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CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises in a

i d centric  of their different origins. I then explored the advantages and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from stalwart computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) providers: Siemens PLM Software, Dassault Systemes , and PTC ( Autodesk and Gerber Technology have only recently joined the PLM fray). Then, I analyzed the advantages of the second PLM group: the Big Three  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  vendors - SAP, Oracle , and Infor ( NGC Software would be an Read More

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Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

i d centric  in relevant trade magazines. I believe that this is the right marketing approach (on a micro-level) for this conservative market segment, and is likely to continue improving awareness of the Deltek offering in the foreseeable future. Improving awareness will facilitate migration onto the Deltek platforms from legacy manual or point project management systems, given the benefits of Deltek products and services and the inability for service firms to manage growth using manual and legacy point systems. Read More
What Have Epicor and Activant Been Up To (Post-Merger)?
April 2011 saw the merger of Epicor and Activant Solutions to create a global leader in business software solutions. TEC principal analyst P. J. Jakovljevic

i d centric  ’s related article ) I had the chance to reconnect with Epicor Software . For those few that might still not be familiar with the vendor, Epicor is a global provider of business software solutions to upper midsize companies in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality, and services industries. Founded in 1984 and publicly traded until recently (with 2010 revenue of about $450 million [USD]), Epicor had 20,000 customers in more than 150 countries that use its integrated enterprise resource Read More
Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 1
Plex Manufacturing Cloud is an integrated manufacturing software solution for managing the manufacturing process (including specific lean manufacturing needs

i d centric  and Heijunka scheduling capabilities. I recently attended PowerPlex 2013 , Plex Systems’ 12th annual user conference, where the company’s management talked about Plex’s customer focus and cloud capabilities. In a series of two blog posts, I’ll provide a backgrounder on the company and then take a deeper look into Plex’s current offerings and position in the marketplace. To understand Plex Systems ’ current state of affairs one must understand the company’s history. About 23 years ago, MSP Read More
Siemens PLM Tackles Product Costing


i d centric  these types of solutions. I don't know of any PLM providers with a very good costing solution, and neither does Oleg Shilovitsky . Dassault Systèmes has ENOVIA X-BOM Cost Analytics and SolidWorks Costing , while PTC has Windchill Cost . SAP has said that it was going to use the multi-faceted SAP HANA in-memory analytics for product costing in late 2012—the first product offering related to HANA and PLM. Frankly, I thought that Siemens PLM Software’s next acquisition would be bigger and more Read More
What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part I
According to the proverb “calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind,” in these tough times some supply chain management (SCM) vendors have been trying to take

i d centric  Tough Economy? - Part I According to the proverb “calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind,” in these tough times some supply chain management (SCM) vendors have been trying to take stock (no pun intended) of their offerings and how best to offer these to customers, to mutual benefit. In fact, I have recently seen some intriguing (if not bizarre) press releases (PRs), which read like some type of whitepapers or presentation transcripts. They were certainly different (and therefore refreshing) from Read More
Is Your Store Customer-centric?
Most retailers might say that they are customer-centric, but what does that really mean? After all, there is a huge difference between simply serving a customer

i d centric  a Customer-centric Store Have I identified distinct customer segments? (Two or three are good, but more than five is too many!) Do I know the special needs and wants of each segment? (Have I asked them in either informal focus groups or by observing their current purchases?) Do I have products and services that meet these customers' needs and wants? Have I created an environment that is attractive to each segment? (Mid-lifers, for example, would welcome larger price tickets, chairs, and more open areas) Read More
But, I Thought the ERP System Was Going to Help Us with That!
Here@s an all-too typical scenario. Management at a multinational company decides to implement a standardized enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution

i d centric  I Thought the ERP System Was Going to Help Us with That! End-User Experience Management and Performance If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader.    Knoa® Software is leading the performance management industry with end-user experience management solutions that reach beyond infrastructure and application performance to monitor, measure and manage how end-users are utilizing the application to optimize end-user performance a Read More
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part I
At Deltek’s Insight 2009 user conference last May, the host software vendor did a notable thing. Namely, besides merely putting on an all-too-common multi

i d centric  Stimulus Readiness - Part I At  Deltek’s Insight 2009 user conference last May , the host software vendor did a notable thing. Namely, besides merely putting on an all-too-common multi-day conference chock full of product announcements, functional breakout sessions, and industry  best-practice  discussions, Deltek decided to fill a market need by convening a separate “track” that was dedicated to navigating the maze of  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) , a.k.a. the Read More
i-Lean
Chiron's flagship product, i-Lean, is a logistics modeling and design tool built for warehousing, manufacturing, and retail environments. It

i d centric  Lean Chiron's flagship product, i-Lean, is a logistics modeling and design tool built for warehousing, manufacturing, and retail environments. It employs a pull methodology used in conjunction with a lean inventory management strategy within a distribution or manufacturing facility. This is accomplished by integrating dozens of variables to generate inventory management solutions down to the stock-keeping unit (SKU) level. In addition to deriving operational recommendations, i-Lean lays out the cost Read More
A User Centric WorkWise Customer Conference
WorkWise's business model is all about 'loving the customer'. A recent visit to their Customer Conference showed us the business plan in action. Is it time for

i d centric  User Centric WorkWise Customer Conference The Company WorkWise ( www.workwiseinc.com ) has provided enterprise-wide solutions for make-to-order, engineer-to-order, repetitive, make-to-stock and mixed-mode manufacturers for over 20 years. Their product, WorkWise TCM (Time Critical Manufacturing) is installed in over 500 companies worldwide. With a staff that averages 10 years TCM product experience the company provides extensive consulting and support services including implementation, process Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development - Part I: An Overview
“Basically, lean is [focused on] creating more value with less work.” – Wikipedia, Lean ManufacturingNo matter who can be credited with making this

i d centric  with making this statement, I have to thank him or her. This statement allows people to apply lean principles in broader circumstances than manufacturing. Following this idea, I’d like to define lean product development (LPD) as this: LPD is focused on developing more products better and with use of fewer resources. To be more specific, LPD contains the following three major elements, in my view: 1. Productivity in product development . Productivity is composed of two aspects: 1) individual Read More
They do it like that in the Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II)
The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP's supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market. What also helps SAP ERP [evaluate this product] is a

i d centric  Balkans-Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part II) The Part I of this blog topic concluded with SAP 's supremacy in the upper-end of the regional market . What also helps SAP ERP [ evaluate this product ] is a number of well-established value added resellers (VARs) that cover the entire former Yugoslavia region, some of which have a few dozen renowned installation sites (customer references) and a roster of experienced consultants. Some of these are the earlier mentioned S&T Group from Austria and Read More
Traffic Audits Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing
Have you heard the one where the Director of Product Marketing, the CIO and the auditor are found together in a small conference room? Couldn’t happen, you say

i d centric  Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing This is Part I of a two part article. Part I : The Why's and What's of Auditing Part II : The Audit Process Why Audit The Numbers? If you're ever feeling really and truly mean, here's a nasty trick to play on your marketing and ad sales colleagues. Wait, with a friend, until some of these folks get on the elevator, and follow them in. Here's what you say to your companion in crime: I just heard that there was a real glitch in the Read More

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