Global Standards, Product Life Live, and QLM

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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               February 15, 2010 - Vol12 #23

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Global PLM Standards
By Roger Tempest
 Continuing feedback in the debate about PLM standards has included detailed responses from the PHENIX PLM Project and input from ProSTEP iViP, which show some of the depth of work already being done in this area. Similar standards groupings in the USA are also being contacted, and this illustrates two fundamental points. 

The first is that current initiatives in PLM standards are fractured, and the second is that there are still many areas for PLM standards that are completely neglected. 

The existence of a well-supported aerospace and defence consortium in Europe working on standards, and the existence of another similarly well-supported A&D consortium in the USA doing the same, may make good commercial sense but it does not make good PLM sense. If their work is successful then the result may be two sets of standards that are similar but incompatible - and there is no way of drawing out the 'generic' or 'industry-independent' parts of the work so that they can be shared with groups in other industries. 

To see the neglected areas, we need to look away from the focus on data representation and instead consider what PLM should mean to a global company. Work such as STEP/ISO is producing necessary and useful results, but PLM is wider than this. 

In a global corporation of 40,000 people the PLM team may consist of 200 internal and external staff, working in partnership with a primary vendor, a major consultancy and perhaps a systems integrator from the subcontinent. Standards are needed to ensure that the PLM implementation truly is global.

 No matter which one of the 40 or 50 worldwide sites you might visit, they should all have the same vision and methods, and the same way of measuring progress. They should all work to the same paradigm, that is independent of vendor so that "multi-PLM" is possible. They should all apply the same standard metrics to calculate ROI, and attain the same structured qualifications to prove their skills and experience. 

The standards to enable this can be international and will range from PLM "building blocks", such as Product Structure or Software Management, to a new and comprehensive standard for PLM delivery. 

The need for a standard for PLM delivery is probably the most important, because so many other standards will be derived from it. The framework will give users confidence and assurance that the 'As-Implemented' state is as originally sold to them, and will aid suppliers by demonstrating results and enabling follow-on projects. 

After a decade of PLM development, we now know enough to develop these practical standards in a way that complements the work of existing initiatives and does not conflict with proprietary knowledge. The PLMIG will host a launch workshop in Oxford, England in March at which the overall standards framework can be agreed and the structure of "PLM delivery" can be formed. 

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. You can add your input to the Workshop agenda or timing via  

Product Life Live
By John Stark
 The Product Life live PDM and PLM User Conference will be held this year on March 2-3 in Stuttgart, Germany. 

I have been to nearly all the PLL Conferences, the first of which was in Mainz in 2005. One of the things I appreciate is that it is a User Conference, and less commercial than many PLM events. There are always many users to listen to, and to talk to during the breaks. 

For those interested in learning about new products and services, the exhibitors this year include: BCT Technology; Business Operation Systems; Carl Hanser Verlag; Corporate Business Solutions; Contact Software; Dassault Systemes; DSC Software; ECS; EMC Engineering Management Consult; InMediasP; Intelliact; Lucas-Nuelle Consulting & Partner; MRT PLM Group; NovaTec; ORCON; PDTec AG; Piterion; Procad; PTC; SAP Deutschland; Schuh & Co.; Siemens PLM Software; SolidLine; up2media; Virtual Dimension Center; WIN Verlag; xPLM Solution; :em engineering methods. 

 The Product Life live (PLL) Conference Organisers were among the first to recognise the tremendous importance of the enterprise-wide management and control of all information, data and documents that describe a product "from cradle to grave". 

Although the management of product life is considered one of the most important tasks of manufacturing companies in the coming years, many questions on implementation strategies, ROI and benefits remain unanswered. Product Life live aims to help you find answers to these questions, and to create opportunities for discussion with other users and specialists. 

We look forward to seeing you in Stuttgart. 

Product Life live - PDM and PLM User Conference 
March 2, 2010 - March 3, 2010 
Tainer Str. 7 
D-70734 Stuttgart-Fellbach 

Are Standards for Other People?
By David Potter
 The Open Group webinar entitled "Quantum Lifecycle Management - Why do we need QLM and how will it change the way we practice PLM?" is on February 18th, 2010 at 15:00 GMT. 

The webinar will explain the rationale for The Open Group's QLM Consortium and its aim to develop an open and trustworthy information exchange environment for whole-of-life lifecycle management. 

This will involve interoperability with existing PLM standards while creating a new open framework that will facilitate the discovery and exchange of whole-of-life lifecycle information.

 It will enable the integration of new information sources such as wireless sensors and entities that are part of the "Internet of Things", to create essential new business opportunities. 

Please use this link now to Register for the free webinar and please inform any of your colleagues or friends whom you think may be interested, and give your company the opportunity to be at the bleeding edge. 

David Potter is Chief Technical Officer, Promise Innovation International Oy, and former Chairman of the Project Steering Board of the EU PROMISE Project. 






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Bentley Systems, Inc. announced it acquired Enterprise Informatics, Inc. and Exor Corp.Details 

PTC announced it has acquired technology from Planet Metrics, Inc. to extend its InSight Product Analytics solution. Details 


Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that revenue for fiscal year 2009 totaled $853 million. Details 

Dassault Systemes reported unaudited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009. Total Revenue was 1,251.3 million Euros. Details 

Open Text Corp. announced unaudited financial results for its Q2 ended December 31, 2009. Total revenue was $247.8 million. Details 


BlueCielo ECM Solutions announced the appointment of Luuth van der Scheer as the company's new CEO. Details 


ANSYS, Inc. announced that Volkswagen AG has signed a master agreement with ANSYS. Details 

Autodesk, Inc. announced VOX Amplification used Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Showcase software, developed by Autodesk, Inc. Details 

Camilion Solutions announced that Mid-Continent Group has selected Camilion Authority Suite as their policy administration system. Details 

Catalog Data Solutions announced that Standard Lifters LLC has selected its Online Catalog and CAD Download solution. Details 

DeSL announced that MAS Holdings, a fashion manufacturing company, selected DeSL's PLM solution to manage its product development process. Details 

Intergraph announced that BBA selected Intergraph SmartPlant 3D. Details 

LMS announced an agreement with DLR and ONERA to deliver GVT systems. Details 

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that ASIA Company deployed the CHS software.Details 

PCO Innovation announced it has taken charge of maintenance on Schneider Electric's Symphony application, which is based on Windchill technology. Details 

PTC announced Kensey Nash Corporation selected Windchill. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced its software solutions have been used in the development of the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Transit Connect. Details 

Sopheon announced it is part of a team working with CTC on a contract awarded under the TARDEC Omnibus Program. Details 

Think3 Inc. announced that Nihon Automobile College has chosen 'ThinkDesign' and 'Reshape'. Details 

Think3 Inc. announced that FABEST Corporation has chosen ThinkDesign as its main 3D CAD system for metal stamping die design. Details 

Valor Computerized Systems Ltd announced its vCheck Quality Management System has been selected by Nedap N.V. Details 

VISTAGY, Inc. announced that Lear Corporation has purchased VISTAGY's Seat Design Environment. Details 

3D Systems announced it installed a Dual-Vat iPro 9000 SLA System at American Precision Prototyping. Details 


aPriori announced aPriori 2010. Details 

AutoDesSys announced bonzai3d 2.0. Details 

Cadac Organice announced the introduction of Cadac Organice 2010. Details 

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. released Cadence Encounter Digital Implementation System 9.1. Details 

CCE announced availability of updated versions of its ODX libraries. Details 

Delcam launched its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks. Details 

Gerber Technology announced the release of AccuMark version 8.4. Details 

Gerber Technology announced the release of webPDM version 6.1. Details 

HBM, Inc. announced Version 6 of nCode durability software. Details 

i GET IT announced new features. Details 

Lattice Technology Inc. announced XVL Converter version 6.1. Details 

Lightworks announced the release of Lightworks Author 8.2. Details 

McLaren Software announced McLaren Services for Outlook. Details 

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced full-wave 3D electromagnetic analysis functionality.Details 

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the integration of its Nucleus GUI with the ARM Mali GPU family of acceleration solutions. Details 

Optimal AEC announced the release of NetSPEX for AutoCAD 2010 and MicroStation V8i.Details 

Razorleaf Corp. announced the release of CADFIT. Details 

SYSTIME announced an Oracle AIA solution that connects Oracle's Agile PLM and Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Details 

Theorem Solutions announced the availability of CADverter integration with PTC's Windchill PLM environment. Details 

VariCAD announced the release of VariCAD 2010 2.0. Details 

3Dconnexion announced new 3D mouse capabilities for SolidWorks. Details 


Bunkspeed, Inc announced it has selected iray rendering technology from mental images to power Bunkspeed SHOT. Details 

Informative Graphics Corp. announced a partnership with CT Summation. Details 

MasterControl and GxP Partners announced the next phase of their alliance. Details 

ModuleWorks confirmed their partnership with Euklid CAD/CAM AG. Details 

PTC announced that it signed 10 new partners during the second half of 2009. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced the release of Siemens PLM Software's 2D DCM component in the Euklid CAD/CAM application. Details 


Aras announced that the Aras Innovator suite is certified for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. Details 

Arena Solutions announced that the company saw strong growth in annuity bookings for Q4 ending December 31, 2009. Details 

ASEE/CMC announced PACE is the recipient of the 2010 Corporate Member Council Excellence in Engineering Collaboration award. Details 

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. announced that CFdesign 2010 is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7. Details 

CIMdata announced that preliminary statistics show a 12% "Mainstream PLM" market decline for 2009. Details 

Eurostep announced that Phil Spiby, Eurostep Co-Chair of the Model Driven System Design WG, received the INCOSE Award for development of the ISO 10303-233 Systems Engineering Standard. Details 

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium announced a Beta2 release for ITC members of the IntelliCAD 7 CAD software. Details 

LightWork Design announced it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Details 

The MathWorks announced more than 60 academic institutions implemented campus-wide licenses in 2009. Details 

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Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it was honored for its HyperLynx PI (Power Integrity) product. Details 

MSC.Software announced the formation of a new global business unit to focus on Simulation Data and Process Management. Details 

The Open Design Alliance announced it has licensed the Adobe PDF Library SDK from Adobe Systems Inc. for integration with the ODA platform. Details 

PARTsolutions, LLC announced a record number of CAD downloads in 2009. Details 

Sescoi International SAS announced V3 of its WorkPLAN solution achieved certified integration with SAP applications. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced use of Teamcenter by Changhong. Details 

Sopheon announced that its Accolade solution has been certified as Stage-Gate Ready.Details 

SpaceClaim announced sales growth in 2009. Details 


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