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TEC Vendor Note: Lectra, A Focused PLM Player
A brief introduction to Lectra, a specialized vendor in the CAD, CAM, and PLM industry, including history, product offerings, and achievements, as well as

ups plm  Technology Centers. There were ups and downs in Lectra’s history, but the dedication of the company and the leadership demonstrated by the management team saved the company whenever there was an internal or external hardship. Although Lectra has had vertical, horizontal, and significant geographical expansions, the company’s move has always been built upon its core competency: the fashion industry. Today, after its expansion in other industries, about 60 percent of its revenues still come from the 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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Frontstep Ups The .NET Ante Part 2: Challenges and User Recommendations
Frontstep needs to promulgate its strategy of helping its manufacturing customers and their business partners automate and streamline business processes inside

ups plm  Ups The .NET Ante Part 2: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges Although Frontstep has got rid of a big part of its burden by delivering the SyteLine 7 ( PART 1 ) offering on the single platform, the major task of translating it into its users genuine needs (and consequently a demand for its products) only now has to start in earnest. Frontstep's focus shift to value chain management matches the shift in e-commerce focus from indirect materials procurement to areas such as strategic Read More...
SYSPRO - Awaiting Positive IMPACT From Its Brand Unification Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations
SYSPRO remains a stalwart vendor within the mid-market accounting, manufacturing, and distribution software markets. The current market trend is towards vendors

ups plm  wireless devices (see Frontstep Ups The .NET Ante , Epicor Claims The Forefront Of CRM.NET-ification and Made2Manage Affirms Its Technological Astuteness ). SYSPRO also trails these competitors in its ASP/hosting and/or private trade exchange (PTX). However, the SYSPRO Document Flow Manager (DFM), an XML-based collaborative commerce engine, is poised to make forays into the collaborative solutions arena. The DFM creates opportunities and simplifies interoperability and integration into disparate systems. Read More...
Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part One: Recent Events and Market Impact
The former die-hard IBM AS/400-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) supplier to mid-market manufacturing companies, MAPICS, seems to have found its soul

ups plm  .NET platform (see Frontstep Ups the .NET Ante ). MAPICS ERP for iSeries, logically, is an IBM iSeries (a still popular platform with manufacturers in the target market) based solution whose integrated applications enable single-site, multisite, and multinational manufacturers to manage their business. The product leverages a J2EE environment and, with web-enabled functionality, delivers solutions for growing manufacturing organizations and offers an architecture that gives customers the flexibility to Read More...
A New Model for Evaluating Third Party Logistics Providers: Enter Service Oriented Architecture
Third-party logistic (3PL) providers are under pressure to keep costs low, expand services and capitalize on evolving supply chain management technology. As

ups plm  industry imaginable. Companies like UPS Logistics , Ryder , C.H. Robinson , Airborne Logistics, Cardinal Transport , and Penske Logistics are some of the names from a pool of over 200 logistics service providers in the US alone. 3PLs are notoriously under tremendous pressure to manage costs, while providing a wider range of services to an expanded and diverse customer base. At the same time, 3PL providers need to view themselves as business process managers that can capitalize on today's evolving supply Read More...
A Two-layer Model for Fashion PLM Functionality
To help fashion players achieve the most out of adopting PLM methodology and systems while respecting the uniqueness of fashion products and business processes,

ups plm  including people involved with upstream and downstream processes (such as suppliers or customers), products that are more appropriate for the market can be introduced and many potential problems can be avoided through advanced visibility. Visualization, Markup, and Translation of Product Data . Visualization, markup, and translation tools unlock the product data that is typically stored in proprietary data formats, allowing the data to be shared with others without the original authoring tools. Regulatory Read More...
What Can PLM Offer for SMBs?
Recently I attended a product lifecycle management (PLM) seminar hosted by PTC and its North American Windchill Partner of the Year award-winner BRT Solutions

ups plm  Can PLM Offer for SMBs? Recently I attended a product lifecycle management (PLM) seminar hosted by PTC and its North American Windchill Partner of the Year award-winner BRT Solutions . The main topic of this seminar was about how small & medium businesses (SMBs) can start and advance their PLM practices. After the seminar, I kept thinking about what the PLM industry can offer for SMBs. PLM used to be a luxury for large enterprises. Is the PLM industry ready to accommodate the increasing demands from Read More...
Can ERP Speak PLM?
Because product lifecycle management (PLM) offers a host of benefits to manufacturers, it has become one of the fastest growing categories of enterprise

ups plm  ERP Speak PLM? Originally Published - August 1, 2003 Product lifecycle management (PLM) promises significant benefits to manufacturers, and the market is full of vendors claiming to provide faster new product introductions, reduced product costs, reduced product development costs, increased revenue, better quality products, enhanced product innovation, and other valuable benefits. Because of the high appeal of these benefits and their associated return on investment (ROI), PLM has become one of the Read More...
Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM

ups plm  ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations Are ERP and PLM Speaking the Same Language? Costs are an excellent example of semantic confusion. Accountants know that cost is a not a single characteristic of an item but a category of characteristics. Without answering a series of questions about the cost, the meaning of it is vague. Is the cost the procurement cost from the supplier? Does it include shipping? Does it include tax and duty? Does it include internal overhead, or is it just direct Read More...
PLM for the Fashion Industry
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities

ups plm  for the Fashion Industry Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain. Read More...
Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process Part 2 Process PLM Motivation
This part of the series on Product Life Cycle Management in Process explores the business motivations by review business strategies.

ups plm  Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process Part 2 Process PLM Motivation Introduction In Part One of this series, we discussed Product Life Cycle Management as a proven concept in the discrete industries and as a growing concept in process. In this part, we explore the business motivations for PLM in process enterprises by reviewing business strategies. In part three, we will look at requirements for Process PLM decisions. The business strategies reviewed are: Accelerating Time-to-Market Increasing the Read More...
PLM Road Map 2009: What to Expect?
I went through the agenda of the PLM Road Map 2009 (September 22 and 23, in Detroit, Michigan [US]) when I submitted my attendance preferences to conference

ups plm  Road Map 2009: What to Expect? I went through the agenda of the PLM Road Map 2009 (September 22 and 23, in Detroit, Michigan [US]) when I submitted my attendance preferences to conference organizer Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA). Looking at the agenda, I’m convinced that the two-day event is well structured to cover critical issues in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field and to apprehend the future of PLM. Below are what look to me like the conference highlights: The Read More...
Selecting a PLM Vendor
PLM enterprise applications should not be selected in a vacuum. The needs and requirements of multiple departments and even business partners must be

ups plm  collaborate with various user groups) change management requirements management visualization (integration with 2-D and 3-D design tools) project management (e.g., Gantt-based planning and management and support for a work breakdown structure or WBS). PLM Evaluations PLM evaluations should involve the IT organization, finance, engineering, marketing, and operations. Most firms should create a joint committee or task force to evaluate how automation can improve enterprise-wide product lifecycle management. Read More...

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