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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid
Product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation strategies are in many cases unique from company to company. However, it is not uncommon for companies to

plm assessment white papers  has developed an independent PLM Needs Assessment program designed to help companies determine opportunity and problem areas in their business that can be addressed or benefit by PLM. After analyzing your business case, John Stark Associates will prepare a PLM Management Summary, with detailed plan and ROI analysis and then a presentation of the findings to your executives. This is helpful to affirm things you know about your business, but also gives opportunity for an independent expert to help uncover

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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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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New-world Value: The Strategic Impact of Business Application Suites in Today’s Corporate Environment


The concepts of return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) have been used for decades in enterprise evaluations of IT investments, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. However, with the emergence of important new technological advances, executives are now expanding these traditional formulas to account for new opportunities. Learn more about their new methods for measuring ERP value.

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

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Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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How Successful ERP Selections Are Made


How can you ensure that you make the right choice when purchasing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software? The answer: take all the critical components into consideration. ERP selection is not just about what different people in your organization want or don't want, it's about getting what you need for now and the future. Remember, you're not just buying software; you're buying into a vendor and its company culture.

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Pricing and Revenue Optimization: A Manufacturing Perspective


Pricing and revenue optimization is the process of improving business margins by either increasing unit prices or increasing gross revenues. This type of optimization is fast being recognized as having the capability to help businesses grow margins significantly. In fact, studies have shown that it can add a 15 to 50 percent incremental margin to the bottom line.

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The Whys and Hows of a Security Vulnerability Assessment


TEC outlines the reasons for having a Security Vulnerability Assessment done, how a security vulnerability assessment is performed, what can be gained by enlisting the Security Vulnerability Assessment process, and what you should expect to see in a Security Vulnerability Assessment report. After all, the most important reason for having a Security Vulnerability Assessment performed is to enable corrective action. How can you know what to secure if you don't know what is insecure?

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What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?


What does the “P” in PLM really mean? The question seems ambiguous since PLM may refer to many different things (such as an airport, a university, a railway company, etc.). Okay, so let me clarify what I mean. The PLM I’m talking about here is product lifecycle management. Now, the answer seems quite simple. However, my purpose is not to trick you with this silly question, but to explore the true

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Kalypso and Integware Merge PLM Practices


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Product Lifecycle Management Portfolio


The DS PLM solution suite is embodied in four key brands—CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, and SIMULIA—which form one of the industry’s most comprehensive PLM software portfolios. Used separately or collectively, the vendor’s proven applications define, simulate, and optimize all products, processes, and resources in an all-3D environment powered by an open development platform. With DS PLM V5 solutions, all business processes are linked together—including change management, activity and time management, asset management, and more. By enabling employees to collaborate in real time while accessing and sharing the same up-to-date information, companies can increase communication and speed modification, as well as approval processes. As a result, all organizational groups and processes–from design through marketing to maintenance–can share, reuse, and enhance product information in the pursuit of an optimum business strategy. For Virtual Product Design: CATIA CATIA enables users to simulate the entire range of the industrial design process, from concept to product design, analysis, and assembly. The CATIA product line covers all types of design and engineering needs and seamlessly integrates with the vendor’s other brands. For Virtual Production: DELMIA DELMIA enables manufacturers to digitally plan, create, monitor, and control production and maintenance processes. DELMIA applications provide complete coverage of manufacturing processes. For a Global Collaborative Environment: ENOVIA ENOVIA addresses user requirements across the full spectrum of product and business processes, from small-scale teams to extended enterprises with many thousands of users. The ENOVIA portfolio consists of three product lines: • ENOVIA VPLM—management of highly complex product, resource, and manufacturing processes in medium and large extended enterprises • ENOVIA MatrixOne—collaborative product development business processes for enterprises across a wide range of industries, including synchronicity for semiconductor design data management • ENOVIA SmarTeam—collaborative product data management for small to medium businesses, engineering departments of larger organizations, and across supply chains For Virtual Testing: SIMULIA By building on established technology, respected quality, and superior customer service, SIMULIA makes realistic simulation an integral business practice that enables engineers and scientists to improve product performance, reduce the number of physical prototypes, and drive innovation.  

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