Getting the Board to set the PLM Strategy, PLCS Implementation Made Easier

   

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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               March 26, 2012 - Vol14 #26

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Getting the Board to set the PLM Strategy
by Roger Tempest
 
PLM managers have long wondered:- "How do we convince the Board of the value of PLM?". In more advanced implementations there may be a good relationship between the PLM Team and the Board, but it can still be a difficult task to persuade the Board to support PLM projects.

Some companies are aiming much higher than this. They want to be able to have the Board set the best possible PLM programme for 2013, that makes PLM an integral part of corporate operations and covers all of the scope that the company really needs.

To understand how to achieve this, you need to work backwards from the end result. In order to set the programme for 2013, the Board will have meetings in Q3-Q4 of this year. The PLM Team therefore needs to have detailed, structured proposals for PLM improvement ready in time for these Board meetings.

This is a primary aim of the PLM Governance Benchmark. With at least three European user companies intending to taking part, and probably two from North America when the US workshop is confirmed, the PLM Governance Benchmark will be the most in-depth and comprehensive analysis of PLM that has ever been undertaken.

Benchmarking with other international companies will provide a detailed and comprehensive view of current strengths and weaknesses compared to the partner companies, and the PLMIG tools will enable this to be distilled at Board level in a structured and informative way. 

The Governance Benchmark will also develop a planning and implementation framework based on combined best practice, which can be used to set the most effective programme for next year.

This is why the Governance Benchmark timeline runs as it does. Even though the final publication of the results may be towards November, all of the participants will know the working results comfortably in advance. It will be straightforward to summarise these for the Board on the strategy cycle timescales. For the first time, the Board will have comprehensive hard data on which to base its decisions.

Still working backwards from the end result: if the data is to be ready for the Board in Q3-Q4, the benchmarking needs to start now. It is being launched with three Coaching Workshops held in Munich, Paris and Elyria, and you will need to register if your company wants to take part.

 

 

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via membership@plmig.com.


 
PLCS Implementation Made Easier
by Håkan Kårdén
 
PLCS is gaining momentum as the preferred standard for the exchange and sharing of PLM data covering the complete lifecycle of products from requirements to the in-service phase. Eurostep was contracted to provide resources alongside others in a UK MOD sponsored project where the ease of use of PLCS was addressed and significantly improved by the release of the new PLCS implementation architecture.

The result is now available in PLCSLib, the updated PLCS online resource library. The core standard PLCS information model hosted by PLCSLib remains the same but the approach used to document it and to implementing it with XML exchange or in a Service Oriented Architecture has been radically improved. PLCSLib means that end-users need only consider their business requirements whilst developers can easily make use of mainstream modelling and software development tools (e.g SysML tools) and take advantage of the simplified PLCS XML messages. Furthermore test exchanges have already been successfully piloted.


PLCS is the informal name for ISO 10303-239 Product Life Cycle Support (AP239) and defines a standard information model for the sharing of through life product information. PLCS is being used in automotive, defence, aerospace, energy and other industries to improve the speed and quality of information sharing primarily across enterprise borders helping organisations cut costs and deliver new services.

More information: PLCS can be accessed as a project on Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/plcslib/ and online at http://www.plcs-resources.org/plcslib/.

 

 

Håkan Kårdén is CEO of Eurostep Group AB. He can be contacted at hakan.karden@eurostep.com.
 


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Delcam announced sales of £41.9 million for 2011. Details

Sopheon plc announced its results for the year ended 31 December 2011. Revenue for the year was £10.3m. Details 

Implementations

Aras announced that CPAC Systems AB has selected the Aras PLM solution suite. Details

Autodesk announced that Schindler is using Autodesk Digital Prototyping software. Details

AVEVA announced that STX OSV has standardised its engineering and 3D design work on AVEVA Marine. Details

AVEVA announced that Conmore Ingenjorsbyra AB selected AVEVA PDMS as its primary 3D engineering design application. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that GID Development Corporation has used 3D Experience solutions from Dassault Systemes. Details 

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp announced that Travertson Motorcycles is using a variety of tools in the SolidWorks 2012 3D design solution. Details

Eurostep announced that Volvo has successfully migrated to Share-A-space 7 with Microsoft SQL Server. Share-A-space has been in operation 24/7 at Volvo since 2003 supporting supplier collaboration with sharing of product data. The Share-A-space installation at Volvo is now running on the latest Share-A-space architecture. This includes the change from Oracle database to Microsoft SQL Server. Details

Lantek announced that Lantek Expert laser cuts Land Rover seats at CabAuto. Details

Missler Software announced the launch of TopSolid'Cam 7. Details 

Developments

Arena Solutions announced the launch of Arena PartsList and Arena PDXViewer. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it introduced a new release of Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order software. Details

CCE announced the release of ConfigLink 2012. Details

ESI Group announced the launch of the pilot version of its Adjoint Optimization Solver. Details

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced the release of SCENE 5.0. Details

Formtek, Inc. announced the availability of five new Software Extensions for the Alfresco Open Content Platform. Details

IMSI/Design announced the release of TurboCAD Pro 19 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 19. Details

Intergraph released SmartPlant FreeView. Details

Kubotek USA announced its new multiphysics simulation product: KeyCreator Analysis. Details

OpenText announced a new solution for managing the fast and secure exchange of large files. Details

Pointwise announced Pointwise Version 17. Details

Sensable announced that it has shipped a major new version of its Freeform 3D Design for Manufacture solution. Details

SpaceClaim announced availability of SpaceClaim Engineer 2012. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced enhancements to its HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish toolkits. Details

TFTLabs S.A.S announced TFT4iT. Details 

Relationships

Aras announced that NobleTek has joined the Aras Partner Program. Details

Autodesk announced that it celebrated 25 years with six VARs. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it selected 36 VARs and VADs for induction into the 2012 Autodesk Platinum Club. Details 

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Autodesk, Inc. announced that it named Ideate, Inc. its North American fourth quarter Reseller of the Quarter. Details

FISHER/UNITECH announced that it has achieved number one Stratasys reseller status in the Americas in dollars and unit volume in 2011. Details

ICAM Technologies Corp. announced a collaboration with OMAX Corporation. Details

Xisis announced its partnership as a reseller of Geomagic. Details 

Other

Bentley Systems, Inc. announced that ProjectWise V8i won a commercial 2012 Constructech Top Products award. Details

CONTACT Software announced that it has founded another subsidiary. CONTACT Software Schweiz AG is based in Appenzell near St. Gallen. Details

Creaform announced the launch of the NSERC-Creaform Industrial Research Chair on 3D scanning. Details

Kubotek USA announced a new white paper. Details

Omnify Software announced its latest Omnify Empower PLM implementation case study featuring CVG-Avtec. Details

3D Systems announced its Italian expansion. Details 

 

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