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CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a

plm applications for a d  to all of the PLM functionalities and departmental applications is not a reality for most companies. Not unlike in the ERP realm, the material resource planning (MRP) concept was relatively straightforward (as is PDM within PLM). MRP II, ERP, extended-ERP, and whatever broader enterprise systems we have nowadays, bring in more departments and trading partners in the process. With additional each group, they want their data and their way with their  processes. They don’t always mesh with general ledger

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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