PLM Group Progress, PLM - Starting with the As-Is Process, PLM Vision, Standards Implementation Workshop - Registration Opens


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               January 30, 2012 - Vol14 #22

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PLM Group Progress
by John Stark
A recent issue of 2PLM mentioned the foundation of the Geneva International PLM Group. Start-up activities are continuing. Currently the Group is selecting the areas on which it will focus.

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.)
PLM - Starting with the As-Is Process
by Scott Cleveland
Within a Business Process Improvement group on LinkedIn, the following question came up. It has garnered a lot of comments: 'Is it right to automate the As-Is Process?'

My Thoughts....
This question applies to PLM as well as BPM. If you weren't aware, the engineering change process is the most expensive [complex] process in a manufacturing company. When implementing your PLM software, you will need to configure it to manage your change process. I have my customers start with the as-is process for several reasons.

First, companies that have successfully improved their processes have followed this tried and true strategy [process]:

1. Document the process
2. Check to be sure you have it documented properly
3. Measure how long the process takes today
4. Improve the process
5. Measure again to see if you really did improve it

Following this strategy, you define the status quo, attempt to follow it, and measure the results. Step 4 should include removing non-value add activities and automating where feasible.

And then in step 5, you measure this implementation and compare it to your original as-is. Only then will you know if you were successful.

Second, if you thought you could come up with the 'perfect' process - I guarantee that by the time you implement it, you will find new ways to improve it. So, the search for perfection is a wasted effort.

Third, implementing your 'perfect' process without measuring the existing process leaves you with no way to show that you actually made any improvement. 'It just feels better' isn't measurable.

So, it makes sense to start with your as-is process.


Your Thoughts....
Where do you stand on the topic? Contact me to share your ideas.



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


PLM Vision
by John Stark
A PLM Vision is a high-level conceptual description of a company's product lifecycle activities at some future time. Often the Vision looks five years ahead. The Vision outlines the framework and major characteristics of the future activities.

It provides a Big Picture to guide people in the decisions they have to take - when strategising and planning - concerning resources, priorities, capabilities, budgets, and the scope of activities.

A vision of PLM is needed to provide a clear picture of the future PLM environment.   
Without a clear PLM Vision, companies can invest heavily in many improvement activities, yet fail to meet their product-related objectives. Development of a PLM Vision is the first step towards making major improvements in product development and support performance.

Find out more about PLM Vision and PLM visioning here.

PLM Vision and The PLM Grid are part of the PLM Monograph 2012 Series

Standards Implementation Workshop - Registration Opens
by Roger Tempest
Registration is now open for the PLM Standards Implementation Workshop that will take place in Munich on 22-23 February.

The Workshop will focus on how to apply the extensive range of new PLM material generated by the PLMIG event series in 2011, featuring:

The PLM Governance Standard is particularly important, because it a distillation of best-practice PLM management and oversight at all levels of a company. Applying the 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.

However, everyone who is involved in a real implementation knows that there can be issues of culture, management communication or organisational structure that can be difficult to handle.  

There is also the question of how best to structure the improvement projects that are highlighted by applying standards and best practices.

The Workshop in Munich in February will demonstrate how to apply this knowledge to best effect. If you have ever wanted to learn from the best practices of other companies, and see how to extend your own company's internal standards so that everyone is working effectively, then this Workshop will show you how.

The Workshop Agenda is integrated with that of the PLM Innovation 2012 Congress to give participants access to the networking opportunities of the host event. Registration is now open, and will run to 06 February.


See the PLMIG web site, or contact


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EMC Corp. reported that for the full-year 2011, consolidated revenue was $20.0 billion. Details

Geometric Ltd. announced Q3 consolidated revenues for FY 2011-2012 of Rs. 2,190.37 Mn. Details

PTC reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011. Non-GAAP revenue was $319.8 million. Details

SAP AG announced, after a preliminary review of its 2011 fourth quarter performance, full-year 2011 IFRS total revenue of 14.23 billion euros. Details 


Lectra announced the appointment of Jean-Patrice Gros as Director of the Middle East and North Africa region. Details

Zuken EAS announced expansion of its corporate business team. Details 


aPriori announced that Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) has selected the aPriori software platform. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that ARKTOS Developments Ltd. is using simulation software from Autodesk, Inc. Details

Catalog Data Solutions announced that the CUI Inc website now incorporates the CDS CAD download solution. Details

Centric Software announced that Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. is using product lifecycle management (PLM) software for apparel from Centric Software. Details

Creaform announced that BMW Rosslyn has integrated a HandyPROBE arm-free and portable probing system to its manufacturing process and plant. Details 

Gerber Technology announced that Fruit of the Loom, Inc. will implement YuniquePLM. Details

Omnify Software announced that ACD announced that it has successfully implemented the Document Management and Change Management solutions from Omnify Software. Details

Safe Technology Ltd announced that Flexider Automotive selected fe-safe durability analysis software. Details

3D Systems announced that A. O. Smith Corporation is using its 3D printers. Details 


CCE announced the availability of ODX/UG with support for NX 8. Details

CEI Inc. announced the debut of EnSight 10. Details

Delcam announced the launch of the 2012 R2 release of FeatureCAM. Details

ITI TranscenData announced the addition of a native Autodesk Inventor interface in the Proficiency Collaboration Gateway solution. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced new 2012 releases of Patran and MSC Fatigue. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced Teamcenter Appshare for the iPad. Details

TFTLabs announced new CAD Format Support. Details

Theorem Solutions announced their latest translation products helping resolve the issue of sharing data between the Siemens NX and PTC Creo Parametric formats. Details 


Applied Software announced that it has earned the Factory Specialization designation for value-added resellers from Autodesk, Inc. Details

Aras announced that Enterprise Integration Services has joined the Aras Partner Program. Details

Autodesk, Inc. named KETIV Technologies its third quarter Reseller of the Quarter for the Americas for the 2012 Autodesk fiscal year. Details

BigMachines, Inc. announced a partnership between its Japanese subsidiary, BigMachines, Co., Ltd. and Giraffa Factory. Details

Cimatron Limited announced that its subsidiary, Cimatron China, has signed an agreement with Digital China Holdings Ltd. Details 

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CONTACT Software announced a partnership with BETA CAE Systems to incorporate the field of product validation into Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Details

IronCAD, LLC announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Simulika Solutions & Consulting Inc. Details

Lectra announced the renewal of its global partnership with Walter Wilhelm Associates. Details

Majenta PLM announced it won two major awards in the annual Siemens Industry Software European Partner Leadership Summit, Istanbul. Details

Siemens PLM Software and Frontal Software announced a partnership agreement. Details

Tech Soft 3D, Inc. and SmartScape announced an agreement. Details 


Autodesk, Inc. announced it is among the country's best places to work, according to FORTUNE magazine's annual survey. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that its design software will be used in the National University of Singapore (NUS) Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC) and the Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC). Details

Cadac Organice announced expansion in 2011. Details

Catalog Data Solutions announced greater than 30% revenue growth in 2011 compared to 2010. Details

DLT Solutions announced that it was awarded a DoD Enterprise Software Initiative Blanket Purchase Agreement (ESI BPA) for Autodesk software products. Details

Integware announced that it has signed a Services and Systems Integrator Partnership Agreement with Siemens PLM Software. Details

MecSoft Corp. announced sales growth for calendar year 2011. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that it has teamed up with the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED), Spain's biggest distance learning university with more than 200,000 students, to train postgraduates and professional engineers in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) analysis and simulation with MSC's finite element software. Details

OpenText announced that OpenText-Metastorm has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the 2011 Magic Quadrant for Business Process Analysis Tools. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that its technology is used in product development by more than 90 percent of the automotive OEMs making new vehicle introductions at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Details

Stratasys announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) STARBASE youth program has placed a $1 million order for Stratasys uPrint SE 3D printers. Details

Tacton announced that Siemens Energy Industrial Power will launch their new sales tool, Tacton Configurator. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced 40 percent revenue growth in 2011. Details

Theorem Solutions announced it has packaged two separate CATIA to JT translators as a single solution. Details

Theorem Solutions announced long term data archiving solutions using STEP and JT. Details

UDEF-IT, LLC announced their UDEF Books are now also available as eBooks: "UDEF - Six Steps to Cost Effective Data Integration" is available at and "UDEF Concepts Defined - Reference Guide" is available at Details

The 3D PDF Consortium announced its formal incorporation as of Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Details


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