LNS Research discusses quality management strategies as well as EtQ's enterprise quality management software.
Ensuring the production and delivery of high quality products is an ongoing issue in the industrial setting. With the rising complexities of products and the corresponding process and technologies across the value chain, traditional methods for managing quality are becoming obsolete. As a response, a new software category is emerging, Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS).
In mid-October, we released the industry’s first Solution Selection Guide for EQMS. Because the software space for quality management is ill-defined, we felt that this was not only necessary, but could also serve as a critical resource for industrial and manufacturing decision makers.
Choosing an EQMS solution is a process that can consume considerable resources and be a source of much confusion for industry executives. To help smooth this process, LNS believes our EQMS Solution Selection Guide should be the first stop on the journey. With 18 of the market’s top vendors covered in depth, it provides executives with everything needed to make a shortlist of potential EQMS solutions.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be blogging about vendors listed within the publication, touching briefly on strengths, weaknesses, functionalities, industries served, technology architectures and more. The information provided is based on a number of briefings with vendors as well as our own analyses of the market.
This week, we’re covering Dassault Systèmes, a longtime player in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) space. Within its integrated PLM suite of applications, the vendor delivers a number of quality management functionalities.
A Brief Overview of Dassault Systèmes
As one of the leading PLM vendors, Dassault Systèmes has a solid understanding of the product lifecycle. It has a strong platform for business process management (BPM) and product data. Within the PLM suite, Enovia, it offers EQMS functionalities and is integrated with its homegrown computer Aided Design (CAD) software, SolidWorks.
Dassault Systèmes serves automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer products, and high-tech, but has notable strength in serving the life sciences industry. In response to the needs of its installed base, the vendor has built out two quality management applications: Product Quality Central and Quality Improvement Central.
Product Quality Central has a non-conformance reporting module that touches both design and the shop floor. The application also processes complaint management, looping manufacturing data back to engineering for the resolution of failure modes.
The Quality Improvement Central application has Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) management and audit management capabilities. The CAPA management functionality aims to facilitate end-to-end process improvements. Its audit management functionality can be used externally for communicating supplier quality specifications and monitoring as well as internally for reporting.
Dassault Systèmes is also strong in the areas of document control and design for quality. Because of the vendor’s understanding of the importance of feedback between design and production, it should be on the shortlist for any current PLM customer with an interest in closing the loop on quality management.
A Deeper Look at Dassault Systèmes
For a more extensive overview of Dassault Systèmes, read LNS Research’s EQMS Solution Selection Guide. It covers industries served, specific functionalities included with its EQMS, company sizes served, geographies covered, technology delivery platforms, and technology delivery models. The guide also breaks down the vendor’s central attributes by total coverage areas, areas of strength, and areas of emerging strength.
Reviewing the analysis of Dassault Systèmes alongside the other 17 vendors covered, executives can take a comparative approach to selecting an EQMS solution. They will have everything needed to produce a shortlist of potential EQMS vendors for their organization’s implementation. More quality management software vendor write-ups can be found on our site as well.
If you are currently using or considering Dassault Systèmes’s software, we would like to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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