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PLM Fundamentals: A Framework for Approaching PLM Initiatives
It may come as a surprise to you, but every organization that brings a product to market already has a product lifecycle management (PLM) system in place. And

roi for plm investment  process of calculating an ROI for any PLM software deployment The Product Lifecycle What is PLM? The first step in our exercise is to look at what the product lifecycle is in order to get a better understanding of what managing it is all about. The actual concept is relatively simple. Every product that gets introduced to the marketplace goes through a series of steps starting when the product is first conceptualized, then proceeding through design, development, validation, production, and support, until

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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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Selecting a PLM Vendor


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Can ERP Speak PLM?


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GLOVIA G2 for ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Certification Report (2014)


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