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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                              May 22, 2017 - Vol19 #2

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PLM Manager [1]: Shrewd Career Move?
by Roger Tempest
If you work as a PLM practitioner, in any capacity, for any type of company, then that is what will appear on your CV when you apply for your next job.

If you had followed a different career path you might have been an engineer, business analyst, data scientist, project manager, operational improvement specialist, culture change expert, senior line manager, or a director/VP. Instead you chose PLM - so you must be able to do all of those things, while receiving credit for none of them.

How can you receive credit for something when nobody knows what you do? As mentioned in the previous article: "colleagues do not understand the complexity and importance of the role. Senior management seems unaware of the benefits that PLM brings to the business, and of the contribution that the PLM Manager makes to this."

How can you receive credit for something when nobody knows how good your work is? The role of 'PLM Manager' is not defined, and there are no formal qualifications, so there is no way of showing how accomplished you are. 

What is the point of receiving credit for something that fewer and fewer companies actually want? More and more companies are adopting PLM without any specialist PLM Manager in place at all, because they don't recognise the need for one.

In career terms, therefore, is becoming a 'PLM Manager' a shrewd move or a bad mistake? The PLM industry needs to wake up to this question. Something needs to be done to make the PLM Manager role more like a profession, with required skill sets, qualifications, and wider recognition.

If you have any thoughts while reading this, then please let me know. If we can collect a range of viewpoints, it will help define where improvements can be made. In the meantime, there are some interesting though uncoordinated initiatives to provide PLM training and certification, and these will be the subject of the next article.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Comments are welcome via

PLM Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of May 19, 2017 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 821 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

Volume 2, Product Lifecycle Management: The Devil is in the Details, had been cited 17 times.

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

  • S. Wiesner, K-D. Thoben (University of Bremen, Germany); Cyber-Physical Product-Service Systems Details
  • S. Biffl, D. Gerhard (Technische Universität Wien, Austria), A. Lüder (Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany); Introduction to the Multi-Disciplinary Engineering for Cyber-Physical Production Systems Details


  • M. Bernardes Máximo (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal); Implementação de um sistema de gestão de dados do produto: caso de estudo no setor industrial Details
  • I. Muthalagu (Minot State University, ND, USA); Data Modeling for Engineering Change Management Processes in Engineering Industries Details
  • M. Ritala, M. Valkonen (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland); Teollinen internet ja sen mahdollisuudet sekä haasteet paperikoneliiketoiminnassa Details
  • M. Yakovleva (Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland); Managing Last Time Buy components Details


"Basics of PLM" Online PLM Course
by John Stark
The May 2017 Edition of the Online PLM Certificate Course, "Basics of PLM" (details) started on May 15.

This 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. 

ISO 9001-2015 Compliance
by Scott Cleveland
In a Quality Progress publication, Syed Hasan Jaffrey wrote about the benefits of being ISO 9001 compliant.

Of the many benefits of ISO 9001: 2000, these are the three most significant:

It provides a framework for a well-organized QMS.
It creates satisfied customers, management and employees.
It helps companies continually improve.

ISO 9001:2000 certification authenticates the high quality standards of an organization. Besides benefiting the employees, it also benefits the organization by organizing its processes. It not only gives flexible criteria, but also allows an organization to monitor and increase the efficiency of its processes.


And always remember to say what you do and do what you say. In other words, be honest.

In my view, companies are always looking for ways to increase revenues and to cut costs. Being ISO 9001-2015 compliant is a step in that direction. 

Increased Revenues
When a potential customer is looking for a supplier, being ISO compliant is most often a requirement.

Processes focusing on your customers will help you keep those customers.

Decreased Costs
Having the necessary processes in place indicates that you have given them a lot of thought and likely improved how your company does business.

Following a process allows you the opportunity to see if it is working; if it is working well; and gives you the opportunity to make improvements.

I don't know any company that is not satisfied that they are ISO 9001 compliant, so join in. Fortunately, today's PLM software has the necessary functionality to make complying with ISO 9001-2015 simple - take a look at what is out there.

Contact me if you would like some help.... 



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

ISO 13485 Compliance
by Scott Cleveland
ISO 13485 is the standard for medical manufacturers. It extends ISO 9001 to an extreme. It requires all of the procedures identified in ISO 9001, and then adds more. If you are not sure if you need a procedure written for some activity, then it should be written.

Both ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 require a quality management system [a quality document]. Companies need to have a procedure in place for maintaining [updating] their quality document.

During an audit, you must be able to show the auditor your quality manual. You must be able to show them your procedure for maintaining your quality document. You must be able to prove that the procedure is being followed. You must be able to show approvals [signatures].

You are likely to have quality steps in many of your procedures - those will be called out in your quality manual.

During an audit, you must be able to show the auditor all of your procedures and you must be able to show that your procedures are being followed. You must be able to show the auditor any documents that they might wish to see. 

New to ISO 9001 but not new to ISO 13485 is risk management. Not only should you have a procedure for risk management, many of your existing processes should require a risk analysis step.

Whether your company is a medical manufacturer or just a manufacturer, risk management activities will pay for themselves in the long haul. It should help you make some 'right' choices as well as keep you out of court.

You can be compliant without using software, but your audits will be time consuming and disruptive. Software can mitigate that. Companies have several software choices including PLM software. At a minimum, managing ISO 13485 requires that your software includes features that will provide document management and business process management.

Contact me if you would like some help....


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



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Hexagon announced the acquisition of VIRES. Details 


Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Revenue was $486 million. Details

CENIT announced first quarter 2017 results. CENIT group generated sales revenues of EUR k 29,955. Details

FARO announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. Sales for first quarter 2017 were $81.6 million. Details

Stratasys Ltd. announced financial results for the first quarter of 2017. Revenue for Q1 2017 was $163.2 million. Details



PROLIM announced that it appointed Ranjila Bhattacharjee as Head - APAC and Europe. Details 


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

CONTACT Software announced that EMT is introducing CIM DATABASE PLM from CONTACT Software. Details

Lectra announced delivery of two FocusQuantum FT6K for ZF TRW Occupant Safety Systems. Details 


ANSYS announced ANSYS 18.1. Details

CCE announced an update of EnSuite. Details

Dimensional Control Systems announced 3DCS for NX. Details

DP Technology announced ESPRIT 2017. Details

EDEM announced EDEM for Adams. Details

EOS announced EOSPRINT 2.0 for metal systems EOS M 290 and EOS M 400. Details

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced its GLOBAL S Coordinate Measuring Machine platform. Details

LimitState Ltd. announced the release of LimitState:FORM version 3.0. Details

NextLabs announced NextLabs EDRM for Teamcenter 3.0. Details

Pointwise announced Pointwise Version 18.0 R3. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced Solid Edge ST10. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced D-Cubed 2D DCM version 67.0. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced D-Cubed 3D DCM version 52.0. Details

SmartCAMcnc announced SmartCAM v2017. Details

SSI announced the 2018 versions of its two product lines. Details

TraceParts announced that the Autodesk FUSION 360 format is available on the TraceParts platform. Details

VariCAD announced VariCAD 2017-2.0. Details



Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that it expanded its partnership with MathWorks. Details

PTC announced a strategic alliance with EY. Details

PTC announced that CRN has given PTC a 5-Star rating in its 2017 Partner Program Guide. Details

Seabrook Technology Group announced a US channel partnership deal with Siemens PLM Software. Details



Centric Software, Inc announced that Conair Hair Brush and Accessories Division is implementing Centric Software. Details

Centric Software announced that Shoes For Crews implemented Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

CloudVelox announced that PTC selected its One Hybrid Cloud software. Details

Datakit announced that students supported by Datakit are competing with the "Rib'Car" for the EducEco challenge. Details

Gerber Technology announced that the YuniquePLM Design Suite Plugin is available in the Adobe Store. Details

NGC Software announced that Escalade Sports implemented NGC's Andromeda Product Testing and Compliance Software. Details

PropelPLM, Inc. announced results of a survey. Among the results: "34% of survey respondents are using spreadsheets or email to manage changes to products and pricing." Details

PTC and ANSYS announced the development of a connector. Details

Zuken announced a new strategy for streamlining Data and Workflow Management. Details



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