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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 Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It?


The question, 'Do vertical industry needs play a significant role in a PLM software selection?' should be a simple question to answer. Instead, it is a question best answered with a series of questions.

what is plm software  criteria can be evaluated. What do you mean by PLM ? Before any software selection it is important to identify and prioritize the requirements of the solution. This is just as true for PLM as it is for ERP, Supply Chain, CRM and other solutions. In PLM, however, the documentation and prioritization is even more important because of the large range of solutions that are labeled PLM . It is also difficult because there are no full suite PLM solutions available. Solutions support features from Read More

PLM Fundamentals: A Framework for Approaching PLM Initiatives


It may come as a surprise to you, but every organization that brings a product to market already has a product lifecycle management (PLM) system in place. And the choices as to which software tools or system an organization should employ in its initiatives should be entirely based on the review and assessment of its current PLM system.

what is plm software  ground up investigation of what is involved in taking an idea or concept through to market introduction and eventual retirement which is what PLM is supposed to facilitate. This applies to tangible products such as computers or cars, as well as intangible products such as financial assets or insurance policies, regardless of whether they are for business or consumer markets. From this vantage point it becomes easier to assess an organizations approach to managing their products'' lifecycle, identify Read More

What 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

what is plm software  those vendors. So far, what I have described is the traditional way of building a PLM system – you select a vendor, buy the software and deploy it on your in-house servers. Besides that, there are at least two other alternatives that SMBs may consider. They are on-demand PLM and open source PLM. Partnering with IBM, PTC is probably the only top PLM vendor that also offers an on-demand PLM solution at the moment. As long as the market demands keep increasing, it won’t surprise me if other major Read More

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 open source, , free and open source software (FOSS) product lifecycle management (PLM) as a topic has been talked more frequently than before. On his blog site Daily PLM Think Tank, Oleg Shilovitsky has touched upon open source PLM from

what is plm software  Centers (TEC) to see what the users (more precisely, PLM seekers) think of FOSS PLM. The Acceptance of FOSS PLM Based on thousands of PLM initiatives recorded at TEC, below are the percentages of PLM seekers who chose the option “the software is licensed under an official free or Open Source license”, from 2005 to 2009, and in the first half of 2010 (figure 1).   Figure 1. Percentages of PLM seekers thinking FOSS PLM is considerable One interesting aspect in figure 1 is the surge of the percentages 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

what is plm software  less appealing (no matter what the aggressive PLM sales person might say). The idea that one big PLM process and database will work across all departments is not a reality. Therefore, a federated PLM database and processes, object messaging, and/or a lego-like 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 Read More

Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part One: Software Requirements for Retail


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what is plm software  Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part One: Software Requirements for Retail Introduction There are some interesting dynamics within the retail market segment. On one hand, the market is has been penetrated less by enterprise applications than most other economic sectors, in part because retailers have largely been remiss in leaving mainframes and other legacy technologies behind. Also, the sector has shown some resilience even during the recent and potentially ongoing economic malaise, in part as Read More

Sonata Software


Sonata Software is a technology services company, with an on-site/offshore service delivery model. Sonata's philosophy is to invest organizational resources into new relationships through its pilot program and to grow the pilot relationship into a full-fledged virtual development center for the client.

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Vero Software


Vero Software is a world leader in CAD CAM software with a proven track record of reliable product delivery. Vero develops and distributes software for aiding the design and manufacturing processes, providing solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries.

what is plm software  Software Vero Software is a world leader in CAD CAM software with a proven track record of reliable product delivery. Vero develops and distributes software for aiding the design and manufacturing processes, providing solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries. Read More

Quest Software


Quest Software, the leader in application management, gives you confidence in your critical application infrastructures. This confidence is delivered in the form of reliable software products that help you develop, deploy, manage and maintain enterprise applications without expensive downtime or business interruption.We equip IT professionals with software tools that are easy to use and embedded with the knowledge of our world-renowned technical experts to automate daily tasks and simplify complex ones. As a result, your IT organization will be able to proactively prevent performance problems and downtime, as well as react quickly to the unforeseen - making them more productive, capable and confident.The bottom line is a lower total cost of ownership for your application infrastructure. Quest Software will help you reduce costly planned and unplanned downtime, get better performance from existing infrastructures (without throwing money at expensive hardware upgrades), and equip your staff to do more with less. No other software provider offers a more comprehensive approach to application management.

what is plm software  Software Quest Software, the leader in application management, gives you confidence in your critical application infrastructures. This confidence is delivered in the form of reliable software products that help you develop, deploy, manage and maintain enterprise applications without expensive downtime or business interruption.We equip IT professionals with software tools that are easy to use and embedded with the knowledge of our world-renowned technical experts to automate daily tasks and simplify Read More

5-step CRM Software Selection Guide: A Pragmatist’s Guide to CRM Software Selections


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what is plm software  I have no idea what is available?” The problem with this statement is that it is not what is available that should guide your thinking at this stage (yes this comes later for those of you who enjoy reading ahead). The real question at this early point is ‘what do you need’ to accomplish your customer relationship management objectives? Approaching this question from the ”what’s available” perspective will almost certainly lead to a myopic view of your actual requirements that is driven by the Read More

CheckMark Software


Founded in 1984, CheckMark Software is dedicated to providing accounting and payroll software for small to medium businesses. In 1985, CheckMark was one of the first companies to create accounting software for Macintosh, and followed up with a Windows version in 1994.

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Lectra Fashion PLM Becomes the First TEC Certified Solution in PLM for the Fashion Industry


“I can name more fashion PLM solutions than PLM solutions.” This was what I told my colleagues last year when I was working on the creation of a product lifecycle management (PLM) evaluation model geared specifically to the fashion industry. Of course, this was intended as a joke—a fashion PLM solution is still a PLM solution! But, here is the first fashion PLM solution to receive TEC

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New Software Comparison Capabilities: Recruitment and Staffing Software


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