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Sneak Peek: Enterprise Software 2013
The following forces and information technology (IT) trends will continue to shape 2013:1. Cloud ComputingWhile cloud computing is becoming mainstream

plm families together  (SCM), CRM, BPM, and PLM vendors will continue to consolidate and expand their functional footprint to surround ERP and peel off its users, until ERP is merely a financial, accounting, and human resources (HR) transactional system of record. To remain the market force, ERP vendors will have to establish a particular industry savvy and expand into some adjacent best-of-breed areas (e.g., as IFS moved into field service management (FSM), or as QAD has its autonomous transportation/shipping division in

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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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