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Understanding PIM & PLM: Unique, Yet Complementary, Solutions

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Despite confusing and often conflicting descriptions of PIM and PLM, the solutions are in fact complementary. This eBook defines PIM and PLM, examines how these tools can be used to solve real business problems, and recommends how to get started.

Product information management (PIM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) help companies synchronize, manage and share product data across the enterprise and the supply chain. But what is PIM and what is PLM? Despite confusing and often conflicting descriptions of PIM and PLM, the solutions are in fact complementary. This eBook defines PIM and PLM, examines how these tools can be used to solve real business problems, and recommends how to get started.

Originally published on June 25th, 2012

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Topics: Innovation, Managing Product Data, PDM, PIM, PLM, Product Data Management, Product Development, Product Information, Product Information Management, Product Lifecycle Management

About the Authors

Joe Dury

Joe Dury

Joe has over 30 years of experience in the high tech industry, with deep expertise in engineering and operations management. He is an avid baseball fan ("Do it again Red Sox") and enjoys college basketball ("Go Cincy Bearcats!"), hiking, golfing and meteorology. He actually enjoys Maine winters.
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Horst Groesser

Horst Groesser

Horst has over 20 years of experience in product lifecycle management (PLM) and supply chain management in the biopharma, medical device, high technology and manufacturing industries. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Diploma in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Horst is based in San Jose, CA with his family.
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Lee Peterman

Lee Peterman

Lee is an avid Green Bay Packer and Texas Longhorn fan, and enjoys golf and furniture-making, but is waiting for an extension of the 24-hour day so that he can devote more time to these activities.
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