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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                              February 13, 2017 - Vol18 #21

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PLM Right First Time - The Instructions
by Roger Tempest
When you buy your new car, and can't work out how to make the windows open without stopping halfway; or wonder why a yellow oil light is showing on the dashboard; there is a saying:- "If all else fails, read the instructions." Unix administrators even have their own word for it: RTFM.

This concept has not yet found its way into PLM. PLM Managers concentrate on establishing a PLM environment that will enable their company to develop products Right First Time, but forget that PLM itself should also be implemented Right First Time.

This is despite the fact that instructions for PLM do actually exist. If you want to know how to get started, there is the Path to PLM, that leads the reader from first investigations to a fully-working core implementation. If you want to know how far you have progressed, there is the PLM Maturity Manual, which also adapts into a handy Roadmapping methodology.

If you want to compare aspects of PLM within different parts of a global corporation, there is the Self-Assessment Toolkit. And if you are brave enough to compare your whole implementation with that of another company, the Benchmarking Handbook contains everything that you need. 

There are even instructions for achieving the Holy Grail that is Capex financial justification. The Project Justification Handbook contains a standard, neutral methodology to quantify the costs, benefits and commercial value of implementing PLM; and if you are very advanced, the PLM Delivery Handbook enables you to agree delivery targets that your vendor can commit to in writing.

None of these tools is a replacement for the skill of an experienced PLM Manager, but they do mean that PLM management no longer has to be done by the seat of the pants.


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

PLM Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of February 10, 2017 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 777 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:

  • I. Muthalagu (Minot State University, ND, USA); Data Modeling for Engineering Change Management Processes in Engineering Industries Details
  • H. Sen (Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey), F. Bakar (The Turkish War College, Istanbul, Turkey); Obsolescence Management in the Framework of Product Lifecycle Management and its Significance for Defense Industry Details 

  • I. Muthalagu (Minot State University, ND, USA); Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Document Management System (DMS) Details
  • E. Edström, A. Warris (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden); Hantering av CNC-program i tillverkande miljöer Details
  • I. Muthalagu (Minot State University, ND, USA); Applying Relational Database Methods to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Engineering Processes Details
  • I. Muthalagu (Minot State University, ND, USA); PLM Data Structure and Modeling Techniques for Engineering Applications Details 



PLM and Risk Management
by Scott Cleveland
The International Standards Organization [ISO] calls for Risk Management in ISO 13485 and in ISO 9001-2015.

ISO 13485 is focused on medical where it may seem obvious that risk management is an issue. Mistakes here can cost lives and the accompanying lawsuits can destroy companies.

ISO 9001-2015 is focused on manufacturing where mistakes can also cost lives and destroy companies.

Risk Management is more than just that, it is about your company staying in business.

Let's look at a few examples.

Kodak was a high flyer in the film business. They sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Someone within Kodak should have seen the potential of digital photography and they should have investigated how Kodak might have been a leader in this new technology. Adding insult to injury, they were late embracing the technology and are attempting to catch up.

Blockbuster was the leader in video tape rentals. They had hundreds of stores. Netflix had the vision to rent and distribute movies over the internet. They even gave Blockbuster time to respond to their vision by renting DVD's by mail first. Who was minding the Blockbuster business?

Barnes & Noble was one of the largest book sellers. Visiting their stores was a pleasant experience. Was anyone watching what Amazon was up to? Purchasing books on Amazon is not only easy, their ability to search titles made it fast as well.

This begs the question - are there people at your company analyzing the market and your competition so that you can stay ahead of the crowd? It makes a lot of sense to have procedures in place to perform your risk analysis on a regular basis. PLM software can manage that process.

Need some help?


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


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Hexagon AB announced an agreement to acquire MSC Software. Purchase price of 834 MUSD on a cash and debt free basis. Details

Selerant announced the acquisition of Prosisoft GmbH. Details



Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016. Revenue was $469 million. Details

Dassault Systemes announced IFRS unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. Q4 total revenue was 875.0 millions of Euros. Details

Lectra announced consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year 2016. Revenues totaled €260.2 million. Details

Open Text Corp. announced financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2016. Revenue was $543 million. Details



Autodesk, Inc. announced that the Interim Office of the Chief Executive will be headed by Amar Hanspal, senior vice president and chief product officer, and Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president and chief marketing officer as interim co-chief executive officers. Details

Lectra announced the appointment of Jérôme Viala to the role of Executive Vice President. Details

PTC announced the appointment of Craig Hayman as chief operating officer. Details



Aras announced that the Schaeffler Group selected the Aras Innovator platform. Details

CONTACT Software announced that HUBER+SUHNER Group is introducing CIM DATABASE PLM as its global product development platform. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Doosan Infracore is deploying the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Kengo Kuma & Associates is using the "Design for Fabrication" industry solution experience. Details

Gerber Technology announced that CC Filson chose to implement YuniquePLM In The Cloud. Details

Intergraph announced that Fennovoima purchased Intergraph solutions. Details

Intergraph announced that Cepsa expanded use of Intergraph solutions. Details 


ANSYS announced ANSYS 18. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced Fusion 360 updates. Details

BETA CAE Systems announced BETA suite v17.0.4. Details

COMSOL, Inc. announced an update to its LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS product. Details

Cortona3D announced RapidAuthor 9.1. Details

Dimensional Control Systems announced 3DCS integrated into CREO. Details

ESI Group announced PAM-STAMP 2017. Details

Granta Design announced CES EduPack 2017. Details

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced PC-DMIS 2017 R1. Details

ICAM Technologies Corp. announced Adaptive Post-Processing V22. Details

InFlow Technology announced the InFlow CONVERT application and the PDM Productivity Pack. Details

Kenesto Corp. announced Kenesto Drive 2.0. Details

Kisters North America announced version 2017 of its 3DViewStation Desktop. Details

MecSoft Corp. announced a cloud hosted, CAM add-on application for Onshape. Details

Newman Cloud, Inc. announced BOM for Onshape Drawings. Details

Onshape announced new sheet metal design capabilities. Details

Oracle announced Oracle Agile PLM 9.3.6. Details

PropelPLM, Inc. announced CloudState for Design. Details

Seclore announced Seclore IRMaaS for SOLIDWORKS. Details

SSI announced ShipConstructor 2017 R2.1. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced HOOPS Visualize 2017 software development toolkit (SDK). Details

Tech Soft 3D announced HOOPS Native Platform 2017, HOOPS Web Platform 2017 and HOOPS Platform 2017. Details



Formtek, Inc. announced that it signed a Partnership Agreement with Atol Conseils et Développement. Details

GKN Powder Metallurgy announced that it has joined forces with EOS. Details

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced that it joined CCAM at the Affiliate Member level. Details

International TechneGroup Limited (ITI) announced that it has teamed with ITandFactory GmbH. Details

International TechneGroup (ITI) announced that it joined the CFMS membership programme. Details

International TechneGroup Limited (ITI) announced a partnership with cards PLM Solutions B.V. Details

PDF Consortium announced a technology partner, PDFTron Systems Inc. Details

Selerant announced that it has become a GS1 US Solution Partner. Details

Stratasys Ltd. announced that it is partnering with Dassault Systemes. Details

Verashape announced that it has licensed Siemens PLM Software's Parasolid Communicator software. Details



AMC Bridge announced that it has been recognized as the best software development company to work for in a category '200-800 specialists' in Ukraine. Details

Arena Solutions announced financial results from Q4 2016. New customer subscription value grew 27 percent over Q4 2015. Details

BETA CAE Systems announced that it acquired TOP CAE Corporation. Details

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced the 31st International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, June 7-8, 2017 in Providence, RI, USA. Details

Centric Software, Inc. announced that Marine Layer announced a successful go live of their Centric Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) project. Details

Centric Software announced that GANT has announced a successful Centric Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) implementation on time, on scope and on budget. Details

CGS announced that its BlueCherry Enterprise Suite saw significant growth in 2016. Details

Cyon Research Corp. announced COFES 2017. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that it is extending its 3DEXPERIENCE Lab open innovation laboratory and startup accelerator to North America. Details

The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement that requires Volkswagen Group of America to fully compensate consumers who purchased 3.0-liter TDI diesel vehicles through a combination of repairs, additional monetary compensation, and buybacks for certain models. The order will return more than a billion dollars to consumers, with the total amount depending on future events. Details

Goldense Group, Inc. [GGI] announced the 21st R&D-Product Development Metrics Summit, February 28 to March 2, 2017, in Norwood, MA. Details

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced a technology partnership with Wichita State University. Details

Lantek announced results for 2016. Details

MasterControl announced that LORENZ docuBridge will be integrated with MasterControl v 11.6 with the release of 5.10. Details

ModuleWorks announced that it was part of the EU-funded GEMS project that has developed a toolbox of algorithms for the cost-effective manufacturing of freeform surfaces. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that MSC Apex Fossa won the Golden Mousetrap Awards for 2017. Details

ProSTEP announced the ProSTEP iViP Symposium from the 17 and 18 May 2017 in Essen, Germany. Details

PTC announced that the United States Air Force selected the PTC Service Parts Management SaaS solution. Details

PTC announced the continued expansion of its Internet of Things partner ecosystem with the addition of new ThingWorx partners. Details

Roima announced Roima News 1/2017. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that Land Rover BAR chose solutions from Siemens PLM Software. Details

Tacton Systems announced the opening of its new North American head office in Chicago, and the appointment of Rob Milks as SVP of the Americas. Details

TraceParts announced that it published 655 3D product catalogs on its CAD platform in 2016. Details



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