A New Report from CIMdata: The Benefits of Integrating PLM and ERP

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 12, 2005—CIMdata consulting and research firm announces the availability of a new report entitled “PLM and ERP Integration: Business Efficiency and Value.” The report discusses the business motivations for integrating Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), factors that should be considered, and various approaches and methods that can be used to perform the integration.

According to Ken Amann, CIMdata’s Director of Research, “All companies regardless of size, face similar problems and have the same needs for integrating PLM and ERP.” This integration significantly improves the productivity and effectiveness of users and organizations working with product and plant related information. He added, “These two enterprise domains encompass many of the critical functions required to develop, test, manufacture, deliver, use, and support a product throughout its life.”

Mr. Amann explained that, “While PLM manages the innovation process, enabling companies to quickly create right-to-market products and to leverage part re-use, ERP ensures that a quality product is produced according to customer demand in a timely, cost-controlled manner.”

PLM focuses on the digital, context-oriented intellectual property, functions, and business processes. ERP is focused on the physical, transaction-oriented business processes and deliverable assets, and addresses production planning and scheduling, inventory management, cost and other physical aspects of product production. “PLM manages the definition lifecycle and the relationships between product-related information and processes and ERP has been optimized to manage transactions and large volumes of historical transaction data.” said Mr. Amann.

“The PLM and ERP Integration: Business Efficiency and Value” report is available at no cost through the CIMdata website.
About CIMdata

CIMdata, an independent worldwide firm, provides strategic consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy by providing world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. CIMdata also conducts research, provides subscription services, produces several commercial publications, and offers industry education through international conferences in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at www.CIMdata.com or contact us at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922. Fax: +1 (734) 668-1957.

For more information contact:

Wadad Abed, Director of Marketing
Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922
http://www.CIMdata.com

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