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Siemens PLM Analyst Conference 2014—Blending Virtual and Real Worlds—Part Two
Last week on the TEC blog, TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic looked at the main themes of the Siemens PLM Conference 2014 he recently attended, including Siemens’ “realize

plm basics  is to get Siemens PLM customers through the basics so they can buy more additional capabilities (pillars) sooner.   Siemens plans to have at least one catalyst for each major industry—eventually there might be up to 30 for all the sub-segments. Updates were given about how many catalysts were delivered per each industry, usually one or a couple. Mechatronics Concept Designer, virtual commissioning (of mechanical, electronic, and automation concurrently) in industrial machinery, Teamcenter Rapid Start f

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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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ERP: Origins, Developments, and Trends


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plm basics  up for grabs and PLM vendors need to focus on easy integration with ERP in order to stay competitive. Likewise, if ERP vendors continue to develop extended functionality, collaborative capabilities, accessibility, and integration by incorporating universal interfaces and Web services standards, then PLM's current market superiority will be noticeably diminish. In addition to SCM functionality, vendors are also encompassing front-end CRM functionality in their ERP solutions. CRM itself has gone from a vast Read More

Benchmarking ERP in SMB


Many small companies have limited resources to devote to the implementation and maintenance of enterprise resource planning (ERP). Fortunately, the price performance of ERP and the underlying infrastructure supporting it have improved steadily and significantly over the past two decades. In fact, solutions that were once beyond the reach of these small companies are now well within their grasp.

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Big ERP vs. Tier 2 ERP - Is the Gap in Functionality as Big as it Appears?


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plm basics  existing HR, EAM or PLM systems that their customers already use.  Figure 2. Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 ERP comparison by modules 3. The differences in Manufacturing Management, Inventory Management, Sales Management, and Procurement Management areas are minimal and are within two percent of one another. Reason: These are basic functionality groups that any manufacturing company needs, and tier 1 ERP vendors are not the only ones providing strong support for all of them. Tier 2 ERP and even smaller vendors are g Read More

ERP and PLM: Defining Their Roles and Creating a Collaborative Environment for Success


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New Arena PLM Offering Handles Quality


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plm basics  Arena PLM Offering Handles Quality Arena Solutions , the cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider, recently announced Arena Quality , a new solution that aims to better organize quality processes at high-tech companies. The Arena PLM suite also includes BOMControl and PartsList , as well as the supply chain solution Arena Exchange, all aiming to enable engineering and manufacturing teams and their extended supply chains to speed prototyping, reduce scrap, and simplify bills of Read More

Siemens PLM Analyst Conference 2014—Blending Virtual and Real Worlds—Part One


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plm basics  PLM Analyst Conference 2014—Blending Virtual and Real Worlds—Part One Several years ago, during the very first Siemens PLM Software analyst conference I attended, I felt lost in an ocean of info overflow. But each subsequent year that I attended the conference I felt I understood slightly more about the vendor’s overwhelming spread of offerings and strategies, and thankfully the vendor was also gradually refining its message on its burgeoning product lifecycle management (PLM), computer aided Read More

Selecting a PLM Vendor


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plm basics  a PLM Vendor Selecting a PLM Vendor A product lifecycle management (PLM) strategy is a must for enterprises that live or die on the suitability, timeliness, quality, and sustainability of the products they bring to market. To that end, PLM has become a proven tool in increasing competitiveness amid the increased tendency to subcontract design and engineering tasks, to rush-deliver a variety of merchandise to market for satisfying ever-changing consumer demand, and amid the increase of custom-made Read More

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The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing


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