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PDM vs. PLM: A Matrix View
Two recent blog posts by Oleg Shilovitsky (PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective) got me wondering about what a true product

pdm article  by Oleg Shilovitsky ( PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective ) got me wondering about what a true product lifecycle management (PLM) system actually is. In his posts, Shilovitsky discussed the differences between product data management (PDM) and PLM from the perspective of data (scope and control of the data) and process (coverage of product lifecycle activities) I have a bit of a different perspective. Let me back up first and look at systems being implemented for Read More

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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

pdm article  predecessor, product data management [PDM]) system was up and running, as time passed you started to notice that your current system was becoming a constraint. It became an obstacle to continuously raise your organization’s performance. At a certain point, when the current system became more and more unbearable despite the minor updates, shopping for a new PLM solution became a high priority. With the early generations of PDM/PLM systems aging, the need to replace a PDM/PLM system is rising. According Read More
Use CMMS to Improve PdM Performance
Companies that have moved from a highly reactive environment to a more planned one notice significant improvement. A computer maintenance management system

pdm article  CMMS to Improve PdM Performance Use CMMS to Improve PdM Performance Speaking with numerous maintenance professionals across multiple industries, invariably the conversation seems to center on how to create an optimal balance of proactive and reactive maintenance and how to get there. The discussions often come disguised in modern-day labels, such as lean, reliability-centered maintenance (RCM), and total productive maintenance (TPM). However, there's no mistaking the underlying issues: companies need Read More
Integration is the Name of the Game in Software Systems
This article, originally published in Engineering Times, on how companies are employing ERP is based on an interview with Ben Spencer, TEC’s Senior Director of

pdm article  Baan's c-Ark products for PDM will focus on Web-based design collaboration with multiple users, says Neal White, senior vice president of marketing for Baan Americas. Through Baan's ERP product, which focuses on the manufacturing and distribution associated with the creation of engineered parts, Baan has Web-enabled ERP transaction capabilities to support collaboration for planning and procurement. Another manufacturing trend is the movement toward automation of product configurations, giving clients Read More
Nujira Selects and Implements Omnify Software PLM
The competition in the product lifecycle management (PLM)/product data management (PDM) software space is cutthroat, but some incumbent mid-market vendors are

pdm article  management (PLM)/product data management (PDM) software space is cutthroat, but some incumbent mid-market vendors are holding their ground—for example, Omnify Software , a provider of  Web-based PLM software for discrete manufacturers (often using a mixture of electrical and mechanical components). Omnify has announced its latest Empower PLM implementation customer case study, featuring Nujira, Ltd. , a leader in envelope tracking (ET) technology and solutions for powering energy-efficient 4G Read More
In Search of Sustainability with Dassault Systèmes
Can PLM technologies help build a more sustainable future for organizations? This article discusses the relationship between PLM and sustainable development

pdm article  Search of Sustainability with Dassault Systèmes For the past few years, the relevance between product lifecycle management (PLM) and sustainability is increasing as more manufacturers are starting to tie their initiatives in sustainability with PLM adoptions. Based on the PLM selection project statistics captured at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) , the “improve level of regulatory compliance” ranking, among 50 business objectives applicable to PLM adoption as identified by TEC increased from Read More
Remote Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense
Everything in the computer industry seems to be going off-shore, why not software implementations? This article looks at reasons why remote implementation of

pdm article  Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense Introduction Your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is developed in India; your web site is hosted in China; and your help desk calls are answered in Costa Rica. Despite language barriers and related problems, offshoring can provide significant benefits in terms of increased productivity and reduced wages—a tough 1-2 punch that is difficult to ignore or explain away. So why not also consider off-shore or remote implementation of software? This Read More
Software Selection Slagging
Consulting firm, 180 Systems, posted a little note regarding an article we recently published on some parts of the evaluation and selection process that we

pdm article  Selection Slagging Consulting firm, 180 Systems, posted a little note regarding an article we recently published on some parts of the evaluation and selection process that we promote. I'd recommend checking out the 180 site for additional information. In fact they have a brief list of steps that tend to be very similar to commonly recognized selection best-practices, and are in many ways, close to what we at TEC recommend (more on that later as we're preparing to publish our internal guide). 180 Read More
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the

pdm article  Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3 Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors , a public provider of  software as a service (SaaS)   talent management  solutions. The article first analyzed the vendor’s evolution from its traditional People Performance realm to the seemingly more opportune Business Execution (BizX) province. Then the article talked about SuccessFactors’ diverse product editions (tailored to satisfy companies of all sizes) and detailed the two core modules of the Suc Read More
Process Manufacturers: Are You Running the Wrong Type of ERP Software? [SURVEY]
Take the survey now! Or read on to find out why we're talking about this.*In his article Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer, TEC author Joe Strub

pdm article  Costing Product Data Management (PDM) Material Management Product/Item Configurator Product Costing Shop Floor Control Production Planning But when you're researching or evaluating ERP software in the context of a selection project, it's not always easy to know whether you're looking at the right kind of sofware for your needs. In the TEC article What Makes Process Process? , Olin Thompson calls out the different ways ERP system vendors position their software: A few vendors never mention process. By Read More
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then

pdm article  Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges  and resulting spend management  opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then went into the philosophical and functional differences (if any) between the “spend management” and supplier relationship management (SRM) monikers. Further discussion was about what exact functional parts of this software category small and medium enterprises (SMEs) Read More
Service Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability
This article describes the unique challenges of the service supply chain, provides a framework for understanding the service management decision hierarchy, and

pdm article  Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability Abstract The last decade has witnessed a substantial shift in emphasis on the part of many OEM manufacturers, from a focus on the products they produce to a concentration on their customers and the value that their customers derive from ownership and use of these products after the initial product sale. The importance of service is made clear in a recent AMR survey 1 of manufacturing companies which revealed that service represents 24 Read More
The AS/400 Takes You Securely Where You Want to Go
This article on the built-in security features of the AS/400 system originally appeared in the Midrange Computing’s Showcase Magazine, June 2000.

pdm article  AS/400 Takes You Securely Where You Want to Go The The AS/400 Takes You Securely Where You Want to Go L. Taylor - June 20, 2000 The following article appeared in Midrange Computing's Showcase Magazine, June 2000. Note: For additional articles by Laura Taylor, click on the Security category in the Research Panels box on the TEC website home page. Event Summary An off-shoot of System/38, the AS/400 was originally going to be called the AS/40. However, purely for marketing purposes, IBM added an extra Read More
The Path to Healthy Data Governance through Data Security
Companies today are challenged to maintain their data safe and secure from hackers and others with unauthorized access. In his article, TEC business

pdm article  Path to Healthy Data Governance through Data Security The appropriate handling of an organization’s data is critically dependent on a number of factors, including data quality, which I covered in one of my earlier posts this year. Another important aspect of data governance regards the managing of data from a security perspective. Now more than ever, securing information is crucial for any organization. This article is devoted to providing insight and outlining the steps that will put you on the path Read More

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