July 16, 2001


Volume 3
Number 24

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- Welcome
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- News
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* Welcome *
Welcome to this issue of 2PDM, an e-zine distributed every two weeks on a free subscription basis.

* Of DPD and PLM *
In recent issues of 2PDM we've been looking at some relatively new acronyms and the general need for acronyms to be widely understood. Here's some of the feedback and questions from readers.

Nick Ballard of Cambashi wrote:
  • With such a large number of potentially similar definitions for extended PDM (I resist the temptation to add my own ePDM acronym!) the prospect is starting from a confusing position when looking for technology to aid with their product development process. This pseudo differentiation may help the vendors to get their pitch, but it does nothing to speed-up the decision-making process or make clear what the benefits may be to those who embrace a particular brand over another. Far too many vendors still approach a sale with the pitch that the technology can solve problems; whereas we all know that people solve problems, whilst technology supports them in that aim.
  • I do not blame the vendors completely for the current state of affairs - prospects often have no idea how much an individual design costs or how long/much an engineering change may take, for instance. This makes it very difficult to quantify any benefits that may accrue from better control and organization of the design to manufacture process. But, given the amount that vendors spend in promoting their products, a more sensible use for their money may be to sponsor audits inside organizations and present these as case/promotional studies. At least then there may be some metrics by which others can start to examine their own processes and move the debate forwards.
What's a Product Life Cycle?
Product LifeCycle Management (PLM) is an acronym that remains unclear to many readers. Part of the problem arises because there are at least three, maybe four, product life cycles in readers' minds:
  • a market-oriented life cycle of product introduction, growth, maturity and decline
  • the life cycle of a particular product (e.g. a car) which is produced, purchased, used, serviced, and scrapped or recycled. (In this case there's also confusion between life expectancy, life span and actual working life.)
  • the life cycle of the information defining the product (created, modified, deleted)
  • a life cycle that corresponds to parts moving down the supply chain from suppliers to customers
The market-oriented life cycle seems to be most common among people working with ERP systems. The information life cycle seems to be most common among people working with CAD and PDM systems. This leads to the situation that people from the same 'user company' have different understandings of the same thing.

This underlines the importance in any cross-functional system implementation of ensuring that everybody involved - from different parts of the company and among suppliers and customers - has a common understanding of what the target is (the vision) and how it will be achieved (the strategy). Without a common understanding, the implementation is unlikely to succeed. A similar phenomenon can also occur both when a vendor changes its strategy and when two vendors merge without clear communication of the vision and strategy of the new company to all the stakeholders.

Is it DPD and PLM, or DPD or PLM?
PLM is a cross-functional approach, making data available via various systems (EDM, PDM, visualization, collaborative workspace systems, data exchange and translation, etc.) in different functions and different companies throughout the product life cycle.

Digital Product Definition (DPD) is the acronym that describes the activity of people who define the product and its related processes in today's digital environment - so isn't a cross-functional acronym. All these people should be in the 'definition' function.

DPD and PLM will exist together, with the product being defined in DPD and communicated via PLM.

Which is more important - DPD or PLM?
Recent years have seen vendors putting a lot of effort into web-oriented 'collaborative' solutions. These allow companies to work with many partners, defining and manufacturing products in various locations. These solutions look very much like PLM solutions. The philosophy behind them could be characterized as enabling a purchasing agent to hold a web auction to shave a penny off the product cost by switching production to a country with even lower labor costs.

The pendulum may have started to swing back to DPD. DPD systems are getting to the stage where the product, the manufacturing and assembly equipment and all the processes can be digitally modeled, visualized, analyzed and simulated before the first product has been produced. The philosophy behind DPD systems is to bring to market high-quality, high-tech, innovative products as quickly as possible. Getting the product to market a few weeks early can add several percentage points to its total sales revenue. For high-quality, high-tech, innovative products a few percentage points are worth a lot more than a few pennies. The DPD philosophy leads to questions about the risk of working with suppliers with unknown manufacturing equipment, process and practices in faraway locations.

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* Corporate *
Autodesk, Inc. announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Buzzsaw.com, a privately held company that provides online collaboration applications for the building industry. As an initial investor, Autodesk held a 40 percent interest in Buzzsaw.com and will purchase the remaining 60 percent of the company for $15 million in cash plus the assumption of liabilities. Buzzsaw.com has more than 125,000 construction professionals using its services to collaborate on some 35,000 projects.

Dassault Systemes and Alliance Commerciale Technologique (ACT) announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dassault Systemes will buy ACT's PLM consulting and services business and related assets in a cash transaction for a value of 11M$CAN.

Smart Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Dassault Systemes, announced that its company name has been changed to SmarTeam Corporation.

3D Systems Corp. and DTM Corporation announced a deadline extension of the tender offer for all the outstanding shares of common stock of DTM until midnight Eastern Daylight time on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, in order to continue negotiations for purposes of completing a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice.

* Financial *
Océ announced six months 2001 results. Revenues grew 4% to 1,584 million euro.

* People *
Altris Software announced that it has appointed Bill Weber as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Weber will also be a member of the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Weber replaces Roger Erickson. James Myers and Carl Mostert have also joined the Board of Directors.

Covisint announced that Dwaine Duckett was appointed senior vice president of Human Resources.

Innoveda, Inc. announced the appointment of Ken Bado as executive vice president. Bado will lead Innoveda's worldwide sales and consulting services organizations.

 Autovue - from Cimmetry Systems, Inc.

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Proficiency announced the appointment of Scott A. Berkey as President and CEO. Prior to joining Proficiency, Mr. Berkey worked for SDRC where he held a number of executive positions, including Vice President of Metaphase Operations, Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific, and Vice President of North American Sales.

* Implementation *
BCT Technology AG announced that APV Baker purchased BCT's iECS. Professional standardization solution.

Documentum announced that BOC Gases, one of the world's leading industrial gas companies, implemented Documentum 4i Web Content Management edition across its intranet, employee extranet and supplier and fabricator portals.

IDEAL Scanners and Systems, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a Corporate GSA Schedule Contract Number GS-00F-0046L. IDEAL's GSA contract is a new breed of contract sponsored by GSA that combines information technology and services into one contract vehicle. Government buyers can procure complete large format scanning solutions up to 50" wide, and scanning services through a single contact point.

The Process & Building Solutions division of Intergraph Corporation and Technip jointly announced they have signed a contract for worldwide deployment of the Intergraph MARIAN materials and supply chain management solution.

Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that Fujitsu LSI Technology has adopted its Celaro hardware emulator as the core technology at its new SoC (System-On-Chip) Emulation Center.

Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that the Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (ICM) group in Italy, a Business area of Siemens ICN SpA, has adopted HDL Designer Series for use in the development of its mobile communication solutions.

Moldflow Corporation announced that ARRK Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest model makers and prototype manufacturers, and Nifco, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of fasteners and components, have invested in Moldflow Plastics Insight suite of software. The orders, valued at approximately $150,000 and $220,000 respectively, shipped during Moldflow's fourth fiscal quarter.

Moldflow Corporation announced that two European molders, Plasticos Durex and Plasticos Castella, both located in Spain, recently purchased multiple licenses of its manufacturing solutions products including Moldflow Plastics Xpert, Shotscope and EZ-Track.

Moldflow Corporation announced that Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer of interior automotive parts, has invested in Moldflow's high-end filling, post-filling and injection compression simulation software solutions. The order, valued at approximately $150,000, shipped in June.

Océ announced that Rolls-Royce Plc and Océ signed a deal which will be worth at least £65 million over a 10-year period and will cover seven sites throughout the UK. The facilities management deal will, over time, transform the existing analog technical document print and copying solution into fully integrated digital production. Annually, Rolls-Royce produces 96 million copies, 20 million printed drawings, microfilms and geometric designs and archives over 30 million drawings.

SDRC announced a relationship with Spicer Transmission Division (STD) of Spicer de Mexico, located in Queretaro, Mexico. The relationship includes an initial order for Metaphase software and related services, valued at $600,000, to create a new product development system to improve STD's engineering and design capabilities.

Tecnomatix Technologies, Ltd. announced that Neopost, a mailing equipment and logistics systems provider, has selected Tecnomatix' eMPower software to automate the process of assembling and testing Neopost's printed circuit boards (PCBs).

think3 announced that the CFD (computational fluid dynamics)-Stealth department of Dassault Aviation is deploying new software - AMADEUS - in order to increase its productivity for aerodynamic and stealth shape design. think3's modeling software - thinkdesign - has been used as a basis for the development of Dassault Aviation's proprietary AMADEUS design system.

Verity, Inc. announced that ABB has selected Verity’s portal infrastructure software to provide search, classification and categorization capabilities for ABB's external and internal Web applications.

* Developments *
Alias|Wavefront announced that it is now shipping StudioTools 9.7, the company's latest upgrade to its CAID (computer-aided industrial design) family.

Altris Software announced its new Web application, eB GIS Connect for ArcIMS.

Autodesk, Inc. announced availability of the Autodesk Streamline service in the United States and Canada. Autodesk Streamline is a web-based service for small and mid-size manufacturers for sharing personalized design data across the extended manufacturing team.

BCT Technology AG announced Version 6 of its iECS. Professional standardization solution. This version features many improvements and enhancements, especially additional cartridges for integration in PDM/PLM environments and the preparation of a complete switch to CORBA and XML for Version 7.

Cyco Software announced a new version, 6.3, of AutoManager WorkFlow, which will feature full support for AutoCAD 2002.

FileNET Corporation announced its Panagon Enterprise Content Management (ECM) initiative. FileNET will deliver expanded capabilities for managing all forms of content and business processes inside and outside of the enterprise.

Hummingbird Ltd. announced the immediate availability of Genio Suite 4.7, its data integration platform for enterprise-scale data exchange and warehousing.

Informative Graphics announced it has released the latest version of its thin client view and markup application - Brava! 3.0, also known as Brava! WebKit.

Innoveda, Inc. announced the PowerPCB 200 Series, a new mid-range configuration of its PowerPCB printed circuit board layout solution.

LMS International announced the release of LMS Tec.Manager, its new flagship product line for Collaborative Engineering. Tec.Manager provides web-based collaboration software specifically developed to enable the sharing of engineering data from the test and analysis departments.

 Web-based View-Markup from Spicer Corporation.

Web-based View-Markup from Spicer Corporation

Maxim I/T announced the availability of FindView Solution Paks. These Solution Paks provide group, department or company access to structured and unstructured information from specific CAD formats. Maxim I/T also announced its Shape Searching technology option for FindView.

Mentor Graphics Corporation announced an enhanced version of FormalPro, the Mentor Graphics formal verification tool aimed at today's multi-million gate ASIC and system on chip designs.

Mentor Graphics Corporation and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced immediate availability of the first off-the-shelf analog design kits for TSMC's analog/mixed-signal (AMS) process technologies.

Selectica announced the introduction of ACE Analyst, an application that allows customers of Selectica's Interactive Selling System (ISS) to capture key business data, transform it into business-friendly reports, and evaluate financial and functional metrics for improving eBusiness.

Synergis Technologies, Inc. announced the Q3 delivery of a plug-in for Synergis Adept software to simplify access to and leverage data in Autodesk Inventor designs, components, and revisions on a LAN or across the Internet.

UGS announced the immediate availability of Parasolid version 13.0, its geometric modeling product, and associated interoperability components.

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* Relationships *
3D Systems Corp. announced the general availability of its new Viper si2 SLA system.

Alventive, Inc. announced that Domain Systems, Inc. and Strategic Information Group (SIG) have joined Alventive's Business Alliance Program. As part of this program, both companies will provide implementation support for Alventive Collaborative Design Solutions.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Informative Graphics announced a distribution and technology agreement to provide a collaboration and visualization tool to the Orcad Capture community. The tool, a special full-function version of Informative Graphics' MYRIAD redlining collaboration product, is available for Orcad Capture end-users to download at no cost.

Digital Paper Corporation announced that it has given notice to terminate its partnership with Xerox Engineering Systems (XES), the division of Xerox Corporation reselling Digital Paper's Intranet Docs solution.

Dassault Systemes announced the signing of Software Community Program (SCP) agreements with CENIT AG, Innoveda, Inc., EADS Matra Datavision, Metalsoft Inc., Zuken Inc. and NK-EXA Corporation.

Dassault Systemes and IBM announced that Dassault Systemes has selected IBM DB2 Universal Database as the preferred database solution for ENOVIA Solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Dassault Systemes will bundle DB2 Universal Database with its ENOVIA Solutions for use on both the Windows NT and UNIX operating systems.

EADS Matra Datavision and Xdin announced the creation of a partnership to provide design-to-manufacturing engineering solutions and services for the automotive, telecommunications, aerospace and mechanical industries.

MatrixOne, Inc. and Logica announced a global alliance to offer Collaborative Product Commerce (CPC) solutions to a variety of industries and major companies in the United Kingdom and other worldwide locations.

PlanetCAD Inc. announced a strategic partnership agreement with Theorem Solutions. Under the terms of this relationship, PlanetCAD and Theorem will collaborate to provide Theorem's cadverter.com online data translation service to PlanetCAD's customers.

QUMAS Ltd. and Liquent, Inc. announced a non-exclusive, bilateral worldwide reseller agreement to enhance both organizations' complementary compliance lifecycle and regulatory publishing offerings targeting the life sciences industry.

* Other *
ANSYS, Inc. announced that it has been added to the Russell 2000 Index.

Ariba, Inc. announced that it has met the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) WebTrust eBusiness standards for security, availability, business practices and transaction integrity, and has been certified with a WebTrust Seal of Assurance.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Carol Bartz, chairman, president, and CEO of Autodesk, was named the recipient of the Northern California 2001 Ernst & Young "Master Entrepreneur of the Year" award.

Cyco Software announced that the company will strategically focus on strengthening its leading position in the departmental and divisional CAD/engineering market. Both the AutoManager WorkFlow and AutoManager Meridian product lines will be further developed.

Dassault Systemes announced that as part of PSA Peugeot Citroen's digital modeling strategy "Ingenum", ENOVIAVPM allows over 2000 users in various domains throughout PSA Peugeot Citroen's extended enterprise to have real-time access to the 3D digital models of future vehicles created using CATIA applications.

Dassault Systemes, the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and IBM Singapore announced the creation of the Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre (PLMCC) which will promote adoption of product lifecycle management (PLM) as a strategic tool for their product development activities in Singapore and beyond.

Moldflow Corporation announced that it has been added to the Russell 2000 Index.

Océ announced that Océ Engineering Exec software was honored with an Editors' Choice Award from CADENCE. Criteria for the award were listed as 'innovation, trend setting and moving the CAD industry forward'.

Océ announced that its wide-format, multifunction Océ TDS400 system has received a 'Best Buy' award from What to Buy for Business.

Open Text Corporation announced that it reached the milestone of 5 million users of Livelink worldwide.

SolidWorks Corporation and Prentice Hall Higher Education, a division of Pearson Education, announced that Prentice Hall will bundle SolidWorks' 3D CAD software with several of Prentice Hall's leading engineering graphics textbooks sold in the U.S. and Canada.

think3 and iLanguage announced that iLanguage will provide dynamic web translation in German, French, and Italian of think3's knowledge base of technical information. think3 customers in Europe will be able to view everything from bug reports and workarounds to "how-to" technical articles in their local language.

UGS announced that Microsoft has named Solid Edge as "logo certified" on the Windows 2000 operating system.

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