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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                              October 17, 2016 - Vol18 #13

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PLM: The Queen's Speech
by Roger Tempest
The US President's State of the Union address, and the British monarch's Queen's Speech, fulfil very similar functions - the Head of State sets out what the government intends to do in the short and medium term.

Taking the example of the Queen's Speech (it's more concise, and she does not have to pause for applause): what might Her Majesty say about the State of PLM?

"My government is bewildered by the array of new technologies impinging on the PLM space, purporting to provide the solution to all problems. A climate of uncertainty has arisen that is to the detriment of many of the traditional values of Product Lifecycle Management."

"Much of the hard work carried out over the years by our subjects, and by PLM practitioners around the world, now lies in jeopardy as the ideals of PLM are forgotten in the rush for Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things." 

"My government believes that PLM is as relevant now as it has ever been: that there is a place for everyone in the new future, but that the success of that future can be assured only by common endeavour towards shared goals."

"My government will therefore offer a platform to reconcile all of this. We call upon users and experts alike to come together in the near future and agree the next steps to be taken."


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

PLM Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of October 14, 2016 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 717 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

Volume 2, Product Lifecycle Management: The Devil is in the Details, had been cited 19 times.

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

  • T. Wuest (West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA), S. Wellsandt (University of Bremen, Germany); Design and Development of Product Service Systems (PSS) - Impact on Product Lifecycle Perspective Details
  • A. Deuter (OWL University of Applied Sciences, Lemgo, Germany), S. Rizzo (Polarion Software GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany); A Critical View on PLM/ALM Convergence in Practice and Research Details
  • V. Mladenovi?, (University of Novi Sad, Serbia); Ecological marketing process management by means of PLM tools Details
  • F. Berriche, B. Zeddini, H. Kadima (EISTI, Cergy, France), A. Riviere (SUPMECA, Saint Ouen, France); Closed-Loop Product Lifecycle Management Based on a Multi-agent System for Decision Making in Collaborative Design Details
  • G. Gudergan, A. Buschmeyer, B. Feige, D. Krechting (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), S. Bradenbrink (Langenargen, Germany), R. Mutschler (SAP AG, Biel, Switzerland); Value of Lifecycle Information to Transform the Manufacturing Industry Details
  • H. Hsu (National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan); Decision for Product Life Cycle Portfolio Using Fuzzy Linguistic Term Sets Details
  • R. Lawson (Institute of Management Accountants, Montvale, NJ, USA), K. Pincus (University of Arkansas, USA), J. Sorensen (University of Denver, USA), K. Stocks (Brigham Young University, USA), D. Stout (Youngstown State University, USA); Using a Life-Cycle Approach to Manage and Implement Curricular Change Based on Competency Integration Details


  • L. Horváth, I. Rudas (Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary); Content driven generation of RFLP structured Engineering System representation Details
  • M. Essamlali, A. Sekhari (Université Lumière Lyon 2, France), A. Bouras (Qatar University, Doha, Qatar); Product lifecycle management solution for collaborative development of Wearable Meta-Products using set-based concurrent engineering Details
  • P. Carmona Marques (Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal); Building sustainable creativity: a conceptual framework Details
  • O. Gassmann, R. Sauer (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland), K. Frankenberger (University of Lucerne, Switzerland); Exploring Upcoming Theories for BMI Research: Enlightening the Dark Side of the Moon Details
  • R. Xue (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, France) ; Improving cooperation between Systems Engineers and Project Managers in engineering projects Details
  • J. Lantta (Tampere University of Technology, Finland); Automaatiolinjan virtuaalikäyttöönotto Details
  • M. Holler, E. Stoeckli, F. Uebernickel, W. Brenner (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland); Towards Understanding closed-loop PLM: The Role of Product Usage Data for Product Development enabled by intelligent Properties Details
  • P. Kontodimas, E. Karagiannis (Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Messolonghi, Greece); Analytical Study and Comparison of MS Navision and SAP Details
  • R. Lawson (Institute of Management Accountants, Montvale, NJ, USA), K. Pincus (University of Arkansas, USA), J. Sorensen (University of Denver, USA), K. Stocks (Brigham Young University, USA), D. Stout (Youngstown State University, USA); Managing the Curricular-Change Process: Implementing Competency-Based Accounting Education Details


ISO 9001-2015 / Risk Management
by Scott Cleveland
My topic this week is ISO9001-2015 and more specifically, the addition of Risk Management. Just like with ISO 9001, you need to have a process in place for managing risk and you must be able to prove that you follow that process.

Risk Management isn't just important because of ISO9001-2015, it's important to keep your company running properly and growing.

Let's break down risk into 2 types: direct financial impact and indirect financial impact.

Direct Financial Impact
Let's look at a few examples that could cost you money today.

Warranties - The cost of fixing a problem with a product is most expensive when the product is in the customer's hands. You have shipping both ways and fixing the problem. Or, you have to send out a service technician. Fixing the problem in the design phase is the most cost-effective time.

Lawsuits - Companies must be attentive to issues that could result in a lawsuit.

Workplace accidents - A worker could be involved in an accident due to lack of training or a poorly designed workspace.

Unhappy Customers - It's easier to keep a customer than find a new one. A customer that leaves could also be bad publicity. It's a good idea to have a procedure in place that will keep them happy

Indirect Financial Impact
Here are a couple of examples that could cost you money in the future.

Inefficiency can increase costs. It's always a good idea to be on the lookout for better ways to perform activities.

Employee turnover is expensive. It's important to look for ways to minimize employee turnover.

My take on Risk Management
It's important to take on a CYA attitude towards Risk Management. When in doubt, perform a risk management analysis. To be confident that you have looked at all options, get others involved. Sometimes it helps to have a fresh pair of eyes view the risks.

PLM software has a workflow component that can help with your risk management compliance efforts.

Contact me to learn more ....



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

Samsung Galaxy Note 7  
Samsung announced that it permanently ceased production of its high-end Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of devices it had deemed safe catching fire. Details

Samsung Electronics announced that it estimated a negative impact of approximately mid-3 trillion won in operating profit from the fourth quarter of 2016 through the first quarter of 2017, due to the discontinuation of Galaxy Note7 sales. Details

The company also announced a negative impact of approximately 2.6 trillion won in operating profit for the third quarter of 2016. Details

In total, approximately $5 B.

In April 2016, Lidl recalled cans of Nixe brand 'Herring Fillets in a Tomato Sauce' (200g) because they contained an allergen not declared on the label: fish. Details

Indesit Company announced that it identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire. Details



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Dassault Systemes announced completion of the acquisition of CST for 220 million euros. Details 


PTC announced that preliminary bookings for the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2016 are expected to be between $139 million and $142 million. Details 


Siemens PLM announced that Chuck Grindstaff is executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division. Details

Siemens PLM announced that Tony Hemmelgarn is president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software. Details



Centric Software announced that MGT Industries selected Centric Software to provide its PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solution. Details

Selerant announced that Perfetti van melle selected Selerant's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software DevEX. Details

Tacton Systems AB announced that Väderstad AB selected Tacton to deliver a CPQ solution. Details 


Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the release of 10 new Verification IP solutions. Details

Creaform announced new versions of VXmodel and VXinspect. Details

ESI Group announced PAM-COMPOSITES 2016. Details

ESI Group announced ProCAST 2016. Details

FARO announced PointSense 17.5. Details

KISTERS announced OnVidus. Details

ZWSOFT announced the release of ZWCAD 2017 SP1. Details



The Altair Partner Alliance announced that it added SimData Manager from PDTec AG to its software offering. Details

The Altair Partner Alliance announced the addition of DSA's ProteusDS and ShipMo3D to its software offering. Details

Arena Solutions announced an integration partnership with Altium. Details

Cogiscan Inc. announced that it is partnering with Siemens PLM Software. Details

Jama Software announced a partnership with Intercax. Details

Lantek announced an agreement with ISL Photonics. Details

MasterControl announced that it partnered with Jinfonet Software. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that it joined the WBGi Consortium. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced its partnership with RTI. Details

ModuleWorks and CENIT AG announced a partnership to integrate ModuleWorks components into FASTSUITE Edition 2. Details

MSC Software announced a partnership with Objectivity, Inc. Details

Razorleaf Corp. announced its participation in the Infor Partner Network Alliance Partner Program. Details

USDM Life Sciences announced an expanded collaboration with PTC. Details



CGTech announced that VERICUT Composite Applications was the winner of the Enterprise Software category for 2016 at the OC Tech Alliance 23rd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner. Details

Dassault Systemes announced the "Design for Fabrication" industry solution experience. Details

Elysium and DotProduct LLC announced InfiPoints DP. Details

InnovMetric Software Inc. announced PolyWorks Europa. Details

ITI announced use of CADfix by the Millbrook Group. Details

John Stark Associates announced that in Q3 2016 Google Scholar added 30 journal articles, technical reports, books and theses citing Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation. This compares to addition of 33 in Q3 2015.
The total for the first three quarters of 2016 was 99, compared to 86 for the first three quarters of 2015. Details

Lectra announced that Gruppo Mastrotto selected Versalis. Details

NIST announced the Smart Manufacturing Systems Test Bed. Details

PropelPLM announced that it won the 2016 Salesforce Partner Innovation Award in Manufacturing. Details

PTC announced the growing importance of cloud services for its customers, as supported by Blue Hill Research's benchmark report. Details

PTC announced ThingWorx Analytics Builder. Details



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