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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Document Management and Digital Asset Management Is There a Difference and What Might It Be?
As enterprises seek better content management systems, documentation management (DM) and digital asset management (DAM) are growing in popularity. Despite

cad font  images; logos; audio; video; CAD; animation (including GIFs and Flash); and design files. DM systems are often capable of storing these kinds of files as well, but provide little more than storage, which is not sufficient for organizations that handle large quantities of digital asset files. Business Use Each solution can also be used for different types of business processes. Business processes are automated by these solutions, which help with the creation, collaboration, review, and approval of content

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Small Business Software (SBS) Software Evaluation Report

The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets the functional requirements necessary to support a typical small business. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't need the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place. Extending beyond accounting functions, it includes general ledger, accounts payable (A/P) and accounts receivable (A/R), payroll, job and project costing, multinational accounting, light manufacturing, inventory, technology, and more.  

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Autodesk Goes Deeper into Digital Manufacturing


Autodesk recently announced its intention to acquire Delcam, a public supplier of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and industrial measurement software for the manufacturing industry. Autodesk plans to acquire Delcam for £20.75 per share or approximately £172.5 million (revenues for Delcam’s fiscal 2012 were £47.1 million). The transaction, which will be structured

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PTC Offers PLM Cloud for Improved Product Development


PTC recently announced a new product lifecycle management (PLM) software offering, PTC PLM Cloud, catering to the needs of SMB product companies. This solution leverages the flagship PTC Windchill platform, while simplifying PLM adoption with a flexible subscription offering that matches the team collaboration and product data management needs of SMBs.

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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.

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Hitachi Rail Adopts PTC PLM Globally


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