February 6 2006

John Stark Associates

Volume 8
Number 20

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- Welcome
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- Update
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- News
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- Brief lines

* Welcome *
Welcome to 2PLM, an e-zine distributed about every two weeks. This issue includes :
  • 2006 Innovation Conference. Schumpeter. Achieving Innovation through PLM
  • Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid
  • Product Development Metrics and PLM Benefits in Boston, MA
* 2006 Innovation Conference. Schumpeter. Achieving Innovation through PLM. *
In the January 30 issue of 2PLM we suggested that 2006 is the Year of Talking about Innovation. A reader wrote to inform us that there is a real need to talk about innovation, otherwise companies won't have products to sell, and the West will become a deindustrialized society without jobs. Large manufacturing companies unable to innovate eventually reduce their headcount. Small and medium companies without a specific differentiator lose out to competition from low-cost countries.

He's organizing an Innovation Conference, focused on innovation achievements and achieving innovation, that will be held at the end of 2006 and is expected to attract hundreds of innovationists. He suggested that we present a paper on the emergence of PLM in the light of Schumpeter's view that innovation drives growth. Joseph Schumpeter and his work on evolutionary economics are expected to figure high on the Innovation Conference Agenda. Schumpeter's work at Harvard from 1932 onwards influences the thinking of innovationists, with much of the innovation program of the European Union, for example, being based on his work. We offered to present 'Innovation drives growth : Implementing PLM to increase the value of the product portfolio'.

Meanwhile we've been working with our customers to help them plan and implement PLM. Their objectives, definitions and timescales differ, but they are all working towards cradle-to-grave PLM addressing multiple components such as applications, processes, data and skills.

When we start working with a company, we often suggest taking a week or two to document the current situation and the issues to be addressed. The resulting document is useful in several ways. It shows the wide scope of PLM and the issues addressed in a PLM project. It's a good basis for management discussion about the need for PLM and the expected benefits. It helps identify and prioritize the activities that will occur in the project. It helps define short-term targets for quick success in the first six months. Experience shows that short-term demonstrable success will help achieve the support required for medium- and long-term actions.

* Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid *
John Stark Associates, together with SofTech, Inc. (sponsor of the recent John Stark Associates PLM Web Series), share their knowledge of working with companies to implement PLM solutions in a quick-read, complimentary white paper summary entitled 'Top 10 PLM Pitfalls to Avoid'. Jointly developed for the PLM Web Series, this document outlines some of the more common pitfalls seen and encountered by companies planning for and implementing PLM.

 Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid

Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid

Product Lifecycle Management is focused on managing a company's products. Not surprisingly, PLM strategies vary from industry to industry and company to company. However, there are core fundamental objectives of PLM that are the same, and because of this and the nature of people, technologies, and product practices in general, common implementation obstacles are encountered along the way. Click on the banner above to download your copy of 'Top 10 PLM Pitfalls to Avoid' to help steer your PLM initiative around these common hazards:

Top 10 PLM Pitfalls

1.  Starting before everyone is informed
2.  Proceeding before everyone agrees
3.  Having unclear project objectives
4.  Not planning for setbacks and rejection
5.  Proceeding without a sense of reality
6.  Running a major product risk
7.  Thinking PLM is only about managing product data
8.  Thinking you can hold off on PLM a little longer
9.  Believing you can't fail
10. Not measuring and promoting your success

* Product Development Metrics and PLM Benefits in Boston, MA *
GGI announced its third Product Development Metrics Summit will be held March 14-16, 2006 in metro Boston. The series of 3 seminars is focused on 3 areas of importance to R&D executives and managers. Details

The PLM Interest Group (PLMIG) announced a PLM Benefits Workshop to be held 28 February - 1 March 2006 in Boston. It's the first in a series of Workshops being held to launch the project to develop a PLM Benefits Reference Model (BRM).

The Workshop is aimed at achieving an in-depth understanding of the current situation with PLM benefits, and preparing the plan for a project which will lead to an internationally accepted PLM Benefits Reference Model. Details

The Boston Workshop is being organized with the assistance of PTC, one of the Founder Members of the PLM BRM project.

The second Workshop in the series is expected to be held in March in London, England. It is being organized with the assistance of UGS, another of the Founder Members of the PLM BRM project.

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Reference Section

Follow the link for books in the Product Lifecycle Management Library

Configuration Management . Product Data Management . Product Lifecycle Management

Autodesk .. CATIA .. Lean .. MicroStation .. Pro/ENGINEER .. Six Sigma .. UGS

The World of Product Lifecycle Management

Follow the links for :

Vendors in the PLM World. Latest additions/modifications : Artemis International Solutions Corporation, Coastal Logic, Inc., ENGINEERING.COM, Hamilton Hall.

PLM service providers. Latest additions/modifications : Axian, Inc., EDS Technologies Pvt Ltd, Infosys Technologies, Kalypso Partners, Metafore, LLC, Product Lifecycle Management Australasia, xLM Solutions, xPLM Solution.

General Interest

Innovation Management

Engineering Change Management

Managing PDM in a changing environment

Principles of Good Product Development

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* Corporate *
MSC.Software Corp. announced a definitive agreement to sell its Japanese service subsidiary, ESTECH Corporation, to Information Services International - Dentsu, Ltd. Details

* Financial *
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced Q4 2005 revenue of $378 million, an increase of 10 percent over the $343 million reported for the same period in 2004. Details

Moldflow Corp. announced results for its Q2 of fiscal 2006. Worldwide revenue was $16.9 million for Q2 fiscal 2006, compared to $16.3 million for the previous Q2. Details

* People *
Dassault Systemes announced the appointment of Patrick Romich as CEO of its ENOVIA brand. Details

i2 Technologies, Inc. announced that Alberto Consani has been named Senior Vice President for i2's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Details

Mentor Graphics announced that Harry D. Foster has joined Mentor Graphics' Design Verification & Test Division. Details

* Implementations *
Actify Inc. announced that Marquardt Switch has adopted SpinFire for Microsoft Office. Details

Intergraph Corp. announced that AF-Process AB has signed a five-year Software License Agreement to standardize on Intergraph software. Details

MasterControl Inc. announced that BloodSource has chosen the MasterControl quality management suite to facilitate FDA compliance, foster efficiency, and increase effectiveness. Details

 UGS Velocity Series

UGS Velocity Series

PTC announced that NASA is using Windchill in the development of its Crew Exploration Vehicle. Details

* Developments *
Alibre Inc. announced the release of the newest version of Alibre Design 9.0. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced Cadence Chip Optimizer. Details

Consistent Software announced the release of CSView 2. Details

InnovMetric Software announced the release of PolyWorks 9.1. Details

Lattice Technology, Inc. announced the release of its upgraded XVL technology. Details

MSC.Software Corp. announced MD Nastran. Details

Quantapoint announced the release of QuantaCAD. Details

* Relationships *
Diapsys announced a new partnership with Missler Software. Details

IDES Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Machine Design magazine. Details

Magnacad Design Inc. announced the partnership with Drew Engineering and Concurrent Systems Inc., Ltd. (CSI) together to provide CSI's DesignDataManager. Details

Pinion Software, Inc. announced it has joined the SolidWorks Solution Partner Program. Details

Proficiency announced it has become a vendor member in the JT Open Program and is adding support for the 3D JT data format in the next version of its Collaboration Gateway product. Details

TekSoft announced a certification program for CAMWorks value-added resellers. Details

UGS Corp. and DataSolid announced that DataSolid has licensed the 3D Dimensional Constraint Manager for use in the Professional version of its CADdy++ mechanical CAD product line. Details

UGS announced the latest issue of PLM Knowledge 21. Details

* Other *
The CMSC Society announced it will host the annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference 2006 from July 17-21, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. Details

Cyon Research Corp. released its White Paper "The Innovator's Dilemma" in the context of CAx and PLM vendors The case for an engineering software components market. Details

Cyon Research Corp. announced that COFES 2006: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 20 - 23, 2006. Details

ProSTEP iViP Association announced the program for ProSTEP iViP Symposium 2006: Enabling Innovation - Integrating Processes on April 25 and 26, 2006 in Cologne, Germany. Details

Sopheon announced that IDC has published a profile analyzing Sopheon and its flagship Accolade process and product portfolio management system. Details

Product Lifecycle Management in Pharmaceuticals

UGS Corp. announced that a new report from AberdeenGroup points to "best-in-class" companies as being four times more likely to use PLM technology to automate their product development process. Details

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