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Should SAP Buy PTC?


cimdata cam  revenue (2007, data source: CIMdata) is just a fraction of the whole, the growth rate (roughly 30% in 2007) is well above the company’s overall revenue growth (9% in 2007). According to PLM Market Growth in 2007 released by CIMdata, SAP is now the largest PLM provider without CAx (CAD/CAM/CAE) offerings, and the fourth in PLM mindshare leaders—if we take CAx into account. One major reason that companies need PLM is to let CAx systems talk to other management systems. This is why major CAx providers

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


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

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Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations


MAPICS hereby joins the raft of enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors that are making their way into the product lifecycle management (PLM) market by bundling or partnering strategically to embed PLM functions within their suites.

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There are two major genres of PLM solution: CAD-PLM and ERP-PLM. These two types have different integration capabilities, but the gap between them is shrinking thanks to various factors driving the market. Currently, however, the difference still matters in the solution selection process.

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What Can PLM Offer for SMBs?


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