2PLM August 28 2017


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                              August 28, 2017 - Vol19 #8

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Professional PLM [7]: Statement of Intent
by Roger Tempest
When John Stark wrote his article for the previous issue of 2PLM, his LinkedIn posts about Professional PLM had 168 likes and 28 comments, from 25 countries.

Three weeks later, despite the summer holidays, the totals have risen to 275 likes and 61 comments, from 30 countries:-

Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Latvia; Mexico; Netherlands; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; UAE; UK; USA; Vietnam.

This is a tremendous geographical spread, and shows the extent of latent demand for the PLM industry to professionalise.

It seems there is a chance to establish a single coherent PLM profession across 30 countries of the world - and the list does not yet include China or Japan or South Korea, which have initial language barriers; nor ten or more EU countries that might be expected to be involved.

However, there is still a long way to go. Even though the majority of comments have been in favour of the idea, there is still a range of views: from those who would just like to see activities such as certification, to those who would like to go further and establish PLM as a Profession. 

Also, we don't know for certain how strong the interest is. This is where 2PLM readers can help. We have produced a Statement of Intent Form that endorses a simple premise:-

"We believe that PLM should be carried out with as much professional skill and rigour as any other business discipline - and that PLM practitioners should conduct themselves in a similarly professional way."

The idea is that any PLM practitioner, anywhere in the world, can use the Form (downloadable here) to express their support for a Professional PLM Initiative. The Form also allows personal comments and suggestions to be made. It will help turn Professional PLM from a theoretical concept to a movement that has some real support and potential.

Positive, proactive 2PLM readers are just the sort of PLM practitioners who could take the lead by sending in the first Forms to profession@plmig.com. It will be a step forward for PLM if you can do so.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG.

PLM Citations
Google Scholar shows journal articles, technical reports, books and theses citing Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication.

Citing publications referenced since the previous issue of 2PLM include:

  • A. Fedotova, V. Tarassov (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia), D. Mouromtsev (National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Saint-Petersburg, Russia), I. Davydenko (Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Minsk, Belarus); Lifecycle Ontologies: Background and State-of-the-Art Details
  • A. Nikolov (Aalto University, Finland); Vulnerability management service for product life cycle Details

  • N. Obuka (Enugu State University, Enugu, Nigeria), P. Onyechi, N. Okoli (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria); Product Lifecycle Engineering and Management a Life Line for SMEs in Nigeria: An Appraisal Details
  • S. Keung (University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia); The influence of Information Technology, Communication and Relationship Factors on Positive Word-of-Mouth in Relationship Marketing in Hong Kong and Singapore Details
  • M. Walter, C. Leyh (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany); Knocking on Industry's Door: Product Cost Optimization in the Early Stages Requires Better Software Support Details


September "Basics of PLM" Online Course
The July 2017 session of the online Basics of PLM course (details), which started on Monday July 3, will run until Wednesday August 30.

The September 2017 session of the course will start on Monday September 4, and run until Tuesday October 31. (Note that students may join this course up to Friday September 15.)

The course, available 24/7, gives an introduction to PLM from a multidisciplinary business perspective.

It aims to help people participate more fully in a company's PLM Initiative and other PLM activities. In the standard version, the 40-hour course runs over 8 weeks. But it can be completed in less than 2 weeks, which is useful for fast ramp-up.

So far, most people taking the course are from PLM user companies, but there have been some participants from technology providers and service companies.


ISO 9001 - Process Management
by Scott Cleveland
The objective of ISO 9001 compliance is quality. It requires that you have a quality manual that documents the procedures that govern your company's business.

With the focus on quality, companies are continually looking for ways to improve.

When you've finished writing your quality manual, I strongly recommend going back through it and reviewing the procedures that you've written. I can almost guarantee that you'll find procedures that can be improved.

Processes [Procedures]
When writing your procedures, there are 2 key areas to look for improvements.

Firstly, remove activities that don't add value to the finished product or service. And secondly, if a computer can perform an activity instead of a human, let it happen.

Perfection shouldn't be a target. First off, it's unlikely that you could even come close. Secondly, once you add people to the mix, your processes don't always function as you expected they would.

Improving Processes [Procedures]
Improving a procedure isn't a one-time activity or even a once a year activity. It needs to be an ongoing activity. It needs to become part of your company's culture.

One of your procedures should be a procedure for improving procedures.

Process Management
An ISO audit will require you to show the auditor your written procedures, and you'll be asked to show them that you actually follow those procedures.

It's important to conduct internal audits to be sure that you can pass an audit. Even more important, the audit can be used to track and improve the quality of your product or service.

As you can see, ISO compliance is good for your company.

It can be useful to enlist help from someone that has done this before. Contact me if you would like some help ....



Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387


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Arena Solutions announced that it received an investment from JMI Equity. Details 


Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Total unaudited net revenue was $501.8 million. Details

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Autodesk, Inc. announced the appointment of Reid French to its Board of Directors. Details

PTC announced the appointment of Dr. Corinna Lathan to its Board of Directors. Details



Centric Software, Inc announced that Mud Pie selected Centric Software to provide its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

Centric Software, Inc announced that KEEN, Inc. selected Centric Software to provide its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

Gerber Technology announced that NA-KD selected YuniquePLM Cloud. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that Leica Geosystems selected Teamcenter. Details 


ANSYS announced ANSYS 18.2. Details

FARO announced the Quantum FaroArm. Details

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium announced CMS IntelliCAD 8.4 Premium Edition. Details

Propel announced its Medical Validation Pack for the life sciences industry. Details

SSI announced the 2018 R1.1 release of ShipConstructor. Details



CONTACT Software announced that it became a member of the Eclipse open source community in June and will now be participating in the Eclipse IoT Working Group. Details

openBoM announced a partnership with Kubotek. Details

Sciaky, Inc. announced it joined Siemens PLM Software Solution Partner Program. Details



Centric Software announced the release of a success story about its customer, tentree. Details

NGC Software announced that Supply & Demand Chain Executive selected NGC Software as a recipient of the SDCE 100 Award for 2017. Details

PTC and KPIT Technologies announced a Center of Excellence at KPIT's campus in Pune, India. Details

PTC announced Creo news. Details

Swinburne University of Technology announced a $135 million software grant from Siemens. Details

The United States Department of Justice announced that a Volkswagen engineer was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sean F. Cox of the Eastern District of Michigan to 40 months in federal prison, and two years of supervised release, for his role in a nearly 10-year conspiracy to defraud U.S. regulators and Volkswagen customers by implementing software specifically designed to cheat emissions tests in hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen "clean diesel" vehicles sold in the U.S. Details



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