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The Role of PIM and PLM in the Product Information Supply Chain: Where is Your Link?
Diverse groups have been discussing PIM from the perspective of data synchronization and syndication, product lifecycle management (PLM), and enterprise

technology in eai plm  the PIM specialist for Technology Evaluation Centers, Inc. and president of RW Gallagher & Associates LLC, a strategic marketing consulting firm specializing in technology-related businesses. He has worked closely with many companies, including Intuit, Sybase, PC Week (now eWeek), QAD, HAHT Commerce, and DataEase International. He can be reached at bobg@rwgallagher.com . 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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SAP Weaves Microsoft .NET And IBM WebSphere Into Its ESA Tapestry Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
One should imagine how humongous the job of delivering plug-and-play packaged middleware components for a number of other disparate applications SAP will

technology in eai plm  applications much of SAP technology will continue to be implemented in its proprietary ABAP/4 technology, but the provision of XML and Java interfaces and publishing applications as Web services should ease the integration effort for SAP customers notwithstanding. However, the litmus test of the NetWeaver's collaborative innovativeness will be in whether users can integrate J2EE/.NET-based applications into their SAP environment without tweaking it again in ABAP. Otherwise, this will be regarded as yet Read More...
Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Four: Another Step in ERP Evolution
Within recent years, enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been redefined as a platform for enabling collaborative e-business globally. Originally focused on

technology in eai plm  complementary functional or platform technology vendor (IBM, Oracle , Microsoft , Computer Associates , etc.) via alliance or acquisition. This concludes Part Four of a six-part note. Parts One, Two, and Three covered developments from the 1960s through the 2000s. Parts Five will continue to discuss ERP evolution. Part Six will look at the future. Sources and Recommended Further Readings ERP: Tools, Techniques, and Applications for Integrating the Supply Chain. Second Edition ; Carol A. Ptak, CFPIM, Read More...
The Different Evolutionary Stages of ERP and PLM
The product development life cycle - innovate, conceptualize, plan, design, procure, produce, deliver, service, and retire - naturally includes multiple people,

technology in eai plm  complementary functional or platform technology vendor (such as IBM, Oracle, Microsoft , Computer Associates ). PLM Market Still Expanding The PLM market is still expanding despite some recent consolidation in the market, since vendors strive to deliver the functional breadth required to adequately address user needs. The market will only become more competitive as organizations see the benefit of PLM solutions. Because PLM is a relatively new market, there are still many small, innovative vendors that Read More...
Best Practices in Extending ERP: A Buyer’s Guide to ERP versus Best-of-breed Decisions
The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to

technology in eai plm  will discuss the role technology plays in these decisions, as well as that of new delivery models such as Software as a Service (SaaS) . Impact on Upgrades The fourth dimension that is added when weighing the module versus extension approach is the potential impact on upgrades and migrations to new releases. Of those companies not on the current release of their ERP solution, 58% cite one of the reasons for delaying upgrading is the upgrade process is too long and hard but eventually we 'catch up.' In Read More...
PLM Coming of Age: ERP Vendors Take Notice
With a PLM solution in place, a company has the ability to automate, monitor, and track product development and revision processes with their customers

technology in eai plm  leveraging domain expertise and technology from German company PROCAD . Epicor appears to be avoiding the most common pitfall that many ERP vendors face with PLM: by providing a more flexible environment for product innovation than for the standard ERP environment that is focused more on transactional control. For example, a part does not require the full overhead of an ERP part number to be assigned before it becomes a solidified design. Another example is that engineering BOMs are defined independently Read More...
Best-in-class Marketers Drive Enhanced Customer Loyalty
The path to a complete view of the customer lies not in eliminating data sources but in integrating them and providing access that is easy to navigate and

technology in eai plm  in-class Marketers Drive Enhanced Customer Loyalty The path to a complete view of the customer lies not in eliminating data sources but in integrating them and providing access that is easy to navigate and always available. This report explores how top-performing companies are capturing, integrating, managing, measuring, and acting on valuable customer data throughout the entire customer lifecycle, to maximize customer loyalty and achieve best-in-class bottom-line results. Read More...
Manufacturing Strategies that Win: IT’s New Role in the Cloud
With acceptance of cloud-based strategies growing among manufacturers of all types and sizes, it’s easier than ever to make the business case for transitioning

technology in eai plm  Strategies that Win: IT’s New Role in the Cloud With acceptance of cloud-based strategies growing among manufacturers of all types and sizes, it’s easier than ever to make the business case for transitioning to the cloud. But beyond the cost savings and responsiveness of cloud solutions, this transition also provides new opportunities for the IT department to grow into a key role as strategic business advisor. This report includes advice on how IT can help manufacturers realize the full Read More...
Want to Know How to Survive in a Down Economy? Then Look in Your Warehouse!
When I speak with distribution executives nowadays, they all say the same thing: “We are struggling to keep our heads above water because of the economy

technology in eai plm  to Know How to Survive in a Down Economy? Then Look in Your Warehouse! When I speak with distribution executives nowadays, they all say the same thing: “We are struggling to keep our heads above water because of the economy.” However, before the economy took a turn for the worse, they talked about low profit margins, high inventory levels with low turns, and an erosion of their profitability because of their warehouses. I am often forced to ask, “Is the economy really that bad? Or, is your Read More...
Why Is In-transit Visibility (ITV) in the Supply Chain Important?
ITV capabilities allows an organization to meet the challenges of rapidly increasing fuel prices, changes in regulatory requirements, and provides customers

technology in eai plm  possible by implementing mobile technology. With ITV functionality connected to a TMS and SCM system, a dispatcher can coordinate an alternate route with the driver for shipments already in transit and provide the same arrival time as originally estimated. Improved compliance: By applying ITV to all products being shipped, any non-compliance issues are identified and appropriate actions are taken. In order to achieve optimal results, an organization can implement the International Trade Logistics (ITL) ca Read More...
Wireless (In)Security Trends in the Enterprise
Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) has become a mainstream technology offering great benefits and efficiencies but carrying with it unique security challenges. Unsecured

technology in eai plm  has become a mainstream technology offering great benefits and efficiencies but carrying with it unique security challenges. Unsecured WiFi provides an easy target for hit-and-run style attacks allowing hackers to cause severe damage while remaining invisible and undetected. Ignoring the specific requirements for securing their enterprise network and users against WiFi vulnerabilities, businesses risk loss of confidential data, legal fines and penalties, and brand erosion. By following WiFi security best Read More...
Microsoft Throws in the Towel in the Instant Messaging Wars
REDMOND, Wash. (Bloomberg) - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, has stopped linking its instant messaging system with America Online Inc.'s

technology in eai plm  Throws in the Towel in the Instant Messaging Wars Event Summary REDMOND, Wash. (Bloomberg) - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, has stopped linking its instant messaging system with America Online Inc.'s instant electronic-mail program, the companies said. Market Impact Microsoft has been striving for an open standard for Instant Messaging with AOL that would allow MSN and AOL users to Instant Message or IM one another without hindrance. Microsoft developers have been trying Read More...
Process PLM Vendor Sequencia Adds Portfolio Management
Sequencia extends its Process Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offering with portfolio management, leading the impact of the solution into the executive suite

technology in eai plm  portfolio management for IT technology investments. Sequencia and ProSight have been working jointly on integration of the products Jim Brown, Sequencia's Vice President of Marketing comments, While working with the industry, it became obvious that a major problem was the ability to manage the wide array of projects that existed in many companies. We formed the Prosight partnership to allow the industry to automate this difficult management process. Better portfolio management leads to better decision ma Read More...

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