Defining the PLM Open Landscape (R)
The absence of common definitions and the lack of a shared framework to assess integration and interoperability priorities continue to impede efforts in design and engineering. Yet the need for PLM integration for applications across the enterprise becomes ever more urgent. This study provides a common framework of criteria critical to the evaluation of integration and openness requirements for design and engineering. Overall, the scorecard provides a framework for evaluating each of the suppliers, for understanding end-user requirements with common definitions that promote consensus, and for refining and phasing an implementation scenario efficiently and reliably.
The priority through the 1990s turned on the race for the most advanced features for individual applications. The sharing of information did not register as a priority. Reflecting a dramatic reversal, the PLM and ERP leaders, including Agile, Dassault/IBM, MatrixOne, PTC, SAP, and UGS have clearly recognized the opportunity to leverage Web services to solve the ongoing integration pain in value chains. Today, an evaluation of the critical capabilities for meeting integration and open requirements in design and engineering demonstrates reasonable levels of support, which in turn represents a significant improvement over the capabilities available as recently as a year ago.
Keywords: open systems, integration, federation, interoperability, context, product structure, configuration management, BOM, Web services, requirements mgmt., service-oriented architecture (SOA), XML schema, process integration, best practices, BPEL, workflow