A Perspective for the New Millennium

As we briskly move from one millennium to the next, developments in Product Information Management (PIM) still abound: solid enhancements and valid indicators of new capabilities; sometimes clever marketing for vendor positioning - sometimes both.  To begin this exciting period, let us examine some on-going and emerging trends in PIM. The wide scope of PIM has included Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Data Management (PDM), and Component & Supplier Management (CSM) - all elements of the management of product data. Numerous Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools for product design and development are also in the scope of PIM.  As with the evolution of ERP from Material Requirements Planning (MRP) in the early 1960's, the PIM scene is continuing to evolve - both in terminology and functionality ...

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