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Hi from Kurt: TEC's New PLM Analyst
Hi, my name is Kurt, and I am a new member of the Research Analyst Group at TEC. Before contributing anything else to this blog site, I’d like to briefly

blog tecs  anything else to this blog site, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I’m from China, where I earned my degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 10 years mainly helping manufacturers plan and implement information systems. During the last 5 years in China, I invested all my energy into building up a product lifecycle management (PLM) developer. This period of time gave me not only great opportunities to better understand what today’s manufacturers really need in terms of IT, but also a good

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