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Microsoft Analyst Event Part Two: Dynamics Offerings for ERP and CRM


plm aprimo  SAP Jam and its CRM/HCM/PLM, and Oracle Social Network (OSN) plus Oracle Fusion CRM and Fusion HCM . But, Microsoft Dynamics CRM comes with the advantage of being integrated to both Lync and Skype for unified communications (UC), Lync being the recommendation for intra-enterprise (federated) scenarios and Skype the recommendation for any kind of communication (external, consumer, etc.). Bob Stutz, the new corporate vice president of Microsoft Dynamics CRM , who was previously at Siebel , pointed out

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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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Marquee Vendors Partner for Deepening Inherent CRM and BI Links


Despite the logic behind combining customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI) elements, the implementation of marketing automation (MA) has been stunted by slow markets, and pessimistic investors. Vendors in CRM and BI are building alliances in order to gain market share and illustrate the value of MA.

plm aprimo  improve product lifecycle management (PLM) to possibly reduce operating costs, enhance customer loyalty and lifetime value, and increase profitability. Perhaps the tightest connection between CRM and BI can be seen in marketing automation (MA). MA involves analyzing and automating the marketing process to better allocate resources into various activities, channels, and media to build and enhance profitable customer relationships. This moves beyond traditional metrics to incorporate data cleansing, Read More

What Does the “M” in PLM Really Mean?


In the two previous blog posts (What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? and What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?) I discussed the object being managed within the product lifecycle management (PLM) methodology. Now, it is the time to move on to the last word—“management.” Management is such a general term nowadays, that simply looking at it won’t give you much idea of what it is about in the PLM

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Hitachi Rail Adopts PTC PLM Globally


At the upper-end of the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market, brand new deals are rare, and expanding business with existing customers is much more common. To that end, PTC recently announced that Hitachi, Ltd. Rail Systems has selected the PTC Global Product Development solution based on PTC Windchill PLM technology as its single enterprise platform for global product development throughout its railway vehicle engineering and manufacturing business.

plm aprimo  Rail Adopts PTC PLM Globally At the upper-end of the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market, brand new deals are rare, and expanding business with existing customers is much more common. To that end, PTC recently announced that Hitachi, Ltd. Rail Systems has selected the PTC Global Product Development solution based on PTC Windchill PLM technology as its single enterprise platform for global product development throughout its railway vehicle engineering and manufacturing business. Read More

What Does HD-PLM Mean for the Fashion Industry?


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TEC Guides Carolina Pad Through a Smooth PLM Software Evaluation and Selection Project


When school and office product business Carolina Pad needed help selecting the right product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution to replace its multiple systems running separate departments and offices, the company turned to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). With TEC's rigorous methodology and decision support system Carolina Pad was able to find its best fit solution in a timely and efficient manner.

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Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations


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HD-PLM, Exalead, and Project Lightning, What Do They Have in Common?


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Balanced PLM Programs Drive Profitable Growth


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