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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               December 19, 2011 - Vol14 #19

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Join the Geneva International PLM Group
by John Stark
Will you join and benefit from the recently created Geneva International PLM Group?

The Group enables its members to address together PLM subjects of common interest through several types of joint activity. These include projects addressing specific areas of interest (such as benchmarking of PLM performance, creating common definitions of PLM job descriptions, etc.); as well as events such as meetings, round tables, workshops, seminars and conferences. 

The Group is independent of PLM product and service providers, and focuses on the business, management and organisational issues of Product Lifecycle Management.

Membership of the Group is free of charge. You can join here on LinkedIn. (If you are not on LinkedIn, please mail the Group, including your name and e-mail address, and the name of your organisation.)

More information here on the Group's website.

PLM Professional Development
by Roger Tempest
Exactly two years ago, in December 2009, I wrote an article in 2PLM entitled: 'PLM Industry Standards and Qualifications', based on the lack of structure and common knowledge in the PLM industry. It argued in favour of formalised PLM knowledge that is out in the open, where everyone can refer to and use it.

Two weeks ago, at the PLMIG workshop hosted by the IMechE in London, delegates were still grappling with how to convey a professional level of PLM understanding to the wider world.

However, progress is being made. 2010 ended with the publication of the CEO Briefing Document, and 2011 has produced the PLM Best Practice Library, the Path to PLM, and (published this week) the PLM Governance Standard. For the first time, companies and corporations have an industry standard to follow that defines an enterprise-wide, Board-level management structure for PLM.

All of these things bring shape to a previously shapeless industry, and more is in the pipeline for 2012. The user-led PLM Governance Benchmark will move forward with a Coaching Workshop for PLM managers who want to know how to benchmark their implementations. The full Benchmark later in the year will generate an immense amount of detailed information for the companies that take part.

Even PLM standardisation is moving into the mainstream, as the PLM Innovation Congress offers to host the next PLMIG event in February. The theme moves from "standards development" to "standards implementation", to enable companies to make use of the new material that has been developed. At the Standards Implementation Workshop delegates will be able to learn how to apply the new best practices within their own companies, and also benefit from the networking and exhibits of the host event.

PLM is not yet a recognised profession, but the process of moving the industry towards that goal is live and active. Events in 2011 showed that formalising PLM and adding structure has benefits for everybody. Membership is now open for 2012 if you wish to be part of it.

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via

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ESI Group announced the acquisition of Efield. Details

Siemens announced it closed its acquisition of Vistagy, Inc. Details 


IGE+XAO announced turnover of 5,102,466 euros for the first quarter of 2011/2012. Details 


Cadac Organice announced that David Parry has joined Cadac Organice. Details

Gerber Technology announced it appointed Donny Askin president of its Software Solutions business. Details

Open Text Corp. announced that Mark Barrenechea has been named President and CEO of Open Text Corporation as of January 2, 2012. Details 


aPriori announced that Diebold, Incorporated has selected the aPriori Product Cost Management software platform. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that ElectronVault uses Digital Prototyping technology powered by Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Vault Professional software. Details

AVEVA announced that SETAL has successfully implemented AVEVA NET. Details

Catalog Data Solutions announced that White Drive Products have implemented CDS Configurator and CDS ModelServer. Details  

Intergraph announced that Legrand has joined the increasing number of Intergraph SmartPlant 3D customers. Details

Kineo CAM announced an agreement with a major robot manufacturer to deliver a complete software architecture and software components. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that CSR Software LLC has implemented a Patran-based module to be used at shipyards worldwide. Details

PTC announced that Tommy Bahama has selected PTC FlexPLM Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. Details

Siemens announced a contract extension with Procter & Gamble Co. Details

SofTech, Inc. announced a multi-year $250,000 support contract win from its largest European CADRA customer. Details 


ANSYS, Inc. announced ANSYS 14.0. Details

aPriori announced the general availability of aPriori 2011r2. Details

AVEVA announced the release of AVEVA Design Reuse 12.1. Details

CCE announced availability of an updated version of its CAT5Works product. Details

Elmo Solutions announced an enhanced CAD-ERP data integration connector for AutoCAD Mechanical. Details

Formtek announced version 1.0.2 of the Formtek EDM Connector for AutoCAD product. Details

InnovMetric Software Inc. announced the latest intermediate release of the PolyWorks platform - V12.0.3. Details

IMSI/Design announced TurboViewer Pro v2. Details

Infor announced packaged integration using Infor10 ION to connect with third-party applications. Details

Kubotek USA announced the launch of KeyCreator Compare. Details

LMS International announced the Rev11 release of LMS Imagine.Lab AMESim. Details

Rasterex announced the release of RxAutoImage R12.7. Details

Rasterex announced the release of RxSpotlight R12.7. Details

VizUp announced the release of VizUp 4.3.1. Details


Altair announced the release of StressCheck by ESRD in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. Details

Aras announced the availability of the File Converter Framework application for the Aras Innovator PLM platform developed by T-Systems International GmbH. Details

AVEVA and FARO announced an Interoperability Agreement. Details

AVEVA and RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems announced that they have signed an Interoperability Agreement. Details 

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BWIR & Korade B.V. announced they have partnered to offer PDM/PLM consulting & services to Infor ERP LN/Baan clients in the BENELUX region of Europe. Details

Lightworks announced that the latest release of KOMPAS-3D from ASCON incorporates the Lightworks Artisan product. Details

ShipConstructor Software Inc. announced it is collaborating with Cloudis to develop an interface to the Cloudis CMPIC Cable Management Application. Details

Surfware, Inc. announced the appointment of UAVision as its new reseller in Portugal. Details 


Altair Engineering, Inc. announced the opening of a high-powered data center in Troy, Mich., to house and manage its HyperWorks On-Demand cloud-based CAE solution for customers who rely on high-performance computing. Details

Aras announced that the company has relocated its global headquarters. Details

Creaform announced it achieved ISO 9001 : 2008 certification. Details

FISHER/UNITECH announced its acquisition of SolidVision. Details

Gerber Technology announced it received the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Global Fashion Product Lifecycle Management Product Leadership Award for its YuniquePLM solution. Details

OpenText Corp. announced that it has been named a Leader in the latest Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management". Details

SofTech, Inc. announced its latest ProductCenter PLM case study featuring Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions. Details

Theorem Solutions announced ISO 9001:2008 certification. Details 


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