August 16, 2004

John Stark Associates

Volume 7
Number 1

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

* A PLM Definition *
Among the topics that come up most frequently at PLM Interest Group events are PLM benchmarking and the definition of PLM.

While benchmarking of PLM is relatively easy, defining PLM is proving to be extremely difficult. There seem to be as many views of PLM as there are PLM experts. The following short selection from the Web shows how wide the range is:
  • "PLM : A set of technologies and processes that enable manufacturers, together with their partners and customers, to collaboratively design, build, and manage products throughout their entire lifecycle (i.e., from concept to retirement)." Details
  • "PLM is an extended enterprise solution for manufacturing companies that facilitates the sharing of product data across all company functions, customers and suppliers." Details
  • "The key to realizing full PLM potential, however, is recognizing that PLM is a business initiative, rather than an application or even a set of applications." Details
  • "PLM, of course, isn't just a piece of software. It's a business approach, a strategy to solve the problem of managing the complete information set that defines a product" Details
  • "PLM : A business strategy that helps companies share product data, apply common processes, and leverage corporate knowledge for the development of products from conception to retirement, across the extended enterprise." Details
In 2003, we started to define PLM using the term 'business activity', as in "PLM is the business activity of managing an organization's products all the way across their lifecycles in the most effective way." Details

Partly that's because we found C-level executives see Product Lifecycle Management as a business activity they can proactively address to help achieve corporate objectives such as increased product profitability and reduced product-related costs.

And partly, it's because defining PLM as a business activity is a good start for clarifying other PLM terms. For example:
  • a PLM Initiative is a corporation's action (often a corporate-wide/cross-functional project) taken to implement or improve the management of products across their lifecycles
  • PLM processes are processes in the activity of product lifecycle management (e.g. the product planning process, the product development process, the product retirement process)
  • PLM applications are application systems used to manage products across their lifecycles. Currently, no individual application system manages all products across all of their lifecycles - current application systems manage products to some extent, across some part, or parts, of the lifecycle (e.g. a Computer Aided Design system, a Product Data Management system, a Product Portfolio Management system).
Other people may have different views of PLM. Deciding on the definitions of the key terms used in an industry is best left to industry groups in which all major parties are represented. Most of the leading PLM vendors, and many PLM users, belong to the PLM Interest Group. Vendor-neutral and member-driven, it is an ideal organization to agree a definition, or definitions, of PLM. To participate, contact Roger Tempest.

PLM articles
Thanks to the readers who pointed out the following:

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Reference Section

Follow the link for books in the Product Lifecycle Management Library

Configuration Management .. Product Data Management
CATIA .. MicroStation .. Pro/ENGINEER .. Six Sigma .. Unigraphics

The World of Product Lifecycle Management

Follow the links for :

Vendors in the PLM World. Latest additions/modifications : Assyst Bullmer, eQuorum, Vistagy.

PLM service providers. Latest additions/modifications : Coensys, Entys Technologies, Urano Informationssysteme.

General Interest

Innovation Management

Engineering Change Management

Managing PDM in a changing environment

Principles of Good Product Development

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* Corporate *
Alias and Kaydara announced that Alias has signed an agreement to acquire Kaydara. Details

Bentley Systems, Inc. announced that it has acquired Haestad Methods, Inc. Details

MatrixOne, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of Synchronicity Software. Details

Open Text Corporation announced it will acquire Artesia Technologies, Inc. Details

RAND Worldwide announced the acquisition of the French company, RGB Technologies. Details

* Financial *
Access Commerce announced revenues increased 7.2% to Euro 2.38 million in the second quarter of 2004 vs. Euro 2.22 million during the same period in 2003. Details

Commerce One, Inc. announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2004. Revenues for the current quarter totaled $2.0 million as compared with $8.3 million for the corresponding quarter in 2003 and $2.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2004. Details

Delcam announced record first half sales and increased profits during the six months to 30th June 2004. Details

Moldflow Corporation announced the results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2004. Worldwide revenue of $15.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2004 represented a 54% increase from the corresponding quarter of fiscal 2003. Details

RAND Worldwide announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004. Revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004 was $34.9 million, compared with $40.2 million the previous quarter. Details

Spescom Software Inc. reported results of operations for its fiscal third quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2004. Total revenue for the third quarter of 2004 was $2.9 million, an increase of 52% versus revenue of $1.9 million in the year earlier quarter. Details

Valor Computerized Systems reported Q2 2004 results. Compared to Q2-03, revenues increased 18% to $7.5 million. Details

3D Systems Corporation announced operating results for its second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2004. Revenues increased 3.8% to $27.9 million in the second quarter of 2004. Details

* People *
Affinnova, Inc. announced its new Vice President of Marketing, Michael Cassettari. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Michael J. Fister, president and chief executive officer of Cadence, has been elected to the Cadence Board of Directors. Details

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Integrated Development Enterprise, Inc. named former PTC sales executive Dwight Griffith to the position of Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Details

MSC.Software Corp. announced that Mark Stevens has joined the Company's board of directors. Details

RuleStream Corporation announced the appointment of Gary Kuba as vice president of marketing. Details

Spescom Software Inc. announced the appointment of two senior executives. Michael Stout is joining the company as Director of Business Development for the nuclear market. Alan Kiraly joins in the role of Vice President Product Development. Details

* Implementation *
Citadon announced a multi-year, enterprise-wide agreement with St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Details

CoCreate Software GmbH announced that FiTel Engineering B.V. has completely outfitted its design department with Model Manager, CoCreate's design management product. Details

CoCreate Software GmbH announced that M-TEC GmbH has adopted CoCreate's Details

Cyco Software announced that MlNMETAL S.A. has selected Cyco AutoManager Meridian for the management of all its engineering data and related administrative documentation. Details

Delmia Corp. announced that Makino J Co., Ltd. implemented DELMIA Virtual NC for validation, visualization and accurate cycle time prediction of the machining process. Details

Digital Immersion Software Corp. announced that Global Wood Group has cut its time to market in half for its office furniture lines using Presenter 3D software. Details

Elysium Inc. announced that Ford Motor Company has selected Elysium to enable a global CAD vision throughout all of Ford and its subsidiaries. Details

Intergraph Corporation announced agreements with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. Details

i2 Technologies, Inc. announced that Severstal has selected i2 solutions. Details

Omnify Software announced that Pannaway Technologies is leveraging the Omnify PLM Suite to develop customized broadband convergence solutions in half the time. Details

RealityWave Inc. announced that they have added Innoject Inc. to their roster of users for the VizStream technology. Details

Realization Technologies announced that its software will be implemented by Genencor International Inc. Details

SolidWorks Corp. announced AquaCal has cut its product time to market by 60 percent with SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software. Details

Spescom Software announced that New Brunswick Power has selected its eB Nuclear solution. Details

Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announced that one of Asia's leading automotive manufacturers has begun implementing a wide range of eMPower solutions for Manufacturing Process Management in its Body-in-White (BIW) operations. Details

UGS announced FAW Bus and Coach Co. Ltd., a Chinese bus and coach supplier, selected Solid Edge as its standard computer-aided design (CAD) software. Details

* Developments *
Autodesk announced enhancements to the Autodesk Buzzsaw service to provide more visibility and control on building, manufacturing, and infrastructure projects. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced new PSpice-based simulation technology for the OrCAD product line. Details

Digital Immersion Software Corp. announced the availability of its Presenter 3D for SketchUp beta version. Details

Endeca announced the immediate availability of Endeca ProFind 4.5. Details

Mentor Graphics Corporation announced availability of the Capital Harness Systems product suite release 2004.1. Details

Moldflow Corporation announced the release of Moldflow Plastics Insight (MPI) 5.0. Details

Noran Engineering, Inc. announced their new product, NEiWorks, a CAD based analytical solution for SolidWorks. Details

Open Text Corporation's FirstClass division announced the release of FirstClass 8.0. Details

Rasterex Software announced the release of their RxAutoImage 7.5 for AutoCAD 2005/AutoCAD LT 2005 software for raster editing and raster-to-vector-conversion. Details

RealityWave Inc. announced the immediate availability of CATIA V4 and V5 compatibility with the VizStream Platform. Details

REALVIZ announced the launch of REALVIZ ImageModeler 4.0, the latest version of their image based 3D modeling software. Details

Seal Systems announced the release of PLOSSYS netdome 4.1. Details

SSA Global announced it is increasing its position in the product lifecycle management (PLM) market. Details (Word)

UGS announced availability of NX Nastran SDK. Details

UGS announced support for the HP Workstation xw6200 and xw8200, based on the latest Intel Xeon processors introduced in June. Details

Verity Inc. announced the availability of Verity TeleForm release 9.0. Details

* Relationships *
Fishbowl Solutions announced their partnership with PTC has been renewed and elevated to Gold Partner Status within PTC's PartnerAdvantage Program as an Enterprise Software Partner (ESP). Details

LightWork Design announced that Lighting Technologies Inc. has licensed LightWorks for use within their lighting design and analysis software - Lumen Designer. Details

Moldflow announced that it has formalized a relationship with Hoff and Associates as a member of its Certified Consulting Partner Program. Details

Okino Computer Graphics announced that NGRAIN, a long term Okino partner, will incorporate Okino's newest releases of its 3D CAD import technology as part of the NGRAIN conversion support capabilities. Details

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Okino Computer Graphics announced that the next generation of EON Reality's Studio software will integrate the newest releases of specific Okino industry standard importers. Details

SmartOrg and Portfolio DecisionWare announced a new strategic partnership. Details

Spatial Corp. and IronCAD announced that IronCAD's V7 release and new Inovate product are both powered by Spatial's 3D ACIS Modeler and IGES, STEP, Parasolid and CATIA V4 data translators from Spatial 3D InterOp product line. Details

* Other *
Cimage NovaSoft announced it joined the SWORD Group. Details

Delmia Corp. announced that the most recent Daratech Inc. market research into the digital manufacturing sector names Delmia Corp. as the leading provider of digital manufacturing process management . Details

eDocHelp announced a new website at Access to the site is free. 3DCADTips is an information resource for 3D CAD users, administrators, and managers sponsored by eDocHelp ( and Cadalyst Magazine ( The site will be helpful to those considering transitioning from 2D to 3D CAD. Details

Federation announced it held its Second Annual Advisory Board Meeting. Details

Oracle announced its supply chain management (SCM) global market share increased 1 percent to 7.8 percent during the 2003 calendar year. Details

Stratasys, Inc. announced it has shipped more Dimension 3D Printers in the first seven months of 2004 than it did during all of 2003. Details

UGS announced it received leading marks for its technology and business model from industry analyst firm Collaborative Product Development Associates, LLC in a report released entitled Defining the PLM Open Landscape. Details

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