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User-Focused Design Principles Shape the Customer Experience
Welcome to the customer experience. We all have them. Some are good, others bad. A variety of factors - the user interface (UI), customer support, marketing

icon design  on the magic wand icon and Error: Parameters out of bounds. Here we go again. Luckily, you have that customer support number handy. You know, the one on the yellow sticky on the lower left corner of your monitor. The one you called two days ago, and last week. You hope this snafu won't take more than 45 minutes to resolve. You can always hope. Welcome to the customer experience. We all have them. Some are good, others bad. A variety of factors the user interface (UI), customer support, marketing

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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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