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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

plm expert  ability for ERP and PLM vendors to provide solutions that meet user needs, and offers About the Author Jim Brown has almost 20 years of experience in application software, management consulting, and research focused on the manufacturing industries. Brown is a recognized expert in software solutions for manufacturing, and has broad knowledge of applying product lifecycle management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain planning, supply chain execution, and e-business applications to improve business

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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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Selecting a PLM Vendor


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plm expert  order to make a PLM selection, the manufacturer should weigh the deeper functional depth of best of breed vendors against the value of pre-integrated solutions from their ERP providers. However, do not automatically assume that the solution from your ERP vendor is integrated. Integration, particularly business level integration of concepts and semantics, is difficult work for your vendor as for you. Look for tight alignment and strategic investment from your ERP vendor. About the Authors Predrag Read More

Selecting PLM Software Solutions


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plm expert  how they apply to PLM we should also be careful to use the best practices learned from our previous, collective experience in selecting enterprise software. This concludes Part One of a five-part tutorial. Part Two will discuss typical problems found in enterprise application selections such as PLM. About the Authors Jim Brown has over 15 years of experience in management consulting and application software focused on the manufacturing industries. Jim is a recognized expert in software solutions for Read More

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plm expert  On Investment (ROI) of PLM An outside expert might be helpful too. For example, John Stark Associates 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 Read More

PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It?


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Core PLM for Process Industries Software Evaluation Report


Core PLM, Product Specification and Recipe Management (PDM and RM) for Process Industries covers the base foundation of PLM for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries such as food & beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical and others. It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management and collaboration.

plm expert  PLM for Process Industries Software Evaluation Report TEC's Core PLM for Process Industries Software Evaluation Report allows you to compare and analyze the features, functions, and services of multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive Read More

Windchill: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Competitor Analysis Report


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plm expert  and design-related aspects of PLM for both discrete and process industries. It details product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. This comprehensive knowledge base incorporates the criteria of TEC's other PLM knowledge bases. 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.

plm expert  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 rolling Read More

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


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plm expert  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

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plm expert  Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. In this white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both. Read More

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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.

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A Two-layer Model for Fashion PLM Functionality


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plm expert  Two-layer Model for Fashion PLM Functionality The past few years have seen the fashion industry show a significantly increasing passion for product lifecycle management (PLM) methodology. Generally speaking, a fashion PLM solution is a tailored PLM solution (compared with the general or comprehensive PLM) with extra functionality that serves the specificities of this industry in order to help the manufacturers and retailers of fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessories, etc.) to achieve more Read More

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