2011 Geneva PLM Conference, PLM Conference Exhibitors. PLM Best Practice Library, PLM Workshop 2011


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               July 4, 2011 - Vol14 #7

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2011 Geneva PLM Conference
by John Stark
The latest (July 4) version of the Geneva PLM Conference Brochure (1 MB, PDF) is available for 2PLM readers here. About 75% of the speakers are now identified.

The provisional Agenda includes speakers from SMEs, as well as from larger organisations such as Bobst, Bombardier Transportation, CERN, EADS, European Commission, Givaudan, Merck Serono, Mettler Toledo, Salomon, Schneider Electric, SR Technics, Synthes and Varian Medical Systems.


Details have been finalised concerning the participation of four Exhibitors:

Participation details are being discussed with several other potential Exhibitors. If you're interested in exhibiting, or sponsoring the Conference, please review the details here.

If you would like to attend the event, please register here.


PLM Conference Exhibitors (as of July 4)
CONTACT Software
CONTACT Software is a leading supplier of solutions for innovation processes and PLM. Improved time-to-market, more reliable data and processes, advanced controlling capabilities, compliance and also lower product and development costs are key advantages. Among clients are numerous market leaders in the automotive, mechanical engineering, engineering and construction, medical and aerospace sectors, as well as public infrastructure operators.

Product development means working together in projects and teams. CONTACT's solutions help you to organise teamwork, implement processes securely and efficiently, to collaborate in business networks and to provide all data and documents along process chains as needed.

CONTACT's product portfolio includes:

  • CIM DATABASE for product data and product life-cycle management (PDM/PLM)
  • PROJECT OFFICE for 360° project and process management
  • WORKSPACES for collaborative CAD data management

Standard interfaces to the leading CAx tools and ERP systems such as SAP guarantee integrated systems and business processes.

As solution provider with experience from hundreds of client projects, CONTACT is tuned for single source, complete solutions covering coordinated consulting, technology and implementation. 

ICP Solution
ICP Solution and its partner network have long experience with PLM solutions in the mechanical industry with more than 150 customers in the industrial sectors of mechanical engineering, automotive, medical device, aero and defense technology. Customers can therefore expect comprehensive consulting, competent implementation services and extensive support. The experience of ICP Solution in cooperation with the PLM solutions of Oracle results in a time- and cost-optimised PLM implementation for the customer. The "One-Stop-Shop" of ICP Solution addresses all PLM business needs from one source.

INNEO Solutions, founded in 1984, is a leading provider of CAD/CAM, PDM/PLM, IT and project management solutions in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. INNEO has more than 230 staff members in 12 locations, and more than 3,500 customers. By combining leading NetApp storage technology with a long-term PLM expertise, we provide the proper infrastructure to meet the needs of manufacturing companies to get their products to market faster. In the Product Development area, INNEO's products include Creo, Mathcad and Windchill PDMLink. In the Project Management area, INNEO's products include Prios Foundation, a project management solution based on Microsoft SharePoint. INNEO is PTC Platinum Partner and member of PLM Elite (www.plmelite.com), NetAPP Platinum Partner, Microsoft Gold Certified and HP Preferred Partner Gold.

Oracle provides the world's most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems, with more than 370,000 customers representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 145 countries around the globe.

Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management solutions enable businesses in various industries to accelerate product innovation and maximize product profitability by managing the information, processes, and decisions about their products throughout the product lifecycle and across the global product network. With a broad suite of enterprise-class product lifecycle management (PLM) applications and time-to-value-focused implementations, Oracle provides the most comprehensive PLM solution in the industry.

PLM Best Practice Library
by Roger Tempest
The first two workshops in the PLM Standardisation series focused on conventional, formal standards that may be needed for PLM. The Gothenburg Workshop made a large stride forward with the generation of a new standard for PLM Governance, (see 2PLM June 06), which will enable companies of all sizes to be sure that their management of PLM is thorough, consistent and accurate. This will need to be an accepted 'standard', because the Board will not pay attention if it is not.

However, in Munich it became clear that much of the 'standardisation' that we need in PLM does not have to be as formal as this. PLM managers are intelligent, educated people and well able to think for themselves. They need best practices to be expressed simply and concisely, and in just enough detail so that they are equipped to take decisions. The PLMIG has therefore established a PLM Best Practice Library that practitioners from all types of organisation can refer to.

In concept, the PLM manager reaches a decision point, and looks in the Library for a simple document that indicates the best-practice way forward. Metrics, commercial value, PLM skills and concepts, roadmapping, planning, culture change, and through-life support all belong in the Library, together with advanced PDM techniques.

The first edition of the PLM Best Practice Library has been published in the Q1 2011 PLM Journal, and will be circulated to PLMIG members this week. The PLM Section contains best practices for concepts; PLM Team skills; management and governance; strategy and planning; and for applying metrics and calculating commercial value. The PDM Section opens up the world of PDM Fundamentals, and covers the very specific discipline of PDM project management.

There is also a Specialist Subjects Section covering Document Management (a cause of millions of wasted dollars worldwide); Application Lifecycle Management; and best practice in aligning PLM and ERP.

The PLM Standardisation series moves onward to Italy in September, and as more best practice is captured, the Library will be updated. More information is available via bestpractice@plmig.com.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via membership@plmig.com.


PLM Workshop 2011
by John Stark
Going into the second half of 2011, you may be looking to find out more about PLM. The ideal solution would be to attend the 2011 Geneva PLM Conference in the first week of September. However, if you aren't able to attend, maybe because you'll be on vacation, another option is to attend a state-of-the-art PLM Workshop.

The PLM 2011 State-of-the-Art Workshop presented by John Stark Associates aims to help participants understand quickly the PLM State of the Art, identify high potential areas of PLM that are key to achievement of business benefits, and plan the next steps of their PLM projects. It's based on a decade of PLM experience, and answers frequent questions about PLM, the use of PLM, and PLM projects.

The Workshop, which can be held on your site with your PLM Team members, is in four parts:
  • The Evolution of PLM (2001 - 2011)
  • PLM in 2011
  • Typical PLM Strategies and Activities in 2011
  • Progressing with PLM in 2011

More details here.



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Adobe Systems Inc reported results for its Q2 fiscal year 2011 ended June 3, 2011. Revenue was $1.023 billion. Details

Gerber Scientific, Inc. reported results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended April 30, 2011. Q4 revenue was $126.7 million. Details

Oracle Corp. announced fiscal 2011 Q4 GAAP total revenues of $10.8 billion. Details



Altium announced the appointment of Christian Scheiba as Director of Global Services. Details

OptiTex announced the appointment of Amnon Shalev as the new VP of Sales and Marketing for Europe. Details

RDV Systems announced that Michael Payne has joined the RDV advisory board. Details

Technia announced that Jonas Gejer has been appointed CEO of Technia and President of Business area Product Lifecycle Management. Details



Altair Engineering, Inc. announced that China Motor Corp. has expanded its use of HyperWorks. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Enventix Inc. is using software from Autodesk, Inc. for green manufacturing to develop its patent-pending Enpresso system. Details

Cadac Organice announced an order from Newcrest Mining. Details 

Catalog Data Solutions announced that HBD/Thermoid, Inc. has selected its online SaaS Catalog solution. Details

Centric Software, Inc. announced that Kindy SA has selected Centric Software, Inc. to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) system. Details

Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. announced that Embraer has expanded its use of 3DCS. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that LIG Nex1 has selected NX and Teamcenter software. Details

SofTech, Inc. announced that its ProductCenter PLM solution has been deployed by Infinia Corporation. Details

Z Corp. announced that Local Motors is using Z Corp. technology. Details  


Accept Corp. announced the release of Strategy & Portfolio for the Accept360 suite. Details

Altair Engineering, Inc. announced the release of HyperWorks 11.0. Details

Altair Engineering, Inc. announced the general availability of HyperWorks On-Demand. Details

Aras announced download availability of the latest release of the Aras Innovator PLM platform and solution suite. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk Vault 2012 software now works with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 to facilitate access to design information across the enterprise. Details

CAD Schroer announced MEDUSA4 & MPDS4 Revision 5.0.2. Details

Dassault Systemes announced its new online Version 6 platform, its new store, and its first online cloud business services. Details

Delcam announced it launched the first version of its PowerINSPECT inspection software for use on 64-bit computers. Details

First Trace, Inc. announced it has released Kinnosa 5.0. Details

Fishbowl Solutions, Inc. announced it has released linkAccess, linkTuner and linkLoader, all on the Windchill 10.0 platform. Details

Geometric Limited announced the release of NestLib 2011 R2. Details

GTX Corp. announced the release of its GTXRaster CAD 2012 Series for AutoCAD 2012. Details

IMSI/Design announced the release of TurboCAD Mac Deluxe 2D/3D v6. Details

Intergraph announced that CADWorx 2012 Plant Design Suite is compatible with AutoCAD 2012. Details

Open Design Alliance announced the release of version 3.5 of Teigha. Details

OPEN MIND Technologies AG announced a 64-bit version of its CAM solution hyperMILL for integration into the Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks CAD platforms. Details

OpenText announced the availability of the next major release of OpenText Social Workplace. Details

PSA announced that two new features were added to its CMPRO product lifecycle management (PLM) software: Reviews and Checklists. Details

Spatial Corp. announced availability for Convergence Geometric Modeler and 3D InterOp CGM R2012. Details 


Adraft, Inc. announced it has earned the Consulting Specialization designation for value added resellers from Autodesk, Inc. Details

Aras announced that Innovator Solutions has joined the Aras Partner Program. Details

Aras and FISHER/UNITECH announced a partnership. Details

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Dassault Systemes announced a partnership with Sculpteo. Details

Dassault Systemes and PCO Innovation announced a partnership agreement. Details

Geometric Limited announced a partnership with Metamation. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that Mubitek Tasarim ve Bilisim has licensed its D-Cubed software. Details

Zuken announced that French CADSTAR distributor Novacad has topped European sales of the CADSTAR PCB design solution. Details  


Accept Corp. unveiled the results of a survey to identify priorities, challenges and trends in product portfolio management and efforts at redefining innovation. Details

aPriori announced the expansion of its team in Europe, including a new Director of EMEA. Details

Autodesk, Inc. named Advanced Solutions "Reseller of the Quarter" for the Americas for the first quarter of the 2012 Autodesk fiscal year. Details

Dassault Systemes announced a joint project with Astrium and EADS Innovation Works. Details

Dassault Systemes and KACST announced the signing of an agreement. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that DraftSight has surpassed one million downloads. Details

Fujitsu announced its "Engineering Cloud" concept. Details

Geomagic announced that it has expanded its main European Headquarter facilities located in Stuttgart, Germany. Details

Icona Solutions announced it opened an additional UK office. Details

MathWorks announced that Shanghai University of Engineering Science is equipping all students, faculty, and lab staff at its College of Automotive Engineering with MATLAB, Simulink, and over 30 additional MathWorks products. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that CETENA uses MSC Marc. Details

OpenText announced that it was named a finalist in the third annual Forrester Research Voice Of The Customer Awards. Details

ShapeSpace Ltd announced the creation of a Consultancy Services Group. Details

Stratasys announced its ninth consecutive year as unit market leader in the additive manufacturing / 3D printing industry, according to Wohlers Report 2011. Details

TriStar Inc. announced it completed its acquisition with BRT Solutions. Details



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