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Exact Software--Working Diligently Towards the
The current market trend is towards vendors that can provide comprehensive solutions for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with a justifiable return on

arena plm macola  intrusion into the BPM arena, in the manner they have done with the CRM or supply chain management (SCM). Moreover, although Exact has a notable worldwide presence, it has no market leadership in many crucial mainstream regions nor in certain vertical segments because of the fierce channel competition from the more aggressive, better known, and wealthier competitors mentioned previously. Exact still has some geographic regions where it has neither reseller nor direct presence as yet, and its recent bid

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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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Infor Releases Optiva 11 PLM


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arena plm macola  Releases Optiva 11 PLM Perhaps unique in the industry, Infor has its own product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and the fashion/apparel industry. Indisputably, its most competitive PLM offering is Infor Optiva for process industries such as food, specialty chemicals, and personal care products. Customers provide positive feedback on the product’s capabilities related to formula development, labeling, and regulatory compliance. Infor Optiva PLM Read More

PLM for the Fashion Industry Software Evaluation Report


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.

arena plm macola  for the Fashion Industry Software Evaluation Report TEC's PLM for the Fashion Industry Software Evaluation Report allows you to compare and analyze the features, functions, and services of multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive information 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.

arena plm macola  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

Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report


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arena plm macola  PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report TEC's Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report allows you to compare and analyze the features, functions, and services of multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive informati Read More

PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It?


The question, 'Do vertical industry needs play a significant role in a PLM software selection?' should be a simple question to answer. Instead, it is a question best answered with a series of questions.

arena plm macola  Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It? PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It? Featured Author - Jim Brown - December 26, 2003 Introduction Often it's the simplest questions that have the most complicated answers. What appears to be a simple question, Does industry matter when looking for a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution? leads to an interesting discussion instead of a simple answer. If you are looking for the short answer, the answer is Absolutely yes! But the answer is also Probably not. Read More

Siemens PLM Software Releases LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13


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arena plm macola  PLM Software Releases LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13 LMS , which was acquired by Siemens in January 2013 and is now a business segment within Siemens PLM Software , announced the latest release of its LMS Imagine.Lab software, the state-of-the-art platform for mechatronic system simulation and collaborative multidisciplinary design. The latest release, LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13 , delivers a variety of new features and enhancements aimed at increasing platform openness and system integration efficiency while stre Read More

CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 1


In this day and age of globalization, ever-shorter new product introduction (NPI) cycles and overall product lifecycles, partner collaboration, and whatnot, product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions have lately increased their strategic significance to enterprises. In his recent Forbes blog post contribution, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann touts PLM as a new path to shareholder value. He

arena plm macola  manufacturing execution system (MES) arena, even more emerging advantages bode well for these PLM providers.  Standard integration between these vendors’ PLM, CAD, CAM, and MES solutions improves their capability to provide digital factory simulation and validation in the virtual world before the need to invest in costly physical assets (machines centers, robots, etc.). The Cons of CAD-based PLM Solutions On the downside, these engineering-heavy vendors lack the experience and capabilities in transacti Read More

Imperial Leverages Lectra Fashion PLM


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arena plm macola  Leverages Lectra Fashion PLM Lectra , a global provider of integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials, recently announced that Imperial is implementing Lectra Fashion PLM to reinforce its position in the fast fashion market and support its worldwide business growth strategy.   Founded in Bologna, Italy, in 1978, Imperial provides menswear and womenswear to 4,000 customers across the world. In 2012, Read More

CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


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arena plm macola  such as those by Arena Solutions, Aras Corp., Omnify Software, Tradestone Software , etc. The next challenge for all PLM providers is process simplification. By solving this problem, this new generation of PLM vendors strives to decrease the complexity and cost of PLM implementations . In the meantime, your views, comments, opinions, etc. about the PLM, CAD, and ERP software are welcome as usual. We would also be interested in your experiences with these software categories if you are an existing user or Read More

The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing


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arena plm macola  Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) have different business management perspectives—the first focuses on fulfilling physical orders with the respect of optimizing resource use whereas the second focuses on taking care of innovation processes by facilitating product definition collaboration. However, there is an intersection between the two systems. By empowering the consistent accessibility 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 vendors recognize the need for integration and have addressed the need in their toolkits. The additional work comes from integrating the concepts and semantics of one system to the next, if this business level integration has not already been provided between the two systems. This can be a big challenge for best of breed vendors, who may need to rely on systems integrators for much of this conceptual and semantic integration.

arena plm macola  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

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