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Top Business Objectives When Adopting PLM
This article presents research findings on business objectives to adopt PLM based on software selection projects and surveys conducted by TEC. Drawing and

cad questionnaire  in managing computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and all other product documentations if we trace back to PLM predecessors such as engineering document management (EDM) and product data management (PDM). Although today’s PLM is capable of offering much more than product documentation management, this remains the top priority for many organizations. If you feel that “better manage drawings and product documentation” is a rather generic objective, the other two objectives (both ranked fifth in 2009) m

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