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Selecting PLM Software Solutions Part 4 - Comparing 3 Vendors
In PLM, there is no single vendor that can meet all of the requirements, and the market is still immature, so almost every product can be the right solution

plm comparing for product manufacturing  PLM Software Solutions Part 4 - Comparing 3 Vendors Executive Summary Past experience shows us that the vast majority of enterprise technology evaluations run over time and budget, and once selected, the majority of the implementations fail to meet functional, return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) expectations. Many companies have consequently been stuck with under-performing software products and dejected users, and are still unable to gauge their system to determine how fa

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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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Project Lifecycle Management Implies Long Term Value; Forget the Total Cost of Ownership Fuss


Understanding the nature and specifics of your product development life cycles, and especially new product design and initiation, can help you realize tangible cost savings and will offset the total cost of ownership of a product lifecycle management system.

plm comparing for product manufacturing  for manufacturers initiating a PLM project involves developing a process flow schematic of product design and development processes, determining estimated or average durations by process, and comparing the reduction of product life cycle design and development time versus the over all product design and development costs. A mere percentage of savings in life cycle time can result in big dollar savings. Hacking off a week or two of product development time, and the resulting ripple effect throughout the Read More

PLM as a Strategic Weapon: An Underlying PlanetPTC Live 2011 Theme - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about the major (blockbuster of a sort) announcements at PTC’s PlanetPTC Live 2011 annual user conference, which was held in mid-June 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. These announcements were as follows: General availability (GA) of nine PTC Creo 1.0 design applications. Showcasing the Windchill 10.0 product lifecycle management (PLM) suite. The acquisition

plm comparing for product manufacturing  SAP shop, a best-of-breed PLM option should win. SAP and Oracle beg to differ when it comes to definitions about what “ERP” is in this debate. They rather offer business suites that include the realms of ERP, SCM, PLM, CRM, MES, etc. This creates issues when comparing “ERP vs. PLM.” From their perspective, the real discussion is about the data-model. If one can offer a common data model for the end-to-end product innovation and development process including all downstream processes such as manufac Read More

Two Origins, One Destination? A Look at the Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint


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.

plm comparing for product manufacturing  PLM Evaluation Center two PLM solutions from vendors who do not offer CAD products and another two from vendors that are significantly involved in CAD. Comparing the four solutions' scores for CAD integration and enterprise/ERP integration, we can deduce that a solution that scores higher on CAD integration gets a lower rating on enterprise/ERP integration, and vice versa (see figure 1). Figure 1. Four solutions' scores for CAD integration and enterprise/ERP integration (data source: TEC). Although four Read More

Busting the Myth of Commoditized Software Markets with the New TEC Focus Indicator


The new TEC Focus Indicator is a concrete way to start gauging the real functionality, competitive differentiators, and focus of enterprise software products. Learn how you can use the TEC Focus Indicator for insight into the functional competitive differentiators of particular enterprise software products against what's available on the market.

plm comparing for product manufacturing  our product lifecycle management (PLM) model includes 1,768 criteria and our supply chain management (SCM) model includes 2,210 criteria. The number of criteria varies depending on the type of software, since different systems require different quantities of criteria to model correctly. The point is that we're modeling the general structure of a given type of software so that a potential buyer of that software can review what it provides and compare it against competing products on a fair and equivalent Read More

Infor PLM Optiva


Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company's solution features a central data repository that serves as a global backbone enabling a company to capture, share, and manage product development information, and collaborate with its customers and suppliers to bring new products to market at Internet speed. Optiva is a product development software solution for the food and beverage, chemicals, consumer packaged goods, and pharmaceutical industries, which helps companies bring products to market. Because the product is modular, Formation Systems helps companies taylor its functionality. Using the product's tools such as formula optimization and recipe management, can help - Create market-ready products - Elevate product quality with consistency - Integrate knowledge throughout the enterprise - Unite with key business partners

plm comparing for product manufacturing  PLM Optiva Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company's solution features a central data repository that serves as a global backbone enabling a company to capture, share, and manage product development information, and collaborate with its customers and suppliers to bring new products to market at Internet speed. Optiva is a product development software solution for the food and beverage, chemicals, consumer Read More

Energizing Utilities for the Economic Stimulus Plan: Strategies for Greater Efficiency and Sustainability


For years, utilities have seen a growing need to enable a smarter electric grid, promote cleaner power sources, and replace aging structures. These issues came into sharper focus when US President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This legislation provides funding for many energy initiatives—however, strict compliance guidelines come with the stimulus plan. Find out more.

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Primary Metal Manufacturing


The primary metal manufacturing industry includes manufacturers of iron, aluminum, steel, titanium, copper, and other metals—with steel representing the largest segment of the market by far. The industry also includes manufacturers and processors in related industries like automotive manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, and construction. Challenges for primary metal manufacturers are rooted in the highly competitive nature of the market, volatile global economic conditions, and the need to constantly employ new technologies to bring high-quality products to market. Manufacturers in this industry also require large amounts of ore and energy for their manufacturing processes.

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How to Choose a Manufacturing System


If you’ve worked for more than one manufacturing company, you know that each one is different. Different processes, systems, problems—all these variations mean you need a system tailored to your needs. And with so many available solutions, you could spend months looking at demos, and still not find it. However, you can start by asking yourself eight simple questions.

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A Business Intelligence Agenda for Midsize Organizations: Six Strategies for Success


Midsize companies see business intelligence (BI) as too unwieldy and expensive for them, and use spreadsheets for planning, budgeting, and forecasting. However, BI is well within reach through an incremental approach. Learn about six strategies for midsize companies for choosing and deploying BI solutions that address both business and IT challenges.

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Sage 500 ERP (formerly Sage ERP MAS 500) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of process manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the Process Manufacturing ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Product Vine PLM


ProductVine is a collaborative product and development lifecycle management tool designed to meet the needs of the food and grocery industry. It has Internet-enabled workflow functionality and provides instant information visibility. Multiple parties can work simultaneously to complete tasks and approve deliverables. It includes the following functional areas: central knowledge repository, project management, workflow management, and supplier information collection.  

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Dealing with Chaos: 4 Steps to Manufacturing Success


Manufacturing today is fraught with uncertainties in the supply chain due to a variety of global issues, including weather and exchange rates. You can counter supply problems with “safety stock.” But this extra inventory goes against the rules of an efficient lean environment. How can you stay demand driven, without a supply snafu? Find out how an information management system can help forecast your supply chain needs.

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The Product Portfolio Management Benchmark Report: Achieving Maximum Product Value


Products may fail to meet expectations for many reasons—most of which are self-inflicted wounds (such as unclear product definitions) by the company bringing them to market. What’s more, politics and inertia all too often win the day when it comes to making difficult product portfolio decisions. What actions can you take to rank among those companies which realize margin advantages of over 50 percent for new products?

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