One example of the current trend to integrate product data management systems into larger company-wide resource management systems is a new agreement between Sherpa, developers of the SherpaWorks PDM software, and Cadis, developers of Cadis commodity and supplier management software. It is hoped that by combining the two packages into one ‘solution’, the result will be to reduce time to market and design costs by linking design, manufacturing and procurement in a way that is particularly tailored to individual companies. Cadis CSM users will gain access to Sherpa’s data vault for selected commodities to understand the impact that sourcing decisions have made on existing products. And Sherpa users will be able to download data for use in initial engineering Bill of Materials.
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