PLM and ERP: What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?

The webinar explores the differences between product lifecycle management and enterprise resource planning

CIMdata, Inc.

Ann Arbor, Mich.Dec. 19, 2014CIMdata, Inc., a global product lifecycle management (PLM) strategic management consulting and research firm, announced a free educational webinar, PLM & ERP: What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care? Join CIMdata on January 28 at 10 EST/16 CET to find out more about how to rationalize the design processes that are managed by PLM and the manufacturing activities that are managed by ERP.

Based on CIMdata’s over 30 years of experience in the PLM industry, our experts identified the potential pain points associated with supporting PLM and ERP within the enterprise: the entire budget is spent on ERP with little left over for PLM; ERP is the master for all product information, PLM is little more than an afterthought; millions were spent on ERP with limited evidence of increased efficiencies; and there is a great deal of scrap and many prototypes before products are shipped.

The webinar will be presented by Jim McKinney, CIMdata’s PLM leadership practice manager. “There is often a conflict in many companies about where PLM and ERP fit within the product design and manufacturing lifecycle,” said McKinney. “Since there is overlap, it is often difficult to determine where various processes should be performed and where product data should be managed. In this webinar, we will explain the differences between PLM and ERP, and discuss how they can be integrated to provide innovative and high quality products.” McKinney has over 28 years of experience helping people adopt and optimize new technologies. He delivers PLM certificate classes throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He also works with individual companies to provide customized support for their PLM initiatives.

The webinar will be an hour long and will cover the following topics: the difference between PLM and ERP; key integration points for PLM and ERP; how new innovation processes support PLM and ERP; and how you can leverage PLM and ERP integration.

Attendees will learn:

  • The key strengths of PLM and ERP.
  • Why linking PLM and ERP can provide benefits and drive innovation.
  • How to use a PLM platform to enhance ERP efficiency.
  • How to stop the PLM/ERP wars at your company.

This webinar is suited for: PLM users, team leaders and team members; engineering managers; PLM solution, service providers and channel partners; corporate training managers; and those interested in learning more about PLM. During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed.

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