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Order out of chaos

Pioneered by the car and aerospace industries, product lifecycle management is now influencing the development of everything from pharmaceuticals to the clothes we wear Design engineers have come a long way from the drawing board, through computer-aided design and manufacture, to product data management and now product life-cycle management (PLM). PLM helps turn chaos into [...]

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Efficiency drive

Faster to market and right first time – product life-cycle management is bringing enduring benefits to businesses of all size and shape Christian Hehl managing director, Karer Consulting (UK) What do you see as the biggest benefits that PLM can help businesses to achieve? We see it as one of the three main processes within [...]

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Ten keys to success

PLM implementation is like a steeplechase – don’t fall at the first hurdle 1. Ignorance is not bliss. The biggest barrier to success is lack of understanding of PLM at board level. 2. Be specific. Like any strategic initiative you must identify critical PLM success factors. 3. Measure up. An organisation that fails to measure [...]

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Chinese whispers create design dilemma

In the modern, global marketplace, companies that fail to share production data accurately will struggle to survive Sharing data between different elements of the production process has been a dilemma since the early days of computer-aided design (CAD). Until recently, it was a problem largely confined to the machine shop or analyst’s office. It reared [...]

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Blowing in the wind

PLM technology is kicking up a storm in the renewable energy sector enabling firms to develop state-of-the-art wind turbine Aerodynamicists team up with geophysicists, composites engineers and production specialists to design, build and operate some of the most advanced wind turbines ever devised. UK firm quietrevolution is in the race to develop a more efficient [...]

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Email in haste, repent in court?

Instilling in staff the need to “think before you click” can be the best way to keep your business secure – and avoid red face We all know email is a priceless business tool, but what’s the most expensive email ever sent? A strong contender must be the banker who accidentally sent an email connected [...]

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Flying too close to the sun can be a risky business

Companies hesitate to adopt cloud services, fearing they will make their own systems more vulnerable. Are they justified? Or are their fears purely hypothetical? Cloud computing is such a hot topic that it spawns an endless stream of reports. And where they touch on security it’s usually to say that concerns over the safety of [...]

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Black art of threat assessment

Threats to data are different from other risks to business. The only way to address them is to ensure you assess your protection continuously Security threat assessment is a subset, albeit a major subset, of risk management and the same principles apply. Risks, or threats, can be accepted (don’t do anything), avoided (do something different), [...]

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Why security is a leader’s problem

Protecting the IT system and data is a key business issue. So bosses who dismiss it as technical could be putting their companies in jeopardy If information security isn’t firmly on your boardroom agenda or you think it’s something that can safely be left to the technicians, watch out. “The single biggest threat to most [...]

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Keep watch

Security is about much more than firewalls and anti-virus. It’s a process which requires constant monitoring and which everyone in the business should be alert to We’re all aware of the security threats that transacting business electronically can potentially introduce. As your business grows remain conscious of security issues and check that strict anti-virus, firewall [...]

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