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While migration and integration are a fact of life for all companies as they move from older to newer applications, the actual migration is often associated with numerous complexities. And it’s no different when Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools are involved. There is a lot that goes into the planning and execution of the migration of data from the current legacy systems to the new target PLM platform. As a company’s existing data contains a significant portion of their intellectual property, the success of adopting a new PLM system greatly depends on effectively migrating existing data in an intelligent, precise and timely manner.
Data migration brings numerous issues to the forefront. Most PLM vendors deploy an informal process for migrating physical files, with scant attention to the actual meta-data around parts and documents. Besides this, there are other challenges faced in migrating data, the biggest challenge being how to integrate product data throughout the entire product lifecycle. When data is migrated, there is a need to:
· Reformat data in the right manner to ensure the receiving applications can use it
· Conform to security rules that may be established in multiple applications
· Ensure data mapping is carried out so that it can be placed properly into a new application
· Clean the data so that it retains its value and integrity as it is moved
With migration issues being handled poorly, and most PLM vendors not being in the business of cleansing and repairing data, though this is a mandatory requirement, the search for the right PLM vendor can get arduous. You need a service provider who can offer an intelligent approach to the migration of the PDM data in the context of applications and processes by assisting the customer in planning, assessment and suggesting right migration approach.
Here’s what to look for: The service provider you choose must:
· Identify PDM data cleansing including applications and their data model.
· Direct MCAD & PLM integration or MCAD data management integration with PLM Technology.
· Seamlessly control costs associated with data migration.
· Effectively manage quality of data on PLM / PDM Software.
Every PLM data migration must follow tailored best practices in order to deliver the kind of targeted, enterprise-wide process improvements that a truly efficient PLM solution can provide. It is also prudent to check if the provider offers services such as:
· CAx Integration -Integration of all major MCAD, ECAD, CAM, and CAE systems
· MRP /ERP Integration – Specification and implementation of integrations to all major MRP and ERP systems
· PLM / PDM Integration -Specification and implementation of integrations between different PLM systems and between PLM and PDM or CAD Data Management systems
· Legacy System Integration -Specification and implementation of integrations and interfaces between your PLM and existing legacy systems.
Regardless of whether you want to migrate all the data at once or perform the migration step by step, using the old system and the new system in parallel for a certain amount of time, partner with the right service provider to ensure the smooth and correct migration of existing PLM data.
“It’s what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” A famous quote by… ?
Let’s go over what you need to know about construction liens. They can have a big impact on construction contracts and companies.
A Mechanic’s Lien is filed when a subcontractor or supplier on a construction project fails to be paid. The lien is a form of claim filed against the project itself. For example, the unpaid mason (subcontractor) files a claim against the building owner. “My bricks and labor are in that façade. I can’t take them back now, but assert that I’m owed money!”
Liens are used on non-governmental projects. Typically, claimants are prohibited from liening a public building – which is where Payment Bonds come in. Issued by surety companies, the payment bond is a resource to protect suppliers of labor and material from non-payment.
So far that’s all pretty straight forward. On private contracts unpaid subs and suppliers can file a lien. On government jobs they make a claim on the payment bond instead.
Here are some permutations worth knowing.
Release of Lien
The lien can be released, or “bonded off,” by the filing of a (you guessed it) Release of Lien Bond. This removes the lien from the property in question, which is beneficial for the project owner, while still providing financial protection for the plaintiff (unpaid sub or supplier.) The dispute is still unresolved, but the plaintiffs security shifts from the physical project to the surety bond.
A release of lien bond is not easy to obtain. But if a payment bond was issued, that surety has motivation to prevent a payment bond claim, and issuing the lien release bond could do so.
When the lien release bond is filed, it takes some pressure off the defendant (general contractor). You can assume the unpaid mason hopes the lien will cause the owner (who is the recipient of the lien) to force the GC to respond. When the lien is bonded off, that effect disappears from the project owner – but not the surety.
California, Mississippi, Arizona, Alaska and Washington use a slightly different procedure. On governmental projects a Stop Notice is filed which freezes a portion of the project funds to protect the claimant. This forces action on the part of the GC, or they can file a Release of Stop Notice bond to keep the project funds flowing while dealing with the dispute.
Understand the Difference
Mechanic’s Liens are filed against the project owner. The claim attaches to the real property and is recorded against the property title – which therefore restricts the owner’s ability to dispose of the property.
With a lien, the claimant may be paid regardless of whether the owner paid the GC. In fact, the owner may have to pay twice: First to the GC then again to the sub / vendor claimant, to clear the lien (and property title).
Stop Notices “trap” contract funds, assuming there are funds to trap.
If the claimant files a Stop Notice after the funds have been disbursed, the Stop Notice has no value.
Other basic differences:
Unlike a lien, the stop notice does not give the debt any security.
The stop notice is sent to the relevant parties, but it is not legally recorded such as a lien filed against the property title. The claim is inherently less official and is sometimes even ignored because of it’s less formal appearance.
Unlike a Mechanics Lien, the Stop Notice can affect the entire project because it freezes a portion of the contract funds – which the GC may need in order to continue working.
We are not attorneys. If you need an attorney… call one. This article is for entertainment only. Gimme a break!
Steve Golia is an experienced provider of bid and performance bonds for contractors. For more than 30 years he has specialized in solving bond problems for contractors, and helping them when others failed.
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Short Run CD Duplication
In-house duplication of CDs is, again, something that can be done relatively easily with high quality results. The big issue here is the amount of time it takes. If you’re burning half a dozen discs in the optical CD writer in your desktop PC or your laptop then that’s OK but if you need 50 discs or 100 then that could equate to many hours needed to complete the duplication side of the project. One solution is to buy a duplication tower that enables you to burn multiple CDs simultaneously. Investing £400 in a duplication tower that burns up to 10 discs at once may be a good idea if duplication is something you’re planning on doing quite a lot of. But, if your short run CD printing project is a one off or only a very occasional requirement then outsource the job and save yourself some time. Even if you have printed the discs and paper parts for the packaging yourself, you will be able to find a supplier who will carry out the duplication part of the project only. Most service suppliers have duplication suites housing hundreds of drives in towers. This means that they can duplicate 100 or 200 CDs very quickly and inexpensively.
Master CD Content
Whether you decide to stay in-house or seek outside assistance for your duplication, you are going to need a good quality master CD to produce copies from. No matter how beautifully printed and packaged your CD may be, if the sound is poor or the mixing is rushed then the end user will not be happy and will be unlikely to make further purchases or to recommend your CD to others. If time is a big concern with your short run CD printing project, then go for a simple disc print and basic packaging and spend the majority of your time refining your master. As mentioned previously, the last 15 years has seen some fantastic software packages become available to almost all musicians regardless of whether the budget for the project is small or large. Believe it or not, a high quality multi-track recording suite that will run on a PC or laptop with average specifications can be sourced for less than £20. They also present the user with a staggering array of effects and refinements so that you can perfect every aspect of your recording. Take your time to watch tutorial videos or join a related online product forum to find advice on the best way to use the software to get the results you want. This software is particularly useful for multi-instrumentalists who want to release recordings onto the internet and make them available via Sound Cloud or iTunes.
Your finalised files need to be in a high quality .wav format. The standard iTunes submission requirement for audio files is 16-bit/44.1kHz sample rate which is a standard CD quality audio file but if you can record at 24-bit/48kHz (or higher) sample rate then iTunes will accept your files and you can produce a higher quality master. The maximum sound frequency that is generally audible by the human ear is 20kHz and the vast majority of audio releases are mastered at 44.1kHz so this should be perfectly fine for the majority of musicians.
Track Length and Standard CD Capacity
Something you will need to be mindful of is the maximum capacity of a standard CD. You can fit a maximum of 74 minutes of music or 682 MB of data on there so be sure that the final edit of all tracks will fit onto your CD. If you have more than 74 minutes of audio then you will need to spread the tracks over multiple discs and this will markedly affect your packaging choice for the project as well as the production costs.
Copyright Issues Affecting Audio and Software CDs
If your audio compositions contain any work, in whole or in part, that has been previously recorded and registered for copyright by another artist, then you must obtain permission from the copyright holder before you can release your work into the public domain. This type of issue usually arises where samples of other artist’s work are featured in a recording.
You will also need to attend to the copyrighting of your own original recordings as well. Copyright law in the UK is basically as follows:
Copyright in an audio recording is held separately from any copyright in the lyrics and music in the recording. The initial owner of the copyright in an audio recording is normally the producer of the record.
The music composer in an audio recording will be the musical work author and will normally own the copyright in that music. Song lyrics are protected separately by copyright, as a literary work and will normally be owned by the writer.
An audio recording will also contain performer’s rights, such as:
The right to reproduce the recording
The right to distribute the recording
The right to rent out or lend the recording
The right to benefit from equitable remuneration
In order to obtain copyright for an audio recording your best source of information is the internet. There are organisations who will register your copyright for you for a small fee and they will act with you in the case of any future copyright infringement.
ISRC Codes and CD Text
Once you have your recording finalised and you’re happy to release it for duplication, you may then need to consider arranging for ISRC Codes (International Standard Recording Codes) to be included on the master for each separate track. The ISRC system is recognised all over the World as the standard system for numbering audio and video recordings. The code consists of 12 alphanumeric digits and is used to individually identify each track so that you can get paid royalties for digital music sales and tracks offered via online music and video streaming services, and also when your music is played on the radio or in a public place over a sound system.
If you have a large fan base and you are expecting your music to be very popular, perhaps you’d like to track your music in the Billboard charts. You would need to register your ISRC codes with SoundScan so that your sales figures can be recorded independently.
Search for “ISRC code application” online and you will find companies that can help you get hold of ISRC codes and register them with the appropriate industry bodies. The process is very simple and cheap and will help you to secure your due royalties or in case there are any copyright issues after the track release.
The success and failure of a business can be determined by the efficacy of the stock management practices it employs. Certainly, poor stock control can lead to cash flow problems. In fact, this may even lead to a business collapse. It is for this reason that you must manage your stock levels very closely.
Generally, plenty of the assets of small businesses are tied up in inventory. A field service company’s inventory can include any raw materials, work in progress and finished products they have and intend to sell in order to gain income. Determining how much stock your business really needs is where inventory problems often begin.
Too little stock can cause delays and even lost sales from discouraged clients waiting for parts to arrive or perhaps jobs to be finished. Too much stock, on the contrary, means your costs go up and your cash flow goes down. Bear in mind that if you have extra stock, you will need to pay more in handling, storage, security, and insurance. Also, there will be an increase in the possibility of damage and loss.
The main goal of inventory management is quick turnaround, ensuring low costs and guaranteeing customer satisfaction. Due to the fact that inventory management directly influences cash flow, you need to have a solution that will make sure that you are indeed managing your inventory properly. So if you think that your current inventory systems are causing cash flow woes, it is time for you to implement a system that does all the management and monitoring for you. In other words, you must have an effective tool to manage inventory.
Important Considerations When Choosing The Best Inventory System
Stock and Cash – With plenty of inventory at hand, your cash will be tied up and cannot be used for other important business activities. With an inventory tracking solution in place, you will know exactly what you have on-hand and if there is a need to order for more. Efficient and proven management systems will incredibly increase your cash flow whereas poor management will cripple your business.
The Type of Stock – You need to have a system that monitor what is selling and what is not. Fast-moving stock and goods can bring in cash faster while slow-moving inventory can actually restrict your cash flow. Thus, it is very crucial for you to know this slow-moving stock and consider evaluating it again if it really needs to be in your warehouse.