Standards, Standards and QLM

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Standards for PLM Delivery
By Roger Tempest
 Amongst the feedback to the articles on PLM standards in the January 18 issue was an interesting response from the Head of Engineering at a global manufacturing corporation. His need is not for standards that are specific to PLM, but for: "standards that would apply in the wider IT industry to achieve higher levels of delivery to requirements and quality in the actual performance and integration capability of the software solutions."

In other words, his company does not need standards for PLM, but for PLM delivery.

If his were a small company then the problems might be due to his suppliers concentrating only on the larger accounts. However, it is not. He works for a multinational corporation with over $9bn turnover and 30000 employees in three continents. If PLM vendors cannot provide satisfactory results for a customer of this importance then something is missing.

Whether the problems are real, or just the result of a mismatch between customer and supplier expectations, there is a need for a more standard representation of what PLM custumers buy and what PLM suppliers deliver.

In his words: "Standards are needed for the internal and external integration of software (in areas such as PLM-ERP integration, speed, GUIs, or CAD/CAE to PDM/PLM); and the 'As-Sold' to 'As-Implemented' performance.

 There should be standards for bug fixing (where the issue is 'fit for purpose as sold'), and proper help/support from vendors after go-live and all cheques are cashed (availability of proper support with acceptable turnaround time, cost, and backward compatibility of new release levels)." 

He continues: "These standards could be international. The issue is part of the wider commercial IT industry which has a global reputation for poor standards of quality. As a PLM lobby I think we on the client side should be pushing the vendors to improve their standards and we should leverage existing organisations to set the standards and perhaps audit compliance (ISO, EC, IT bodies etc)."

Standards for PLM delivery would be a win for users and vendors, by aligning expectations, increasing customer satisfaction, demonstrating results and enabling follow-on projects. The challenge is to develop standards that are clear and practical, and that are not simply a microscopic trawl through contractual terms and conditions. We will need active collaboration between users and vendors in order to work out what is possible. If feedback continues to be good, the PLMIG may arrange a working forum at some point before Easter.

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. The PLMIG would welcome your response to this article, or your wider views on PLM standards or qualifications, via

 PLM Standards: SOA and M&A
by John Stark
 Just before the 2PLM copy deadline, we received another interesting viewpoint on PLM standards, this time from the Chief Solution Architect at a multinational company headquartered in Scandinavia. 

His first concern was for flexibility. "I believe that standards can support PLM in a good way, and even drive it forward - as long as you don't aim for one single standard for PLM. To allow for competition and development, I don't believe there can be one standard everyone is following. The work to get consensus for creating 'one' PLM standard would be enormous. If there are many standards at the start, they will probably convert into fewer when the PLM area is more mature than today." 

"The main reason for this is that PLM is not about lean process management, it's about innovation, and that requires best practices instead of lean detailed processes. There needs to be more emphasis on principles, rules, guidelines and status flow follow-up than detailed activity steering. I see PLM as status-driven rather than activity-driven."

 The two areas in which he would like to see standards are Service Oriented Architecture, and Mergers & Acquisitions. 

At the detailed level, he would like to see standards for Information Exchange (to be used in the Service Layer), and Standardised SOA Services for PLM (regarding the competitive edge, and how they are used to satisfy business needs). In a global corporation with 30 or 40 sites or more, these issues become extremely important. They are also important when exchanging information in the extended enterprise. 

From the wider viewpoint, he says: "Today it's a great deal of work to incorporate other companies' PLM information into your own setup. And, if you acquire a couple of companies, the IT department has work for months/years to come. And the user organisation has to go through a behaviour change due to the different ways of working built into the different systems." 

The more we discuss PLM standards in 2PLM, the more readers reply with needs that are not currently being met. 2PLM looks forward to receiving your views or suggestions

 Quantum Lifecycle Management Webinar
By David Potter
 The New Year has begun with standards once again in the spotlight in the 2PLM Newsletter. Therefore do not miss this opportunity to listen to and interact with global experts who will provide an overview of an overdue approach to developing an open and trustworthy information exchange environment for whole-of-life lifecycle management. 

The Open Group cordially invites you to a webinar "Quantum Lifecycle Management - Why do we need QLM and how will it change the way we practice PLM?" on February 18th, 2010 explaining the rationale for their QLM Consortium.

 Please make a note in your calendar then follow this link for more details and to Register for the webinar. 

Please pass this to any of your colleagues or friends whom you think may be interested. 

David Potter is Chief Technical Officer, Promise Innovation International Oy, and former Chairman of the Project Steering Board of the EU PROMISE Project.






PLM News

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Creaform announced the acquisition of InSpeck. Details 


AVEVA Group plc announced an Interim Management Statement for the period from 1 October. Details 

Geometric Ltd. announced revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 were USD 27.13 Mn. Details 

PTC announced total revenue for Q1 Fiscal 2010 was $258.4 million. Details 

SAP AG announced preliminary results, Full Year 2009 U.S. GAAP total revenues were Euro 10.67 billion. Details 


I-Cubed announced the addition of Lewis Kennebrew, as VP, Professional Services, and Robin Yates, as Director, Emerging Technologies. Details 


ANSYS, Inc. announced that Norvento Energía Distribuida selected software from ANSYS. Details 

AVEVA Group plc announced that WorleyParsons signed a contract to increase usage of AVEVA Plant solutions. Details 

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has adopted Cadence verification technology. Details 

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Renesas Technology Corp. upgraded to the latest version of Cadence Virtuoso. Details 

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that NEC Electronics adopted Cadence Encounter Digital Implementation System. Details 

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Equipois Inc. is using SolidWorks CAD software. Details 

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Eastern Power Limited is using SolidWorks. Details 

MSC.Software announced that AgustaWestland has chosen MSC.Software CAE tools and simulation management technologies. Details 

PTC announced that Cummins Inc. has selected Windchill. Details 

PTC announced that Raytheon Company placed an order to standardize on Windchill.Details 

PTC announced that Volvo Group has signed an agreement to use Windchill. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced its technology enabled development of more than 90% of vehicles that top selling automakers are exhibiting at NAIAS. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced that Diehl Aircabin selected Teamcenter. Details 

Tacton Systems announced that Elfa International AB's e-commerce solution includes Tacton Configurator. Details 

think3 announced that Erik Buell Racing will be using ThinkDesign and ThinkPLM. Details 

Valor Computerized Systems, Inc. announced Symetrics Industries' purchase of its Trilogy 5000 DFM analysis software. Details 

WFX announced that TEHAMA signed on to WFX Web PLM. Details 

3D Systems Corp. announced a multi-year contract from a helicopter manufacturer. Details


Alibre, Inc. announced the latest release of Alibre CAM. Details 

Ashlar-Vellum announced the release of Service Pack 2 for Graphite version 8. Details 

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. announced that the Winter release of CFdesign 2010 fully supports NX 7. Details 

CADSoftTools announced the release of the new version of CAD Import VCL 7.2.5 and CAD Export VCL 7.2.5. Details 

CCE announced the addition of JT support to its EnSuite product. Details 

CD-adapco announced the release of STAR-CD V4.12 and es-ice V2.16. Details 

Cenit AG announced that cenitCONNECT is now available. Details 

Citius Corp. announced their software integrates with Autodesk Inventor 2010 software.Details 

Collabor8 announced an online service for managing the issue and revision of CAD drawings and other documentation. Details 

Configure One announced the availability of its redesigned integration to SolidWorks.Details 

Delcam announced ArtCAM 2010. Details 

EON Reality announced the release of EON 7.0. Details 

Extensible CAD Technologies, LLC announced Office2PDM is now available. Details 

Gibbs and Associates announced that it is now shipping GibbsCAM 2010. Details 

ICEM announced ICEM Shape Design Release 19 Hotfix 7 Details 

Informative Graphics Corp. announced the newest version of its Brava! 6.2 tool for Open Text Content Server. Details 

ITI announced the release of the latest version of SimulationX, Version 3.3. Details 

Linx/AS LLC announced the release of its Best Practices for SAP Recipe Management.Details 

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced expansion of the Catapult C Synthesis tool. Details 

MSC.Software announced a new version of MD Adams. Details 

Paradigm Imaging Group announced the release of imageFLOW 2.0. Details 

Schott Systeme GmbH announced an iupdate for their design and manufacturing software, Pictures by PC 3.4. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced Tecnomatix 9.1. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced the release of Femap v10.1.1. Details 

Surfware, Inc. announced the upcoming release of its flagship product, SURFCAM V5.Details 

Trace Software International announced a new release of elecworks. Details


Altair announced the addition to its HWEC of Moldex3D by CoreTech System Co., Ltd.Details 

Aras announced that Razorleaf Corporation has joined the Aras Partner Program. Details 

Autodesk, Inc. named CADD Microsystems, Inc., Reseller of the Quarter for North America for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010. Details 

AVEVA announced stronger partnership with Z+F. Details 

Delcam announced a partnership with Citizen Machinery. Details 

DLT Solutions announced it has added Autodesk Algor Simulation software to its GSA schedule. Details 

ESI announced it becomes a SantosHuman Inc. authorized reseller. Details 

Lectra announced a partnership agreement with X-Rite. Details 

MasterControl Inc. and Livec AG announced a partner agreement. Details 

PTC and SENER announced plans to strengthen their alliance to deliver an integration between FORAN and Windchill. Details 

Spatial Corp. announced CEC has become a Spatial Reseller. Details 

Stratasys, Inc. announced an agreement with HP for Stratasys to manufacture an HP-branded 3D printer. Details 

Think3 announced a new International VAR Organization. Details 

VizSeek announced a Value-Added Partnership agreement with Nexpointe Strategies.Details 

Zuken announced that CADD Edge, Inc. has joined its E3.WireWorks reseller network.Details 


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Aras announced that the Aras Innovator suite successfully passed Microsoft's "Compatible with Windows 7" testing. Details 

BlueCielo ECM Solutions announced it has acquired a further 48 percent of its Brazilian subsidiary. Details 

BigMachines Inc. announced the company achieved a record year in 2009. Details 

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and STARC revealed an ongoing collaboration. Details 

EMC Corp. announced that EMC Documentum Records Manager 6.5 achieved DoD 5015.2-STD version 3 certification. Details 

ENE announced the 3rd PLM Day, February 4, in Lyon, France. Details 

Endeca Technologies, Inc. announced it was named one of the "Twenty Companies to Watch in 2010" by CIO UK Magazine. Details 

MasterControl Inc. announced its selection to Software Magazine's Software 500. Details 

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Tessent YieldInsight and FloEFD were chosen as two of EDN magazine's Hot 100 Electronic Products for 2009. Details 

MSC.Software announced that its CAE solutions have been honored with multiple industry awards in China. Details 

The 12th annual NASA/ESA Product Data Exchange workshop was announced. Details 

Siemens PLM Software announced evaluation results for the Simulation Process Management offering in its Teamcenter portfolio. Details 

Siemens PLM Software highlighted the increasing importance of PLM software to the aerospace and defense industry. Details 

VISTAGY, Inc. announced that 2009 sales of its software grew over 200 percent in emerging markets. Details 


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