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Siemens PLM Analyst Conference 2014—Blending Virtual and Real Worlds—Part Two
Last week on the TEC blog, TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic looked at the main themes of the Siemens PLM Conference 2014 he recently attended, including Siemens’ “realize

basics of plm  PLM customers through the basics so they can buy more additional capabilities (pillars) sooner.   Siemens plans to have at least one catalyst for each major industry—eventually there might be up to 30 for all the sub-segments. Updates were given about how many catalysts were delivered per each industry, usually one or a couple. Mechatronics Concept Designer, virtual commissioning (of mechanical, electronic, and automation concurrently) in industrial machinery, Teamcenter Rapid Start for small to medium

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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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Big ERP vs. Tier 2 ERP - Is the Gap in Functionality as Big as it Appears?


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basics of plm  they concentrate on the basics, whereas tier 1 ERP are more interested in expanding to other areas such as supply chain management, product design and collaboration, business intelligence and business performance, etc. We can go deeper into the research and drill down into each and every module, sub-module, and leaf level unit of functionality, but the idea is already clear: Tier 2 systems are getting stronger and are nipping at the heels of the Big ERP players in terms of their features and functions for Read More

One Vendor's Exploit of Marrying Infrastructure with Selling and Fulfillment Applications


For many manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a mishmash of disparate back-office business applications, Sterling Commerce, a traditional integration and communication provider, has recently unveiled a package designed to automate web-based commerce all the way from order capture to fulfillment and payment, as a result of bringing together a few prudent acquisitions over the last three years.

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Bridging the Reality Gap Between Planning and Execution Part One: The Problem


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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America


By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than $2.5 million (USD), and more than 98 percent have fewer than 100 employees. To compete, small businesses need to be innovative, and understand both personalization and value, and how to execute best practices to build success.

basics of plm  online are more about basics and replenishment. On customer service I think we do as well as anybody but every small businessperson, I think, wishes they did better. We do a lot of training. We have once a week sales classes-workshops, information exchange, mentoring, etc. We have to keep our people really on top of trends and product information. We talk about what's new all the time. Our customers are very well informed. What's good and bad about our high level of service is that we have salespeople Read More

Product Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions


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basics of plm  Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions New Generation Computing, Inc. (NGC) has a long history of serving the fashion industry. After adding Web-based product lifecycle managemen t (PLM) and sourcing and production systems ( e-PLM and e-SPS , respectively), to the product portfolio, the company became closer to being a one-stop-shop for its target customers. Seeing the increase in PLM adoption in the fashion industry and NGC's recent achievements in the fashion PLM area, I decided to create Read More

The Best of Both Worlds: Gain Flexibility through Multiple Models of Software Delivery


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


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Forecasting Total Cost of Ownership for Initial Deployments of Server Blades


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Analysis of Active Voice's Acquisition of PhoneSoft, Inc.


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basics of plm  of Active Voice's Acquisition of PhoneSoft, Inc. Event Summary SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ - Active Voice Corporation (Nasdaq: ACVC), a global provider of unified messaging and computer telephony software solutions announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held PhoneSoft Inc., a leading provider of true unified messaging solutions for Lotus Notes/Domino. Market Impact PhoneSoft, Inc. is a privately held company that focuses on unified messaging solutions (UM), including email, Read More

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