Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) White Papers
SofTech's ProductCenter PLM white papers and technical summaries are useful documents for companies exploring PLM solutions or expanding their PLM implementations.
The 3R’s of PLM
SofTech’s latest White Paper identifies three essential elements for justifying PLM as the key to productivity improvement initiatives of global product development companies.
This white paper is geared towards those decision makers in all types of product development companies that are looking to improve business practices, global competitiveness and the bottom line.
In today's competitive global market, companies are implementing PLM to streamline processes, which positively impacts productivity, quality and time to market. Within this white paper SofTech identifies three essential elements of justifying a PLM initiative, the 3R’s:
- Recognize the Need
- Retain your Intellectual Property
- Realize the Return on Investment
ProductCenter The 3Rs of PLM
Automating Part Number Generation
SofTech’s latest White Paper provides insight into the Part Number Generation process and the benefits of managing this information in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system.
By managing part numbers in a Product Lifecycle Management system such as SofTech’s ProductCenter PLM solution, you create a competitive advantage in your product development process and downstream applications by providing early visibility to part number specific information such as material, cost, vendors, physical properties and contractual requirements. ProductCenter as the central source of your company’s Bill of Information, as defined by your intellectual property and business processes, not only improves productivity but also accelerates and reduces the cost of delivering products to market.
The goal is to be able to drive measurable benefits from every aspect of your technology investments. The following are among the many benefits of incorporating a part number generation process into your comprehensive PLM strategy:
- Ensures best practices and corporate standards
- Promotes part number and design re-use
- Changing vendor information is easy
- Global, 7x24 product information availability
- Shorten Change Management processes
- Eliminates bottlenecks in the number assignment process
- Assures that duplicate part numbers are not assigned for different parts
ProductCenter Automating Part Number Generation
The Comprehensive Bill of Information
As a follow up to The Top 10 Business Reasons for Implementing PLM, SofTech’s White Paper focuses on the Bill of Information (BOI). Many companies that employ a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system are only managing a limited data set of the entire product portfolio. By using a PLM system to manage the BOI, companies are able to capture the entire data set required for design, testing, manufacture, delivery, sale, and support of a product.
Companies that adopt a Bill of Information (BOI) approach with their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) implementations will achieve the biggest gains. The BOI enables the real-time management and reporting from the entire collection of information at any point along a product’s lifecycle - from concept through retirement.
SofTech, Inc.’s latest white paper, The Comprehensive Bill of Information, provides insight into the fundamental concepts that make up a BOI, which serves as the “blueprint” that describes your finished product. To fully define your company’s intellectual property it is essential to capture, document and retain the BOI.
ProductCenter The Comprehensive Bill of Information
Top 10 Business Reasons for Implementing PLM
Once again SofTech, Inc. has teamed up with leading PLM authority, author, consultant, and speaker, John Stark of John Stark Associates (www.johnstark.com) to deliver his insight and knowledge on the Top 10 Business Reasons for Implementing PLM. This quick easy-to-read White Paper spells out the top reasons businesses can benefit from the implementation of a PLM solution.
This paper reveals the top 10 reasons to implement PLM in your company. As you read through it you may identify some areas of your company that could potentially benefit through the use of a solid PLM solution.
In order to deliver you the best resource of information, SofTech, Inc. has once again teamed up with the leading PLM authority, consultant and speaker John Stark of John Stark Associates. Top 10 Business Reasons for Implementing PLM also addresses ways to keep your product data under control, maximize resources, and increase revenue.
ProductCenter Top 10 PLM Business Reasons For Implementing PLM
10 Critical PLM Facts Every Executive Should Know
Written by leading PLM authority, author, consultant, and speaker, John Stark of John Stark Associates (www.johnstark.com), this executive briefing white paper will quickly bring you up to speed on PLM. It lays out what PLM is, it isn't, and what PLM can realistically do for your businesses in terms of financial and business performance. It encapsulates John Stark's experience, providing practical knowledge on how to get your PLM initiative staffed, organized, up and running and delivering maximum business benefit in as little time as possible.
An Executive Briefing PLM White Paper
This paper is a follow on to the Top 10 PLM Pitfalls to Avoid white paper summary, which has been downloaded by thousands of leading manufacturers and covered in major industry publications around the globe. Like its predecessor, this new paper is designed to be an easily-read but powerful educational tool on PLM, geared to you as a busy executive to help you prepare for PLM in your business.
Written by leading PLM authority, author, consultant, and speaker John Stark of John Stark Associates (www.johnstark.com), this paper will quickly bring you up to speed on PLM. It lays out what PLM is, it isn’t, and what PLM can realistically do for your businesses in terms of financial and business performance. It encapsulates John Stark’s experience, providing practical knowledge on how to get your PLM initiative staffed, organized, up and running and delivering maximum business benefit in as little time as possible. Download this paper today to find out more:
- How PLM improves management of your products at each phase of the product lifecycle from the first spark of an idea, when a product is created/defined, produced, in use with your customers, and finally disposed of - but in a much more congruent fashion, with better visibility at every stage, and repeatable success time after time.
- How PLM can make your company more nimble to respond to business pressures, from increased competition, globalization, regulatory compliance, shareholders or the most consistent pressure - to make more money.
- What realistic BUSINESS benefits can be achieved from PLM in terms of increased revenue, profit margins, faster product introductions, and more. What measures of improvements are other companies realizing with PLM?
- What PLM can do to help you minimize product risks; very costly risks ranging from customer annoyance to injury or even death of product users that can occur if you lose control of your products.
- That PLM can’t be implemented willy-nilly. It will take time and must be run with clear leadership roles supported from the top down. What are these roles and how do you get your PLM initiative off the ground?
- That you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the enormity of PLM. There are ways to implement PLM that can deliver immediate benefit, spread out the cost, and improve your results and success with PLM, such as a PLM Needs Assessment or Pilot Program.
ProductCenter 10 Critical PLM Facts
Top 10 PLM Pitfalls to Avoid
We are pleased to announce an update to the Top 10 PLM Pitfalls white paper summary. This paper was first produced for a PLM Web series put on by SofTech and leading PLM authority, Dr. John Stark. Since it's first issue back in the Fall of 2005, we have had a surprising response to it, with over 1,000 companies requesting copies. In addition, it has been reprinted in a number of publications, being called "irresistibly practical" and sparking a number of discussion threads. For the PLM Initiative Manager or Team, we believe there lies its appeal, and its practicality. In a quick-read Top 10 format, it gives you the chance to educate yourself more on PLM, plan for it, and recognize and overcome the more common pitfalls that might otherwise cost you money, time, or stand in your way to PLM success.
John Stark Associates and SofTech White Paper Summary
This newly updated easy-to-digest white paper summary will help you avoid the pitfalls to save time, money, and aggravation when launching a PLM initiative.
We are pleased to announce an update to the Top 10 PLM Pitfalls white paper summary. This paper was first produced for a joint Web seminar series developed by SofTech and leading PLM authority, Dr. John Stark, (www.johnstark.com). Since its first issue in late 2005, people from over 1,000 companies around the world have requested copies. In addition, it has been reprinted in a number of publications where it was called “irresistibly practical” and sparked a number of discussion threads.
Based on years of experience, guiding thousands of companies to PLM success - well before PLM was even acronym, Dr. John Stark and SofTech have laid out 10 simple but very powerful “PLM Pitfalls to Avoid”. This paper has helped many companies. It can help you steer your PLM initiative around common hurdles and pitfalls that might otherwise cost you money and time, and stand in your way to PLM success.
ProductCenter Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid v2
PLM for Mid-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises
A CIMdata Analyst Review, this paper provides CIMdata's analyst review of SofTech's ProductCenter PLM solution, which is intended for mid-sized manufacturers that are considering a PLM deployment. It covers how and why mid-sized companies are implementing PLM in record numbers by explaining PLM and its benefits. The paper also includes results of interviews that CIMdata has conducted with a number of SofTech's PLM customers.
A CIMdata review of SofTech’s ProductCenter PLM
This paper provides CIMdata's analyst review of SofTech’s ProductCenter PLM solution offering, which is intended for mid-sized manufacturers that are considering a PLM deployment or expansion of their existing PLM implementation.
It covers how and why mid-sized companies are implementing PLM in record numbers by explaining PLM and its benefits. The paper then reviews SofTech’s ProductCenter PLM product offering, and includes results of interviews that CIMdata has conducted with a number of SofTech’s customers.
The results of the customer interviews are impressive and indicate that SofTech is successfully supporting these mid-sized manufacturers with its offerings.
ProductCenter Analyst Whitepaper
Product Lifecycle Management
Companies are adopting PLM solutions to meet a variety of challenges. They are finding that PLM helps them deal with daunting growth, global operations, and highly competitive market demands. Check out this PLM White Paper to learn what to look for in a PLM solution to avoid common pitfalls and lock in a successful PLM implementation that meets your needs.
Going Beyond MCAD With Product Lifecycle Management
Advanced mechanical CAD solutions permit you to develop more and more complex products. The upside is that you can satisfy market demands for diverse variations and options in less time. The downside is that you require increasingly advanced configuration systems to handle the complexity. Especially useful for companies operating in a mixed CAD environment, explore this PLM White Paper to learn how a PLM solution will help you gain quick control of this highly complex data to maximize your competitiveness.
ProductCenter® PLM Technical Summary
This paper discusses implementing and integrating ProductCenter PLM with your existing legacy data and applications in a distributed environment. It overviews ProductCenter PLM data modeling and other advanced capabilities, such as version/revision control, workflow, and Bill of Materials management, as well as the adaptation of ProductCenter PLM to suit your unique requirements.
ProductCenter® PLM for FDA
ProductCenter PLM meets the requirements of FDA Rule 21, CFR Part 11, which lays out specific criteria for securely managing electronic records and ensuring the trustworthiness of the systems used to manage this data. This PLM White Paper addresses the FDA regulation in detail, directly comparing how ProductCenter PLM complies through advanced controls, such as electronic signatures and transaction logging. Although geared for medical device and equipment suppliers, this PLM White Paper is a valuable resource for any security conscious company.