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PLM, Digital Thread, and Openness

PLM, Digital Thread, and Openness

The digital thread is a concept that has been preached by many in the manufacturing industry for years. The idea is that through the use of technology, businesses can connect all aspects of product development, manufacturing, operations, and maintenance from early design to delivery. If you’re in the PLM business,…

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PLM Web Services – Polyglot Persistence, Microservices, and Data Modeling

PLM Web Services – Polyglot Persistence, Microservices, and Data Modeling

Manufacturing companies are under pressure to adopt new technologies in order to remain competitive. As the world of product development and manufacturing becomes more complex, organizations are searching for new ways to manage product information. Product lifecycle management (PLM) enables companies to manage their products through every stage of their…

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PLM System Architecture For Digital Supply Chain

PLM System Architecture For Digital Supply Chain

The level of integration in the manufacturing industry is growing. The last decade of advanced manufacturing development demonstrated that setting enterprise systems such as PLM, ERP, MES, and related data and process management for a single company is important but not sufficient to create robust manufacturing processes. Supply chain management…

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From GrabCAD Community To Multi-Tenant SaaS PLM Systems

From GrabCAD Community To Multi-Tenant SaaS PLM Systems

My attention was caught by the GrabCAD blog announcing a fond farewell to GrabCAD Workbench. I’ve been following GrabCAD for quite some time on my blog. GrabCAD created a large community website where engineers were able to upload and share their 3D CAD files. Community features included a 3D Viewer….

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How To Move Beyond Debates About What Comes First PLM or ERP?

How To Move Beyond Debates About What Comes First PLM or ERP?

It is no secret that PLM (product lifecycle management) and ERP systems are two of the most important systems within any manufacturing organization. Both systems play a critical role in managing product data and operations, but which system should come first? For years, the Enterprise Resource Planning implementation priority line…

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Digital Transformation, Engineers, and BOM Excel Paradox

Digital Transformation, Engineers, and BOM Excel Paradox

Although many manufacturers still rely heavily on document-based Bill of Materials (BOM) Excel files, the days of these archaic systems and processes are numbered. While managing BOMs using Excel and spreadsheet files is widely popular, they also come with a host of disadvantages that can negatively impact a manufacturer’s operations….

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Cloud PLM Acceleration Trends

Cloud PLM Acceleration Trends

The PLM industry was buzzing about cloud migration for the last decade. For all these years, industry analysts and researchers were following the progress the PLM market was making toward cloud migration. You can find some of my thoughts about cloud PLM from 2017 – PLM Cloud Adoption 2017 and…

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Modern PLM Data Management Stack

Modern PLM Data Management Stack

If you’re like many manufacturers, you’re probably still relying on legacy PLM systems to manage your product data. But as today’s products become more and more complex, these older systems are no longer able to keep up. In order to stay competitive, you need to move to a modern PLM…

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