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Infor PLM Optiva
Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company@s solution features a

formation plm  the product is modular, Formation Systems helps companies taylor its functionality. Using the product's tools such as formula optimization and recipe management, can help - Create market-ready products - Elevate product quality with consistency - Integrate knowledge throughout the enterprise - Unite with key business partners

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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Selecting PLM Software Solutions Part 5 - User Recommendations


This tutorial points out the significance of buyers researching PLM technology vendors before determining the short list and vendors researching the viability of the opportunity before committing time and money to a sales effort. Since a 'one-size-fits-all' product is still not quite a viable possibility, almost every product can win provided certain set of requirements. The Catch 22 for both buyers and vendors/VARs is to pinpoint the right opportunity in this ongoing 'dating game'.

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Oracle Renders Its PLM Outline Part One: Event Summary


Although its PLM solutions will not likely be the "all things to all people" any time soon, Oracle might be showing us its ability to develop its own applications in collaborative effort with its prominent customers.

formation plm  , Oracle announced the formation of the Oracle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Customer Advisory Board (CAB) . Furthering the commitment to its customers and their business success, the new PLM CAB will provide an open-communications forum that should align Oracle's PLM development roadmap with customers' business priorities. Oracle PLM CAB members come from numerous regions around the world and span multiple industries, such as industrial and process manufacturing, high-tech, engineering and Read More

Process PLM Vendor Sequencia Adds Portfolio Management


Sequencia extends its Process Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offering with portfolio management, leading the impact of the solution into the executive suite.

formation plm  area of portfolio management. Formation is strong in the areas of idea creation and R&D while SAP is just entering the market with an R&D focused announcement. At this time, only Sequencia covers the entire spectrum of Process PLM functionality. The management of an array of projects is complex. Often, thousands of projects exist in multiple project portfolios. These projects may be in multiple semi-independent business units in multiple geographies. It is difficult to compare apples to apples with the Read More

The Different Evolutionary Stages of ERP and PLM


The product development life cycle - innovate, conceptualize, plan, design, procure, produce, deliver, service, and retire - naturally includes multiple people, operating in multiple departments, and typically from multiple companies, each with locations in multiple countries around the world. Solving inherent difficulties that result from managing this complexity are the raison d’être for PLM solutions.

formation plm  solutions available today, including Formation Systems, OSIsoft (through their acquisition of Sequencia), Prodika, Selerant, Siemens, QSA (and their North American distributor MMI), ASD and Sopheon. With a release of its Recipe Manager product, the ERP giant SAP has also joined the market with a starter product and extensive vision. In addition, Oracle has applied some of their process expertise to their new PLM solutions. For more info, see Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process; Part 1 Proven Read More

What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?


In an earlier post, What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?, I discussed what the word “product” means in  product lifecycle management (PLM). In this post, I am going to move onto the next letter, “L” for lifecycle. According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of lifecycle is “a series of stages through which something (as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its

formation plm  where abundant product definition information is generated. When a concept becomes a development project, people need tools to define not only what a product should be (product design), but also how it should be manufactured (engineering design). Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer-aided engineering (CAE) are all well-recognized PLM tools that support the definition, as well as some execution processes. The adoption of PLM tools increases engineers’ individual Read More

PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software


After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field—Siemens PLM Software. In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the

formation plm  (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The Read More

Fashion PLM RFP Template Available


TEC analyst, Kurt Chen, recently completed work on a new research segment covering product lifecycle management (PLM) selection criteria for the fashion industry. Soon we'll announce the launch of fashion and retail industry-specific models in our online PLM Evaluation Center. However, I'd like to point out that as of today you can purchase a template of the functional criteria companies in

formation plm  PLM RFP Template Available TEC analyst, Kurt Chen , recently completed work on a new research segment covering product lifecycle management (PLM) selection criteria for the fashion industry. Soon we'll announce the launch of fashion and retail industry-specific models in our online PLM Evaluation Center . However, I'd like to point out that as of today you can purchase a template of the functional criteria companies in textile and fashion industries frequently need in order to develop an RFP for a Read More

A Two-layer Model for Fashion PLM Functionality


To help fashion players achieve the most out of adopting PLM methodology and systems while respecting the uniqueness of fashion products and business processes, the article introduces a two-layer model to facilitate the process of selecting a fashion PLM solution.

formation plm  integrity of product line information. In addition, fashion products change constantly from one season to another (or even within the same season) under a rigid time frame. Fashion goods now have a very short cycle time—sometimes just a few weeks from the time the designer has an idea to the time the product hits the street. Business processes The fashion business has established its own conventions for the product development process. From trend research to the physical item on the shelf, a fashion Read More

TEC Vendor Note: Lectra, A Focused PLM Player


A brief introduction to Lectra, a specialized vendor in the CAD, CAM, and PLM industry, including history, product offerings, and achievements, as well as expectations and recommendations to the vendor’s future growth.

formation plm  for a company’s entire information environment, a topic that has been on and off during the past decade. On the depth side, I’ll expect Lectra to support product design, development, and manufacturing process in a more granular manner. Enhancements in collaborative concept development, line planning, order management (for prototypes and samples), and vendor management will probably be seen in the near future. Closing comments… I’d like to discuss Lectra’s future in the cloud and to the crowd. Read More

PLM Migration: Migrate Your Mind First


This article identifies the increasing requirements of system replacements in the product lifecycle management (PLM) area and recommends users rethink the implementation scope, system integration, acquisition method, and so on before strategizing their PLM migration plans.

formation plm  looking into currently available information, I have the impression that many PLM users are aware of the PLM to enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration but not the other way around. Today’s PLM systems often play an important role in providing product definition information to other systems. However, it was not equally considered that data from other enterprise systems can be valuable inputs for generating product definition information. As mentioned earlier, today’s product development is a Read More

PLM Road Map 2009: What to Expect?


I went through the agenda of the PLM Road Map 2009 (September 22 and 23, in Detroit, Michigan [US]) when I submitted my attendance preferences to conference organizer Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA). Looking at the agenda, I’m convinced that the two-day event is well structured to cover critical issues in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field and to apprehend the future

formation plm  enough to lock the information (especially computer-aided design [CAD] data) in a vault. A key value in PLM, however, is the ability to extend this data beyond the desktop to other engineers, other departments, and other stakeholders–primarily customers and suppliers. I’m expecting that Dr. Ken Versprille’s session CAD/Visualization Trends: Dealing with Product Complexity & Variation will navigate attendees through the complicated landscape of today’s CAD/visualization market. Social Product Read More

PTC Windchill 10 for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Certification Report


PTC Windchill 10 is TEC Certified for online evaluation product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in the PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

formation plm  Windchill 10 for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Certification Report PTC Windchill 10 is TEC Certified for online evaluation product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in the PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary. Read More

What Does HD-PLM Mean for the Fashion Industry?


A few months ago, when Siemens PLM Software unveiled its High Definition Product Lifecycle Management (HD-PLM) technology, designers and product developers in aerospace, automotive, and other similar industries were probably excited about this new offering as they saw the opportunity to enhance their decision making. I was also excited, and saw HD-PLM as a sign that PLM vendors were starting to

formation plm  your understanding with rich information, and validates the decisions you make against best practices.” I think the fashion industry can benefit from the HD-PLM approach as well. Insights into a variety of products Fashion goods are usually simple (in terms of product structure) but often produced with a great deal of variety. If we treat the typical fashion product assortment as a single product, perhaps we can consider that this “product” is in fact no less complicated than products in many other Read More