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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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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

plm us  providers (based on their PLM revenues). But the skeptic in us asks how many total active (maintenance) PLM seats does SAP have and how many PLM seats are bundled with ERP seats and therefore not necessarily in use, i.e., in the bought but not implemented category? This is where the PLM math gets a bit fuzzy: do PPM and ideation, both modules of PLM, count as a full-fledged PLM user? SAP’s PLM revenue includes much PPM revenue: as many as 500 or so customers in our estimates that use PPM in their IT,

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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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