Thursday, August 19, 2010

One More TLA - PxM Anyone?

Edsger W Dijkstra (May 11, 1930 – August 6, 2002) said in his paper “On the cruelty of really teaching computing science” in 1988 “…no endeavour is respectable these days without a TLA (= Three-Letter Acronym)”.

Use of TLA's is in both industry and academia is now viral. I was surprised to see that the "Lists of TLAs" in Wikipedia spanned 17 pages. Well then, I thought, what TLA’s do I see in my field of work?

CAx for Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-aided engineering (CAE), Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM),

CxO for Chief Information Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Information Officer (CIO) amongst others.

GxP for Good Manufacturing Practice(GMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Clinical Practice(GCP) etc.

So why not add to this acronym list?
PXM Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico (Airport Code)
PXM Processor Switch Module (Cisco)
PXM Processor X Module
PXM Point Expansion Module

PxM for Product lifecycle management (PLM), Product data management (PDM), Product Resource Management (PRM), Product Information Management (PIM), and Product Content Management (PCM).

Well yes, fundamentally nothing changes and this just adds one more TLA to the list :) Long live free speech!


  1. My favorite (I didn't create copyright :)) is CEO= Chief Excel Officer (I covered it in my blog pos - Do we need Chief Excel Officer to Manager BOM?) Best, Oleg

  2. Yes! Every company should have one Chief Excel Officer I guess :)


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