PLM Conference September 2011, The Path to PLM, Top Tips, Standardisation News


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               August 1, 2011 - Vol14 #9

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PLM Conference September 2011
by John Stark
Since the last issue of 2PLM, there have been several additions to the Agenda and to the list of exhibitors for the Geneva International PLM Conference and Exhibition.

The Agenda now includes speakers from SMEs and larger organisations such as Bobst, Bombardier Transportation, Celeroton, CERN, CORUM, EADS, European Commission, Givaudan, Jet Aviation, Merck Serono, Mettler Toledo, Salomon, SR Technics, Stadler Rail, Synthes, Transtec Gotthard and Varian Medical Systems.

The number of Exhibitors has more than doubled. The list includes Autodesk, CADCAMation, CONTACT Software, Helbling IT Solutions, Hurni Engineering, ICP Solution, INNEO, ORACLE and Siemens PLM Software.

The Geneva International PLM Conference will be held on September 6-7, 2011 at the CERN site in Geneva, Switzerland.

Here are 16 Reasons to Attend.

Please use the following links to register or to review the Agenda.

Registration Process    Registration Form

Conference Agenda     Abstracts & Speaker Bios

Please follow this link to exhibit or sponsor.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact John Stark.

The Path to PLM
by Roger Tempest
Thousands of organisations around the world have faced the question: "How do we go from 'initial interest in PLM' to having a fully-working implementation in our company?"

It is possible to experiment with PLM for years, reading material on the Internet, attending webinars, doing small trials, and running localised projects. Many companies have done this, and the results are always disappointing. More guidance and direction are needed, and the PLMIG has focused on this area as part of the global PLM Standardisation Initiative.

There is no single "best" way to implement PLM. The most effective route to implementation will be different for almost every company, and will depend on a host of parameters including company size, organisation structure, industry, type of product, position within the value chain, geography, and many more factors. Until now, this has always confounded attempts to produce a "best practice" implementation plan that can be universally used.

The solution is to move away from the idea of a standard plan or roadmap, because planning is only one part of implementing PLM. A complete methodology is needed: one that includes the full scope of PLM and that is integrated with the real processes and activities of the company. This standardised methodology is the Path to PLM.

Experience has shown that, if best-practice methods are followed, the minimum route from interest to adoption will require about two years. This will take a company from 'zero' to the starting point of having a functional PLM platform. The Path to PLM is therefore a standard methodology that enables any organisation from any industry to become fully aware of PLM, and to achieve a practical and effective first implementation within 2 years. It can be used by any company that decides: "We want to find out exactly how PLM can help our business, and implement an effective system by the quickest and most practical route."

The starting PLM implementation will be functional, will meet the immediate needs of the business, and will cover the early and fundamental benefit areas by the "80:20 rule". It will make optimal use of pre-existing IT systems and processes; be well-managed and supported; and will come with a 3-year roadmap to show how PLM can be developed through the extended enterprise according to medium-term and longer-term goals.

The driving force for the Path to PLM is that you can confidently declare, at the outset, that there will be a working and effective PLM platform in place in 2 years' time. This means that you can set a date on the calendar that everyone can plan towards. The date does not have to be immoveable (there may be many sensible reasons to adjust it as you make progress) but it is a visible commitment. This drives the timescales for all of the real-world activities, and prevents "side-tracking" by making it necessary to focus on the most simple and practical solutions.

The target PLM platform must not just support the short-term needs of the business as they exist at the end of the two-year period. PLM is an evolving activity, and there will be much more to be done in order to upgrade and extend the first environment through the extended enterprise. The Path to PLM methodology therefore incorporates a full 5-year horizon. After the first 2 years, your company will be "up and running" as a bona-fide PLM user organisation. The methodology also provides you with a 3-year roadmap from that point, so that PLM will evolve in a process of continuous improvement.

The Path to PLM will be published as the Q2 2012 issue of the PLM Journal, and will be part of the presentations at the Milan Workshop on 27-28 September (see 2PLM July 18). More information is available via


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


Top Tips
by Scott Cleveland
I've been involved in many PLM projects over the years. The most successful projects were projects that moved smoothly to completion. These projects had the following in common:

A Champion
This person is the internal sales person for the project - or, as I like to call them, the PLM Evangelist. They will head off problems before they can cause damage. They will cheerlead the PLM efforts.

Change Management
As a general rule, people hate change. A big task for the Champion is to rally the troops to realise that the new PLM implementation will make life easier for them.

Internal Politics
It's important to understand the internal politics and work within their boundaries.

Document the Existing Engineering Change Control Process
On the surface, this may seem simple, but it's not. You will get many different descriptions from different people. When you believe you have arrived at the process, attempt to follow it through to see if you are correct. When you finally arrive at the 'correct' process, measure it. Use metrics that are important to your company.

Project Manager
This may seem obvious, but a good project manager will always run a more successful implementation.

Cross-Functional Team
Make people across the product lifecycle a part of the process so that they feel some ownership. Involve potential 'nay sayers' so that you can minimise potential disruptions. A bad attitude of one person can kill an entire project. Involve a technical resource so that they are a part of the solution.

Short Timescales
Projects that take a long time are hard to manage and can go wrong for many reasons.

My Thoughts....
From my experience, adhering to these tips will help mitigate potential problems.

Your Thoughts....
Have I left out something you did to make your PLM project successful? If so, I'd like to know about it.


Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387


Standardisation News
by Roger Tempest
As mentioned above, the PLM Standardisation Initiative will continue with a new workshop in Milan on 27-28 September. If you were not able to go to Sweden or Germany then the Milan Workshop is an opportunity to catch up with the series, and to see how PLM is being applied in the Italian region. The Agenda and Registration details are now available.

The discussion stage is continuing for companies that would like to participate in the PLM Governance Benchmark (see 2PLM June 20), and an Overview Document is now available.

There will be between 5 and 10 companies in the benchmark, which will run during the first quarter of 2012, and the PLMIG will provide the leadership, coordination, benchmarking parameterisation, and full documentation.

You can find out more information about the Milan Workshop via, and about the PLM Governance Benchmark via



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Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Pixlr. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced that it acquired Alibre, Inc. Details


Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced revenue of $283 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. Details

Creaform announced results for Q2 of 2011, reporting sales of $9.6 million in Q2. Details

Dassault Systemes reported IFRS unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Q2 total revenue was 428.6 million Euros. Details

EMC Corp. reported consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2011 was $4.85 billion. Details

Geometric Ltd. announced its Q1 financial results for FY 2011-2012. The company recorded operating revenues of USD 38.59 Mn for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. Details

Lectra announced that Q2 2011 revenues totaled 52.4 million Euros. Details

PTC reported results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 2, 2011. Non-GAAP revenue was $292.5 million. Details

SAP AG announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. IFRS total revenue was 3.30 billion Euros. Details

Stratasys, Inc. announced revenue of $37.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced results for the second quarter of 2011. Revenue was $55.1M. Details


Geomagic announced it has appointed John Alpine as its new Vice President of Engineering. Details


IHS announced it has been selected by Arauco to standardize and enrich the company's maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) materials catalog and implement new catalog management software. Details 

Informative Graphics Corp. announced that SAPREF has purchased its Brava! Enterprise for SharePoint software. Details

Intergraph announced that Toyo Engineering Corporation has standardized on Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise solutions. Details  


Actify announced SpinFire 10.0. Details

CIDEON Software announced the release of SAP PLM Integration for Solid Edge and SolidWorks 6.1 Service Pack 2. Details

Cimatron Limited announced that it has released CimatronE 10. Details

Cognition Corp. announced the release of a maintenance update for version 6.0 of the Cockpit. Details

Integware introduced the innovationC5 Turbo (iC5), a comprehensive out-of-the-box Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution deployment methodology. Details

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.0a. Details

Invention Machine announced availability of Invention Machine Goldfire 6.6. Details

PROSTEP announced version 2.0 of the server solution PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D. Details

PTC announced the availability of Creo Elements/Direct 18.0. Details

ROMER Inc. announced the launch of CMS108. Details


Aras announced that Anautics, Inc. has joined the Aras Partner Program. Details

Cognition Corp. announced their new partnership with Netherlands based Synergio. Details

Delcam announced Nuovamacut Spa Automation as the main reseller in Italy for Delcam for SolidWorks. Details

Invention Machine announced a new distribution agreement with TriStar Incorporated. Details 

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Missler Software announced a partnership with Comdata and WFL. Details

PROSTEP announced that Mirae Information Technology Inc. is a sales partner for PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D. Details

PROSTEP announced that SEAL Systems AG has become a sales partner for PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D. Details

Synergis Engineering Design Solutions announced that it has earned the new Consulting Specialization designation for value added resellers from Autodesk, Inc. Details

Visual 2000 International Inc. announced an agreement with UP Solutions for the distribution of its software solutions throughout Italy. Details


Arena Solutions announced that the number of new customers for the second quarter of 2011 increased by 44% as compared to the same period one year earlier. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced it named Pankl Aerospace Systems as the July 2011 Autodesk Inventor of the Month. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. is using the Cadence Virtuoso Accelerated Parallel Simulator. Details

Cognition Corp. announced a Tetra Pak case study. Details

Delcam announced a complete implantology system. Details

FISHER/UNITECH announced it is offering the new Fortus 250mc Production 3D Printer from Stratasys. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced the launch of the IGC Professional and Project Services team. Details

INUS Technology, Inc. announced revenue for the first half of 2011, beating results from H1 2010 by more than 33%. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that IDEA International is using MSC Nastran and MSC Patran. Details

PTC announced that TUV SUD Automotive has certified MKS Integrity, release 2009 SP6 (9.6) is fit for purpose to develop safety-related systems for use in ISO/DIS 26262 and IEC 61508 compliant development processes. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced the company has been selected as a "Best Diversity Company for 2011" by Diversity / Careers in Engineering & Information Technology (Diversity/Careers) magazine. Details

SofTech, Inc. announced its latest ProductCenter PLM case study featuring Fibertek, Inc. Details

Zero Wait-State announced a new online store for product lifecycle management (PLM) automation applications. Details


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