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Data Center Projects: Project Management
In data center design projects, flawed management frequently leads to delays, expense, and frustration. Effective project management requires well-defined

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

This comprehensive product lifecycle management (PLM) knowledge base models modern product and design-related aspects of PLM for both discrete and process industries. It details product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. This comprehensive knowledge base incorporates the criteria of TEC's other PLM knowledge bases. 

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knowledge management diagram  reducing time-to-market. Preserving Product Knowledge Introducing more new products every year is becoming a trend in the manufacturing industry. Research shows that the companies introducing more products per year will be more profitable than those that do not. Within this trend, it has become vital for companies to preserve product knowledge in a well-defined IT system, instead of keeping it only inside the brains of various employees. In other words, product knowledge is an asset to companies—if Read More

Software as a Service beyond Customer Relationship Management and Sales


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