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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

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

Best-of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On


The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches.

best of breed plm  of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches. 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

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

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.

best of breed plm  PLM Benefits , PLM Best Practices , PLM Business Process , PLM Companies , PLM Consultant , PLM Consulting , PLM Cost , PLM CRM , PLM Engineering , PLM Evaluation , PLM Financial , PLM Global , PLM Implementation , PLM Industry , PLM Knowledge , PLM Management , PLM Manufacturing , PLM Marketing . Foreword The original ''Top 10 PLM Pitfalls to Avoid'' white paper summary was developed in conjunction with a Web seminar series on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) given collaboratively by John Stark Read More

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


IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive customization are the key contributors to increasing identity management costs to four or five times more than the price of the initial identity software license. Learn how software as a service (SaaS) can reduce the cost and complexity of IT infrastructure.

best of breed plm  Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive customization are the key contributors to increasing identity management costs to four or five times more than the price of the initial identity software license. Learn how software as a service (SaaS) can reduce the cost and complexity Read More

Infor’s Acquisition of PeopleAnswers Foregrounds Big Data Behavioral Analysis of Employees


Infor has announced the acquisition of PeopleAnswers, a company specializing in predictive talent analytics. PeopleAnswers’ application maps the behavioral DNA of organizations by analyzing 39 behavioral traits to reveal behaviors that drive success—as understood by each company.

best of breed plm  gold standard for hiring best practices. This appears to be a solution that would work very well with workforce management, where reducing turnover and maximizing employee efficiency are major concerns. Using tools such as PeopleAnswers invites ethical and regulatory constraints that would prevent the profiling of individuals who do not possess certain “desirable” traits by the groups that define success within a company. PeopleAnswers’ customers include Audi, Foot Locker, Gold’s Gym, Hertz, Read More

University of Kentucky Leveraging SAP HANA to Lead the Way in Use of Analytics in Higher Education




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Maximize the Green Efficiency of Multi-Site National Rollouts of Technology


The service industry consumes millions of gallons of fuel and expends trillions of pounds of carbon monoxide each year as trucks roll to installation and service locations. Eliminating unnecessary travel is one way service companies can help protect the environment, and meet environmental compliance requirements. Discover a methodology that can help you reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions.

best of breed plm  the Green Efficiency of Multi-Site National Rollouts of Technology The service industry consumes millions of gallons of fuel and expends trillions of pounds of carbon monoxide each year as trucks roll to installation and service locations. Eliminating unnecessary travel is one way service companies can help protect the environment, and meet environmental compliance requirements. Discover a methodology that can help you reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions. Read More

CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises in a strategic sense. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. I then explored the advantages and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from stalwart

best of breed plm  approach may be the best strategy. In this setup, a set of PLM processes becomes a layer on top of one or more underlying enterprise solutions. Each underlying PLM and/or ERP solution can be specific to the particular process step or department in the process. To overcome the shortcomings of the traditional CAD- and ERP-based PLM providers, there has been a new crop of so-called organic PLM products, such as those by Aras Corp., Arena Solutions, Nuage, Omnify Software, Tradestone Software , etc. While 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.

best of breed plm  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 Read More

CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

best of breed plm  benefits in theory (i.e., best integration, contract volume discounts, one source of support, etc.), there are other important considerations to take into account, including the best PLM capabilities, the best ERP integration, specific industry support and savvy, etc. Ironically, a “whole enchilada” system by a single ERP-PLM provider might require higher costs and time to implement or upgrade as compared to implementing separate enterprise pieces. Limited (or non-existent) digital product and Read More

Customer Success Story: University of Maryland School of Medicine


The University of Maryland School of Medicine had already experienced VMware technology as a way to consolidate its servers; what it didn’t realize was that the company’s solution could also address its disaster recovery needs. By combining two storage technologies—creating a common storage area network (SAN)—the school has reduced unexpected downtime from hours to seconds and has saved thousands of dollars in hardware costs.

best of breed plm  Success Story: University of Maryland School of Medicine The University of Maryland School of Medicine had already experienced VMware technology as a way to consolidate its servers; what it didn’t realize was that the company’s solution could also address its disaster recovery needs. By combining two storage technologies—creating a common storage area network (SAN)—the school has reduced unexpected downtime from hours to seconds and has saved thousands of dollars in hardware costs. Read More

Out-of-the-box PLM: PLM and E-collaboration Software for the Electronics Industry


Electronics manufacturing is one of the most complex manufacturing processes. Special software functionality is required to manage information throughout the supply chain, collaborate with subcontractors, and minimize development time. Learn about product lifecycle management (PLM) and product data management (PDM) solutions that provide the right data management functionality for electronics manufacturers.

best of breed plm  of-the-box PLM: PLM and E-collaboration Software for the Electronics Industry Electronics manufacturing is one of the most complex manufacturing processes. Special software functionality is required to manage information throughout the supply chain, collaborate with subcontractors, and minimize development time. Learn about product lifecycle management (PLM) and product data management (PDM) solutions that provide the right data management functionality for electronics manufacturers. Read More