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How to avoid PLM software selection mousetrap

How to avoid PLM software selection mousetrap

To select PLM system is not a simple task. While the number of manufacturing businesses asking about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems is growing, the process of selection is messy and sometimes can become ugly. Especially if you’re coming unprepared. It is like to buy a luxury car on budget….

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Legacy data can torpedo your PLM implementation

Legacy data can torpedo your PLM implementation

To select PLM system can be a complicated project. But let’s imagine the moment you’ve made a choice and decided about PLM strategy, vendor and products. So, you might think, the tough part of the job is over. Here is the thing… You have one significant problem to overcome. Legacy data. The…

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PLM Black Box

PLM Black Box

Enterprise software is easy. Take any relevant world from a jargon of your company, add word “management” and voilà – another piece of enterprise software is ready. That was one of the jokes from my early days involvement into manufacturing software. So, we have product data management, manufacturing resource management,…

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Personal SWOT for PLM professionals

Personal SWOT for PLM professionals

Engineering and manufacturing software industry is well known by very high barrier to entry. It is related to specific professional manufacturing knowledge as well as experience with software products – CAD, PDM, PLM, etc. It is not easy to make a decision about what tools to learn and what job…

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PI Congress video: Things to consider when considering PLM

PI Congress video: Things to consider when considering PLM

I attended PI Congress in Dusseldorf last month. During the conference I had a chance to share my thoughts about PLM selection process. PLM landscape is changing these days. There are multiple opportunities to get PLM differently these days. Even some of my colleagues in PLM analytic community can call…

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Why 150% BOM will be obsolete in the future?

Why 150% BOM will be obsolete in the future?

Have you heard about “150% BOM”? BOM management terminology is confusing sometimes. Ed Lopategui gave a shot to explain it in his last GrabCAD blog – 150% BOM: Buy Two, Get One Free. The following passage was my favorite: A 150% BOM isn’t sorely in need of some fitness training or…

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Why BOM Management Is Complex?

Why BOM Management Is Complex?

My last post about Manufacturing BOM raised few interesting comments online and offline. One of them by Jos Voskuil  was pretty straightforward – “What is a big deal about MBM”? Jos pointed me on his earlier post – Where is MBOM? This post as well as few other articles I posted earlier…

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Bill of Materials (BOM) Management: Data, Lifecycle, Process

Bill of Materials (BOM) Management: Data, Lifecycle, Process

In my recent post about bill of materials – Bill of Materials (BOM): process or technology challenge? I touched the variety of topics related to BOM organization – multiple BOMs and need to manage BOM located in different systems. My main question at the post was around how to make the…

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Part and Document Management: Why is it Complex?

Part and Document Management: Why is it Complex?

Parts and Documents are two different objects in engineering, product development and manufacturing. While “part” usually represents physical object, “document” usually represents specification, drawing or 3D model of part. Even it it sounds obvious, Document and Part management is not an easy and simple task. In my post – How…

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