Author: Yu Chen


Should North Americans Send More Software Development Work to China?

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: November 17 2008
This article discusses the risks and opportunities related to outsourcing software development to China. It concludes that China, as an outsourcing destination, has different risk exposures in comparison with India. However, going to China may also bring opportunities considering the pressure of further cost reduction that North Americans are facing and the booming domestic demands of the Chinese market. Read More

The ERP Ecosystem

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: December 5 2008
Three major parties (vendors, consulting services, and adopting organizations) are identified in the ERP ecosystem, in which different parties need different key success factors. This article also discusses some challenges that may have an impact on the ERP ecosystem. Read More

Two Origins, One Destination? A Look at the Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: February 4 2009
There are two major genres of PLM solution: CAD-PLM and ERP-PLM. These two types have different integration capabilities, but the gap between them is shrinking thanks to various factors driving the market. Currently, however, the difference still matters in the solution selection process. Read More

Product, Project, Process, and People: The Four Ps of PLM Analytics

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: September 2 2009
Product, project, process, and people represent the four areas of PLM analytics that may help PLM user organizations develop better products, improve the product development process, increase operational efficiency, and better measure employee performance, respectively. Read More

The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: September 18 2009
Engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing needs a high level of integration between ERP and PLM systems. This article points out that ERP and PLM solutions are moving toward each other to achieve more organic data and process connectivity. Read More

A Two-layer Model for Fashion PLM Functionality

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: October 5 2009
To help fashion players achieve the most out of adopting PLM methodology and systems while respecting the uniqueness of fashion products and business processes, the article introduces a two-layer model to facilitate the process of selecting a fashion PLM solution. Read More

Product Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: January 8 2010
NGC e-PLM and e-SPS are NGC’s offerings in product lifecycle management and sourcing for the fashion industry. This product note analyzes the strengths and challenges that the solutions have and makes recommendations to both the vendor and users. Read More

Top Business Objectives When Adopting PLM

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: February 4 2010
This article presents research findings on business objectives to adopt PLM based on software selection projects and surveys conducted by TEC. Drawing and product documentation management, product collaboration, and engineering change management are the top priorities that PLM buyers have. Read More

Product Note: Aras Innovator

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: March 18 2010
Aras Innovator is the only enterprise open source solution available on the PLM market. This product note analyzes the strengths and challenges that the solution has and makes recommendations to both the vendor and potential users. Read More

PLM Migration: Migrate Your Mind First

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  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published: May 14 2010
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. Read More
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