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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               June 4, 2012 - Vol15 #5

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Groundhog PLM
by John Stark
In the 1993 "Groundhog Day" film, one of the characters repeatedly relived the same day.

A similar time effect can be seen with many of the questions asked on PLM-related LinkedIn groups. The main difference is that their repetition has been going on for more than ten years.

Einstein is quoted as saying "Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results."

Rather than asking, over and over again, questions such as "is there a difference between PDM and PLM?", here are some questions from Chapter 28 of Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation that aren't asked so frequently, but may be more important for the PLM activities of a company:

  • Have the PLM objectives of top management been documented?
  • Has the PLM Strategy been documented and communicated?

  • Does the PLM Program address all parts of the product lifecycle?
  • Has the to-be Process Architecture been defined and documented?
  • Has the to-be Data Model been defined and documented?
  • Has the to-be Application Architecture been defined and documented?
  • Has the to-be Skills Matrix been defined and documented?
  • What are the expected financial benefits, and the ROI, of the PLM Program?
  • Is there an Organisational Change Management strategy in place?
  • Is there an up-to-date plan showing current PLM activities, and their objectives, resources, deliverables and reports?



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ANSYS, Inc. announced that they signed a definitive agreement whereby ANSYS will acquire Esterel Technologies. Details

Ariba, Inc. announced that SAP America, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Ariba. Details

Hexagon AB announced it has acquired all shares in the Norwegian company My Virtual Reality Software AS (myVR). Details



AVEVA Group plc announced its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2012. Revenue was £195.9m. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced revenues of $247.9 million for the company's fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2012. Details



Gerber Technology announced the appointment of Keith Krystofolsky as vice president of Professional Services. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced Jay Mayne as its new CFO and Vice President of Operations. Details

Lectra announced the appointment of Emmanuel Mussault as Director, Marketing Intelligence and Communication. Details



aPriori announced that BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.) has selected aPriori's software platform. Details

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

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. has adopted Autodesk Digital Prototyping software. Details

AVEVA announced that CODELCO is using AVEVA NET. Details

Celeritive Technologies, Inc. announced it signed an agreement with Spirit AeroSystems for the use of Celeritive's VoluMill technology. Details

Delcam announced that Formaplex has added Delcam's PowerMILL software. Details 


Autodesk, Inc. announced it launched Autodesk SketchBook Ink for iPad. Details

AVEVA announced AVEVA Instrumentation 12.1. Details

Concurrent Systems Inc Ltd announced the release of DDM 2012.1. Details

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced the release of CAM2 Gage 2.2. Details

Formtek announced the release of version 1.2 of the Formtek EDM Module product for Alfresco. Details

Geometric Limited announced the release of DFMPro version 3.2 for PTC Creo. Details

Hexagon Metrology announced the launch of the Sheffield 4.5.4 SF. Details

i GET IT announced the availability of an i GET IT iPad app. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced the release of Brava! 7 for EMC Documentum TaskSpace 6.6 and 6.7 SP1. Details

Luxion announced the release of KeyShot 3.2. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced Adams/Machinery 2012. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced the release of Marc 2012. Details 


Altair announced the addition of CONVERSE software from PART Engineering GmbH to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). Details

ITI TranscenData announced that it has joined the 3D PDF Consortium as a Strategic Member. Details 

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Lightworks announced that the latest release of Bricscad from Bricsys incorporates the Lightworks Artisan product. Details

ModuleWorks announced their partnership with CAXA. Details

Noesis Solutions and Maplesoft announced a partnership. Details

SpaceClaim announced that the company has become a founding member of the 3D PDF Consortium. Details 


Aras announced the winners of the 2012 Collaborate & Contribute Awards. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced it named Feige Filling as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for May. Details

AVEVA announced that William (Bill) Muldoon has joined the Fiatech Board of Advisors. Details

AVEVA announced the acquisition of the Bocad group of companies. Details

Jetbox, Inc. announced its introduction into the PLM marketplace. Details

ZWSOFT announced that more than 100 million 3D models and 2D drawings from TraceParts are now available to download. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced that it has acquired Bespoke Innovations, Inc. Details



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