December 21 2009

John Stark Associates

Volume 12
Number 20

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- News
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* Welcome *
Welcome to 2PLM, an e-zine distributed about every two weeks. This issue includes :
  • PLM Prediction for 2010
* PLM Prediction for 2010 *
by Roger Tempest

Recent issues of 2PLM have discussed how the shapeless and abstract world of PLM can be formalised by focusing on clear principles and techniques that can be applied by everyone. This theme culminated in the December 07 issue by highlighting the current lack of standards and qualifications that are the norm in other professional industries.

In other words, after a decade of unstructured development, it is time for the PLM industry to grow up.

In order to develop standards and qualifications, the PLM industry will have to get organised. There will need to be meetings to propose, define and agree the standards. There will need to be collaboration to establish exactly which roles, skills and knowledge will be embodied within the qualifications.

The 2009 PLM Journal set provides a good start, as it defines neutral principles and techniques for:-
  • Vision, Strategy and Roadmapping
  • managing the CEO, board and Steering Group
  • PLM and PDM project management
  • PLM and PDM metrics
  • measuring the commercial value of PLM
These can be used now to give companies the benefit of common experience within their own implementations, and can form the knowledge platform to start the standards debate.

The PLMIG will launch the discussion, but there will need to be international cooperation to take it forward and to align the standards across countries and regions. Furthermore, there will need to be a new industry grouping of professional experts from PLM organisations that will act as the appraising authority.

This is where it will really get interesting. Users want PLM standards, provided that they are practical and suit their way of working. Vendors and service providers want PLM standards, as long as they do not conflict with the products that they have spent years developing. And many organisations will want to be represented on the appraising body.

The prediction for 2010, therefore, is a lively and contentious debate during Q1, followed by workshops and collaboration from Q2 onwards. The next issue of 2PLM, scheduled for January 18, will explain how all this is going to happen. In the meantime, 2PLM would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. The PLMIG would welcome your views or suggestions for PLM standards or qualifications, via

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* Corporate *
Hexagon announced the acquisition of Mycrona GmbH. Details

* Financial *
Adobe Systems Inc. reported revenue of $757.3 million for its fourth quarter ended Nov. 27, 2009. Details

Gerber Scientific, Inc. reported revenue for its fiscal 2010 second quarter ended October 31, 2009. Reported revenue was $120.2 million. Details

IGE+XAO announced a turnover of Euro 4,735,624 for the 1st quarter of 2009/2010. Details

QAD Inc. reported total revenue equaled $56.2 million for the fiscal 2010 third quarter ended October 31, 2009. Details

Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. announced revenues in the third quarter ending September 30, 2009 were $8.4M. Details

* People *
AVEVA Group plc announced the appointment of William Muldoon as Executive VP of North America. Details

Formtek, Inc. announced that Dr. Barry M. Blechman was elected to the Formtek Board of Directors. Details

Lectra announced the appointment of Philippe Ribera as Software Marketing Director. Details

Planit Software announced the appointment of Dave Caughley as Development Manager for e2i. Details

Quantapoint announced that Matt Gastgeb has been promoted to VP of Operations. Details

VizSeek announced that Derrick Dilts has joined VizSeek as Business Development Manager for small and middle markets. Details

* Implementations *
aPriori announced that Cummins Filtration has selected the aPriori Product Cost Management software platform. Details

Aras announced that Kloeckner Desma Schuhmaschinen GmbH will deploy the Aras Innovator suite. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Applied Micro Circuits Corporation selected the Cadence EDI System. Details

Cadence Design Systems (I) Pvt Ltd. announced that Cosmic Circuits adopted Cadence Virtuoso IC 6.1. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced use Cadence Virtuoso by Zoran Corp. Details

Collier Research Corp. announced use of HyperSizer for the NASA Constellation program's Composite Crew Module. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that a UK-based design firm used SolidWorks software to create a snowboarding helmet. Details

Dassault Systemes announced use of CATIA and ENOVIA SmarTeam by ISS Reshetnev Company. Details

Eurostep announced that the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) placed an order for Share-A-space. Details

Intergraph announced that Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion expanded its use of SmartPlant Enterprise. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Kontron AG expanded its Expedition Enterprise PCB installation. Details

MSC.Software announced that PROTON has been using MSC.Software's CAE solutions. Details

Omnify Software announced that Avid has implemented the Omnify Empower PLM solution. Details

PTC announced that China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group Co., Ltd. has deployed Mathcad. Details

PTC announced that Livengood Engineering is using PTC CoCreate. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center selected NX and Teamcenter. Details

Sword CTSpace announced that GDF Suez E&P Ltd selected its solutions for its Cygnus project in the North Sea. Details

* Developments *
Altair Engineering announced it launched the HyperWorks Durability Director. Details

Anark Corp. announced the release of Anark Core 3. Details

Animech Technologies announced version 2.0 of their solution for 3D visualization of product configurations. Details

ANSYS, Inc. announced the availability of ANSYS 12.1. Details

Autodesk announced enhancement of the Algor Simulation Software Portfolio. Details

AVEVA announced additions to AVEVA Marine. Details

AVEVA announced enhancements to AVEVA Plant. Details

Capvidia announced the release of CompareVidia2010. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced improvements to its Virtuoso IC design platform. Details

Contact Software GmbH introduced its Workspaces architecture. Details

CSI announced the extension of the DDM (DesignDataManager) solution suite to include database replication. Details

Dassault Systemes announced the availability of Isight 4.0. Details

Delcam announced the launch of the 2010 version of its PowerINSPECT inspection software. Details

Geometric Limited announced the release of NestLib 2009 R3. Details

Geometric Limited announced the release of version 2.4 of GeomCaliper. Details

Lattice Technology Inc. announced the release of XVL Studio version 9. Details

LEDAS Ltd. announced version 3.0 of its LGS 2D geometric constraint solver. Details

LMS announced the release of LMS Virtual.Lab Acoustics Rev 9. Details

MasterControl Inc. announced the release of MasterControl version 8.1.0. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp announced expansion of the Questa Multi-view Verification Components Library. Details

Open Text Corp. announced that it has expanded its portfolio of ECM solutions for Oracle Applications. Details

Surfware, Inc. announced that the beta version of SURFCAM V5 has been completed. Details

SYCODE released CATIA V4 and V5 file import add-ins for SolidWorks. Details

SYCODE announced the release of NX and Pro/ENGINEER 2D drawing file import add-ins for SolidWorks. Details

TradeStone Software announced availability of a new Creative Design module. Details

TransMagic, Inc. announced the first release of a true 64-bit version of TransMagic EXPERT. Details

Tribold announced the release of Tribold 4. Details

* Relationships *
Anark Corp. announced it has joined the JT Open Program. Details

CENIT AG announced that Dassault Systemes accredited CENIT for CATIA V6 High End and CATIA V6 PLM Express. Details

Eurostep announced additional business partners - CostVision, PartDB, Solibri, Syntell - for the implementation of Share-A-space. Details

Fujitsu Limited and Digital Process Ltd. announced the development of ICAD/SX V6L2. Details

Nikon Metrology and Magestic Systems Inc. announced a collaboration. Details

PTC Japan and NEC announced an enterprise alliance agreement. Details

QUMAS and neeb and partner GmbH announced a strategic partnership and reseller agreement. Details

Right Hemisphere and Lightmap Ltd. announced a new lighting tool for users of Deep Exploration. Details

Right Hemisphere announced a partnership with Desys srl. Details

Spatial Corp. announced Spatial components provide CAD translation for Armonicos 3D Inspection software. Details

Think3 announced it partners with MINDPOWER for its CAD and PLM products in Tamilnadu. Details

* Other *
Altair announced the addition to its HWEC of Coustyx from Advanced Numerical Solutions, LLC. Details

Aras announced availability of Aras Innovator on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows 7. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Fairchild Semiconductor named Cadence as its primary EDA partner. Details

Cyon Research Corp. announced that Omid Moghadam and Bo Burlinham will keynote COFES 2010. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that CATIA was used in the development of over 80% of vehicles on display at the 2010 LA Auto Show. Details

GlobalSpec announced the launch of its My GlobalSpec platform of workflow management tools. Details

LEDAS Ltd. announced University of Michigan Taubman College licensed the academic version of LGD 3D Geometric Constraint Solver. Details

The MathWorks announced that the University of Mississippi implemented a campus-wide license of MATLAB. Details

PTC announced it recently added seven schools to its Education Program for North American Colleges and Universities. Details

TradeStone Software announced it received a very positive review in the November 2009 IDC Retail Insights market overview, "Vendor Assessment: Retail PLM/MLM - Bringing Quality Products to Market Faster." Details

3Dconnexion announced its line of 3D mice support PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0. Details

3Dconnexion announced its line of 3D mice is supported by Siemens NX 7 and Tecnomatix 9. Details

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