Did PLM Give Up on Product Cost Management?

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What I learned this week … is that product cost is not getting the attention it deserves in PLM. I was presenting on the future of PLM in a PLM-focused event last week in Helsinki. My topic was the future of PLM, and I based my discussion on the four dimensions of PLM expansion (recently updated past post). I got a great question from one of the participants. He wanted to know “why I hadn’t included cost in the future of PLM? My response? Good question!

Product Cost in PLM

Product Cost Management (PCM) in PLM is something that I used to bring up on a regular basis. Design for cost is an important initiatives. Particularly as companies are trying to remain lean in uncertain economic times, controlling cost is critical. Even in good times, designing products with optimal cost structures is hugely important to driving high profit margins. So why has this dropped off of my radar? Is the problem being addressed? Is the problem solved? No.

The problem still lingers, but I haven’t seen as many companies willing to try to address it. Perhaps this complicates the roles of ERP and PLM, and companies don’t want to deal with a hard decision on which system supports which part of the process. ERP and PLM both have the potential to help, and should be a part of the solution. But neither ERP nor PLM are ready to take on the PCM challenge fully.

  • ERP
    • Has historic costs
    • Understands multi-currency, locations, volumes, other sourcing factors
    • Generally handles cost for the execution of procurement and manufacturing
  • PLM
    • Has new parts
    • Understands product content early when costs are locked into designs
    • Generally handles product development decisions in the innovation lifecycle

So each system has some thing to offer. So why instead of addressing this properly with the right combination of ERP and PLM, do companies continue to use masses of disconnected spreadsheets to solve the problem? At least I can hope that they are managing the spreadsheets in PLM so it is readily available and can be reused. But that is only a partial solution. We need a better answer.

Challenges

ERP and PLM both bring value as seen above, but both fall short. Here are some of the issues:

  • New purchased parts - ERP is not involved in the early parts of design, and doesn’t help with estimating costs of new parts. PLM (for the most part) doesn’t have a rich enough model for sourcing. I have seen “cost” as a single field too many times, without any concept that the cost will change based on volumes, locations, currencies, etc.
  • Newly engineered parts – For brand new parts, there is not historic data to work from. Costs need to be developed based on product characteristics like materials and manufacturing complexity. Comparisons can help, but ERP typically doesn’t know enough to determine which parts are similar in their construction

Who will step up?

Are vendors ready for this? Agile has had a cost model for some time. Siemens partnered with ATK. Dassault Systemes invested in this area. PTC just announced that their InSight product analytics product will address cost. So there is hope. There are also specialty vendors like Akoya and aPriori that help engineers estimate cost based on product attributes. Why haven’t SAP PLM and Oracle (with Agile and ERP) done something about it?

More importantly, are manufacturers ready? Adidas CIO mentioned Design for Cost at a PLM user conference (PTCuser) yesterday. But I don’t hear it often enough. I haven’t seen the momentum that something as important to profitability as cost deserves.

Implications for Manufacturers

If manufacturers aren’t willing to integrate cost into their design processes (and PLM), they will be stuck with spreadsheets. And actually, the question was broader. The question also addressed other financials in addition to cost. For example, is PLM addressing product pricing? Product forecasting? While I think that it makes sense for PLM to address this, I have seen little activity in this area to this point. What a shame. What a great opportunity for someone to step up.

So that is my rant for today, I hope you found it interesting. Why did this fall off of my radar? Did it fall off of yours? Have you done something to address this? If you did let us know about it!

Comments

  1. Hi Jim,Question about the limit between ERP and PLM is i think a question people ask regarding the Actual Software offer. But when we talk about future of ERP and PLM, “what it should become”, i don’t think there will be frontiers. I made a picture for our company Website (at the very bottom of this page http://tinyurl.com/35kk28u ). It makes a light representation of what i think the company information system will become with the ERP on the left and the PLM on the right getting informations from many modules shairng a same standard. But it all depends on how systems can agree on standards! I’ll post a more detailed article on that soon on our blog http://www.prodeos.fr it’s in french but the google translation is not too bad.Best Regards,

    • Hello Yoann,
      Thank you for your thoughts. I think I got the main concept of the picture on your site. It looks like you believe that the major components of enterprise systems will be smaller components than what is available today. I am not sure if I understood correctly though, so please feel free to clarify. I think that the potential for smaller, more interoperable solutions is very powerful. Technically, I think we are getting closer to that. From a business perspective, I think that aligning semantics and processes across systems is still hard. You mention standards, which would certainly help, but do you see any vendors really investing in them? Or any users really pushing for them? Until then, it will likely remain large suites or subsystems. Best of breed is still the reality in the ERP-PLM space, with the choices being which ERP, which PLM, and which design tools (CAD, CAE, etc.).
      I would welcome a world where we could get more granular, tailored solutions … but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Do you?
      Thanks for commenting, great thoughts.
      Jim

  2. Hi Jim,
    Question about the limit between ERP and PLM is i think a question people ask regarding the Actual Software offer. But when we talk about future of ERP and PLM, “what it should become”, i don't think there will be frontiers. I made a picture for our company Website (at the very bottom of this page http://tinyurl.com/35kk28u ). It makes a light representation of what i think the company information system will become with the ERP on the left and the PLM on the right getting informations from many modules shairng a same standard. But it all depends on how systems can agree on standards!
    I'll post a more detailed article on that soon on our blog http://www.prodeos.fr it's in french but the google translation is not too bad.
    Best Regards,

    • Hello Yoann,
      Thank you for your thoughts. I think I got the main concept of the picture on your site. It looks like you believe that the major components of enterprise systems will be smaller components than what is available today. I am not sure if I understood correctly though, so please feel free to clarify. I think that the potential for smaller, more interoperable solutions is very powerful. Technically, I think we are getting closer to that. From a business perspective, I think that aligning semantics and processes across systems is still hard. You mention standards, which would certainly help, but do you see any vendors really investing in them? Or any users really pushing for them? Until then, it will likely remain large suites or subsystems. Best of breed is still the reality in the ERP-PLM space, with the choices being which ERP, which PLM, and which design tools (CAD, CAE, etc.).
      I would welcome a world where we could get more granular, tailored solutions … but I don't see that happening any time soon. Do you?
      Thanks for commenting, great thoughts.
      Jim

  3. Jamico says:

    I think the major challenge is not the development of such solutions, but the maturity level of the customer and their suppliers. We have a client who uses our Cost Management solution to collaborate on component-material costs and agree a final price with their suppliers. We also have another client using our Pricing module so various stakeholders can collaborate from initial Price Requests to Factory Quotes and right through to Sales Order. Both clients have been committed to PLM and broadening use of it as time has gone on.

  4. Jamico says:

    I think the major challenge is not the development of such solutions, but the maturity level of the customer and their suppliers. We have a client who uses our Cost Management solution to collaborate on component-material costs and agree a final price with their suppliers. We also have another client using our Pricing module so various stakeholders can collaborate from initial Price Requests to Factory Quotes and right through to Sales Order. Both clients have been committed to PLM and broadening use of it as time has gone on.

  5. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.

    Note: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  6. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  7. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  8. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  9. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  10. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  11. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  12. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  13. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  14. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  15. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  16. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  17. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  18. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  19. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  20. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  21. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  22. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  23. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  24. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  25. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  26. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  27. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  28. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  29. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  30. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  31. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  32. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  33. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  34. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  35. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  36. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  37. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  38. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  39. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  40. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  41. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  42. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  43. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  44. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  45. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  46. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  47. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  48. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  49. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  50. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  51. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  52. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  53. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  54. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  55. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  56. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  57. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  58. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  59. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  60. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  61. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  62. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  63. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  64. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  65. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  66. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  67. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  68. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  69. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  70. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  71. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  72. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  73. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  74. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  75. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  76. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  77. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  78. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  79. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  80. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  81. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  82. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  83. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  84. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  85. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  86. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  87. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  88. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  89. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  90. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  91. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  92. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  93. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  94. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  95. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  96. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  97. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  98. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  99. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  100. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  101. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  102. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  103. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  104. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  105. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  106. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  107. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  108. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  109. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  110. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  111. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  112. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  113. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  114. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  115. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  116. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  117. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  118. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  119. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  120. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  121. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  122. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  123. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  124. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  125. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  126. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  127. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  128. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  129. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  130. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  131. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  132. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  133. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  134. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  135. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  136. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  137. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  138. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  139. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  140. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  141. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as those that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. One vendor has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.nnNote: edited to remove specific vendor reference.

  142. Mike D. says:

    The problem is that no piece of software can truly predict product costs, especially those such as aPrioir that claim they can generate a should cost based on product attributes alone. Heck, the same supplier could estimate a part twice and come up with drastically different numbers. What would make anyone believe a piece of software could do better. This is why no PLM product has truly incorporated costing into their product lines. Everyone wants to push the magic button and get the actual cost of a product. That will never happen because there is not one way to manufacture a part. The cost output has to be reliable and trying to achieve that with a push of the button, without a human element, is not possible. aPriori has been trying to deliver that concept to the market for years with minimal traction. The reason – the output is not reliable.

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