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The Future of Configuration Management Software in PLM Platforms

In a recent CMsights post we looked back at the history of configuration management software to help understand the impact of PLM solutions when delivered as an open platform of interoperating applications. That is, instead of a single mammoth enterprise solution from a sole provider that attempts to perform every... Read More

A Brief History of Configuration Management Software

This month’s CMsights looks back at the history of Configuration Management software to provide context for understanding the impact of the movement toward PLM being delivered as an open federated platform of interoperating applications. The evolution away from huge monolithic enterprise PLM solutions – promising everything for everyone – offers... Read More

Configuration Management is Quality Management

An Aerospace Product Manager's Fable on Why Configuration Management is Quality Management Your company spent two million dollars reaching six-sigma goals by implementing the best quality management system it can afford and earning its SAE AS9100 Registration. Your CEO is so proud of this accomplishment that the company has adopted... Read More

What is a Configuration Management Plan?

A common error in Configuration Management planning is thinking that if your organization has implemented PDM software with change control capabilities, or even a complete industry-focused CM solution, then you must have a plan for configuration management. This implies there must be a written Configuration Management Plan in existence. Unfortunately,... Read More

How is Configuration Management Different from Change Management?

Questions regarding the differences between Configuration Management (CM) and Change Management (also CM) arise so often that we decided to address it in a CMsights post. It is not uncommon that a new A&D program manager or engineering lead may think that configuration management and change management are synonyms. If... Read More

Hardware Configuration Items in As-X Configuration Management by Aerospace & Defense Contractors (Part 2 of 2)

Your new aircraft control system has gone through all the reviews and audits (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, FCA and PCA as referenced in Part 1 of this CMsights article) and you are ready to deliver your first unit/lot number to your customer. You have diligently assigned Hard Ware Configuration Items... Read More

What are hardware configuration items and how are they used in configuration management software by aerospace & defense industry contractors? (Part 1 of 2)

In this series of CMsights posts from CMstat on configuration management best practices we will describe what are hardware configuration items (“CI” or “HWCI”) and where they are used. Next, we will examine how are CIs best employed by A&D contractors in configuration management software used at the program, project... Read More

As-Configured Management Demonstration Using PDMPlus Configuration Management Software

Part 3 of 3 - In the first article in this series we summarized the aerospace business and technology trends which have added so much complexity into their mix of products, processes, and programs that risks paralyzing even the best defense contractors and their supply chain. In the last CMsights... Read More

Hardware Configuration Management Software for the Aerospace Supply & Service Chain

Part 2 of 3 - The importance of As-Configured Management functionality for downstream users In this latest CMsights article from CMstat on hardware configuration management software we examine one of the most important aerospace configuration management functions that downstream users of product configuration data seek in their CM tools and... Read More

Hardware Configuration Management Software for the Aerospace & Defense Supply & Service Chain

(Part 1 of 3) Finding Simplicity in Complexity In this first article of a multi-part series on hardware configuration management software tools for the aerospace and defense industry we begin by summarizing the trends which have added so much complexity that can paralyze even the best defense contractors and their... Read More

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