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CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a

cad files compared  In this scenario, a CAD system would dump flat files into a PDM system, and a workflow engine would then push the PDM data into an ERP system. ERP vendors have low-cost document-based integration to CAD, which may pull a large number of users, but this is not necessarily a real PLM implementation. In spite of the potential benefits from PLM collaboration, switching from one PLM system to another (regardless of its CAD or ERP origin) in a rip-and-replace manner will not necessarily solve most of the

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