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Can ERP Speak PLM?
Because product lifecycle management (PLM) offers a host of benefits to manufacturers, it has become one of the fastest growing categories of enterprise

plm concepts  key challenges of integrating PLM with other enterprise applications is semantics. Semantics is a term that is sometimes not very well understood, but a semantics problem could be summarized by the phrase It's not that I didn't hear the words that you spoke. I just don't understand what you meant. Different systems have different ways of representing concepts and associate different meaning with their data. In order to integrate systems, you have to know more than how the data are stored; you have to

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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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What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?


In an earlier post, What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?, I discussed what the word “product” means in  product lifecycle management (PLM). In this post, I am going to move onto the next letter, “L” for lifecycle. According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of lifecycle is “a series of stages through which something (as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its

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Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process Part 1 Proven in Discrete, Ready to Blossom in Process


Process industry companies could benefit from many of the PLM concepts that have accrued to discrete industries. But PLM has had minimum penetration into the process industries. Why?

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Selecting a PLM Vendor


PLM enterprise applications should not be selected in a vacuum. The needs and requirements of multiple departments and even business partners must be represented in the documented requirements and also on the selection team, which should attempt to examine different functions and methods involved in critical areas.

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Critical Components of an E-PLM System


E-business has prompted a lot of vendors to move towards creating electronic product lifecycle management (e-PLM) suites. However, enterprise resource planning vendors with extensive e-commerce initiatives, development staffs, and renewed interest in PLM, are as likely to lead the way.

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PLM Portfolio


About Siemens PLM Software SIEMENS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Industrial Automation (IA), is a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. SIEMENS PLM Software’s major customers include companies in a variety of manufacturing industries around the world, such as Boeing, GM, Toyota, Procter and Gamble (P&G), Intel, Samsung, and Target. SIEMENS PLM Software delivers solutions to customers for product lifecycle management (PLM) including computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product data management (PDM). About Siemens Industrial Automation The Siemens Industrial Automation Group (IA), Nuremberg (Germany), provides products for manufacturing and process industries, as well as the electrical installation industry. The company also provides system solutions such as machine tools, and automation solutions for facilities such as automobile factories or chemical plants. IA also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration), and for optimizing production processes.  About the Siemens PLM Portfolio Teamcenter The Teamcenter product line is a family of solutions that enable extended manufacturing enterprises to capture, manage, access, integrate, and leverage diverse types of product information, including product requirements, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents, and product configurations – in a web-native environment. The Teamcenter suite of visualization and collaboration solutions helps companies optimize their product lifecycle management processes by unifying their internal organizations with suppliers, business partners and customers in a Digital Collaboration environment. NX The NX product portfolio, including current products NX, I-deas NX Series, NX Nastran and Imageware provides a set of proven CAD/CAM/CAE solutions for total product engineering – enabling companies to model and validate products and their production processes in an integrated digital environment. The NX solutions deliver strategic advantage to manufacturers by effectively capturing, applying, and sharing knowledge throughout the digital engineering process, significantly enhancing a company’s digital decision making process. Tecnomatix Siemens PLM Software has an extensive, proven record of leveraging decades of industry-specific manufacturing expertise to develop process solutions that transform the world’s leading manufacturers. Siemens PLM Software offers the Tecnomatix suite of best-in-class digital manufacturing applications and production expertise, covering manufacturing engineering through shop floor execution. These solutions are connected together, to legacy systems and to the extended enterprise by an open manufacturing backbone. Tecnomatix is the leading digital manufacturing solution based on technology, market share, industry experience, and world-class customers served. Velocity / Solid Edge The UGS Velocity Series is a comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the product lifecycle management (PLM) needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis and data management software offerings, UGS Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment. Mid-sized manufacturers can leverage the power of UGS Velocity Series to transform their process of innovation while maintaining a low total cost of ownership

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


Siemens’ new “realize innovation” strategy is an evolution of what has been in the works at Siemens PLM Software for some time. The vendor has been working hard to deliver industry-centric immersive decision-making environments that support systems engineering-driven product development.

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CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

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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 innovation” strategy. Here are his thoughts regarding the rest of the conference, with a look at what’s new with “catalysts” and Teamcenter, and what else can be expected from the product lifecycle management (PLM) vendor in 2014 and beyond.

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Infor and Aras Partner for Cloud PLM


At the Inforum 2014 user conference, Infor announced Infor PLM Innovator. Delivered in partnership with Aras under Aras’ licensing program for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), it is a scalable, flexible, and secure cloud-based solution for Infor enterprise resource planning (ERP) customers.

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What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?


What does the “P” in PLM really mean? The question seems ambiguous since PLM may refer to many different things (such as an airport, a university, a railway company, etc.). Okay, so let me clarify what I mean. The PLM I’m talking about here is product lifecycle management. Now, the answer seems quite simple. However, my purpose is not to trick you with this silly question, but to explore the true

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