Summary: Open source PLM often bills itself as free. But in fact, there are a number of costs other than licensing that open source PLM providers use to generate revenue that drives up the total cost of PLM. Open source (OS) solutions are increasingly common in enterprise solutions. There are robust CRM solutions like SugarCRM (until 2014) and SuiteCRM, and of [...]
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Summary: Automated workflows are key to hitting manufacturing production deadlines. They facilitate communication, collaboration, and faster, less risky product launches. Whether it's your boss assigning a task or a client assigning a project, we all have deadlines to hit. So how can a business make it easier to beat manufacturing production deadlines without risking quality or consistency? That's the exact question [...]
Summary: there are three major types of PLM: specialist providers; modular PLM systems, and dedicated cloud PLM solutions. They all have pros and cons, and it's about choosing the right solution for your business. Product lifecycle management software comes in almost infinite flavors and combinations. And if you think you need PLM, it can be hard to know where to start. So [...]
Summary: The PLM procurement process is a big job. So we've created a cheat sheet of must-ask questions to streamline your PLM system purchase. Given all the flavors available, what to look for in a PLM is sort of a big question. So we trawled through dozens of research reports and hundreds of calls with clients and prospects to bring you [...]
Summary: Product handoffs shouldn't be streamlined. They should be eliminated by putting product data at the heart of manufacturing processes and using software tools to build a production system based on collaboration, not on a cold hard engineering handoff. They say that engineers speak a different language. And apparently, it’s something that people are curious about, garnering 84 million results in [...]
Last week we were part of a webinar where we worked with both Engineering.com and CIMdata PLM expert James White to look how companies can leverage best of breed software with cloud PLM. This is the final installment of a two-part series summarizing that discussion. Last week, we looked at what James White, Strategy Practice Director at CIMdata, had to say [...]
Last week we were part of a webinar where we worked with both Engineering.com and CIMdata PLM expert James White to look how companies can leverage best of breed software with cloud PLM. This is the first installment of a two-part series summarizing that discussion. Today, we’re going to focus on what James White had to say: what CIMdata thinks the [...]
Summary: PLM evaluations are painful. But sometimes, they’re necessary. Modern PLM systems are fast, flexible, and integrate everywhere — PLM capabilities that should be standard today. If your PLM can’t do these things, it might be time to move on. PLM evaluations aren’t taken lightly. But sometimes, you need to take stock: is your PLM provider meeting your needs? Is [...]
Summary: Product data management systems, or PDM systems, are software that companies use to organize their CAD data. They keep files centralized, make them accessible across the value chain, and keep version control and edits organized over time. They’re a really, really good idea. Product Data Management, or a PDM system, is yet another acronymic member of the enterprise tech [...]
Summary: ERP has long been the premier software solution of choice for organizations. But is the ERP Era coming to an end? New contender cloud PLM puts up a serious fight to dominate manufacturing data and usurp ERP as the software engine of complex manufacturing. Recently we’ve been talking about ERP and PLM, what they are and where they came [...]