Lightweight product lifecycle information management for small enterprises

Lian Ding, Alexander Ball, Manjula Patel, Glen Mullineux, Jason Matthews

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Abstract

In an increasingly competitive and global market, small enterprises can benefit just as much from Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) as larger enterprises. However, the software currently available to support PLM is aimed at larger enterprises and does not entirely suit the more flexible business processes and heterogeneous systems environment of smaller enterprises. We argue that some of the most important benefits of PLM may be achieved by small enterprises using the combination of a full-featured CAD system with lightweight visualization formats and a system of overlaid annotations that may be applied to a model regardless of its format. We outline a proof-of-concept implementation of these ideas and indicate where further work is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-36
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM)
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

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Information management
Industry
Product lifecycle management
Product lifecycle
Small enterprises
Computer aided design
Visualization
Large enterprises
Global market
Annotation
Software
Business process
Competitive market
CAD system

Keywords

  • annotation
  • small enterprises
  • CAD models
  • life cycle management

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Lightweight product lifecycle information management for small enterprises. / Ding, Lian; Ball, Alexander; Patel, Manjula; Mullineux, Glen; Matthews, Jason.

In: International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM), Vol. 5, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 21-36.

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Ding, Lian ; Ball, Alexander ; Patel, Manjula ; Mullineux, Glen ; Matthews, Jason. / Lightweight product lifecycle information management for small enterprises. In: International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM). 2011 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 21-36.
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