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Vendor Rating Updates: BPM, ERP, PLM
Here's an update on new TEC vendor ratings and certifications. If you're currently evaluating or researching ERP, business process management (BPM), or product

plm ratings reports  Rating Updates: BPM, ERP, PLM Here's an update on new TEC vendor ratings and certifications. If you're currently evaluating or researching ERP, business process management (BPM), or product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, here's what we have new for you. Reports are available as well as in-depth rating evaluations in the evaluation centers . Here are the new items. TEC published up-to-date information for version 4 of Omnify's Empower PLM . Some areas in which the product's functionality focuses help

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report

Core PLM and Product Data Management (PDM) for Discrete Industries covers the base foundation of PLM for the discrete manufacturing industries such as automotive, electronics, aerospace and defense, medical devices, complex machinery and others. 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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Busting the Myth of Commoditized Software Markets with the New TEC Focus Indicator


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plm ratings reports  customer relationship management [CRM], PLM, HR, etc.) provide support for all the features we've modeled (i.e., those thousands of criteria that I referred to previously). Using this data, we're able to determine which functionality is usually supported by vendors and to what degree they support it. For example, does the vendor support a given feature outright, or do they need to make some modifications to support it? We use eight different ratings (with accompanying numeric values) to determine the Read More

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