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E-Pad deployment will skyrocket and make your fax machine obsolete. But don't expect all security experts to embrace electronic signatures as PKI solutions

pads  90% probability that digital E-Pads will gain mainstream popularity in the next 24 months. This past July, the U.S. Congress became an early adopter of electronic signature technology, giving its stamp of approval, when they signed the Year2000 Readiness and Responsibility Act electronically. J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House, and Strom Thurmond, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, electronically signed H.R. 775 in order to present it to the President of the United States. They signed an Adobe PDF

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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

pads  as Allegro, OrCAD, DxDesigner/DxDatabook, PADS, Expedition, Altium, Zuken CR-5000, and others. Free PLM? If a company wants to roll out a global PLM system and tweak it, Aras provides a great jump-start. Since Aras provide open source PLM software, many companies assume it is free and later complain about getting nickel and dimed for this partner product or that non-core PLM functionality. On the other hand, Autodesk Vault and PLM 360 are not free, and their integration is not always so smooth. I still Read More

Product Note: Aras Innovator


Aras Innovator is the only enterprise open source solution available on the PLM market. This product note analyzes the strengths and challenges that the solution has and makes recommendations to both the vendor and potential users.

pads  integrations: Allegro, Altium, OrCAD, PADS, DxDesigner/DxDatabook, Zuken, and others   Aras markets its solutions to companies in a wide range of industries primarily in the discrete manufacturing sector, including aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial equipment, high tech/electronics, consumer goods, and pharmaceutical/medical devices. The company’s PLM solution is currently used in 124 countries by companies of all sizes. Examples of Aras customers include Motorola, XEROX, Freudenberg, Read More

e-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing


This is the transcript of an Audio Conference on e-procurement conducted by TEC during which brief case studies of how companies have improved inventory turns and reduced procurement costs through Internet enabled collaboration with suppliers were presented.

pads  Jackets, Mugs and Note Pads. Custom Catalog Items such as the Corporate Holiday Season Greeting Card, telephone directories and Sandwiches from the Delis of Choice. Having settled on three finalists, product demonstrations and project risk analysis commenced. We employ Business Scenario Execution as the Proof of the Pudding as follows. Scenarios are established through focus groups with homogeneous and mixed groups of stakeholders. Each scenario is ranked and a business value ($$s) is assigned. Each Read More

Software Giants Make Courting A Small Guy Their "Business One" Priority Part Two: Market Impact


Mid-market and the SMB segment are the next frontiers and a promised land for all the enterprise vendors, small and large alike.Still, the willingness of smaller IT departments to go for more sophisticated technology beyond the all-too-common dispersed islands of information on Excel spreadsheets, Access-based reports and queries, or even managers’ pocket paper-pads and post-it notes, does not guarantee any vendor an easy ride.

pads  or even managers' pocket paper-pads and post-it notes, does not guarantee any vendor an easy ride. That has been proven by a number of trials-and-errors, and consequent strategy reiterations that the larger enterprise vendors have espoused during last several years. Look also for a continued evolution of these applications, since over the last several years the market has seen a plethora of fixed-scope and fixed-price applications, pre-packaged vertical solutions, attractive support programs and hosting Read More

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)


PLM software applications support businesses in bringing products and services from idea through to design, production, and final disposition. PLM solutions have evolved to provide comprehensive functionality for all aspects of product innovation, including product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. PLM solutions allow you to create, communicate, and store a 'single version of the truth' for effective collaboration. PLM also incorporates vital product data management (PDM) functionality.

pads  Lifecycle Management (PLM) PLM software applications support businesses in bringing products and services from idea through to design, production, and final disposition. PLM solutions have evolved to provide comprehensive functionality for all aspects of product innovation, including product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. PLM solutions allow you to create, Read More

The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing


Engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing needs a high level of integration between ERP and PLM systems. This article points out that ERP and PLM solutions are moving toward each other to achieve more organic data and process connectivity.

pads  Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) have different business management perspectives—the first focuses on fulfilling physical orders with the respect of optimizing resource use whereas the second focuses on taking care of innovation processes by facilitating product definition collaboration. However, there is an intersection between the two systems. By empowering the consistent accessibility Read More

Balanced PLM Programs Drive Profitable Growth


For manufacturers that lack a well-structured product lifecycle management (PLM) program, the instantaneous flow of information only speeds up confusion, duplication of effort, and poor decision making. Find out how a SaaS-based ERP solution is essential for creating an effective, comprehensive integrated PLM program that improves productivity, accuracy, and decision making—and ultimately increases company profitability.

pads  PLM Programs Drive Profitable Growth For manufacturers that lack a well-structured product lifecycle management (PLM) program, the instantaneous flow of information only speeds up confusion, duplication of effort, and poor decision making. Find out how a SaaS-based ERP solution is essential for creating an effective, comprehensive integrated PLM program that improves productivity, accuracy, and decision making—and ultimately increases company profitability. Read More

Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) in ProcessPart 3: Process PLM Requirements


A Process PLM system must accommodate rapid, global deployment of the system. This need drives specific requirements to minimize both the start-up and the long-term cost of ownership of the system. This article, third in a series details those requirements.

pads  Life Cycle Management (PLM) in ProcessPart 3: Process PLM Requirements Introduction In Part One of this series, we discussed Product Life Cycle Management as a proven concept in the discrete industries and as a growing concept in process. In Part Two we examined the motivations for a process company to undertake a PLM project. In this part, we explore the requirements for PLM in the process enterprises. In Part Two of this series, we stated that a comprehensive approach was required in order to Read More

Imperial Tobacco Group Selects Aras PLM


Imperial Tobacco Group recently selected the Aras Innovator product lifecycle management (PLM) suite to streamline product lifecycle, eliminate redundant systems, and drive collaboration, process improvement, and compliance worldwide.

pads  Tobacco Group Selects Aras PLM Imperial Tobacco Group, a multinational tobacco company that makes cigarettes, cut tobacco, premium cigars, rolling papers, and tubes, recently selected the Aras Innovator product lifecycle management (PLM) suite to streamline product lifecycle, eliminate redundant systems, and drive collaboration, process improvement, and compliance worldwide. Imperial brands include Davidoff, West, Gauloises Blondes, Montecristo, Golden Virginia (the world's largest-selling hand Read More

Prodika PLM Solutions


Prodika delivers collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for companies in CPG and Process industries. Prodika PLM Solutions include; Global Specifications Management; Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Compliance Management; New Product Development and Introduction processes; Packaging and Label Management processes, Product Data Synchronization and Syndication; Value Chain Performance Management; Product Portfolio Management; Recipe/Formulation-based Product Design and Virtual Prototyping.Prodika solutions are delivered as managed application services based on the Microsoft .NET platform and a service-oriented architecture. Deployed around the world, Prodika solutions natively support product specifications and collaborative PLM processes in all languages, cultures, and currencies.

pads  PLM Solutions Prodika delivers collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for companies in CPG and Process industries. Prodika PLM Solutions include; Global Specifications Management; Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Compliance Management; New Product Development and Introduction processes; Packaging and Label Management processes, Product Data Synchronization and Syndication; Value Chain Performance Management; Product Portfolio Management; Recipe/Formulation-based Product Design Read More

Core PLM for Process Industries


The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management, and collaboration.

pads  PLM for Process Industries The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management, and collaboration. Read More

Can ERP Speak PLM?


Because product lifecycle management (PLM) offers a host of benefits to manufacturers, it has become one of the fastest growing categories of enterprise applications. But a PLM system needs to work hand-in-hand with an enterprise resource planning system, so how can an organization integrate these two enterprise applications, which "speak" in different languages?

pads  ERP Speak PLM? Originally Published - August 1, 2003 Product lifecycle management (PLM) promises significant benefits to manufacturers, and the market is full of vendors claiming to provide faster new product introductions, reduced product costs, reduced product development costs, increased revenue, better quality products, enhanced product innovation, and other valuable benefits. Because of the high appeal of these benefits and their associated return on investment (ROI), PLM has become one of the Read More

Out-of-the-box PLM: PLM and E-collaboration Software for the Electronics Industry


Electronics manufacturing is one of the most complex manufacturing processes. Special software functionality is required to manage information throughout the supply chain, collaborate with subcontractors, and minimize development time. Learn about product lifecycle management (PLM) and product data management (PDM) solutions that provide the right data management functionality for electronics manufacturers.

pads  of-the-box PLM: PLM and E-collaboration Software for the Electronics Industry Electronics manufacturing is one of the most complex manufacturing processes. Special software functionality is required to manage information throughout the supply chain, collaborate with subcontractors, and minimize development time. Learn about product lifecycle management (PLM) and product data management (PDM) solutions that provide the right data management functionality for electronics manufacturers. Read More