One of Sun's specific focuses in manufacturing is the Product Lifecycle
Management (PLM) segment. PLM initiatives involve restructuring
business processes, strengthening communication and empowering
collaboration and information sharing. In a document on the Sun Web
site, the company explains its PLM outlook and strategy as well as
several of the benefits of implementing a Sun PLM solution.
Sun works closely with PLM software vendors and Systems Integrators to
help customers leverage best practices and roll out deployments. PLM
solution implementations often offer companies benefits such as
decreased time-to-market, reduced design flaws and improved customer
acceptance, which results in lower costs and increased revenues. Sun's
partnerships, network computing, PLM implementation expertise and
built-in scalability, compatibility, security and availability give the
company an advantage in the market.
Sun offers up three reasons for choosing its PLM solutions:
- Faster time to revenue and reduced risk: Sun's iForceSM Solution
Sets for PLM can help a business accelerate implementation time and
reduce risk by leveraging pre-configured solutions for quick
implementations and easy customization.
- A business-ready infrastructure: Sun systems offer dynamic
reconfiguration, hot-swappable components and a Uniboard CPU/Memory
board, allowing businesses to allocate resources when and where they
want them. Sun iForce Solution Sets for PLM use a distributed systems
architecture, reliable and scalable Sun systems and best-in-class PLM
software components that have proven scalability.
- Lower TCO: Sun's servers are equipped with Dynamic System Domains,
which allow multiple software applications to be consolidated on a
single server to reduce administrative costs. Powerful management tools
enable remote management for all Sun resources on the network, which
simplifies administrative tasks.
A distributed systems architecture that can evolve as needed is
required to deliver scalable, reliable and secure Web-based PLM
services. Based on the needs of its customers, Sun has created the
Networked Services Architecture to provide quick PLM service
deployments while maximizing resources and lowering operational costs.
The Networked Services Architecture includes a flexible infrastructure
of server, storage and software resources. It also leverages proven,
reusable software components for the SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun
ONE) platform. Hardware and software functionality can be added
incrementally to the architecture over time, which enables support for
additional users and new PLM applications.
Sun offers several complete, preconfigured iForce PLM Solution Sets.
The solution sets are built on the Networked Services Architecture and
uses a foundation of open standards and scalable technologies like the
JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM) and the Sun ONE
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