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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                               March 23, 2015 - Vol17 #5

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So far, more than 50 Survey Respondents from 12 Countries
by John Stark
Replies to the PLM-IRF's "Global Survey into Industrial Expectations for the Future of PLM in 10 Years' Time" continue to be received at the PLM-IRF's Oxford, England headquarters. As of Friday March 20, 52 replies had been received from 12 countries. They will be processed by the end of this week, and the resulting report should be available after Easter.
This means that there are still a few days left if you would like to participate. The Survey Document can be downloaded here and should be returned as soon as possible to The Survey is made up of 5 questions. It should be possible to answer them in 5 minutes. Individual Feedback Forms will remain confidential. Everyone who returns a completed form will receive the Survey Summary document. 
Demonstrate PLM Financial Value
by Roger Tempest
Everybody wants to "Demonstrate the Financial Value" of their PLM implementation, and it is impossible to do. What you have to do instead is to Quantify the Financial Benefits of PLM.

'Value' is a vague term, whereas 'Benefits' are very precise: and if you are going to generate financial metrics, then precision is what you need.

The PLM Project Justification Handbook enables PLM Managers to create a complete set of quantified, financial metrics for implementing PLM. Its Metrics Algorithm works because the methodology ensures that each time the Algorithm is followed, a single precise Benefit is processed into a financial metric.

The key problem in gaining approval for new PLM expenditure has always been to create a clear financial case for going ahead. The PLM Project Justification Handbook changes this. Now PLM saves real dollars, and makes real dollars in improvements and opportunities.

These can be written into capital and project expenditure submissions to make an incontrovertible case for approval. This fulfils one of the main aims of any capital expenditure submission, which is that the justification can be approved on financial grounds alone.

More information is available on the PLMIG web site. The Handbook and its supporting toolset are available via PLMIG membership.


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

PLM Citations
According to Google Scholar, as of March 20, 2015 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 516 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

In recent weeks it has been cited in:

  • A. Koukias, D. Nadoveza, D. Kiritsis (EPFL, Switzerland); An Ontology-based Approach for Modelling Technical Documentation Towards Ensuring Asset Optimisation Details
  • Alberto Salido Lopez, Carmelo Del Valle, María Jose Escalona (University of Seville, Spain), Vivian Lee, Masatomo Goto (Fujitsu, England); Patient Lifecycle Management: An Approach for Clinical Processes Details

Ensuring the optimal performance of engineering assets is a crucial and challenging task that can be the foundation of success for any industry. An Ontology-based Approach for Modelling Technical Documentation Towards Ensuring Asset Optimisation proposes an ontology-based approach to represent the content of the asset technical documentation.

The aim of the approach is to ensure that the asset is optimally managed according to the manufacturer's original instructions. An example scenario is presented that demonstrates the possible benefits using a rule-based model interpretation.

Clinical processes can be described, inside the Biomedical scope, like a systematic guideline to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. In industry, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products. Patient Lifecycle Management: An Approach for Clinical Processes shows how applying the concepts of PLM to Biomedical processes creates a synergy between the product's concept in the industrial case and the patient into the health care environment. This point of view improves the actual clinical processes with a most specific treatment for each patient, by modifying the statements to assist the patient according to the needs of the patient and his illness.


The More You Know About PLM
by Scott Cleveland
From an Infuseit posting dated Sunday, March 8, 2015. "PLM buyers: You don't know what you don't know about PLM. That means it is hard for you to distinguish the tools and the suppliers. Don't try to specify everything. Have a clear vision of where you want to go and what you want to achieve and what is important for the business. Establish a commonly agreed strategy and a high level plan on how to get there."

My Take
PLM [Product Lifecycle Management] software can have as many as 400 features. So, the more you know - the more you realize that you don't know.

Very early in my career, I spent a lot of time educating prospects about PLM. PLM education doesn't happen in a single sitting; it takes time. Now it is 25 years later and I am still educating prospects.

The Infuseit posting delineated 3 important steps:

  • Clear Vision - I like to begin by helping the prospect come up with a clear vision of their solution. A PLM solution can take on many forms, what do you want your solution to look like?
  • What you want to achieve - Companies don't spend money on software that doesn't solve a problem, decrease costs and/or increase revenues. It is important to not lose track of what you are hoping to accomplish.
  • What is important for the business - I have performed many return on investment [ROI] analyses. These help you focus on what is important for your business. I am still surprised at how few companies actually revisit their ROI to make sure they succeeded.

A PLM implementation has 4 basic components: Analysis, Design, Construction and Implementation. After many PLM implementations, I can tell you that a thorough analysis and a good design will make the construction and implementation much easier.

Contact me if you would like some help.



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


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Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, part of Hexagon, announced that it has acquired OhmTech A/S of Stavanger, Norway. Details

Sopra Steria announced the proposed acquisition of CIMPA SAS, an Airbus subsidiary specialising in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Details



ESI Group announced that sales totaled 49.0 million euros over the final quarter of 2014. Details

Oracle Corp. announced fiscal 2015 Q3 Total Revenues at $9.3 billion. Details



Simparel, Inc. announced that it has appointed Ken Fearnley to the position of Chief Technology Officer. Details 


Aras announced that Autronica Fire & Security AS selected the Aras Innovator PLM suite. Details

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

Eurostep announced that the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) is live with a Share-A-space based system for Item of Supply Information. MIMER replaces an old mainframe-based system called FREJ. Details

NGC Software announced that PEDS Legwear is implementing NGC's fashion PLM platform. Details

PTC announced that SmartPatch selected ThingWorx. Details 


aPriori announced aPriori 2015 R1. Details

CAD Schroer announced version 5.2 of MEDUSA4. Details

Datakit announced improvements to its range of SolidWorks converters. Details

Granta Design announced a solution for qualification of composites. Details

IronCAD announced the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2015 Product Update #1. Details

IronCAD announced IRONCAD COMPOSE Mobile for iPad. Details

Lectra announced Lectra Fashion PLM V4. Details

MathWorks announced Release 2015a of the MATLAB and Simulink product families. Details

MecSoft Corp. announced VisualCAM 2015 for SOLIDWORKS. Details

Onshape announced Onshape Version 1.27. Details

ZW3D announced ZW3D 2015. Details



IDEAL and Evergreen Technologies announced that they have joined forces to form a new "Green Team" partnership. Details 

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Missler Software and SAi EnRoute Software announced Enroute ATP Nesting for TopSolid Wood. Details 


AVEVA announced that AVEVA Marine and AVEVA Bocad will be deployed in Korean universities. Details

CCE announced that small and medium-sized businesses are leveraging Dropbox and the free CAD viewers on CCE Labs for managing product data and documents in their organizations. Details

Centric Software, Inc. announced 2015 fiscal year (ending Jan. 31) results. Details

Delcam announced that it is participating in the EU H2020 FOCUS project. Details

Eurostep announced Share-A-space Forums 2015 in Stockholm, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Bristol and Paris. Details

ModuleWorks announced that it was recognized as one of the 50 best employers in the IT industry for the 2nd year in a row. Details

Omnify Software announced that LoneStart Heart, Inc. has reported cost-savings within the first year of deploying Empower PLM. Details

PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) announced that it welcomed M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences to PACE. Details

TraceParts announced that it now offers over 100 million 3D CAD models in its online library: Details



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