companies often obtain inadequate results. Instead of thinking solely about how to calculate and reduce TCO, companies should think about how to manage TCO from a business perspective, in order to leverage solid, results-oriented decisions about IT solutions. Read More

The Role of Sales Training Requirements Definition and Requests for Proposals in the Success of Technology Companies


The first step in choosing an effectiveness service provider (ESP) that best meets your company's needs is to develop a requirements definition. When used as a request for proposal, the requirements definition can be a powerful evaluation and negotiation tool.

best of breed plm  proposal (RFP) is the best route. Sales Training as a Component of Success In today''s hypercompetitive business environments, companies look for the competitive edge. For many technology companies, it''s product-based. These companies strive for the best quality, the most innovation, the lowest price, the hottest technology, the greatest return on investment (ROI), or, perhaps, outstanding brand recognition. Other companies depend on stellar service or customer care to differentiate them from the competiti Read More

Core PLM for Process Industries


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

best of breed plm  PLM for Process Industries The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management, and collaboration. Read More

Analysis of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS


The advent of menu driven wireless web capabilities for SMS (Short Message Service) will allow carriers to offer their subscribers fully personalized web based menus for quick access to stock quotes and bi-directional transactions such as e-business or gaming.

best of breed plm  of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS Analysis of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS P. Hayes - May 11, 2000 Event Summary In April TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a leading developer of software applications that enable wireless carriers and enterprises to extend their capabilities to wireless devices, announced the availability of Interactive Menus, a new capability of the TCS Short Read More

Collaboration 2.0: Taking Collaboration to the Next Level: From the E-mail and Document-centric World of 'Enterprise 1.0' to the People-Centric World of Enterprise 2.0


Most business collaboration continues to be conducted via e-mail and shared folders, but forward-looking organizations are increasingly considering socially oriented and real-time collaboration solutions to instantly and seamlessly increase productivity between employees, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders. This white paper discusses new products, services, and technologies entering the enterprise collaboration space.

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The Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent


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Justification of ERP Investments Part Two: The Intangible Effects of ERP


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The Future of the SAP Economy—A Book Review of SAP Nation


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