2PLM August 7 2017


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                              August 7, 2017 - Vol19 #7

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Professional PLM [6]: Global Feedback
by John Stark
After the previous issue of 2PLM, I decided to publicise the subject further with a post on LinkedIn, asking the question: "Should PLM be a Profession?".

The results show quite clearly how widespread is the interest in professionalising PLM. Here's some information about the feedback.

After 10 days, there were 168 likes and 28 comments. The likers were from 25 countries, with the USA at the top of the list, followed by India, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil and Switzerland.

35% of the likers are with service providers, 12% with system vendors, 8% in academic/research organisations, 4% are HR/headhunter people. The other 41% are with user companies, developing and supporting products across almost every segment of industry.

This looks like an industry-wide weight of enthusiasm for professionalising PLM - and it comes from PLM practitioners in so many countries. It makes me wonder what might happen if the Professional PLM Initiative is supported.

The USA and Canada combined represented 25% of the likers, and might be expected to want a similar professional structure.

It may be expected that Europe (with 46% combined) will have its own requirements, and that is why we're thinking of holding matching Launch Workshops on either side of the Atlantic. 

But India has 22% of the likers. This is an unexpectedly strong response, and perhaps reflects the needs of the offshore staff for recognition. This would also help their Western clients know the calibre of the staff who often seem to "work unseen". Maybe there should be a Launch Workshop in India to maintain the balance? Maybe there should be some Indian companies on the Steering Group?

If PLM professionalism can be established in 25 countries, then global engineering and manufacturing companies can be confident in staffing their PLM projects almost anywhere around the world. That would be a leap forward.

However, as one commenter wrote, "but someone or a group has to provide necessary funding for this to happen."

So what next? Are you one of the user companies that would benefit from PLM becoming a profession? Are you one of the service providers who want to provide professionally certified staff? Do you work for a company that wants to provide a better career path for its PLM staff? We need you to get in touch.


Please let us know your views via profession@plmig.com.

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:

  • M. Paavel, K. Karjust, J. Majak (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia); Development of a product lifecycle management model based on the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process Details
  • M. Cina (Aix-Marseille Université, France); Les nouvelles plateformes de conception, le PLM et leurs implications dans le processus de conception : portées et limites Details
  • C. Gorldt, S. Wiesner, I. Westphal, K-D. Thoben (University of Bremen, Germany); Product-Service Systems im Zeitalter von Industrie 4.0 in Produktion und Logistik-Auf dem Weg zu Cyber-Physischen Product-Service Systemen Details


  • S. Mariamdaran, A. Veloo (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia); Role of Stress Management on the Relationship between Information Overload Syndrome and Performance of Universiti Utara Malaysia Details
  • B. Chebel-Morello, J-M. Nicod, C. Varnier (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques, Besancon, France); From Prognostics and Health Systems Management to Predictive Maintenance 2 Details
  • S. Sinha, Y. Park (Johnson Controls International, Milwaukee, USA); Building a Winning Team Details
  • M. Paavel, K. Karjust, J. Majak (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia); PLM Maturity Model Development and Implementation in SME 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.)

"Basics of PLM" is the first module in the PLM Institute's online modular training program.

The eight parts of the "Basics of PLM" course run on a weekly basis, allowing students to complete the course in about 2 months. The total student involvement for the course is about 35 hours. 

"Basics of PLM" gives a general introduction to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) from a multidisciplinary business perspective. It covers all the main components of PLM, and will help those working with PLM in a company to understand the basics of PLM and why it's so important. Its objective is to allow them to participate more fully in a company's PLM Initiative and other PLM activities. 

Why Take on PLM?
by Scott Cleveland
Developing today's high tech product is a complex activity.

PLM started in engineering because they had a lot of information to manage and they weren't doing a very good job of it. They needed to control access to the information, manage versions, share product data, etc. They needed to share information with many of the other departments within their company as well as suppliers, vendors and customers.

Combat Complexity
A PLM solution can add value by helping companies control complexity.

PLM started by managing engineering information. It was soon discovered that companies needed to manage product information in many other departments. Some broad thoughts follow:

  • From marketing - How many of these widgets do I need to manufacture? What price will I set?
  • From finance - At that price, will the company make a profit?
  • From manufacturing - Do I manufacture these in house? Do I need to purchase parts? Who will I purchase them from?
  • From manufacturing - Do I need to rework the factory floor? Do I need to purchase any machines?
  • From manufacturing - Do I want to be ISO compliant? How will we manage quality?
  • From customer support - How will we handle customer support?

A PLM solution can address all of these concerns and more. However, PLM software has many more features than you will ever use.

Implement 'Your' Solution
When implementing PLM, don't feel that you have to implement a total solution [everything] from the beginning. Minimize complexity by implementing the most important items first and then grow it over time.

Being successful with the initial implementation will make it much easier to grow the solution into other areas. Choose to start with an implementation that meets your most critical needs and be successful at it.

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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Addnode PLM division with TechniaTranscat announced that they have acquired Intrinsys. Details

OpenText announced that it has completed the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Covisint. Details



ANSYS, Inc. reported second quarter 2017 GAAP revenue of $263.9 million. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced results for the second quarter 2017. Cadence reported Q2 2017 revenue of $479 million. Details

Dassault Systemes announced IFRS unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Q2 2017 Total Revenue was 806.4 millions of Euros. Details

FARO announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2017. Sales were $82.7 million. Details

Lectra announced financial statements for Q2 2017. Revenues were €69 million. Details

Open Text Corp. announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. Q4 total revenue was $664 million. Fiscal 2017 total revenue was $2.29 billion. Details

PTC reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended July 1, 2017. Total GAAP revenue was $291 million. Details

SAP SE announced its financial results for the second quarter 2017 ended June 30, 2017. Total revenue was € 5,782 million. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Revenue was $159.5 million. Details



PROLIM Global Corporation announced Melanie Hawkey as Vice President of PLM Solutions. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced Mark Driscoll as the new Senior Director, Channels. Details



Aras announced that Fuji Kiko selected the Aras PLM Platform. Details

Centric Software announced that Grupo Cortefiel is using Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

Centric Software announced that ORTOVOX Sportartikel GmbH selected Centric Software to provide its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

PDTec AG announced that AVL selected ice.NET for model data management. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that DNV GL chose Teamcenter. Details 


AMC Bridge announced ViewER 6.0. Details

CADENAS announced Version 11 of their Strategic Parts Management PARTsolutions. Details

CCE announced an update of its CAD data interoperability library for Creo. Details

Cortona3D announced RapidAuthor for Teamcenter. Details

Datakit announced version 2017.3 of its CAD conversion tools. Details

eQuorum Corp. announced Version 9.6 of ImageSite. Details

ESI Group announced SYSTUS 2017. Details

Gerber Technology announced YuniquePLM 7.1. Details

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) announced IntelliCAD 8.4. Details

Luxion announced KeyShot 7. Details

MachineWorks announced MachineWorks version 8.0. Details

MecSoft Corp. announced AlibreCAM 2017. Details

Mentor announced the latest release of FloTHERM. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced Marc 2017. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced MSC Adams - 2017.2. Details

NGC Software announced the latest release of Andromeda Quality Control. Details

PDF3D announced PV+ 5.4. Details

Siemens announced an Integrated Software Engineering solution for the automotive industry. Details

Spatial Corp. announced release 2018.1.0 for 3D InterOp. Details

Spatial Corp. announced Release 2018.1.0 of its 3D Modeling SDKs. Details

Zuken announced E3.series 2017. Details



Cideon Software GmbH & Co. KG and Seal Systems AG announced a partnership. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Dassault Systemes and Boeing have extended their partnership. Details

Dassault Systemes and No Magic, Inc. announced a partnership. Details

LogiCamms Limited announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Dassault Systemes. Details

ModuleWorks and Siemens AG announced a product partnership. Details

Zuken and XJTAG announced a partnership. Details



Arena Solutions announced that Q2 2017 saw the overall business grow by 35 percent over the same period last year. Details

Centric Software announced that Cabbeen Fashion Limited implemented Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

CONTACT Software announced CONTACT Software News 07/2017. Details

CoreTechnologie announced that it fully supports STEP AP242 for the Model Based Enterprise. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that the Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

ESI announced that it received the 4th METEF 2017 Innovation Award. Details

International TechneGroup (ITI) announced Raphael Nascimento as new CADIQ Product Manager. Details

Lectra announced that Frost & Sullivan has conferred Lectra with the 2017 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. Details

Mentor announced that SGS-TÜV Saar certified the ISO 26262 compliance of elements of its Veloce Strato emulation platform. Details

Onshape announced that it was named to the annual Forbes Cloud 100. Details

Propel PLM announced its annual survey of global manufacturing companies. Details

PTC announced that it was named a leader in the IoT platform market according to a research report from IDC. Details

Tacton Systems announced that it was awarded the 2017 North America Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award. Details



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