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Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1
Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops

cad symbol  integrating them with multiple CAD and related software solutions, thus fostering openness and interoperability. At the same time, the vendor continues to integrate its PLM products more tightly and make them easier to deploy, as it believes that these capabilities will create significant added value for its customers. Using PTC's tightly integrated CAD and enterprise PLM solutions, organizations are better able to create and manage product information throughout the lifecycle for optimal product

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Vero Software


Vero Software is a world leader in CAD CAM software with a proven track record of reliable product delivery. Vero develops and distributes software for aiding the design and manufacturing processes, providing solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries.

cad symbol  a world leader in CAD CAM software with a proven track record of reliable product delivery. Vero develops and distributes software for aiding the design and manufacturing processes, providing solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries. Read More

If There's One Thing CRM Tells Us: Don't Do PLM the Same Way


Product lifecycle management (PLM) doesn't work, but it should. Industry's general approach and attitude to PLM mimics the early days of customer relationship management (CRM) adoption, and lessons from that experience should help when tackling the "ifs" and "hows" of PLM investment.

cad symbol  2: Choosing between the CAD and ERP Vendor Both CAD and ERP vendors will attempt to sell you PLM—the middle piece between CAD and ERP—using similar fear, uncertainty, and doubt arguments. ERP vendors will argue that you should choose their PLM because their ERP controls the commercial data, and is also the system that has the largest user population; users who are going to provide the valuable feedback and input to the design process. CAD vendors, on the other hand, will argue that they control the Read More

What’s Your Reason for Not Using SaaS PLM?


Without a doubt, software-as-a-service (SaaS) as a software delivery model has become a hot topic in the enterprise software field and has gained some noticeable shares in sectors such as customer relationship management (CRM). On the other hand, the product lifecycle management (PLM) industry has seen increasing awareness of SaaS. Oleg Shilovitsky, t

cad symbol  (such as computer-aided design [CAD] systems) and other enterprise systems (such as enterprise resource planning [ERP]) in order to fully achieve the benefits of adopting PLM. Although technological advancements have been made to build better connections between PLM and CAD, and PLM and ERP-like systems, integration remains one of the biggest challenges in the on-premise PLM world, and it will remain a challenge for PLM delivered through the SaaS model.In addition, SaaS PLM functionality is not as Read More

Accenture Becoming a PLM Consulting Force


Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services and outsourcing company, has announced plans to acquire PCO Innovation, an international consulting and systems integration group that specializes in product lifecycle management (PLM) and computer-aided design (CAD) software technologies. PCO Innovation counts more than 600 consultants and experts within its ranks serving 150

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Meeting Configure One at PlanetPTC Live 2011


My recent attendance of the PlanetPTC Live 2011 event was a great learning experience. Look for an article with my impressions on the conference and on PTC’s strategy with regards to the novel PTC Creo suite of design applications leveraging both the direct and parametric modeling (and in the wake of the release of nine Creo 1.0 applications), embedded software lifecycle management (with the MKS

cad symbol  see the live 3D CAD drawings changing dynamically as the options are selected on-the-fly. For 2D drawings, Configure One even has its own embedded CAD module so that customers do not have to acquire expensive and complex supplemental CAD products. Concept Enterprise Configurator is written in Java, runs on Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases, and is mostly deployed on-premises. A hosted option is additionally available, with clients receiving their own (private) application instance, database, and Read More

Credit Card Fraud Detection: Advanced Analytics in Action or Pure Luck?


Have you ever wondered how credit card companies are capable of detecting purchases that a particular card holder did not make? Do these companies make use of advanced analytics to detect fraudulent purchasing behaviors or do they simply detect these actions by pure luck? A recent incident with my credit card prompted me to investigate further. Here’s what happened. I recently

cad symbol  an amount of $8.00 (CAD) from a McDonald’s restaurant. I can understand how a transaction of $1,000.00 (CAD) would trigger an inquiry, but how on earth could a transaction made at a McDonald’s restaurant for an $8.00 (CAD) meal raise eyebrows? Here are my hypotheses on this: 1 .    Credit card companies compile a consumer profile for each and every card holder based on purchases he/she makes using his/her credit card over the years. In my case, if my credit card company compared this transaction Read More

Infor Partners with CAD Service to Enhance EAM Proposition


Infor has announced a worldwide partnership with CAD Service, a provider of computer-aided design (CAD)–led asset management software. CAD Service’s enterprise asset management (EAM) OpenCAD solution is  fully integrated with the Infor EAM application, not a standalone application. The tight integration will help organizations boost asset visibility without the need to run two or more separate

cad symbol  Partners with CAD Service to Enhance EAM Proposition Infor has announced a worldwide partnership with CAD Service, a provider of computer-aided design (CAD)–led asset management software. CAD Service’s enterprise asset management (EAM) OpenCAD solution is  fully integrated with the Infor EAM application, not a standalone application. The tight integration will help organizations boost asset visibility without the need to run two or more separate systems. EAM OpenCAD supports both DWG (Autodesk Read More

Where Does PLM Fit in the Extending LMS Formula?


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cad symbol  used. The existing 3D CAD assets have the potential to be used for learning purposes, but sophisticated CAD systems are usually expensive thus not available for a wide range of audiences. Actually, for most learning purposes, a learner only needs a very small fraction of what today’s 3D CAD systems offer. Based on 3D models, 3D learning content needs to be generated and communicated conveniently and inexpensively, and I see 3DVIA as a good candidate for this task. Certainly, this is not the only thing Read More

TEC Vendor Note: Lectra, A Focused PLM Player


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Siemens to Rule the Plant via Kineo, VRcontext, and LMS Acquisitions


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Autodesk Jumps on the Browser-based 3D Design Bandwagon


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Gaining Competitive Advantage through Global Product Development


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