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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                               May 11, 2015 - Vol17 #8

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Join the PLM Industry Steering Group
by John Stark
Over the last year, the PLM International Research Foundation (PLM-IRF) has carried out two surveys. The first of these, the Academic Survey into the Opportunities for Advanced PLM Research identified more than 20 areas where PLM capability can develop beyond its current horizons. More recently, the Global Industry Survey into the Future of PLM led to a corresponding view from industry.

A Steering Group is now needed to advise on how to leverage the Future of PLM findings for the good of everyone.

Formation of a Steering Group will enable the PLM-IRF to establish itself as an independent legal entity acting for the global benefit of PLM; and to move forward in 2015 in a way that has clear endorsement from leading PLM organisations.

Members of the Steering Group will be able to review the current PLM-IRF Academic and Industrial Survey results, and advise on combining them into a new Future of PLM 2025 Report. They will input to the Future of PLM 2025 events planned for the USA and Europe, and will provide ongoing oversight as the initiative develops throughout the year.

To receive the Overview Sheet and an Outline Steering Group Agreement please contact

PLM Professionalism
by Roger Tempest
Formation of a Steering Group to help guide the proactive development of PLM has the potential to transform the industry, by giving it some shape, structure and direction.

Looking at the current state of PLM, what else could be improved? Perhaps we could establish a level of professionalism.

Currently, there are thousands of PLM practitioners around the world, but no PLM professionals. Not one. Because PLM is not a profession. PLM practitioners may be acting professionally, but there are no standards, or guidelines, or qualifications, or training schemes, or ethics, or assessments, to confirm whether or not this is true.

Some people will be happy with the current situation. It allows them to work "by the seat of the pants" - to decide for themselves what they will or will not do, without any fear of peer review or appraisal.

However, for most user companies this is a deep and underlying problem. Those in the early days of PLM adoption must appoint someone to be the "PLM Manager", without any clear definition of what that role involves. Those with large teams supporting enterprise-wide implementations have a group of staff that are somehow different from everyone else, with no clear organisational framework or career planning.

For PLM practitioners too, this is an unsatisfactory situation. Colleagues in other disciplines may look at what the PLM Manager is trying to do, and ask why they should cooperate, saying: "You are making this up as you go along."

This subject has already appeared twice in 2PLM (Dec. 2009 and Dec. 2011) but now it is time to move forward. The PLMIG is running a programme in 2015 to ensure that PLM implementations actively improve over the year, and PLM professionalism is an important factor in making that happen. A new PLM Bulletin has been published, and the activities of definition and agreement will start in the next few weeks.

There are many shades of professionalism from the rigorous to the relaxed. In 2010 Jim Heppelmann offered the view that: "PLM shouldn't necessarily narrow a resume, it should become like an 'MBA in how a manufacturing company works'." This could be a constructive target to aim for. Ultimately, PLM should be a driver for success in the business. It therefore seems right that those who support that success should benefit from professional recognition.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via

PLM Citations
According to Google Scholar, as of May 9, 2015 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 535 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

In recent weeks it has been cited in:

  • J. Vasara, J Kivistö-Rahnasto (Tampere University, Finland) ; A qualitative examination of safety-related compliance challenges for global manufacturing Details
  • M. David, F. Rowe (University of Nantes, France) ; Le management des systèmes PLM (product lifecycle management): Un agenda de recherche Details
  • T. Wuest, K. Hribernik, K-D. Thoben (BIBA, Bremen, Germany) ; Accessing servitisation potential of PLM data by applying the product avatar concept Details


A Document Management Solution
by Scott Cleveland
Choosing a document management solution is not just about securely storing and retrieving files ....

Other Considerations
There are many other considerations to take into account:

  • Do you want your revised document to overwrite the old one?
  • Do you want multiple people to be able to work on the same document at the same time? Or do you not want this to happen?
  • Do you want to work within a checkin / checkout paradigm?
  • Do you want a history trail for the life of all your documents?
  • Will your document need some kind of approvals before it becomes public?
  • Will you want to publish your documents?
  • Do you need to meet any compliance requirements?

Technology vs. a Solution to a Problem
Many companies have Sharepoint installed. It will provide secure storing and retrieving of files, but it does not meet many of the other above requirements.

Like most projects, the cost of a document management project is predicated on solving the problems / issues that you are looking to solve. 

Choosing technology without concerns about your requirements may never get you to a solution. You may get to a solution eventually, but you will likely end up with more than one software package and some integration costs.

Start with a Solution Vision
What problem or problems are you looking to solve? What do you want that solution to look like? The user interface is what the software looks like - it is what the users see and it is how they interface with the software. How do you want the user interface to function? What will work best for your company? Document your requirements.

Next, look for technologies that meet these requirements and investigate these alternatives. This approach will get you to your solution sooner and should prove to be less expensive.

Contact me to learn more ....



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

Product Lifecycle Management
by Scott Cleveland
Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] is an activity supported by hardware and software. Its implementation involves implementing the theoretical ideas which are collected during a company analysis. The analysis involves uncovering the requirements necessary for the software to provide a solution approaching what you envision your solution to be.

During the analysis phase, look for ways to:

  • Optimize - Remove non value add activities
  • Automate - Allow computers to perform mundane activities

Many Product Lifecycle Management software packages include a credible Business Process Management [BPM] component. This is important because most of your data is generated via a process. At a minimum, it is written and then edited by the originator before it is 'published' to others.

Communications & Collaboration
The process management component in PLM aids in communications and collaboration.  

For example, when a datasheet is written by a marketing person and 'checked in' to a PLM solution, the PLM software can notify all those who need to review it. It can be edited and the PLM solution can route it back to the author. When it is approved by all designated parties, it can be 'published' to other people or a 'released' directory of some kind.

Compliance is about following procedures and being able to prove that you have. When you have defined a procedure, you can configure your PLM software to follow it. PLM software has the capability to adhere to almost any procedure. It provides you with control to make sure that procedures are followed and visibility into the activities within a process.

Take advantage of the process management capabilities of your PLM software to optimize and automate activities in your company that should result in lower costs and increased revenues.

Contact me to learn more ....



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PTC announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire ColdLight for approximately $105 million. Details 


ANSYS, Inc. announced results for the first quarter of 2015. GAAP revenue was $217.8 million. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Revenue was $411 million. Details

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2015. First quarter 2015 sales were $69.9 million. Details

Geometric Ltd. announced its Q4 and annual results for FY 2014-2015. For the financial year ended March 31, 2015, dollar revenues stood at USD 180.61 Mn. Details

Open Text Corp. announced its financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2015. Total revenue was $447.6 million. Details

PTC reported revenue for the second quarter of FY'15 of $314.1 million. Details

Stratasys Ltd. announced preliminary first quarter 2015 results. The Company expects to report first quarter revenue in the range of $171 to $173 million. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2015. The company reported revenue of $160.7 million. Details



aPriori announced that its software platform has been selected by Komatsu's European Technical Center located at Komatsu Hanomag GmbH. Details

Aras announced that Hitachi, Ltd. Power Systems Company selected the Aras Innovator suite. Details

Centric Software announced that Furla selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Details

CONTACT Software announced that Faymonville is using CIM DATABASE PLM. Details

Engineering PLM Solutions announced that Movomech AB chose RuleDesigner Configurator. Details

Siemens PLM announced that China Nuclear Power Engineering Co., Ltd. selected Teamcenter. Details 


Creaform announced VXinspect. Details

Elsevier announced the launch of Knovel Quick Search for AutoCAD. Details

Jotne announced EDMtruePLM 2.0. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced three new PADS family products. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced its next release of the Mentor Embedded Nucleus RTOS targeting applications for connected embedded devices. Details

ModuleWorks announced ModuleWorks 2015.04. Details

PTC announced version 6.0 of the ThingWorx platform. Details

PTC announced the ThingWorx Converge IoT offering. Details

Tacton Systems announced TactonWorks version 4.4.6. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced HOOPS Cloud Platform and HOOPS Desktop Platform. Details

TraceParts announced service pack 1 for its Supplier Parts Management software TraceParts Enterprise. Details

ZWCAD Design announced the release of ZWCAD+ 2015 SP2. Details



CCE announced that it renewed its CAD interoperability agreement with Autodesk. Details

ModuleWorks announced that ModuleWorks partner Biesse S.p.A. was awarded the Eurobois Innovation Award 2015 for its CAD/CAM solution, bSolid. Details

ModuleWorks announced a partnership with HOMAG Group AG. Details

PROSTEP announced a partnership agreement with ELYSIUM. Details

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PTC and ServiceMax announced that they agreed to partner. Details

PTC and NTT DOCOMO announced an expanded relationship. Details

Tacton Systems announced a partnership with Technicon Systems, Inc. Details

The 3D PDF Consortium announced that Datakit joined the consortium. Details 


ANSYS announced that D-Wave Systems used engineering simulation solutions from ANSYS. Details

Arena Solutions announced that new customer subscriptions grew 33% in Q1 2015 over the same period in 2014. Details

CONTACT Software announced CONTACT Software NEWS 05/2015. Details

InnovMetric Software Inc. announced 33% PolyWorks sales growth for fiscal year 2014. Details

Moduleworks announced the Moduleworks Newsletter - Spring 2015. Details

Stratasys Ltd. announced that Airbus has produced more than 1000 flight parts on its Stratasys FDM 3D Production Systems for use in the first-of-type A350 XWB aircraft, delivered in December 2014. Details



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