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* Of PLM and DPD *
A few weeks ago, EDS announced an agreement to purchase SDRC. EDS also announced that, concurrently, it will offer to buy the 14 percent of its UGS subsidiary that is publicly held. It was also announced that "the combination of the two companies would create a new EDS line of business with a leadership position in digitized Product Lifecycle Management. The PLM market is estimated at $18 billion in 2001."
Interested to see that there is a $18 billion PLM market, we wondered how it is defined. Which products - airplane, car, telephone, power plant, oil rig? Which types of components in the products - mechanical, electronic, software? What stages of the life cycle - recycling old cars, planning and scheduling component manufacture, operating a power plant? And how was any overlap with ERP and CRM defined? So we asked the Google search engine to make an exact search among its 1,346,966,000 web pages for "$18 billion PLM". It came back with 7 pages, the most likely being from the Voice of America, 98-10-16, but that turned out to be a report on a Senate hearing.
So we asked Google to search for any pages containing all the words "$18 billion Product Lifecycle Management". It found 6990 pages, but not knowing which to start with we went to AskJeeves and entered the question, "What is PLM?" The first answer was Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep. Further down the page was Real-Time News Alerts on PLM. Maybe this was it. We clicked on the link. No, this was FREE financial news alerts on PLM International Inc (PLM). Next was PLM Foreclosure Service - that seemed likely. No, another negative.
Perhaps we were doing something wrong with AskJeeves, so we gave it another question, "What is PDM?"
No, weren’t doing anything wrong, because Jeeves came back with 9 suggestions, and 8 of them were clearly about Product Data Management - like Why do PDM? .. and what's this one? SIMNET? There's a picture here showing that a very high share of engineering hours are spent on organizational matters rather than on 'productive' tasks :
The first suggestion was Product Life Cycle Tools: "APICS - The Performance Advantage" Dick Bourke, with the help of several co-authors, has presented two tools to help manage the product life cycle: Configurators and Product Data Management (PDM) systems.
The second suggestion was Product Life Cycle : Conrad Jones, (with Booz Allen 1951-1985) reminisced recently about the birth of his famous Product Life Cycle theory. Although the theory has spawned hundreds of doctoral dissertations and business articles, and remained the Harvard Business Review's...
Somehow this wasn't helping. We couldn't face reading hundreds of spawned doctoral dissertations so went back to Google, and requested bluntly "Definition of Product Life Cycle Management". Google had one proposal - a Job Search for a Vice President, Marketing.
We tried again. "Definition of Product Lifecycle Management". Google came back with Did you mean: "Definition of Product Life cycle Management". Now Google, don't try to be smart, remember you didn't even know about the $18 billion PLM market. Google proposed 5 pages. The first said, "the summary for this Korean page contains characters that cannot be correctly displayed in this language/character set." The next was about CATIA Sheetmetal Design 2. This was followed by what seemed to be an announcement for a conference presentation. The presenter will take you through his definition of Product Lifecycle Management. This will include Quality Deployment, PDM, CAD, and after-market support.
We decided to give Google one more try, and requested an exact search for "Definition of PLM". Google came back with Did you mean: "Definition of PALM" (No Google, but we understand why you're asking - technology we can all handle.) There were 7 more links.
The first was www.prostep.de/sciencedays2000/SAP_Ehrler.pdf OK, Google, not bad, we've heard of SAP.
The second was PLM Pipeline Maintenance (No definition necessary) Come now, Google, we asked you for a definition of PLM, why come back with No definition necessary?
We followed up on SAP and found What you need is an integrated environment that ensures all people involved in product development, manufacturing, and service have quick and secure access to current information. And that's exactly what mySAP Product Lifecycle Management (mySAP PLM) provides.
$18 billion PLM market? Not very clear to us. Still, there are always new acronyms appearing: CAD, CAM, CAE, IGES, MRP in the 70's; IDEF, STEP, CIM, MRP 2, EDM, PDM in the 80's; ERP, CRM, CPC, e-XYZ, c-ABC, i-TLA in the 90's.
And in the first decade of this new century it's DPD. No room left to tell you this week about the multi-billion DPD market, but remember how HAL's name in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is formed by going one letter back in the alphabet from IBM? Some say that as we're in 2001, DPD was derived by going one letter forward from CPC. Maybe. Or is it Digitized Product Development? Or Digitized Product Definition? More on DPD in the next version. (Wanda, please change "next version" to "next issue". Readers won't believe us if we say it's going to be in the next version.)
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Proficiency, an innovator in engineering supply chain collaboration, announced it has received $27.4 million in its second major round of financing.
RAND Worldwide announced it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Custom CAD Inc. (CCI). CCI will be the tenth member of the IMAGINiT Technologies group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RAND Worldwide and the world's second largest provider of products and services based on the Autodesk, Inc. suite of products.
3D Systems Corp. and DTM Corporation announced that they have agreed to extend the expiration date of the tender offer for all the outstanding shares of common stock of DTM until midnight Eastern time on Monday, June 18, 2001.
* People *
Ariba Inc. announced that Eileen Basho-McPartland has been promoted to EVP Solutions Development and Delivery.
Commerce One, Inc. announced that Dennis H. Jones, chief operating officer and vice chairman of Commerce One, has been promoted to president effective July 1, succeeding Robert M. Kimmitt.
Engineous Software announced Paul Hewitt as regional sales director for the U.S. western region and Mark Prow as regional sales director for the U.S. southeastern region.
ImageMax, Inc. announced a new Eastern Region Organization comprised of two divisions: Mid-Atlantic (covering NYC, PA, NJ, DE, MD, and D.C.) and Northeast (covering New England and Upstate New York). Pursuant to this organization, Wayne M. Haluska has joined ImageMax as V.P.- Mid-Atlantic Division and Bob Zagami has been appointed to the position of V.P. - Northeast Division.
MatrixOne, Inc. announced the appointment of Pascal Zehren as managing director of MatrixOne in France.
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that Richard Decker has been named chief information officer for the company.
PlanetCAD Inc., developer of engineering application services and interoperability solutions for the manufacturing supply chain, announced the appointment of Regina Morton as vice president of marketing and David Hushbeck as vice president of supply chain solutions.
Staffware announced the appointment of Anne Marie Fallon to the position of country manager for Ireland.
* Implementation *
BCT Technology AG announced the use of more licenses of UG/Mechanical Advantage by WALTER AG. BCT Technology AG also announced that Harmonic Drive Antriebstechnik GmbH implemented 3D Pool, and TRW has selected 3D Raster.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that it has entered into a multi-million dollar, three-year licensing agreement to supply design tools and methodology services to Stepmind, a developer of wireless LAN solutions.
CENIT France announced a contract with PSA concerning the supply, in 2001, of 200 licenses of the PrescientQA quality analysis software.
Dassault Systemes announced that Alenia Spazio, a Finmeccanica company, Italy, has selected ENOVIA Solutions to manage its configured digital mock-up process for the design and manufacturing of subsystems for the International Space Station (ISS).
FINCAD PDM/EDM Solutions announced the signature of a contract for the supply of PRO*FILE PDM to SYSTEM spa, a leader in the design and production of machines and systems for the ceramics industry.
Intergraph Process & Building Solutions and Technip jointly announced they have signed a contract for worldwide deployment of the Intergraph MARIAN materials and supply chain management solution.
MatrixOne, Inc. announced that the German tier-one automotive supplier Draexlmaier GmbH will use the MatrixOne eMatrix business collaboration platform to develop a product data management project to optimize the product evolution process and increase data transparency.
MatrixOne, Inc. announced that Allgon Systems AB has selected eMatrix as its business collaboration platform. Allgon develops, manufactures and markets radio-based solutions for wireless telephony and data communications.
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that Applied Micro Circuits Corporation has standardized on the Mentor Graphics Calibre and xCalibre tools for physical verification and parasitic extraction.
Moldflow Corporation announced that Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, a diversified technology and manufacturing leader serving customers in multiple industries, has invested in the Moldflow Plastics Insight suite of software.
PTC announced that TRW has selected PTC's Windchill collaboration software to implement within its Automotive business, beginning with Occupant Safety Systems.
Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announced that Witzig & Frank GmbH, a subsidiary company of ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG and a provider of flexible machining systems, has chosen eMPower Machining as its standard solution for machining planning and programming.
think3 announced that FT Design & Engineering has standardized on think3's 3-D solid and surface modeling software, thinkdesign, for custom manufacturing equipment design.
* Developments *
ALGOR, Inc. announced the addition of Timeline, a graphical utility enabling engineers to more quickly and easily specify and visualize time-based events within its transient finite element analysis (FEA) software products.
bom.com announced the introduction of a web-native software application that provides hardware design and manufacturing organizations with a centralized workspace for storing, managing, accessing and sharing all of the data that defines their products. The tool, also called bom.com, employs a relational database to manage whole-product bills of materials (BOMs): complex sets of relationships among part names, part numbers, manufacturers, vendors, prices, lead times, CAD files and other product-related data.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the PSpice Advanced Analysis solution that enables analog/mixed-signal circuit engineers to employ sophisticated design methodologies on the Windows NT and 2000 platforms.
CADCAM-E announced a translation service, from Pro/ENGINEER to Surfcam, that will be offered over the web at $95 per conversion.
Cimage NovaSoft announced the release of a range of Focused Industry Solution Templates, enabling large organizations to manage manufacturing, facilities and operational information throughout its lifecycle. Included in the range are focused solutions for the Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Telecoms and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industries.
Cimmetry Systems Inc. announced that the new release of its AutoVue family of products for Windows and Java (version 15.4 c1) includes native support for Microsoft's Office XP suite of applications.
Cimmetry Systems Inc. announced that the new release of its AutoVue family of products (version 15.4 c1) contains native support for Visio 2000 and 2002.
DELMIA Corp., a Dassault Systemes company, announced the launch of its DELMIA Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Verification Solution.
Engineous Software announced the release of iSIGHT 6.0, the latest version of its software solution. iSIGHT's Six Sigma Robust Design module provides a single interface to develop robust and reliable designs that meet quality constraints on Sigma levels.
Heide Corp. released Intent Knowledge Station, a comprehensive software toolset for engineers. Intent Knowledge Station is a PC-based, graphical software environment that handles all the information and automates the processes that an engineer typically uses.
Intergraph Process & Building Solutions announced FrameWorks Plus 7.0 is planned for shipment to customers during the third quarter.
Intergraph Process & Building Solutions announced it is shipping eMARIAN, the Web-enabled version of its materials management software.
Intergraph Process & Building Solutions announced the release of SmartPlant P&ID 2.2.
Intergraph Process & Building Solutions announced it is shipping SmartPlant Explorer 3.2.
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the Mentor Graphics Calibre Interactive tool. Calibre Interactive enables designers to perform block and cell physical verification from within layout environments such as Cadence Design Systems' Virtuoso.
Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the availability of version 3.0 of its QuickUse Development System (QDS). QDS 3.0 enables the creation of efficient and expandable knowledge management systems that provide designers with web-based access to information they need to be more productive with new tools.
MSC.Software Corp. announced the release of MSC.Marc 2001, the latest version of its nonlinear simulation technology.
RAND Worldwide announced the release of Version 2.5 of the Automation GATEWAY software, which enables users of Pro/ENGINEER mechanical design software to create custom user interfaces and automate either specific tasks or entire design processes.
RAND Worldwide announced the launch of a new suite of software tools called the iTools, created to solve knowledge management challenges facing manufacturers. The iTools suite has been designed to integrate seamlessly with PTC's Pro/INTRALINK technology. The suite is made up of five related packages: iLoad, iCheck, iView, iPrint and iBridge.
RAND Worldwide announced the release of Version 4.0 of PROCISION Solids Based Analysis Software.
SDRC announced I-DEAS Freeform, an integrated, process oriented free-form modeling solution that efficiently links the physical and virtual worlds of complex free-form design, manufacturing and inspection tasks. This release of I-DEAS Freeform, formerly known as Imageware products, will be incorporated into I-DEAS.
SDRC announced the immediate availability of I-DEAS 8m3, an enhancement release of the I-DEAS mechanical design automation software.
SDRC announced availability of SLATE 6.0, SDRC's requirements management solution, with integration to SDRC's newly announced TeamCenter collaboration product management solution.
SolidWorks Corporation announced a new version of its 3D PartStream.NET service.
Spicer Corporation announced Spicer Image a•X 6.2. Image a•X combines the robust and proven technology of Spicer Imagenation with the flexibility of Microsoft ActiveX controls enabling users to implement exactly the features and functionality required for their custom Windows- or Web-based document visualization applications.
UGS announced the release of i-Man Version 7.
UGS announced Solid Edge Version 10.
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* Relationships *
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Oki Semiconductor, a leading supplier of advanced integrated circuits, is providing support for customers wishing to use Cadence BuildGates synthesis tool in their design flows.
Cimmetry Systems and BuildOnline, a provider of Web-based software for the property and construction industry, announced that BuildOnline has licensed Cimmetry's AutoVue for Java technology for use with its software solutions.
Cimmetry Systems announced that SmarTeam Inc. has licensed the AutoVue visualization technology to be embedded into the SmarTeam product family.
Dassault Systemes and UK-based LightWork Design announced the signing of an Original Software Development agreement. Under this agreement, LightWork Design's MachineWorks technology will be embedded into the open Version 5 Architecture, including CATIA, DELMIA and other Dassault Systemes Solutions.
Digital Paper Corporation and Authentica, a provider of information security software for digital business communications, announced a partnership bringing together Digital Paper's docQuest post-design collaboration software, and Authentica's PageRecall Active Rights Management (ARM) system. Through this partnership, Digital Paper is now able to offer customers digital rights and access control for sensitive content that may be downloaded over the Web.
i2 Technologies announced a partnership with Synchrony Logistics, an Imperial Holdings company, aiming to leverage i2's logistics expertise to streamline supply chains within Synchrony and Imperial Holdings' customers.
MatrixOne, Inc. and Command Technology, Inc. (CTI), announced that CTI is integrating its software solutions for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities into the MatrixOne eMatrix platform.
MatrixOne, Inc. and Satyam Computer Services, an IT solutions provider based in India, announced an alliance whereby Satyam will offer collaborative product commerce (CPC) solutions that combine the MatrixOne Value Chain Portfolio of applications and the eMatrix net market platform with Satyam's strategic consulting and solution implementation services.
PTC and TRW Inc. announced a strategic alliance to jointly offer collaborative product commerce (CPC) solutions.
Spatial Corp. announced the success of its new worldwide University Partner Program. Since being introduced at the beginning of 2001, the program has resulted in partnerships with over 100 new academic and research institutions.
Tecnomatix Technologies, Ltd. announced a technology partnership with SCI Systems, Inc., a provider of manufacturing and supply-chain services. Under the agreement, Tecnomatix eMPower Test Expert will become SCI's standard test tool. The agreement initially includes the installation of the solution in 26 SCI board assembly locations worldwide.
* Other *
ALGOR, Inc. announced that its FEA-based simulation software includes many tools for simulating Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). ALGOR's MEMS solution links electrostatic analysis to structural analysis with a graphical user interface that works within many CAD systems and includes a precision FEA model building tool.
ANSYS, Inc. announced it earned recognition as one of BusinessWeek's "Hot Growth Companies."
Cyco Software announced the opening of its second office in the United Kingdom. The new office, based in Lancashire, will be managed by Steve Maloney.
Digital Paper Corporation announced it has been chosen by Deloitte & Touche as one of Virginia's fastest growing companies.
Informative Graphics Corporation announced its MYRIAD view and markup solution has been named "Editors' Choice" by Cadence Magazine.
Intergraph Process & Building Solutions announced that it is scheduled to ship the new 7.0 version of the Plant Design System (PDS) to customers during the third quarter this year.
Intergraph Process & Building Solutions unveiled SmartSketch 4.0 which will ship in the third quarter.
MSC.Software Corp. announced the company has been added to the Russell 2000 Index. The Russell 2000 Index represents the 2,000 smallest stocks in the Russell 3000.
RAND Worldwide announced the release of 11 new self-paced, Web-based training courses focused on PTC's Pro/ENGINEER mechanical design software.
Synergis Technologies announced that it received the CADENCE Magazine Editors' Choice Award for its engineering document management software, Synergis Adept.
think3 announced that the company won the Editors' Choice Award from CADENCE Magazine for the new release of its flagship 3-D design software, thinkdesign 6.0.
Verity, Inc. announced it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against BroadVision, Inc. a supplier of integrated software suites for conducting e-business.
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