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UGS’ “Get Started in PDM” Series Helps Mid-Size Manufacturers Increase Efficiency of Product Development


New UGS seminar series shows how to select and implement a PDM solution that leads to faster time-to-market while maintaining a low total cost of ownership

Thursday, April 27, 2006, PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced a new global seminar series, “Get Started in PDM,” focused on helping mid-size manufacturing companies accelerate business growth by increasing the efficiency of the product development and engineering change processes through the implementation of product data management (PDM) technology.

Mid-size manufacturers face similar pressures as larger companies in trying to bring innovative products to market quickly while improving quality and reducing costs. At the same time, these companies often have limited financial, technical and human resources to address these challenges. UGS’ new seminar series is aimed at helping mid-size manufacturers address these issues.

The series takes its name from a new report, Getting Started in PDM, issued by leading PLM industry analyst firm CIMdata, Inc. The report highlights that PDM systems have evolved to meet the needs of enterprises of all types. Now mid-size manufacturers can realize the significant benefits of providing a single, shared source of design data previously only available to the largest manufacturers.

The CIMdata report states that small and mid-size companies are benefiting from “the development and delivery of out-of-the-box (i.e., preconfigured) data models, workflows and applications based on best practices that support an enterprise’s product definition information lifecycle management requirements.”
The report goes on to recommend that “all small- to medium-size discrete manufacturing companies in the market for an enterprise class data management solution remember to first define their true short- and long-term business requirements related to creating and managing their product definition information, and then look to PDM vendors that can best address them. Companies must remember that they should not only look to select the most appropriate PDM technology, but also the most appropriate vendor that shares their vision and has a proven track record of delivering quick and easy-to-implement business solutions.”

Seminar series introduces PDM to Mid-Size Manufacturers

The seminar series will cover the following areas to help mid-size manufacturing companies understand the potential benefits of implementing PDM and share advice on selecting a PDM system and the best practices for implementation.

* Finding and re-using data
* Improving efficiency of everyday design tasks
* Managing the CAD data explosion
* Facilitating collaboration
* Selecting a PDM system
* Implementing a PDM system

“Mid-size manufacturing companies are concerned about the complexity and cost of implementing PDM,” said Bill McClure, vice president of UGS Velocity Series. “The ‘Get Started in PDM’ program helps companies understand how to select and implement a PDM system that will result in significant business benefits, while delivering on the promise of rapid deployment, low total cost of ownership and the ability to move into full PLM in the future.”

Online Resources Allow Companies to Get Started in PDM

In addition to the seminar series, UGS is making new resources available on its website at to help mid-size companies discover how they can implement PDM. Additionally, to sign up for a “Get Started in PDM” seminar, please go to to find a seminar in your area.

About UGS Velocity Series

The UGS Velocity Series™ portfolio is a comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the product lifecycle management (PLM) needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis and data management software offerings, UGS Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment. Mid-size manufacturers can leverage the power of UGS Velocity Series to transform their process of innovation while maintaining a low total cost of ownership; and all UGS Velocity Series products are completely scalable to the full range of UGS’ industry leading, enterprise-level PLM portfolio.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.

Note: UGS, Velocity Series and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.


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