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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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Best Practices in Extending ERP: A Buyer’s Guide to ERP versus Best-of-breed Decisions


The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to expand, blurring the boundaries of core ERP functionality. The three essential factors to consider in ERP versus best-of-breed decisions are functionality, integration, and the ability to upgrade. Find out the questions you need to ask when considering an ERP extension.

data management best practices plm  and the extensions? If data must be shared by two or more applications, which application owns the data? Do the architectures of your ERP and any extensions being considered easily support integration and interoperability? Accessible Technologies, Inc (ATI) is one company that faced these integration decisions. The firm designs, manufactures and markets Pro- Charger© brand supercharger systems for automotive, marine, truck and commercial applications. The challenge for us is managing two distribution Read More

Fighting Back: How Product Data Management Can Give You the Competitive Edge


Canadian manufacturers are getting squeezed. Challenged by a rising Canadian dollar, forced to hold the line on prices in the US market, pressured by customer demand for lower prices, better quality, and quicker service, these manufacturers need a way to retain their competitive edge and increase bottom-line profitability. Find out why product data management (PDM) is a solution you can turn to in these challenging times.

data management best practices plm  Back: How Product Data Management Can Give You the Competitive Edge TEC provides decision support systems (DSS) that enable stakeholders to objectively identify the software products that best fit their company''s unique business and systems requirements. TEC is organized in evaluation centers like Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). PLM also incorporates vital product data management (PDM) functionality. Source: Technology Evaluation Centers Resources Related to Fighting Back: How Product Data 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

data management best practices plm  means a compartmentalized  product data management (PDM)  implementation in an engineering department, with not many instituted collaborative PLM processes across other departments and trading partners. My post concluded that in spite of the elusive benefits from PLM collaboration, switching from one PLM system for another one (regardless of its CAD or ERP origin) in a rip-and-replace manner will not necessarily solve most of the aforementioned issues. Can the New Organic Crop of PLM Apps Help? But Read More

The Importance of Component Event Management in a PLM Strategy


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data management best practices plm  complementary to current Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) applications, adding additional information and event management capabilities to better manage the component lifecycle. There are two key aspects that make Component Event Management different than PDM. The first is the concept of an “event”. Component Event Management ties actions around externally driven events that must be addressed in a timely manner to avoid significant costs. The second is context. Read More

Lectra First PLM Software Vendor to Achieve TEC Certification for PLM for Fashion and PLM for the Distribution of Fashion Products and Accessories


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data management best practices plm  and consistency of product data throughout the collection development process. Intelligent and Exhaustive Production Process Management Lectra also ensures that the production process interfaces seamlessly with its PLM solution. All the data necessary for production is available and accessible company-wide, facilitating optimization of costs and production times. Its wide range of production process management tools (material savings management, cutting order planning) can simulate various production Read More

Top Three Learning Management Trends for 2011


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data management best practices plm  and LMS solutions. Using data from TEC’s Evaluation Centers, we compiled information about end-user trends (looking first at users by geographic location and then by industry). The percentages in the figures below were derived by taking the total number of end-user inquiries from each location or industry type and dividing that by the total number of users for a given year. If we look at statistics over the past three years, we see a growing interest in learning management in specific geographic Read More

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


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data management best practices plm  often means a product data management (PDM) implementation in an engineering department without implementation of very many collaborative PLM processes with other departments and trading partners. See  Kurt Chen’s blog post on the differing scopes of PDM and PLM . Another reality is that most of CAD-based PLM vendors’ revenues still come from their CAD businesses (over two thirds of revenue). On the other hand, SAP’s 8,000 PLM customers on paper make it the PLM market leader. Some PLM Read More

Business Process Management as a Blueprint for Mobile Workforce Management


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Selecting a PLM Vendor


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