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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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PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It?


The question, 'Do vertical industry needs play a significant role in a PLM software selection?' should be a simple question to answer. Instead, it is a question best answered with a series of questions.

interesting chart design  requirements will be. An interesting side-note to the discussion on product complexity is that sometimes even the simplest products have intricacies. Bottled water, for example, appears to be a relatively simple product. The chemistry of the product is not complex and there is very little advanced manufacturing capability required to produce it. A consumer-oriented product such as a beverage, however, often has very complex packaging requirements in order to attract the attention of the consumer and to Read More

ERP &; Distribution Showdown! Oracle's JD Edwards vs. TGI's Enterprise 21


Using our ERP - Distribution Evaluation Center, we compared Oracle's JD Edwards and Technology Group International head-on. For the overall rankings portion, we looked at these vendors' solutions in two basic configurations, with and without back-office (human resources [HR] and financials) functionality. To eliminate any chance of bias and to ensure a level playing field, all 3, 414 criteria comprising all the modules and submodules in the ERP - distribution request for information (RFI) were given equal weight and priority...

interesting chart design  Commerce submodule. This is interesting because TGI is a relatively new player in the ERP - distribution market space. Below you can see how these two vendors performed in the main modules without back-office functionality (HR and financials). Main Modules without HR and Financials As can be seen above, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne finishes first in one of the main modules, and Enterprise 21 takes first place in the other two, with the widest gap being in Retail and Commerce. Let''s take a closer look at SCM. Read More

Cognos Express-a New “Big” Product for the Midsized Market?


Many midsized companies have to deal with a very particular problem: the need of a true business intelligence (BI) solution, while having to select and deploy one within a tight budget. On September 29, 2009, IBM Cognos announced the launch of Cognos Express, a new product specially designed to meet the needs of the midsized market. Of course, here at TEC, we took the time to give it a try. We

interesting chart design  a look at some interesting facts: Cognos Express is a Web-based tool composed of three base products: Cognos Express Reporter (a reporting and querying tool), Cognos Express Advisor (a tool for data analysis and visualization), and Cognos Express Xcelerator (a tool for data analysis and planning based on Microsoft Excel; all of these three can be managed by the Cognos Express Manager. The idea behind this three-part system is to create a complete set of BI tools, giving the user the option of installing Read More

EAM Versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part One


As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) software continue to receive good press as the systems providing an answer--and with justification. But what software makes the most sense for your company and from which providers--EAM/CMMS best-of-breed incumbents or enterprise resource planning (ERP) "newcomers?" Read on to understand the key differentiators.

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How to Roll Out an MRO System for Airlines without Making Your SCM Problems Even Worse


When it comes to complex software implementations, some industries have it tougher than others. For instance, an airline company implementing a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) platform has almost no margin for error. Read this article for TEC analyst Phil Reney's recommendations on the best way of rolling out an MRO platform without completely trashing your supply chain.

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Autodesk Jumps on the Browser-based 3D Design Bandwagon


Autodesk is executing well along its main messages: cloud offerings are doing well, there is ongoing expansion in manufacturing, and the complete suite offering is working. The vendor recently announced that its customers will now be able to access Autodesk design tools via a Web browser, allowing access to full-fledged 3D design, engineering, and entertainment work without sacrificing performance, power, or functionality.

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Green Server Design: Beyond Operational Energy to Sustainability


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The CIO’s New Guide to Design of Global IT Infrastructure


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Managing Supply Chain Disruption with Continuous Design


Natural disasters, customer bankruptcies, product recalls . . . there are dozens of unexpected events that can wreak havoc on your global supply chain. Are you prepared to react swiftly to these contingencies? A continuous supply chain design is a new concept that is emerging to help companies succeed in the face of the unexpected. See how you can design the supply chain around both long-term goals and short-term realities.

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It is no longer practical or cost-effective to completely engineer all aspects of a unique data center. Re-use of proven, documented subsystems or complete designs is a best practice for both new data centers and for upgrades to existing data centers. Adopting a well-conceived reference design can have a positive impact on both the project itself, as well as on the operation of the data center over its lifetime. Reference designs simplify and shorten the planning and implementation process and reduce downtime risks once up and running. In this paper reference designs are defined and their benefits are explained.

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SAP Backpedals Its SaaS Forays -- By Design or Under Duress?


Let me start this blog post with a huge disclaimer: I have no intentions of wilfully beating up on SAP whatsoever! Sure, the enterprise applications titan has lately been embroiled in an intellectual property lawsuit with archrival Oracle over improper use of support data through its TomorrowNow third-party support (recently discontinued) subsidiary. As if this wasn't enough, SAP is being

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Common Pitfalls in Dashboard Design


Dashboards are a popular means to deliver important information at a glance, but their potential is rarely realized. The best software in the world will not produce a useful dashboard without effective visual design. To better understand the concept of business intelligence dashboards in the first place, it is thus vital to understand the common pitfalls of dashboard design.

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Autodesk Tackles Composites Design


There's a great future in composite materials, the next generation of lighter, stronger, safer, and more energy-efficient materials. After Siemens PLM Software acquired Vistagy more than a year ago, Autodesk yesterday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Firehole Technologies (do business as Firehole Composites), a privately held software company based in Laramie, Wyoming, that

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