‘PLM on a budget’: Lightweight lifecycle solutions for small enterprises

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

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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 a PLM system may be achieved in a simplified fashion, 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
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventThe 6th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management - University of Bath, Bath, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jul 20098 Jul 2009

Conference

ConferenceThe 6th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityUniversity of Bath, Bath
Period6/07/098/07/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Ding, L., Ball, A., Patel, M., Matthews, J., & Mullineux, G. (2009). ‘PLM on a budget’: Lightweight lifecycle solutions for small enterprises. Paper presented at The 6th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, University of Bath, Bath, UK United Kingdom.