Everything is a Business Process, Product Data: Finding It - Using It


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                          November 5, 2012 - Vol15 #14

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Everything is a Business Process
by Scott Cleveland
Posted by Chris Taylor - 2012-10--14
Everything comes down to process. I mean everything an organization does, whether automated or manual, is business process. It is foundational.
Participating in the TUCON 2012 event two weeks ago, it was clear to me that every concept that was introduced has its foundation in the business processes that underlie the way work is done. There is danger in not realizing this. Organizations that don't understand are far more likely to trip over their own pursuit of technology and suffer setbacks and entropy from change that isn't well thought out.

My Thoughts....
I have been saying this for years. In the world of document management, documents exist within a process. Even my articles in 2PLM are governed by a process. Each article is created, reviewed and released. I tend to write an article one day, review it the next, and release it either that day or the next.

What does this mean to Product Lifecycle Management [PLM]?

PLM software must be able to manage documents and it has to at least have workflow - better if it is business process management.

As a product moves from idea to end of life, the documentation that supports every facet of the lifecycle of a product is collected. Each document exists within some part of the process that manages that information. Access is controlled by where the information is within its process.

Following this logic, the bill of materials can include items other than just parts. It can include marketing requirements documents; engineering requirements documents; product flyers; work instruction packages; purchase orders; service plans; etc.

When a company is looking to become more efficient, the place to start is with its processes. And, the more you get into it, I believe the more clearly you will see that your company is a collection of processes.


Your Thoughts....
Does this seem reasonable to you?

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

Product Data: Finding It - Using It by Deploying a Search Engine Solution (6)
by Dick Bourke
Dick's next column, on Searching Methods, will appear in the November 19 issue of 2PLM. In the meantime, if you have questions, please send them to him at dickb@bourkeconsulting.com.

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ANSYS, Inc. announced third quarter 2012 results. Total GAAP revenue was $196.9 million. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. Revenue was $339 million. Details

Dassault Systemes reported IFRS unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Total revenue was 499.5 million euros. Details

EMC Corp. reported financial results for the third quarter of 2012. Third-quarter consolidated revenue was $5.28 billion. Details

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced results for the third quarter ended September 29, 2012. Sales in the third quarter of 2012 were $60.7 million. Details

Geometric Ltd. announced its Q1 financial results for FY 2012-2013. Geometric declared revenues of over Rs. 2600 Mn. Details

The IGE+XAO Group announced that, over the 2011/2012 financial period, consolidated turnover amounted to 23,385,942 euros. Details

Lectra announced unaudited consolidated financial statements for the third quarter of 2012. Revenues were 47.9 million euros. Details

OpenText Corp., announced its financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2012. Revenue for the period was $326.2 million. Details

PTC reported results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2012. Non-GAAP revenue was $325 million. Details

SAP AG announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Total revenue was 3,952 million euros. Details

Stratasys, Inc. announced revenue of $49.7 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced revenue of $90.5 million for the third quarter of 2012. Details 


Aras announced that Tecnodinamica S.r.l. has implemented Aras. Details

Cameleon Software announced that Cable ONE has implemented Cameleon CPQ for Salesforce CRM. Details 

Centric Software, Inc. announced that Tally Weijl has selected Centric Software, Inc. for its product lifecycle management (PLM) system. Details

Intergraph announced that Hitachi Power Europe has selected SmartPlant 3D. Details 


Arena Solutions announced the Fall 2012 release of BOMControl. Details

CCE announced OfficeLink. Details

CONTACT Software announced release 10 of its flagship product CIM DATABASE PLM. Details

Formtek announced version 5.4.3 of the Formtek | Orion 5 product suite. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced Brava! 7.1 for the IBM FileNet P8 platform. Details

PROSTEP announced that its managed file transfer solution OpenDXM GlobalX is now mobile. Details 


AVEVA and Trimble announced that they are collaborating. Details 

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Missler Software announced collaboration with Okuma. Details

ModuleWorks announced a partnership agreement with exocad. Details 


Actify Inc. announced a new office in Edinburgh, Scotland. Details

CDS announced the availability of online CAD libraries of PTC Creo models for the FIRST high school programs. Details

CONTACT Software announced CONTACT Software NEWS 11/2012. Details

Dassault Systemes announced completion of the first phase of its strategic partnership with NIAEP. Details

Elmo Solutions announced "Integrating enterprise resource planning (ERP) to computer-aided design (CAD) is complex. .... " Details

Formtek announced that the Formtek Site Task Manager Dashlet is one of the winners in Alfresco's 2012 Dashlet Challenge. Details

Intergraph announced that the Institute of Technical Education has joined the Intergraph Education Grant Program. Details

Omnify Software announced its latest Omnify Empower PLM implementation case study featuring Terrafugia. Details

PDT Europe announced that all presentations from PDT Europe 2012 are available. Details

SpaceClaim and SIMPOE announced a direct integration between SpaceClaim Engineer and Simpoe-Mold. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced a U.S. Air Force Rapid Innovation Fund award. Details 


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