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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                                               July 6, 2009 - Vol12 #8

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Your Requirements for a PLM Book

by John Stark


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

Life's too short

by David Potter


The life of a product does not end once it has been conceived, designed and produced. Yet how many PLM solutions, and to what extent does current PLM thinking, take proper account of the entire life of the product? Right now, the “life” in PLM is too short!

Concern for the environment is continually increasing both regulatory pressure and voluntary efforts to reduce materials consumption and waste in the drive for sustainable products. But it is not enough for products simply to be designed and produced in a more environmentally friendly way; sustainability must also be ensured by actively managing products during the middle of their lifetime and at the end of it. 

Active management during middle and end of life need not be an overhead. There is plenty of scope to increase competitive advantage and create new business opportunities through better stewardship throughout all phases of a product’s life. Therefore “whole-of-life” Lifecycle Management is a reality that we will be driven to deal with. A product's life may be long, and other lifecycles, such as supply chains and service schedules, will intersect and impact the life of the product.

During this series, I have argued that Closed Loop Lifecycle Management (CL2M) is the way forward for whole-of-life PLM and lifecycle management in general. “Closing the Information Loops across All Phases of All Kinds of Lifecycles” is the way to provide the information exchange and infrastructure that is pre-requisite to address both the challenges and considerable opportunities of whole-of-life Lifecycle Management.  

Does this mean that traditional PLM solutions and thinking are becoming obsolete? Of course not; however “traditional” PLM suppliers and practitioners should examine how their offerings need to adapt not only to become information providers to enable more effective middle and end of life management, but also to be able to exploit information from those later phases in order to further improve the beginning of life processes.

So, what is standing in the way?

1.  Vision: few see clearly the bigger picture of whole-of-life Lifecycle Management and are actively embracing it. And some of those who see it, prefer to ignore it and stay in their existing comfort zone.

2.  Need for information security and confidentiality: linking the phases and closing the loops inevitably implies information exchange between different organizations, whether intra or inter-enterprise. There must be a consistent infrastructure that guarantees trust, reliability of data and its sources, no possibility of "eavesdropping" etc.

3.  Narrow focus: there are many islands of expertise and parallel, relatively narrow initiatives. Each initiative has insufficient momentum to really make the difference when whole-of-life Lifecycle Management requires collaboration across industry verticals.

4.  Lack of the necessary standards and processes: many industry-specific data exchange standards exist. However, the open information infrastructure, that is required to allow properly regulated publishing, discovery and exchange of lifecycle information, is missing.

All of the above can be addressed by two simple directions:

  • By following this series of articles you should now have seen how Closed Loop Lifecycle Management (CL2M) relates to PLM and how it is the basis for delivering whole-of-life Lifecycle Management. You can both learn and contribute more by actively participating in the community.

  • If you are interested in influencing or following the open standards development, the QLM Consortium currently being formed under the auspices of The Open Group will address the further development and promotion of open standards that will shape the future of PLM. To learn more about joining this consortium, please request further information at

If you have any comments or questions related to this, my last article in this series, please post them on my blog at

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


“Life’s too short!” was written as the seventh and final part 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

6.     Out of Sight, Out of Mind 2PLM, 22 June 2009






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International TechneGroup Inc. (ITI) announced that the ITI TranscenData business has acquired Proficiency. Details


Oracle Corp. announced that fourth quarter GAAP total revenues were down 5% to $6.9 billion. Details


Quantapoint announced Paul Hackleman was appointed Director of Business Development for the US Western Region. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that Suman Bose has been named vice president and managing director for its India Operations. Details


Altair Engineering, Inc. announced that Lisi Aerospace has chosen the HyperWorks simulation platform. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced an extensive collaboration with Toshiba Corporation Semiconductor Company. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced use of Cadence Global Route Environment technology for Cadence Allegro PCB design by Hitachi, Ltd. Details

Catalog Data Solutions announced that Northwestern Tools, Inc. has implemented its CAD Download solution. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Eldo S.r.l has selected Dassault Systemes' ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Design and Development. Details

Dassault Systemes announced Solar Impulse SA has been using Dassault Systemes software. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that the Wittur Group has standardized on SolidWorks Enterprise PDM and installed 550 licenses. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Renault has selected Dassault Systemes' V6 PLM. Details

PTC announced that Li Ning adopted PTC's FlexPLM. Details

PTC announced use of PTC CoCreate by Carl Zeiss Meditec. Details

QUMAS announced that Synthon has selected QUMAS DocCompliance as its enterprise regulatory content management system Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that General Dynamics Land Systems selected Teamcenter software. Details

Trubiquity announced it won a multiyear contract with Superior Industries International Inc. Details


ANSYS, Inc. announced the release of ANSYS Icepak 12.0 software. Details

Autodesk, Inc. introduced the latest release of its Moldflow software suite. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it is shipping new releases of Autodesk Navisworks 2010. Details

Auto-trol Technology Corp. announced the availability of KONFIG Release 8.2. Details

AVEVA announced that it has made further enhancements to its AVEVA Marine portfolio. Details

Capvidia announced a release of CompareVidia complying with Boeing D6-51991 "Quality Assurance Standard for Digital Product Definition at Boeing Suppliers". Details

CD-adapco announced the release of STAR-CD 4.10. Details

Contact Software announced CIM DATABASE Version 2.9.8 supporting Resource Management in multi-project environments. Details

Dassault Systemes launched V6R2010. Details

IronCAD, LLC announced the release of IRONCAD Version 11.0 Japanese Edition. Details

LightWork Design announced the release of LightWorks 8.1. Details

MasterControl Inc. and Datafarm Inc. announced the launch of GxP2eCTD at the Drug Information Association 45th Annual Meeting. Details

OptiTex announced its Fabric Testing Utility. Details

Oracle unveiled Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) 9.3. Details

PartMiner announced the launch of an expanded version of PowerBuyer. Details

Planview introduced the Planview OpenSuite Interoperability Platform. Details

Renishaw announced a new version of Renishaw OMV. Details

SEAL Systems announced the release of version 2.1.1 of PDF Longlife Suite. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced the release of Teamcenter 8. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced the release of Tecnomatix 9. Details

STEP Tools Inc. announced Version 7.5 of STEP-NC Machine. Details

3Dconnexion announced that its line of 3D mice is supported by Dassault Systemes' CATIA Version 5 Release 19 SP4. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced the introduction of DuraForm FR 100 Plastic. Details


ANSYS, Inc. announced an agreement to serve as an Official Supplier to Alinghi. Details

Ideate Inc. announced that it has received the Autodesk designation of Authorized Consulting Services Partner. Details

Lattice Technology announced that it is now an Adobe Solution Partner. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that Rand Worldwide is now a Siemens PLM Software Solutions Partner. Details

Sycode and Datakit announced an OEM agreement. Details

Zuken announced the first E3.WireWorks VAR - New Technology CADCAM. Details


Affinnova announced MITX announced Affinnova, Inc. is the 2009 Marketing Technology Company winner of the Annual MITX Technology Awards. Details

Ariba, Inc. announced that it has been named one of the "Ten Best Web Support Sites" by The Association of Support Professionals. Details

Autodesk announced a download of its Inventor Fusion Technology Preview on Autodesk Labs. Details

Autodesk announced it named Syncromatics as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for June 2009. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced its appearance in Boston Business Journal's 'Best Places to Work' ranking. Details

Endeca Technologies, Inc. announced that eWEEK has named Endeca's Information Access Platform as one of its "Products to Watch" for 2009. Details

Enterprise Informatics announced Information Bridges, its Quarterly Newletter. Details

Lascom announced that Advitium becomes Lascom PLM. Details

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

Magnacad Design Inc. announced it has enhanced its IronCAD native model repository site. Details

The MathWorks announced that it has opened offices in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, Japan. Details

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

SofTech, Inc. announced that it is celebrating forty years in business. Details

Z Corp. announced use of a ZScanner 700 and a ZPrinter multicolor 3D printer by University of Michigan students. Details


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