Pioneer 10 and the PLM Grid, PLM Governance Standard, Progress with new PLM Group, Standards Implementation Workshop


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               January 16, 2012 - Vol14 #21

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Pioneer 10 and the PLM Grid
by John Stark
The PLM Grid is a two-dimensional grid showing the complete scope of PLM implementation and application activities in a typical company that develops, manufactures and supports products. On one axis are the five phases of the product lifecycle (such as development and recycling). On the other axis are ten components (such as processes, application software and data) that the company addresses to achieve its aim of managing its products across the lifecycle.

A simple 5x10 grid might seem to be too small to be of any use to a company's PLM efforts. However, a lot of information can be communicated in a simple picture. For example, a small plaque on the side of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, currently about 10 billion miles from Earth and heading towards the Taurus constellation, is intended to give information (such as source and sender) to whatever form of life might find it.

Just as a small plaque, showing five graphics, and measuring about 6 inches by 9 inches can provide enough information to introduce a different form of life, a 5x10 grid that fits on a PowerPoint slide can be a very useful tool for communicating about PLM.

It may seem strange to consider PLM and other forms of life together. However, in 2012, if you go into almost any company, you'll find that most of the people who should be aware of PLM either know nothing about it or have a very distorted view. In such a situation, as in first contacts with other forms of life, you have to start the communication with something very simple and basic to which all participants can relate. That's where the PLM Grid comes in. One of its uses is as a simple basic communication tool about PLM for people who don't understand PLM.

It can also be used in many other circumstances such as for: increasing PLM awareness; discussing with PLM project team members; communicating with business executives; describing the current situation of PLM; defining the PLM Vision, Strategy and Plan; discussing with vendors of PLM products and services.

Find out more about the PLM Grid and its applications here.

PLM Governance Standard
by Roger Tempest
The PLM Governance Standard, published in December after the Workshop series in Sweden, Germany, Italy and the UK, is a landmark for the PLM industry.

Although there are various existing standards that impact on the PLM space, this is the first standard that applies purely to PLM. It is intended to be followed in the same way as other international standards, and may lead to more structure and cohesion within the PLM industry as future standards are developed to support it.

For years, the number one item on the wish list of PLM managers has been: "How to convince the Board of the value of PLM." At the same time, senior directors and VPs have wondered how effectively the resources that they have authorised for PLM are being applied.

Now there is an industry standard to follow that defines an enterprise-wide, Board-level management structure for PLM. The Standard does not rely on restrictive rules, and does not require extensive documentation of procedures.


Care has been taken to keep it simple, lightweight and accurate. It focuses purely on governance, not implementation performance, and is simply a distillation of best practice management and oversight at all levels of a company.

Applying the Governance Standard gives the CEO and VPs clear visibility of PLM throughout the enterprise, and provides the PLM Team with a natural mechanism for meeting the Board's requirements. Furthermore, it is an ideal way to highlight future improvement areas for PLM. Experienced user companies are likely to meet most requirements of the Standard, with one or two exceptions. Remediating these exceptions will mean starting some improvement projects, with the Board's approval. 

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

Progress with new PLM Group
by John Stark
A recent issue of 2PLM mentioned the foundation of the Geneva International PLM Group. Start-up activities are continuing. Currently the main activity is to develop a suitable working structure and approach for the Group. The following step will be to suggest and select activities which Group members may address together.

If you have a PLM role in an organisation that develops, produces or supports products, your membership in the Group would be welcomed.

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.


Standards Implementation Workshop
by Roger Tempest
The PLM Innovation Congress has offered to provide the next landing point in the international PLM Standardisation Series by hosting a PLM Standards Implementation Workshop on 22-23 February in Munich.

The Workshop will be run by the PLMIG, and will show participants how to adopt and use the new tools and best practices in their own implementations.

As an extra benefit, Workshop delegates can also interface with many aspects of the PLM Innovation Congress itself.

This is the first time that a leading PLM conference has invited the PLMIG to partner with it in this way, and offers a new form of synergy with the PLM Standardisation programme.


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Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that it has acquired the Flowmaster Group. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Z Corporation and Vidar Systems. Details 


SofTech, Inc. announced Q2 fiscal 2012 operating results. Revenue for the three months ended November 30, 2011 was $1.7 million. Details 


Anark Corp. announced the promotion of Chris Garcia to the position of Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Operations and Business Development. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the appointment of three executives. Details 


AVEVA announced AF AB will use AVEVA Plant as its principal design portfolio. Details

Bentley Systems, Inc. announced that HYDROCHINA Kunming Engineering Corporation has chosen the ProjectWise platform, along with Bentley Navigator, for its project team collaboration and work-sharing needs. Details

CDS announced that Wink Fasteners, Inc. has selected its SaaS Catalog and CAD download solution. Details  

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Donkervoort Automobielen BV uses SolidWorks software. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Oleo International have adopted MSC Software simulation solutions. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has implemented CAE simulation. Details

PARTsolutions announced that Bimba Manufacturing has selected 3D CAD and product configuration technology powered by PARTsolutions. Details

PTC announced it has completed the first phase of deployment of its enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) system at Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation (HMC/KMC). Details 


Aras announced the availability of the OrCAD Connector for Aras. Details

AVEVA announced the release of AVEVA Surface Manager 12.1. Details

BigMachines, Inc. announced the release of BigMachines 12. Details

Cadac Organice introduced Cadac Organice Workbox 2010 R4. Details

CCE announced the release of EnSuite 2012 with support for latest versions of NX, SolidWorks and Parasolid files. Details

ESI Group announced the latest release of ESI's Casting Simulation Suite, composed of ProCAST & QuikCAST. Details

IMSI/Design announced TurboViewer v2. Details

Infor announced an enhanced version of Infor10 PLM Process (Optiva). Details

Lattice Technology Inc. announced the release of XVL Studio Ver. 10.1b. Details

McLaren Software announced the release of Enterprise Engineer 3.7. Details

ModuleWorks announced the latest release of its CAM components, version 2011.12. Details

Theorem Solutions announced the Microstation (DGN) to CATIA V5 CADverter. Details

VizUp Inc. announced that VizUp 4.3.4 has been released. Details

Zuken announced a new version of Board Modeler Lite. Details 


Camstar Systems, Inc. announced that it has joined the PTC PartnerAdvantage Program at the Gold Tier. Details 

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Surfware, Inc. announced the top SURFCAM Resellers of 2011 for each of the following sales regions: North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. Details 


Altair announced release of the KEY to METALS material database in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. Details

CENIT North America announced it earned the IBM Million Dollar Award. Details

Computer Aided Technology Inc. (CATI) announced the acquisition of SolidWorks business from Tridaq, Inc. Details

Infor reported 17 percent license growth for the twelve months ended November 2011. Details

SofTech, Inc. announced that it has reregistered its common stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Details

Surfware, Inc. reported a 9% increase in sales growth for 2011 as compared to 2010. Details

TraceParts announced that, launched in 2001, recorded 26.5 million CAD models downloads and 2.5 million absolute unique visitors in 2011. Details

Verisurf Software, Inc. announced annual revenue growth in 2011 and expansion into new corporate headquarters. Details 


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