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PLM as a Strategic Weapon: An Underlying PlanetPTC Live 2011 Theme - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about the major (blockbuster of a sort) announcements at PTC’s PlanetPTC Live 2011 annual user conference, which was held in

cad blocks spotlight  with outsourcing and unique CAD needs lend themselves best to PLM systems’  product data management (PDM)  capabilities. In addition, if the company owns an Oracle or SAP ERP, the chief executive officer (CIO) will often push for integration with that vendor’s PLM offering. But where the company is not an Oracle or SAP shop, a best-of-breed PLM option should win. SAP and Oracle beg to differ when it comes to definitions about what “ERP” is in this debate. They rather offer business suites that

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