January 18 2010

John Stark Associates

Volume 12
Number 21

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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 Standards: Starting the Debate
  • The Effect of Standards on Education
  • The Challenge of Product Structure
  • Effective BPM
  • PLM10 Conference and Call for Papers
  • BPM and Social Media
* PLM Standards: Starting the Debate *
by Roger Tempest

The December issues of 2PLM highlighted the lack of structure in the PLM industry, and the need for standards and qualifications to be established if PLM is ever to become the profession that we think it should be. In particular, from the December 07 issue:-

"Almost every other business function or profession (management, project management, quality, engineering, purchasing, supply chain - the list is extensive) has its own industry body, its own professional standards, and its own qualifications. The PLM industry should be no exception.

PLM standards lead to more effective working and the possibility of "right first time" implementations. PLM qualifications lead to professional recognition, and an enhanced career path for PLM specialists.

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. There will need to be international cooperation 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."

Given the need for standards, more questions arise: "Do we want them?" "Would we adopt them, or are we afraid of them?" The response of vendors and consultancies to these questions will be interesting.

There are practical considerations, too. The worst thing that could happen would be for many committees and subcommittees to be formed, generating overblown material that looks interesting to them but is of no practical use. We need simple, easy-to-apply standards that do not conflict with the existing pool of intellectual capital.

In fact, we need an open, international discussion. The debate begins below with a viewpoint on the consequences of the lack of standards on the education of our future graduates; and an overview of the Product Structure issues that effective standards could resolve. It will continue on the PLMIG web site with an Open Forum and a 'PLM Standards Reference Page' that summarises the PLM-related standards that currently exist. Input and feedback from everyone involved in PLM is welcome.

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

* The Effect of Standards on Education *
by Maarten Hagen

From my experience I expect that PLM is here to stay. Both the Product Development and Product Change disciplines will continue to have a place of their own and within the wider collaborative business network going forward. Some say it may be superseded by an all-encompassing ERP system but from what I have seen, despite the fact that the humble BoM is what ERP needs to manufacture, ERP itself is not expected to broaden its scope to encompass PLM.

Another reason PLM will remain as such a discipline is that university students do not receive an education in PLM to a large extent. They are trained to be engineers, food technologists, fashion designers, etc - often in quite a narrow manner. Their training does not necessarily cover the 'scaled-up'/industrial/ thinking, and most graduates only pick this up when they start to work in (larger) companies. There they see industrial manufacture, industrial cooking, industrial fashion manufacture. As a result they start to appreciate the wider business network for making decisions, based on data and interactions. It is within these businesses that PLM 'happens' - not a university lecture theatre.

The discrete industry is very much a front-runner in PLM, followed by industries with a need for global collaboration (such as fashion). Within food manufacturing companies, PLM is rarely recognised by any people who work on Product Development. This however, is beginning to change. The success of PLM will depend on the extent that it is relevant to the needs of engineers/technologists in specific industries, so I would suggest that discrete manufacturing leads the way, and from this we can develop 'standard' industry specific visions for PLM, and the associated skill profiles for PLM professionals, that can then bring PLM into the universities.

dr. Maarten Hagen is a Business Consultant at Infor. He can be reached at maarten.hagen@infor.com or +44(0)7920 495 258.

* The Challenge of Product Structure *
by John Stark

At 2PLM we have many contacts with PLM implementors as we prepare each issue. A recent discussion with the PLM Manager of a multinational telecommunications corporation about the issues they are having with Product Structure is worth including as thoughts move towards possible PLM standards.

"A significant PLM issue in our industry is that of product configuration. It might seem that this should follow the same rules as for a car or a PC, but PLM is never so simple.

Naturally, the starting point is a base product, which may sometimes be pre-configured, available in any colour as long as it's black, and with all the possible configurations and variants. In the car industry, there is the useful idea of a silhouette to represent a 'product', but in our industry we sell 'solutions', comprising a kit of products and services. We already consider a solution or service to be a 'product', so the whole thing becomes hierarchical (and/or recursive!).

For planning and forecasting purposes, we need to know, "How many of each 'product' will we sell next period?" So there are planning models which are 'typical' configurations. And there are also tendering models when the customer's requirements are not yet known in detail.

Of course, customers are not interested in our product management difficulties. They simply want to place a one-line order for what they require as a "product, configured as discussed".

The order is transformed into a BOM of sellable items (modules, racks, shelves, cables...) and these become line items on the internal view of the order.

Furthermore, there is Customer Support where the customer needs a picklist of all our products to raise his tickets against.

And on top of all this, there are regulatory agencies who want 'product compliance' which may need a different view (maybe a worst case configuration).

Across the company, the goal is to have one Product Master Database (trying to avoid terminology conflicts with ERP) but it is a constant challenge to crystallise the line between the Product Line/Family and the sellable modules that are actually shipped, actually have part numbers, serial numbers and prices...."

I've seen many companies with similar issues, so I expect many readers of 2PLM will have thought, as they read the above, "That looks familiar, we have those issues too". And they would know that the effort required by a company to address such issues is huge. Since there are no standards, each company has to build its own PLM solution.

Perhaps the questions isn't, "Should there be PLM Standards?", but "Can we afford not to have PLM Standards?"

2PLM welcomes your views or suggestions.

* Effective Business Process Management *
by Scott Cleveland, Coldwater Technology

Over the years, I have talked to many companies. I used to be surprised at how few had even begun to address their business processes.

Today, I am surprised if they are doing any business process management.

I am sure that there are many reasons for this, but I would expect the top of the list to include:
  • Change - Companies (people) don't like change. This is the number one killer of any large project.
  • The Solution Crosses Organizational Boundaries - Once any solution crosses organizational boundaries, 'control' becomes an issue. People are possessive about their processes, their data, etc.
  • Lack of Management Backing - Some projects can survive without this backing, but anything that crosses organizational boundaries is not likely to succeed without this backing.
  • Perception - Business Process Management projects are perceived to be too big and expensive, so you often hear 'we can't afford to do that'.
Back to my mantra - if you want your company to be one of the companies that breaks out of this 'depression' stronger, then you must get more efficient. Don't we all want to increase revenues, decrease costs and improve customer relationships? Leverage Business Process Management to increase market share and increase profits!

Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387

* PLM10 Conference and Call for Papers *
by David Potter

You are cordially invited to participate in the 7th International Product Lifecycle Management Conference, PLM10, to take place 12th - 14th July 2010 in Bremen in the North West of Germany. This will be the seventh PLM conference and the first to be held in Germany. Following the successful first six conferences, held in Bangalore (2003), Lyon (2005), Bangalore (2006), Bergamo/ Milano (2007), Seoul (2008) and Bath (2009), the purpose of the PLM10 conference will be to present recent developments in this area of both significant academic interest and critical importance to industrial enterprises. The conference is promoted by the International Federation for Information Processing (ifip) Working Group 5.1 on Global Product Development for the whole Lifecycle.

Please follow this link for further information: http://cl2m.com/news/plm10-call-papers

David Potter is Chief Technical Officer, Promise Innovation International Oy., and former Chairman of the Project Steering Board of the EU PROMISE Project.

* BPM and Social Media *
by Scott Cleveland, Coldwater Technology

Pundits are forecasting that Social Networking will deeply impact many types of Web-based software - including Business Process Management.

Having worked for startups in Silicon Valley, I've been watching Social Networking Websites very closely. Over the last several years, I've been researching how to use these sites to increase revenues - today, pundits are calling this Marketing 2.0.

Social sites are getting a lot of attention from marketers trying to figure out how to make money on the movement. But it's still early.

BPM is about managing business processes. The goal is to manage processes to increase revenues, decrease costs and improve customer relationships. You can manage business processes without using any software or websites - it's been happening for years. And, if using software or social media will help you manage processes, then I'm all for it. But, today, I can't see a reason to go there. We already have Email, why go through a Social Site's mail? We can already share documents, why post them on a Social Site? We can notify people of tasks with basic Email, why use Social Networking technology?

But I'm not totally negative on this - I do see that a social site could be a part of a process that helps you build and maintain customer relationships.

What do you think? I'd be pleased to know your views.

Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387

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* Corporate *
Intergraph announced the acquisition of COADE Holdings Inc. Details

Oracle announced the acquisition of Silver Creek Systems, Inc., a provider of product data quality solutions. Details

* Financial *
Lawson Software, Inc. reported financial results for Q2 fiscal year 2010. Total revenues were $184.4 million. Details

Oracle Corp. announced fiscal 2010 Q2 GAAP total revenues were up 4% to $5.9 billion. Details

* People *
Infor announced that Bruce Richardson will join Infor as chief strategy officer. Details

Zuken announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Januschke as IT Manager, Europe & USA. Details

* Implementations *
Catalog Data Solutions announced that Amphenol Connex selected the CDS Catalog for their website's product catalog. Details

Centric Software, Inc. announced that Colmar selected Centric 8. Details

CMstat announced that Irving Shipbuilding, Inc implemented the CMstat Hardware Configuration Management system. Details

CMstat announced that Raytheon IDS, Woburn, MA selected the CMstat Hardware Configuration Management system. Details

CONTACT Software GmbH announced that Transtec Gotthard opted for CONTACT's Project Management solution, CIM DATABASE PCS. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced use of SolidWorks 3D CAD software by DLP Ltd. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Maesa Studio uses SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that its CATIA brand has been chosen by Terrafugia. Details

Geometric Limited announced use of CAMWorks 2009 by Roush Industries. Details

Just OnePlace Pty Ltd announced new deals with Australian Weaving Mills, AussieBum and IceBreaker. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that the Canon India Design Centre deployed Questa. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Calibre PERC is employed at ON Semiconductor and Faraday Technology Corporation. Details

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced that Response Biomedical has gone live with Pilgrim's solution for complaints management. Details

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced that United Drug plc will implement Pilgrim's SmartSolve solution. Details

PTC announced that GE Healthcare has selected Windchill and Pro/ENGINEER. Details

QUMAS announced Siena Biotech SpA selected the QUMAS Biotechnology Package as its Regulatory Content Management Solution. Details

Think3 announced GE Lighting India opted for ThinkDesign Styling. Details

VISTAGY, Inc. announced that SNSP has purchased FiberSIM composites engineering software. Details

WFX Technologies announced that White Stuff selected WFX Web PLM for Compliance Management. Details

Zuken announced that Emergency One UK Ltd has selected Zuken's E3.series software for its electrical harness design. Details

* Developments *
ANSYS, Inc. announced the 12.1 release of HFSS software. Details

AVEVA announced the release of AVEVA Hull Finite Element Modeller. Details

AVEVA announced the release of AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface. Details

CCE announced a new version of Oceans SDK. Details

CGTech announced new capabilities for users of NX CAM. Details

CNC Software, Inc. announced Mastercam X4 for SolidWorks. Details

COADE announced the release of PV Elite 2010. Details

Dassault Systemes announced the availability of 3DVIA Composer V6R2010x. Details

ecVision announced the Develop module. Details

ESI Group announced the release of Visual-Environment 5.5 Details

Extensible CAD Technologies announced the release of InspectionXpert for Pro/ENGINEER. Details

Firehole Technologies, Inc. announced Helius:MCT 3.0. Details

Fishbowl Solutions announced support for flat file documents with its linkLoader for Windchill PDMLink solution. Details

Formtek announced version 5.3.2 of the Formtek | Orion 5 Product Suite for Windows and Solaris. Details

Geometric Technologies, Inc. announced upcoming releases of CAMWorks and DFMPro. Details

Hexagon Metrology announced the release of DataPage+. Details

IMSI/Design announced it is releasing DoubleCAD XT Pro v2. Details

LEDAS announced RhinoDirect 0.1. Details

Materialise NV announced the release of Mimics13.1. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced a hardware-assisted solution for the verification of USB 2.0 products Details

MetaCommunications announced Workgroups 2010 Package 162.3 upgrade, featuring built-in support for AutoCAD products. Details

Open Text Corp. announced the release of Open Text Capture Center version 4. Details

OptiTex announced CutPlan. Details

Oracle announced the Project Portfolio Management Integration Pack for Primavera P6. Details

PartMaker Inc. announced PartMaker Version 2010. Details

ProStep AG announced OpenDXM GlobalX 6.2. Details

QUMAS announced the launch of QUMAS ComplianceUnity. Details

Stratasys announced the uPrint Plus. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced the release of HOOPS v18.0. Details

Theorem Solutions announced CADverter JT for 3DVIA Composer. Details

Trimble announced version 6.5 of its Trimble RealWorks software. Details

ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. announced the release of ZWCAD 2010. Details

* Relationships *
Aras announced that Prodeos has joined the Aras Partner Program. Details

Arena Solutions announced that it has signed Sofent Technologies as its exclusive reseller for India. Details

CyberGlove Systems announced a technology partnership with Siemens PLM Software. Details

EON Reality announced a partnership with NEC. Details

GoEngineer Inc. announced a partnership with Stratasys, Inc. Details

Intergraph and Skire announced a partnership to integrate design and capital project management. Details

INUS Technology, Inc. announced that DPS Software signed a sales agreement to sell Rapidform. Details

ITI TranscenData announced that it has joined the JT Open Program. Details

JETCAM International announced two new distributors in Lebanon and Syria. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Freescale Semiconductor has selected Mentor as a partner. Details

Spatial Corp. announced that Huidu Technology Co has joined the Spatial Reseller Program. Details

Surfware, Inc. announced that CAMcad Technologies, Inc. and 3D Concepts GmbH have been named "Resellers of the Year" for 2009. Details

Think3 announced an agreement with Prosolvia-tech for the management of Illustrated Spare Part Catalogs. Details

VISTAGY, Inc. announced a partnership with the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University. Details

Zeus Numerix announced it has become the first research partner to the newly opened EADS R&D center at Bangalore. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced that American Precision Prototyping, LLC has joined its 3Dproparts network. Details

* Other *
Access Commerce announced it received a Positive rating in Gartner's "MarketScope for Sales Configuration, 3Q09". Details

ANSYS, Inc. announced that the University of Alberta used software from ANSYS. Details

CAD Schroer Group announced STHENO/PRO ADVANCED 4.0 trial version. Details

CENIT announced it earned the BAE Systems Bronze Award 2009 in the innovation category for its implementation of 6-axis programming using CENIT's FASTTIP software. Details

Centric Software announced that the United States Patent Office has awarded U.S. Patent Number 7,617,014, titled "Managing and Unifying Structured Representations of Product Information" to Centric Software. The patent recognizes a unique business method codified in the Centric product lifecycle and sourcing platform. Details

The 1 December 2009 issue of Concurrent Engineering Journal was published. Details

Contex announced North America headquarters move from Derwood, MD to Herndon, VA location. Details

Dassault Systemes announced CATIA was used in the development of nearly 80% of production and concept vehicles making their world debut at NAIAS 2010. Details

EMC Corp. announced that Forrester Research positioned the EMCDocumentum ECM suite a Leader in the enterprise content management market. Details

Gerber Technology unveiled the YuniquePLM brand identity. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced its twentieth anniversary. Details

SensAble Technologies, Inc announced that it concluded 2009 with record sales. Details

VISTAGY, Inc. announced that its FiberSIM software continues to be adopted as the product of choice by the Chinese aircraft industry. Details

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