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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

cad examples  used by many other CAD and PLM providers. SAP and Oracle want to create a center of product information with business data consistency, combined visual and business data analysis, and fully enabled mobile devices to deliver information. In this context, visualization enables communication, data analysis facilitates better decision making, and mobility enables flexibility. The strategy of these ERP vendors’ is to enable better and faster decision making by combining 3D visual information with relevant

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Learning Management Suite (LMS)

These are tools for managing, creating, scheduling training or learning in your organization. The terminology varies from vendor to vendor. Learning management systems (LMS) typically help to manage both classroom and on-line learning. They do not normally include content creation or management tools but may in some cases. Some LMSs may manage just classroom or just e-learning rather than both. Some LMSs may also include content authoring and managment and virtual classrooms. Learning content management systems (LCMS) emphasize the management of content for courses/training/learning. In most cases, they include content authoring tools. In some cases, they may also include some of the features of LMSs. Content authoring tools are often provided as part of an LCMS. They may also be stand-alone products. Virtual classrooms (web conferencing tools) normally are separate third party offerings but may be included as part of a suite of tools. Suites of tools include features of at least two or more of the above categories. While some companies offer just LMS or LCMS systems others offer suites of products, which provide all or most of the features of the other tools. Suites combine several capabilities of learning management--usually two or more of the following: learning management, classroom training management, e-learning management, custom content creation, learning content management, learning object repositories, or virtual classrooms.  

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CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises in a strategic sense. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. I then explored the advantages and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from stalwart

cad examples  head to head in CAD data management deals. Large Corporations or SMBs – Who Is More Likely to Innovate? In any case, embedded/inherent SOA, cloud, social, workflow, and other traits of organic PLM systems are simplifying the PLM implementations (via the so-called addition by subtraction ). At least these systems should be easier to configure and implement in chunks (a process at a time). For instance,  Aras suggests a federated cloud-based PLM process layer on top of PDM/PLM installations, given that Read More

“E.T.O. Phone Home”: Using Discrete ERP in an ETO Environment Will Leave You with an Out-of-this-world Experience


A brief journey of what functionality ERP engineer-to-order systems must support. Just like the mythical character in the film E.T., who was far from home in an unfamiliar environment, companies that have years of experience working with a discrete ERP system sometimes feel that they are out of this world in trying to adapt the system to the unique elements  in the engineer-to-order (ETO) world

cad examples  having links to a CAD system becomes a primary consideration for an ETO system. Just as E.T. had to “phone home” to receive direction and guidance for his journey back from another world, you need vendor information on product offerings that will bring your ETO business back to its own world, where it belongs. Here is an excellent place to obtain further information on ETO software products and vendors. Read More

Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1


Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The company’s solutions help its client companies design products, manage product information, and improve their product development processes

cad examples  its direct modeling 3D CAD capabilities, primarily to add its existing customers and history-free, dynamic modeling capabilities. To put things into perspective, PTC’s historical strength comes from its pioneering parametric (thus the company’s name), history-based modeling tools in the mother Pro/E product, which really captured the market first back in the early to mid 1990s. This method of design requires designers and engineers to retrace a series of design steps taken (the history) if they want Read More

Acquisitive Vendor Expands Its Enterprise Asset Management Potential


IFS has much to offer customers. Its IFS Applications suite now boasts an asset lifecycle management module for quick data retrieval. IFS also has a strong commitment to international standards, and with its acquisition of iSC, expertise in naval and marine operations.

cad examples  be re-entered. Also, the CAD modules provide designers with a drawing tool for process and instrumentation design, while predefined forms and the convenient lookup functionality are further examples of features that benefit all design disciplines. This integration permits instant population of the asset database upon acceptance of a new or updated plant design, along with capabilities to update the design documents to reflect “as built” changes. To the benefit of its customers, IFS has shown a strong Read More

If There's One Thing CRM Tells Us: Don't Do PLM the Same Way


Product lifecycle management (PLM) doesn't work, but it should. Industry's general approach and attitude to PLM mimics the early days of customer relationship management (CRM) adoption, and lessons from that experience should help when tackling the "ifs" and "hows" of PLM investment.

cad examples  2: Choosing between the CAD and ERP Vendor Both CAD and ERP vendors will attempt to sell you PLM—the middle piece between CAD and ERP—using similar fear, uncertainty, and doubt arguments. ERP vendors will argue that you should choose their PLM because their ERP controls the commercial data, and is also the system that has the largest user population; users who are going to provide the valuable feedback and input to the design process. CAD vendors, on the other hand, will argue that they control the Read More

Integrate Business Planning for Dynamics NAV


Developed based on the role-tailored integrated business planning model (RTIBPM), the Microsoft Dynamics NAV integrated business planning system automates much of the planning process. This white paper explores the history of integrated business planning (IBP), and discusses software solutions like Microsoft Dynamics NAV that can help your company improve performance planning.

cad examples  Business Planning for Dynamics NAV Using RealTime™ Services allows staffing company owners to focus on selling and recruiting and making more money! Source : RealTime IT Services LLC Resources Related to Integrate Business Planning for Dynamics NAV : (Wikipedia) Integrate Business Planning for Dynamics NAV Business Planning is also known as : Advanced Business Planning , Best Business Planning , Business Continuity Planning , Business Development Plan , Business Development Planning , Read More

Software Evaluation, Selection, and Contract Negotiation


Most articles about the pitfalls of software implementation projects highlight the mistakes made during implementation. Examples include poor project management, scope creep, uncommitted users, or lack of an executive sponsor. All of these areas of focus are valid, but often we forget that before starting the implementation, somehow we had to choose a package and sign a contract.

cad examples  requirements. That benefit will cascade through to require fewer software modifications so you ultimately reduce your cost of owning and maintaining the software. You will minimize risk by approaching the selection phase with an efficient, structured approach using experienced advisors. About TSI TSI - Transforming Solutions Inc. - www.transforming.com helps organizations dramatically improve their business and IT processes by collaboratively and cost-effectively analyzing and improving how people, proces Read More

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.

cad examples  both 2D and 3D CAD tools ( AutoCAD and SolidWorks ), Hitachi needed a system with the flexibility and broad capabilities to manage heterogeneous CAD data. The company also required the capability to manage the engineering bill of materials (eBOM) and the manufacturing bill of materials (mBOM).   The implementation of the PTC solution has reportedly increased Hitachi’s visibility into daily workload on the shop floor by improving the accuracy of bill of material (BOM) information, resulting in part Read More

Aras Announces VPLM for Autodesk Vault


A week before the Autodesk University 2012 conference, Aras, a provider of enterprise-class open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions, announced the launch of Aras VPLM, a commercial offering designed specifically for companies that run Autodesk Vault with Inventor for three-dimensional product design and AutoCAD for two-dimensional design. Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault

cad examples  system for managing Autodesk’s CAD data. Both Aras VPLM and Autodesk PLM 360 sit on top of Autodesk Vault to provide add-on PLM functionality, so they are now in direct competition. Aras’ value prop comes from a more mature product and more out-of-the-box functionality. And if a company that uses Autodesk design software with Autodesk Vault needs PLM, but is hesitant about going to the cloud, it now has an on-premise option. As Aras VPLM runs on the customer’s servers and network (as opposed to Read More

Should SAP Buy PTC?




cad examples  order to have better CAD integration? The past few years has seen SAP grow quite well in CAD integration. Besides integrating with major CAD products, SAP has also built a tight partnership with Right Hemisphere. An April, 2007 press release from Right Hemisphere said the company had received an equity investment from SAP, and another press release in September , 2008 announced that Right Hemisphere’s 2D and 3D viewing and publishing capability had  been deployed for SAP PLM 7.0. According to SAP, 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.

cad examples  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

The Unwired Enterprise: A Comprehensive Approach to Mobilizing for Success


The benefits of a mobile workplace are clear: faster business processes, closer connections with customers, and more rapid decisions. But there are few examples and best practices to follow; even fewer benchmarks exist. To maximize the benefits of going mobile while managing cost and limiting risk, you need a sound, effective, and systematic approach that includes a clear mobile strategy, identified use scenarios, and a complete service offering and system landscape. Find out more.

cad examples  Unwired Enterprise: A Comprehensive Approach to Mobilizing for Success The benefits of a mobile workplace are clear: faster business processes, closer connections with customers, and more rapid decisions. But there are few examples and best practices to follow; even fewer benchmarks exist. To maximize the benefits of going mobile while managing cost and limiting risk, you need a sound, effective, and systematic approach that includes a clear mobile strategy, identified use scenarios, and a complete serv 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 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

cad examples  Teams in breakout sessions. CAD Visibility and Interoperability Managing and controlling product data is an important aspect of PLM, but it is not enough to lock the information (especially computer-aided design [CAD] data) in a vault. A key value in PLM, however, is the ability to extend this data beyond the desktop to other engineers, other departments, and other stakeholders–primarily customers and suppliers. I’m expecting that Dr. Ken Versprille’s session CAD/Visualization Trends: Dealing with Read More