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* Of CPC/PLM, DASAMASA and the Slim-Line Corporation *
The Director of Strategy and Planning asked us for a definition of CPC/PLM.
We didn't answer immediately, preferring first to define DASAMASA - the acronym for Develop Anywhere Sell Anywhere Manufacture Anywhere Support Anywhere - which is the aim of leading manufacturers in these early years of the new millennium.
As an example, we mentioned the car that was developed at 2 sites in the USA, 3 in Europe and 2 in Japan; sold on a website in Germany to a Swede living in Australia; manufactured in Poland, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Mexico, Taiwan, France, Canada, the USA and Italy; and serviced in Brazil when the Swede moved there - and later in Mexico where it was resold, before finally being scrapped and recycled in California. Not just a global car - a DASAMASA car.
We explained to him how, driven by changes in the market and advances in technology, CPC/PLM has emerged in the early years of the 21st Century as the way to develop, sell and support products in the DASAMASA environment. He asked which systems are included in CPC/PLM, and we told him about the three main classes of CPC/PLM systems:
During the latter half of the 20th Century, each decade had its own issues, systems and solutions, but the product development and product support/service processes rarely had high priority among business managers. Their main focus was the F&A processes and the money flowing through them. Rightly so, some would say, since without positive cash flow, nobody will be paid for long - not even the managers. Their next priority was the sales process, which produces cash in the short term. Then came the Production processes as customers wouldn't actually part with money until they were sure that products existed. As for product development, why should a business manager focus on an activity that might only lead to cash flows in a year or two .. or seven?
The 50s and 60s
Following on from a World War, these were golden years for manufacturing industry. Demand exceeded production capability, social trends away from rural life produced more city-dwellers, prosperity led to new customers for a widening base of consumer goods such as cars, washing machines, wirelesses, telephones and television sets. Factories were often vertically integrated. Most industrial goods were sold in the land where they were designed and produced. Companies used mainframe computers to run salary applications. CAD, NC and MRP were in their infancy. The development of new products was left to the "techies". No need for DASAMASA or CPC/PLM.
The 70s and 80s
The Oil Shock and Nixon's scrapping of the Bretton Woods agreement led to inflation and currency fluctuations. Shipping lanes from Japan to the USA were crowded. Companies in the West were worried by the increasing presence of high-quality, low-cost Japanese cars and electronics. Manufacturers in the West eventually responded with JIT, ISO 900 and TQM - none of which had much impact on product development. Computer power increased, computer prices decreased. Minicomputers gave way to workstations and PCs. MRP evolved to MRP2. Networks became increasingly powerful. CAD/CAM systems were no longer centralized. EDM/PDM appeared. The development of new products was left to the "young techies". Product support was left to the, by now, "old techies". As techies aren't interested in customer requirements and like to work as individuals, customers received products with unwanted functionality and little support - the old techies not being informed about product development by the young techies. Still no need for DASAMASA or CPC/PLM.
Business Process Reengineering led companies to review their processes, sometimes even their product development processes. Globalization hit. A wave of imports from low-cost countries led to the price of goods dropping. In response, production was outsourced to low-cost countries. Then development was outsourced. The trend to slim-line corporations increased. With developers in different places working closely together, Concurrent Engineering morphed into Collaborative Development. Air freight, DHL and FedEx enabled rapid transport of designs, parts and goods. A presence in other countries became necessary. The World Wide Web, e-commerce, B2B and trading exchanges appeared. MRP2 evolved to ERP. CAD functionality became a commodity. PDM brought some order to all the product data. More sales configurators appeared. Ecologists became more vocal. Companies were forced to think about recycling. Customer focus became a buzzword. Some way of enabling real service was needed. Product Lifecycle Management appeared. Everything was in place for DASAMASA and CPC/PLM.
To increase shareholder value, management needs to outsource manufacturing and development to progressively lower-cost countries.
Governments and consumers are forcing manufacturers to focus on the entire product life cycle right through to recycling.
Air freight, travel, telecommunications, video conferencing and the Web make it easy to work with people anywhere.
After the events of September 11, businesses and consumers are reining in spending. With the size of many markets decreasing, businesses will need to increase market share to increase revenues.
With development, sales, manufacturing and support activities being possible in any location, traditional views of functional roles and system boundaries are losing their validity.
Fazed by the changing environment, many companies continue with old strategies and plans aimed at conditions that no longer exist.
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Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has closed the transaction announced August 30, 2001 to acquire the software product line from Media 100, a leading provider of digital media products. Details
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the successful completion of an acquisition by merger of GEOPAK Corporation. Details
RAND Worldwide announced it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Aurbis Technical Centre, Ltd. of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
* Financial *
3D Systems Corp. announced revenues for the third quarter 2001 of $31.5 million compared with $29.5 million in the prior year, an increase of 7%. Details
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced third quarter revenues of $360 million. Details
Commerce One, Inc. announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2001. Revenues for the current quarter totaled $81 million, compared to revenues of $113 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2000. Details
Documentum announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2001. Revenue for the third quarter of 2001 was $44.8 million, a 13 percent decrease over revenue of $51.7 million for the same period last year and a 2 percent decrease over the second quarter of fiscal 2001. Details
FileNET Corporation announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2001. The Company reported revenues of $80.1 million, compared to revenues of $99.1 million for the same quarter of 2000. Details
i2 Technologies, Inc. announced its third quarter results. Total revenues of $194 million for the third quarter were down from $241 million last quarter, and from $320 million in the third quarter of 2000.
PTC reported revenue totaling $225.4 million for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2001, compared with $235.0 million for the same period last year. For the fiscal year, revenue totaled $934.6 million, compared to $928.4 million for fiscal 2000. Total Windchill revenue in the fourth quarter was $52.6 million, compared to $51.6 million a year ago. For the year, Windchill revenue grew 22% to $213.9 million. Total MCAD revenue for the fourth quarter was $172.8 million, compared to $183.4 million a year ago. Details
SAP AG announced its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2001. For the first nine months, sales increased 23% over 2000 to Euro 5.0 billion (2000: Euro 4.1 billion). Details
Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2002 which ended September 30, 2001. Revenues for the first quarter were $2.861 billion, a year-over-year decrease of 43 percent. Details
Workgroup Technology Corporation (WTC) announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2002 ended September 30, 2001. For the second quarter of fiscal 2002, WTC reported revenue of $1,870,000 compared with $1,846,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2001. Details
* People *
Ariba, Inc. announced it has appointed Robert Calderoni as president and chief executive officer, with Ariba founder Keith Krach remaining as chairman of the Board of Ariba.
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that Hanns Windele has been promoted to Vice President for the company's European region. Details
SGI announced that Arthur L. Money has joined its board of directors. Most recently, he was the assistant secretary of defense for command, control, communications and intelligence and chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Defense from 1998 through April 2001. Details
Selectica Inc. announced that David Batt, most recently a vice president for CRM sales at Oracle, has been named executive vice president of worldwide sales. Details
* Implementation *
Agile Software announced that Fujitsu has selected Agile to enable collaboration with internal divisions and supply chain partners, as well as achieve cost reductions throughout the Fujitsu group. Details
Altris Software Inc. announced an order from a new customer, South African Rail Commuter Corporation, for the eB Configuration Management solution. Details
Alventive, Inc. announced that Microsoft Corp. has selected Alventive Collaborative Design Solutions to assist in the production of the Xbox video game system, due to launch on November 15, 2001. Details
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that ECAD Technologies Ltd., Bangalore, India, has deployed Cadence high-speed PCB design solutions to help automate its layout process for high-speed boards. Details
Commerce One, Inc. announced that LG&E Energy Corp., a diversified energy services company that is a member of the Powergen plc family of companies, has selected Commerce One Auction Solution to expand its supply chain. Details
Dassault Systemes announced that The Paslin Company announced that it will use DELMIA's digital manufacturing software. Details
Documentum announced that Dow Corning has made Documentum the content management platform for their newly redesigned Web site. Details
EADS Matra Datavision announced that Open CASCADE will be responsible for creating the new version of CIGAL, an application developed in-house at Alcatel Space for visualizing the results of thermal calculations and for constructing radiative models.
EDS announced its PLM Solutions unit signed a multi-million dollar contract with Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems to deploy approximately 4,000 seats of EDS' TeamCenter aerospace and defense solution.
IDe (Integrated Development Enterprise, Inc.) announced that Donaldson Company, a $1.1 billion manufacturer of filtration systems and replacement parts, has selected IDweb software to integrate and streamline management of the company's product development process.
IHS Enterprise Solutions announced that it has won a $1.8 million contract addendum to Web enable shipboard asset management for the U.S. Navy. This contract award will focus on rebuilding the Configuration Management Information System (CMIS), an asset management and maintenance tracking system, from its current DOS and Windows architecture to a fully Web-based system with integrated database technology. Details
Informative Graphics Corporation announced that Alextra.com has selected Brava! WebKit to power document management, viewing, and mark-up for its clients. Details
LASCOM announced new sales of Advitium by its partners. In the UK, CadAssist signed contracts with Dickinson Legg, THORLUX and Scottish Newcastle. In Sweden, EMT signed ANEO, and in France, DataFlow installed Advitium at SBM. Details
Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. announced that Litens Auto Group, based in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, placed its first order for $180,000 in ADAMS software. Mechanical Dynamics also announced that Fuji Heavy Industry Co., maker of Subaru automobiles, ordered $160,000 of ADAMS software, including the newest module in the Functional Digital Car, ADAMS /Driveline. Details
PTC announced it received a $2 million follow-on order for PTC's Pro/ENGINEER software and services from Liebherr Group, one of the world's largest providers of construction and civil engineering machinery. Details
Quickturn announced the successful integration of the MercuryPlus design verification system within Siroyan's design environment, enabling Siroyan to tape out its test chip ahead of schedule. Details
QUMAS Inc. announced that Cellegy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has selected QUMAS DocCompliance, a compliance solution designed to manage the full lifecycle of regulatory controlled documentation throughout the enterprise.
SAP AG announced that Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Phones is live with mySAP Product Lifecycle Management (mySAP PLM) to drive product innovation, engineering and design processes and bring high-quality products to market faster and more cost-efficiently. More than 600 Siemens designers work directly with the mySAP PLM solution. In addition, another 800 employees benefit from the information that is generated by mySAP PLM and distributed to various logistics systems. Details
SolidWorks Corporation announced that Dresser Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered equipment used primarily in the energy industry, will extend its use of SolidWorks 3D CAD software to hundreds of engineers in its equipment design groups. Details
* Developments *
ANSYS, Inc. announced the introduction of AI*Workbench, a new application development platform designed to bring customized simulation solutions and Web collaboration to the product development process. Details
ANSYS, Inc. announced the launch of ANSYS 6.0, a comprehensive software suite to address varied simulation and analysis needs. Details
ACS Software, Inc. announced that CADATA Consulting Ltd., an AutoEDMS Value Added Reseller, is developing a custom version of its dwgBase product, a dwg/dxf search engine, as an add-on module for AutoEDMS.
Actify announced the release of 3DView 4.0, a major step forward for CAD design visualization. Details
Alibre announced that Alibre Design, its online mechanical design and data-sharing application, has achieved the Designed for Windows XP logo. Details
Cimage NovaSoft released the latest version of its integrated document and workflow management system, NovaManage 7, addressing the unique needs of organizations in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Digital Paper Corporation announced the immediate availability of its docQuest product, version 5.0. docQuest 5.0 allows organizations to securely exchange and collaborate on complex technical content (e.g., engineering drawings, specifications, blueprints, etc.) across the Web. Details
Documentum announced three integration points between Documentum 4i eBusiness Platform and Oracle9i Application Server in addition to the existing integration between Documentum 4i and Oracle9i Database. Details
EDS PLM Solutions announced a new software solution enabling organizations working with the Unigraphics product from the former Unigraphics Solutions or the I-DEAS product from the former SDRC to use either application to directly access and work with models from either application in an interoperable environment. Details
EPM Technology announced new features in EXPRESS Data Manager 4.5. Cascading view technology simplifies the definition of Business Objects that will be stored directly in the database.
Gibbs and Associates announced that they are now offering an add-in for SolidWorks software that facilitates push-button transfer of model files from SolidWorks to GibbsCAM. Details
Hummingbird Ltd. announced the immediate availability of PD Accord. PD Accord's document -centric collaboration environment integrates with Hummingbird's document management products including CyberDOCS, PowerDOCS and DOCS Open, and Hummingbird EIP extending the power of these solutions outside the enterprise. Details
The Process & Building Solutions division of Intergraph Corporation announced an update to its flagship Plant Design System (PDS) software, featuring expanded capabilities for design of biochemical and pharmaceutical plants.
ManufacturingQuote Inc. announced the release of its new product MfgQuote ProBuyer v.1, a hybrid private/public eSourcing solution for industrial Buyers.
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the availability of the HDL Designer Series 2001.5 product, the latest version of the design creation and management tool suite. Details
NEC Systems Enterprise Business Solutions announced the launch of a new secure, web-based collaborative design solution targeting the semiconductor industry. The company's first project, a collaborative eBusiness application for NEC Electronics, has enabled NEC Electronics to increase the profit potential of its gate array integrated circuit business. Details
Open Text Corporation announced the availability of the Livelink Personal Knowledge Discovery package - a proactive, online search and retrieval package that reduces the amount of time required for locating key data. Details
PlanetCAD, Inc. announced PlanetCAD SCS | Envoy, the first major release by PlanetCAD of its new product line for the manufacturing supply chain. SCS | Envoy is a software program that enables product design and definition data to be integrated into the decision-making processes throughout the manufacturing supply chain. Details
SolidWorks Corporation unveiled eDrawings Professional, a new software tool that enables team members to communicate and review designs via e-mail. Details
Spatial Corp. announced the release of version 7.0 of its Standalone Deformable Modeling software.
Spicer Corporation announced the release of Imagenation 6.3. This latest release of Spicer's visualization, markup, and scanning tool enhances Imagenation with new native file format support, and a License Manager utility. Imagenation enables users to quickly and accurately display and markup over 150 file formats. New file format support in Imagenation 6.3 includes: AutoCAD 2002; Cadra 11; Gerber RS 274-D and RS 274-X; SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics); Microsoft Office 2000 and 2002 (XP) for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Enhancements to PDF, PS, and RTL support. A License Manager has also been added to Imagenation to simplify network administration and enable all members of an organization to access Imagenation's functions from a network. Details
Structural Research & Analysis Corp. and Blue Ridge Numerics Incorporated have announced plans to embed the next release of COSMOS/Flow into SolidWorks. Details
Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the NT to Solaris Operating Environment (OE) Migration Program - the first in its series of operating environment migration programs. Details
Sun Microsystems, Inc. previewed a new branch of the UltraSPARC III microprocessor family tree in a technology disclosure presentation. Details
Verity, Inc. and Sybase, Inc. announced the integration of Verity's search technology into the Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 12.5 DBMS' Enhanced Full-Text Search Option offered by Sybase. Details
Xerox Engineering Systems (XES) introduced the MAX 200 Network Printer, a stand-alone wide-format printer with highlight red printing capability.
3D Systems Corp. announced the release of a new software version 2.0 for its ThermoJet printer that includes a variety of new and enhanced features. Details
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* Relationships *
AIM systems GmbH and the Italian office of Mensch und Maschine Software AG announced an agreement for the distribution of the COMPASS PDM system in Italy.
Bentley Systems Inc. announced that it is working together with ARCOM to enable straight-through processing of specification data by integrating ARCOM's SPECWARE software and the MASTERSPEC master specification system with Bentley's Architecture for MicroStation TriForma. Details
Bentley Systems announced that it has signed an agreement with Intergraph Government Solutions that will insure the continued availability of the Bentley products now listed on the Intergraph-maintained CAD-2 contract with the Federal government. Details
CoCreate Software Inc. announced that it has signed HARBEC Plastics Inc. as a new member of CoCreate's Engineering E-Services Partner (EESP) program. HARBEC will use CoCreate OneSpace to help its customers create more competitive, innovative and manufacturable plastic designs. Details
Dassault Systemes and Intelligent Manufacturing Software Inc. (IMS) announced the signing of an Original Software Development agreement. Under this agreement, the IMSpost postprocessor technology will be embedded into the open architecture of CATIA V5 and other Dassault Systemes Solutions. Details
Entrada Software, Inc. announced their partner alliance with Autodesk, and membership in the Autodesk Developer Network.
GlobalSpec, Inc. announced a partnership with MatrixOne, Inc. SpecStation, GlobalSpec's Web-based PDM application for the sourcing of mechanical, electrical and optical components, will be available for integration with MatrixOne's business collaboration platform, eMatrix and the Value Chain Portfolio of business applications.
Modultek announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Martir & Partners Project Services (MPPS) for the Benelux countries. MPPS will begin retailing Modultek's Aton solution and providing implementation services to client firms.
PTC and Andersen announced an alliance to provide solutions that enable customers to drive new product development with web-enabled processes that result in reduced time-to-market, increased product success rates and improved product performance in terms of customer satisfaction, quality returns and defect rates. Details
RAND Worldwide and ENGINEERING.com, Inc. announced they have signed a global reseller agreement with Lumeo Software, Inc., a develop of interactive, real-time simulation software that enables engineers to digitally test and demonstrate the behavior of new design products and concepts.
SAP AG and Crystal Decisions, the makers of Crystal Reports, announced they have signed a strategic agreement to integrate Crystal Decisions' formatted reporting and Web-based information delivery technologies within the data warehouse component (SAP Business Information Warehouse) of mySAP Business Intelligence (mySAP BI) and of the mySAP.com e-business platform. Details
Speed to Market announced it is partnering with AGI to optimize Herman Miller new product development.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that SAP users can now run their mission-critical mySAP.com e-Business solutions on Sun Cluster 3.0 software for increased scalability, availability and manageability. Details
Xerox Engineering Systems (XES) announced an alliance with Atlanta-based eQuorum Corporation. Under this agreement, XES is offering its customers ImageSite, a document management system.
3D Systems Corp. and racing team European Minardi F1 announced they have entered into an alliance that will see the team using 3D Systems' stereolithography and, in the future, selective laser sintering technologies to assist with wind tunnel modeling, rapid prototyping and the production of vehicle componentry. Details
* Other *
Agile Software Corporation announced that its board of directors has approved a voluntary stock option exchange program for eligible option holders. Details
IntegWare, Inc. announced it has been named to Deloitte & Touche's "Technology Fast 50 Program for Colorado", a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area.
MSC.Software Corp. announced that it awarded more than $6 million in CAE software to Kettering University's Mechanical Engineering department in an ongoing effort to support and foster Kettering's technical achievements in the mechanical engineering marketplace. Details
MSC.Software Corp. said it would vigorously defend itself against an administrative challenge, filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to MSC.Software's acquisitions of Universal Analytics Inc. (UAI) and Computerized Structural Analysis & Research Corp. (CSAR). Details
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced new customized Web-based support services that provide customers with the information required to keep design teams on track and on time. Details
Spatial Corp. and Tech Soft America announced the OpenHSF Initiative and the first publication of the HSF Specification. Intended to provide an open visualization file format that meets the needs of the industry, the OpenHSF Initiative was designed to deliver the preferred solution to the visual interoperability problem. (http://www.openhsf.org)
Sun Microsystems announced an aggressive migration program to enable current Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) customers to trade-up to iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 6.0. Details
Sun Microsystems and Stanford University announced their joint undertaking, the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) program - designed to protect the integrity of valuable electronic content, is performing well in large-scale tests at the 47 locations around the world where it has been deployed. A product of an eighteen-month collaboration between Stanford Libraries and Sun, the program has shown great potential to solve the increasingly urgent problem of maintaining permanent access to electronic data, whose sustainability would otherwise remain vulnerable to data corruption, neglect or abuse. Details
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