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Soft Economy Dents SAP’s Armored Shield As Well
Since the license revenue plunge in the US, a likely cascading economic slowdown worldwide, and SAP’s high stakes in struggling Commerce One happened much

u s a plm  November 9, 2001 Event Summary On October 18, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, announced mixed financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2001. In Q3 2001, revenues increased 16% over the same period last year from EUR 1.42 billion to EUR 1.85 billion (See Figure 1). However, net income in the quarter dropped 55% to EUR 37 million compared to EUR 83 million a year earlier. While product revenues in the third quarter rose 9% to EUR 995 million from

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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