Out of Sight, Out of Mind, PLM vision, using BPM to drive out costs

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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                                               June 22, 2009 - Vol12 #7

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

by David Potter

Have you ever wondered what really happened to a product once it left your hands? Maybe until now such detail has been of little interest. But things are changing, and Closed Loop Lifecycle Management (CL2M) provides the means to address future challenges and opportunities.
Of course for certain kinds of product, there is no reason to want to follow up on what happens to it. However, there is increasingly stringent regulation of product safety and environmental impact. There is a requirement for monitoring and accountability of middle and end of life of each batch, and even each individual product instance. This means that producers are being challenged to focus more and more on traceability of their products.
Certain classes of product have a relatively short lifespan from production to consumption, as in the case of the food chain and pharmaceuticals. Here the requirements for verification of pedigree and assurance of correct storage and handling are paramount. Even in the case of these “short” life spans, such verification requires the collection and amalgamation of monitoring and event data from multiple actors: maybe several producers, distribution warehouses, multiple logistics providers, and finally retailers.
Products which have longer life spans introduce further complexity in terms of the number of actors involved. Therefore the tendency is for the information that is required for verification to become even more scattered across organisations. Such “long-life” products are also more likely to be subject to multiple maintenance and part-replacement interventions, maybe by different service providers. Such events contribute vital information to the overall “knowledge” of what happens throughout the life of each product instance. Their loss or isolation can severely impact on the history of each product.
The EU PROMISE Project identified “PLM Events” as the basis of the solution to these challenges. PLM Events are defined as a subset of the PROMISE Messaging Interface (PMI) which supports the communication of events by any system that has implemented the PMI.

PLM events typically convey information about changes in life cycle phase, service updates, change of ownership, substitution of parts, environmental changes, etc. The PMI allows any authorised and interested party to make a subscription for events relating to a single product instance or even a whole series.


An organisation is able, subject to proper authentication and trust, to follow significant life cycle events of a product even though it may have left their immediate scope of control. This also permits relevant regulatory authorities to subscribe for events which fall within their jurisdiction, such as end of life disposal or temperature of foodstuffs being exceeded.
The PROMISE PMI is already openly published. It is a primary focus of an open standards consortium currently being formed under the auspices of The Open Group. This consortium will address the further development and promotion of open standards that will significantly affect the future of PLM. Please register your interest in joining this consortium at www.opengroup.org/qlm/.
In the next article, the final one in this series, we will look at what is standing in the way of the future for PLM.
If you have any comments or questions related to this article, please post them on my blog at cl2m.com.
David Potter is Chief Technical Officer, Promise Innovation International Oy., and former Chairman of the Project Steering Board of the EU PROMISE Project.
“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” was written as part six of a series of articles on:
Why CL2M is of significance to PLM practitioners
  1. What has the "Internet of Things" to do with PLM and PLM standards? 2PLM, April 13 2009
  2. Closing the Information Loops across All Phases of All Kinds of Lifecycles 2PLM, April 27 2009
  3. Overcoming “Islands of Information” 2PLM, 11 May 2009
  4. Linking the Phases, Closing the Loops 2PLM, 25 May 2009
  5. Technology is an Enabler, Information a Resource, but Knowledge is the Prize 2PLM, 8 June 2009



The PLM Vision Report

by John Stark


The importance of a PLM Vision was described in previous issues of 2PLM.

To help communicate the Vision, a short, easy-to-understand Vision Statement should be developed. A single sheet of paper is an ideal communication medium. It can be framed and put on people's desks, or on an office wall.

In addition to the Vision Statement, a more detailed document, the Vision Report, should be prepared. It should include all of the background and positioning information leading to the Vision, and explain the next steps.

The Vision needs to be documented in a formal report so that :

  • all of the information pertaining to the Vision is available in a single place
  • the Vision can be distributed for review and correction
  • the Vision can be distributed to increase awareness
  • the Vision is not forgotten
  • it is more difficult to distort the Vision in support of particular interpretations

All decisions and other important information should be brought together in the report.

The PLM Team should define the shape of the Vision report before starting to develop the Vision. Everyone involved with the development of the Vision will then be clearly aware of what they have to achieve. The typical content of the PLM Vision report is:

Title : A Vision of our PLM Activity

Table of Contents

Executive Overview

Section 1 - The Company
1.1 Company objectives, strategy and organisation
1.2 Key success factors for the company
1.3 Key issues : markets, customers and competitors
1.4 Key issues : products

1.5 Key issues : processes

Section 2 - The PLM activity
2.1 Background to the PLM Project
2.2 Critical issues for PLM

Section 3 - The PLM Vision
3.1 The environment
3.2 Driving forces
3.3 Description and scope
3.4 Products and customers
3.5 PLM Framework and components
3.6 Relationship of PLM with other activities
3.7 Finance

Section 4 - Next Steps

4.1 PLM strategy development

4.2 Plan, schedule, resources, costs

1. Team Members
2. Interviews



   Product Lifecycle<br />
            Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation


Use BPM to Drive Out Costs
by Scott Cleveland

From a Gartner Article.... Depending on which economist you want to believe, this recession will last a few quarters or perhaps longer. The typical reaction of most companies is to cut costs.

The 'ax man' approach is likely to leave gaping holes in your business processes. So, how can you fight the ills of the economy without killing your business?

A company is a collection of processes. The key process (highest value) in any company is their 'Quote to Cash' process. And, the other processes exist in support of that process.

So, as Gartner points out, the 'ax man' approach could disable one of these supporting processes or the 'quote to cash' process itself. Neither outcome is desirable.

My Thoughts....
What you don't know about your processes may be costing you money. Gaining visibility into your processes can help you see where money is being spent, the consequences of work activities and dependent actions.

Addressing all of your processes doesn't make sense. I believe there is an 80/20 rule. Managing the 20% of your processes (the processes that are most important to creating value) will get you the greatest (80%) benefit.

Cutting costs within processes involves removing non-value added activities and finding better ways to perform activities.

Business process management provides the management disciplines to surgically target problem processes and put them on the path to recovery. You will see that making these cuts would make sense whether the economy is good or bad.

Survival Actions....

  • Identify the (20%) the processes that are most important to creating value for your company
  • Target one of these processes for your first (or next) BPM project
  • Measure this process as is (before)
  • Remove non-value added activities (being careful of supporting processes)
  • Look for ways (innovate) to make this process more efficient
  • Implement changes
  • Measure - Making sure that your changes were actually improvements

Gartner sees BPM as one of the strategic management disciplines. They see companies moving from using BPM to survive to helping their organization to thrive.

I see Process Management (improvement) as the best place to look to cut costs rather than just arbitrarily 'laying off' employees.

Your Thoughts....

Scott Cleveland is VP Sales & Marketing, Ingenuus Software.






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Valor Computerized Systems, Inc. announced Variosystems Inc.'s purchase of Trilogy 5000 software. Details


Adina R&D Inc. announced the release of ADINA 8.6. Details

ANSYS, Inc. announced the latest release of SIwave software. Details

BigMachines, Inc. announced the availability of BigMachines 9.2. Details

Bunkspeed announced the availability of the HyperShot plugin for Pro/ENGINEER. Details

Cimatron announced the release of CimatronE 9.0. Details

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Edgecam announced the latest release of Edgecam 2009 R2. Details

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Intergraph introduced SmartPlant Enterprise Power Solution. Details

Knovel announced it is introducing Knovel Math. Details

Lattice Technology announced Version 8 of its XVL Web Master application. Details

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LEDAS Ltd. announced the beta release of its new plugin Driving Dimensions 0.1 for Rhino 3D. Details

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PTC launched Windchill RequirementsLink. Details

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Siemens PLM Software announced availability of NX software with native support for Mac OS X on 64-bit Intel-based Macs. Details

VISTAGY, Inc. announced the release of SyncroFIT 2009. Details

Z Corp. released zp150. Details


Actify Inc. announced a technology partnership with the vdR Group. Details

Atos Origin and PTC announced a partnership. Details

BlueCielo ECM Solutions announced an OEM agreement with Oracle concerning Oracle's AutoVue 2D Professional. Details

Dassault Systemes announced it expanded its partnership with Microsoft. Details

Dassault Systemes announced an agreement with Antonov ASTC (Ukraine). Details

Gerber Technology and Geometric Limited announced a partnership. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced a partnership with The Paperless Project Coalition and its Go Green Initiative. Details

Mentor Graphics announced it has signed EDA Direct, Inc. as a distributor. Details

Right Hemisphere announced it received a 2008 Supplier of the Year award from Gulfstream Aerospace. Details

Planit announced the latest release of Radan, 2009 R2, gained certification for use with Autodesk Inventor 2010. Details

Siemens PLM Software and IBM jointly announced Teamcenter-related and service offerings. Details

SolidCAM and ModuleWorks announced 5 years of successful partnership. Details

Spatial Corp. announced it provides technology for IMSI/Design's Version 16 release of TurboCAD Professional. Details

Zuken announced that Novatrace will be taking over CADSTAR distribution in the Benelux territory. Details


ANSYS, Inc. announced deployment of Ansoft software by the Universitas Indonesia within its Depok Campus. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that the company now has more than 1,000 customers in the aerospace and defense industry. Details

BigMachines, Inc. announced that it was selected by JMP Securities for inclusion in its "Hot 100: The Best Privately Held Software Companies" list. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the commencement of restructuring measures. Details

CIMdata, Inc. named the worldwide CAM software market leaders for 2008. Planit Holdings was the leader on the basis of both industrial seats shipped and installed. CNC Software's Mastercam was the leader in both industrial seats shipped and installed by brand name. Dassault Systemes was the leader on the basis of vendor revenues received and end-user payments for CAM software and services. Details

Datakit announced its participation in the LOTAR workgroup. Details

Delcam announced it gained its 30,000th customer. Details

Delcam announced it issued a guide to the benefits of using computers with parallel processing technology for CNC toolpath generation. Details

Eurostep announced that presentations from the PDE 2009, the 11th NASA-ESA Workshop on Product Data Exchange, are now available. Details

Intergraph announced its SmartPlant Foundation has pushed sales past the 300th customer milestone. Details

Lattice Technology announced the release of Version 10 of its XVL Player. Details

ModuleWorks announced a research project aiming to create new automated methods for 5-Axis Machining in Mold and Die manufacture. Details

PRION Group announced Laila Hirr, VP of PRION USA, participated on an expert panel at Siemens PLM Connection in Nashville. Details

SofTech, Inc. announced its ProductCenter PLM Discovery Program. Details

Sopheon annouced that revenue visibility for the full year from contracted business and recurring revenue streams, now stands at £6.2 million. Details

Think3 and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Milan Polytechnic announced the "PDP (Product Development Process) Award, Andrea Pininfarina". Details

3D Systems Corp. announced that Midwest Prototyping, LLC upgraded to an iPro 9000 Center. Details

   Product Lifecycle<br />
                        Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation



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