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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 Read More

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 manage...
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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

plm concepts  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 lifetime .” In a typical manufacturing environment, these stag Read More
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

plm concepts  have made the transition. PLM has a healthy growth opportunity for fiscal 2005 with estimates that it will grow in the 30 percent range. ERP vendors have become full-suite enterprise applications vendors offering customer relationship manangement (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), PLM, business intelligence (BI) and enterprise asset management (EAM), and they have begun aggressively reallocating ERP product enhancement by plowing more than 50 percent of their research and development investment into e- Read More
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

plm concepts  order to make a PLM selection, the manufacturer should weigh the deeper functional depth of best of breed vendors against the value of pre-integrated solutions from their ERP providers. However, do not automatically assume that the solution from your ERP vendor is integrated. Integration, particularly business level integration of concepts and semantics, is difficult work for your vendor as for you. Look for tight alignment and strategic investment from your ERP vendor. About the Authors Predrag Jakovljev Read More
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

plm concepts  from many of the PLM concepts that have proven to reduced time to market, gains in engineering productivity, increased revenue, increased reuse, reduction of redesign activity in the discrete industries. But PLM has had minimum penetration into the process industries. Why? Again, Process Requirements are Different As in many application areas, the requirements for process companies are different from those of discrete companies. Process companies lacking the option to buy standard PLM packages, have been Read More
What Does the “M” in PLM Really Mean?
In the two previous blog posts (What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? and What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?) I discussed the object being managed within the

plm concepts  Does the “M” in PLM Really Mean? In the two previous blog posts ( What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? and What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean? ) I discussed the object being managed within the product lifecycle management (PLM) methodology. Now, it is the time to move on to the last word—“management.” Management is such a general term nowadays, that simply looking at it won’t give you much idea of what it is about in the PLM context. If your organization is looking for a PLM solutio Read More
The Many Faces of PLM Part Two: The Future of the PLM Suite
The future of the PLM Suite will include more applications that cover product-related functionality and further expand the benefits available. As the PLM Suite

plm concepts  Many Faces of PLM Part Two: The Future of the PLM Suite The Future of the PLM Suite The future of the PLM Suite will include more applications that cover product-related functionality and further expand the benefits available. As the PLM Suite matures, companies will benefit from increased functionality and increased integration between business processes. The ultimate expression of this more mature solution will result in a broad suite of focused, integrated applications that leverage a core of Read More
The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing
Engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing needs a high level of integration between ERP and PLM systems. This article points out that ERP and PLM solutions are

plm concepts  Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) have different business management perspectives—the first focuses on fulfilling physical orders with the respect of optimizing resource use whereas the second focuses on taking care of innovation processes by facilitating product definition collaboration. However, there is an intersection between the two systems. By empowering the consistent accessibility of one sys Read More
Lectra Fashion PLM
Lectra Fashion PLM facilitates the management of business processes, task execution, collaborative work, and performance monitoring. It is the only

plm concepts  Fashion PLM Lectra Fashion PLM facilitates the management of business processes, task execution, collaborative work, and performance monitoring. It is the only comprehensive, modular and scalable PLM solution designed specifically for fashion brands, retailers and manufacturers to create, develop, produce and manage fashion collections from the designer idea to the final end-product. Read More
The PLM Program An Incremental Approach to the Strategic Value of PLM
Companies that took an early adopter approach to PLM are beginning to show significant reductions in new product introduction lead times and to benefit from

plm concepts  PLM Program An Incremental Approach to the Strategic Value of PLM The PLM Program An Incremental Approach to the Strategic Value of PLM Featured Author - Jim Brown - December 21, 2003 Introduction Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a business strategy that is beginning to gain wide acceptance. Companies that took an early adopter approach to PLM are beginning to show significant reductions in new product introduction lead times and to benefit from meaningful cost savings. The results from the early Read More
TEC Guides Carolina Pad Through a Smooth PLM Software Evaluation and Selection Project
When school and office product business Carolina Pad needed help selecting the right product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution to replace its

plm concepts  Pad Through a Smooth PLM Software Evaluation and Selection Project When school and office product business Carolina Pad needed help selecting the right product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution to replace its multiple systems running separate departments and offices, the company turned to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). With TEC's rigorous methodology and decision support system Carolina Pad was able to find its best fit solution in a timely and efficient manner. Read More
What Can PLM Offer for SMBs?
Recently I attended a product lifecycle management (PLM) seminar hosted by PTC and its North American Windchill Partner of the Year award-winner BRT Solutions

plm concepts  Can PLM Offer for SMBs? Recently I attended a product lifecycle management (PLM) seminar hosted by PTC and its North American Windchill Partner of the Year award-winner BRT Solutions . The main topic of this seminar was about how small & medium businesses (SMBs) can start and advance their PLM practices. After the seminar, I kept thinking about what the PLM industry can offer for SMBs. PLM used to be a luxury for large enterprises. Is the PLM industry ready to accommodate the increasing demands from Read More
Infor Releases Optiva 11 PLM
Perhaps unique in the industry, Infor has its own product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and the

plm concepts  Releases Optiva 11 PLM Perhaps unique in the industry, Infor has its own product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and the fashion/apparel industry. Indisputably, its most competitive PLM offering is Infor Optiva for process industries such as food, specialty chemicals, and personal care products. Customers provide positive feedback on the product’s capabilities related to formula development, labeling, and regulatory compliance. Infor Optiva Read More
Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report
Core PLM and Product Data Management (PDM) for Discrete Industries covers the base foundation of PLM for the discrete manufacturing industries such as

plm concepts  PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report TEC's Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report allows you to compare and analyze the features, functions, and services of multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive Read More
PLM for the Retail Industry
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Retail is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities

plm concepts  evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory, and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain. Read More

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