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


Paris, January 4 2011 — Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions for industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composites—has announced that Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2, its product lifecycle management solution designed specifically for the fashion industries, has just been awarded certification from TEC. Lectra Fashion PLM is the only solution to have achieved TEC certification in the fashion and fashion products and accessories distribution sectors.

first data management plm  Products and Accessories Lectra First PLM Software Vendor to Achieve TEC Certification for PLM for Fashion and PLM for the Distribution of Fashion Products and Accessories Paris, January 4, 2011 — Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions for industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composites—has announced that Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2, its product lifecycle management solution designed specifically for the fashion industries, has just been Read More

The Importance of Component Event Management in a PLM Strategy


Component event management promises an answer. Component event management is a methodology to systematically detect and resolve component events in the most timely and efficient manner possible. This paper will introduce the philosophy of component event management and introduce a new category of software that is being developed to help implement this concept and improve business performance.

first data management plm  OEM’s supply chain: The first Component Event lead-time that needs to be addressed is the time from the notification to the time that a Component Event is identified. This time is highly dependent on the ability to analyze large amounts of data and put it into context. The second Component Event lead-time that must be addressed is the time that it takes to react to the Component Event. Until the Component Event is delivered to the appropriate person to resolve it, no progress will be made. This time is Read More

PLM Migration: Migrate Your Mind First


This article identifies the increasing requirements of system replacements in the product lifecycle management (PLM) area and recommends users rethink the implementation scope, system integration, acquisition method, and so on before strategizing their PLM migration plans.

first data management plm  Migration: Migrate Your Mind First Everything has a life cycle—even a product lifecycle management (PLM) system. No matter how excited and satisfied you were when your PLM (or its predecessor, product data management [PDM]) system was up and running, as time passed you started to notice that your current system was becoming a constraint. It became an obstacle to continuously raise your organization’s performance. At a certain point, when the current system became more and more unbearable despite the 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.

first data management plm  starts with design data. First and foremost, data should be looked at as one of your greatest assets. But poorly managed data can have a negative effect on productivity-and possibly your bottom line. Issues such as version control, ile format, or the inability to access the proper data at the right time are all data management issues that could end up costing your business a considerable amount of money and your engineers a signiicant amount time. Often the challenge is that the design data within the Read More

Infor Fashion PLM Offers Product Lifecycle Management for the Fashion Industry with a Fresh Approach


Infor recently announced the availability of Infor Fashion PLM, a brand new application, built from the ground up, that aims to link tricky and vital areas of “softlines” product development to the supply chain—from line planning, design, development and sourcing, to production, inventory management, customers, and distribution. This release means that Infor has become the very first enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider that can offer a PLM solution in all of the following realms: discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and fashion/apparel manufacturing and retailing.

first data management plm  has become the very first enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider that can offer a product lifecycle solution (PLM) in all of the following realms: discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and fashion/apparel manufacturing and retailing.   The Long Catwalk to Infor Fashion PLM   Via inherited acquisitions, Infor has long had various pieces of fashion PLM and ERP capabilities. From former Lawson Software came Infor M3 ERP and Freeborders PLM, while former SSA Global had brought what are today Read More

Asset Management


Asset management is crucial for businesses that wish to keep costs down while running an efficient service. Waer Systems has taken its experience in controlling inventory and has applied it to the management and reservation of an organization’s assets. Waer’s cloud-based solution, WAERlinx, provides companies with the resources to systematically process operations, maintenance, and the upgrading of assets, cost-effectively.

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Core HR Systems: Flawless Execution Enabling Strategic HR Management


Human resources (HR) professionals are tasked with ensuring employee needs are fulfilled and employer interests are protected. Management of core employee data, such as record-keeping, time and attendance, and payroll processing, is a cornerstone of every HR operation, and the way companies collect and maintain such data is critical. Find out what core HR management capabilities and systems today’s companies are using.

first data management plm  HR Systems: Flawless Execution Enabling Strategic HR Management Human resources (HR) professionals are tasked with ensuring employee needs are fulfilled and employer interests are protected. Management of core employee data, such as record-keeping, time and attendance, and payroll processing, is a cornerstone of every HR operation, and the way companies collect and maintain such data is critical. Find out what core HR management capabilities and systems today’s companies are using. Read More

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.

first data management plm  Many Faces of PLM Part Two: The Future of the PLM Suite 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 Read More

Integrating Customer Relationship Management and Service Resolution Management


The business case for integrating call center service resolution management into customer relationship management is becoming increasingly obvious, as companies need to rely more on inbound (customer-generated) calls than on outbound telemarketing efforts.

first data management plm  industry standards. As the first factor indicates, an adaptive service enterprise must be sensitive to ever changing customer requirements, and must foster an optimal customer experience by creating and delivering incremental services that customers want and are willing to pay for. This requires an IT infrastructure capable of seamlessly tracking and managing interactions across all customer touch points, such as the retail store, the Internet, e-mail, fax, the call center, etc. Though CRM mega-vendors Read More

Knowledge Management: The Core of Service Resolution Management


Businesses today need to demonstrate their value to customers by making information that is relevant to them accessible. Hence the need for knowledge management software, which helps companies segment and then distribute the information their customers want to know.

first data management plm  discussed in Making the First Call Count by Greg McFarlane, an astute KM software has to make it easier for agents to author new knowledge when new services, products, or upgrades are in place. This reduces the need for agents (especially novice agents) to escalate calls to the upper service tier. This decreases the costs and the lengths of calls, but more importantly, it gets calls answered more quickly. In addition, the diagnostic search functionality helps resolve customers'' issues quickly and 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.

first data management plm  ). Analyze Existing Systems First The most important point for prospective buyers of PLM technology—or any technology—is to do a very thorough analysis of your existing systems. The buyer should determine where the corporation''s business needs will be in the next few years, and how it intends to integrate the systems (do not forget that mapping data from one place to another is the most arduous, expensive, and time consuming part of the whole process, and one of the major reasons for the failure of Read More

Warehousing Management: Yard Management, Competitive Analysis, and Challenges


The business remains challenging to even the most established vendors, since an intensifying product architecture rejuvenation and functional enhancements cycle, the pressure from the ERP intruders, and continued market consolidation exert fiscal pressure across the sector.

first data management plm  Management: Yard Management, Competitive Analysis, and Challenges Extension to Yard Management Enterprise systems are penetrating every aspect of a company''s operations. For some time now, organizations have realized that the warehouse must become a dynamic area. Warehouse personnel must have access to real-time data to closely match supply and demand and to streamline the supply chain, so inventory is not bogged down in warehouses causing precious overhead to be lost. As a result, supply chain Read More

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Mobile workforce management is a complex process that includes workforce planning, assignment decisions, and plan execution. To align this complex process with your business goals, you need to measure your performance and develop various corrective actions. This white paper discusses performance management—and how you can measure, analyze, and make decisions about the performance of your workforce and service organization.

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Cash management is an essential business process all organizations must perform to survive. Though cash management uses automation for much of the “grunt” work, it is human intelligence in the financial decision making that does the rest.

first data management plm  Management 101 Cash management is a need common to both large and small businesses alike. In its simplest terms, cash management is the assurance that today''s receivables plus today''s account balances exceed today''s payables. Failure to practice this business management process guarantees bankruptcy. Every large organization has a cash management group, sometimes called the treasury . This group''s function includes management of such items as investments and borrowing in addition to the organization''s Read More