Culture Change & PLM

Those of us that have implemented a PLM [product lifecycle management] solution realize how important it is to manage culture change. A PLM implementation can impact your user community in 2 ways. -  Users must learn to use new software -  PLM may change how users work This is where a strong ‘champion’ comes into…

BPM Thoughts…

From a BPM.com posting… BPM is something that you do, not a thing you own or buy. BPM is about improving processes.  It presumes the idea that you view business as a set of processes and BPM is the act of improving those processes. For years, I have contended that businesses are a collection of…

Reasons PLM Implementations Fail

CimData published a list of the top 10 reasons PLM Implementations fail.  I will address a few of these that I have had to deal with. Trying to do too much at once [scope creep] Scope creep can kill any project.  It is often difficult to get projects like these funded.  When scope creep occurs,…

Process vs Data

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?  The process or the data? Peter Schooff’s of BPM.com posed a question ‘process first, then data?’ Someone suggested that you sort out all of your data first and then figure out what processes you can support. I contend that all data is created within or as a…

Simplifying PLM

Siemens defines PLM [product lifecycle management] as an information strategy.  It lets global organizations work as a single team to design, produce, support and retire products while capturing lessons learn along the way. How did we get here? Before there was PLM, there was PDM [product data management].  Before there was PDM, there was EDM…

What is BPM?

There are many definitions of BPM [business process management].  I found an article on BPM.com that does a good job of defining BPM. “BPM is a discipline involving any combination of modeling, automation, execution, control, measurement and optimization of business activity flows, in support of enterprise goals, spanning systems, employees, customers and partners within and…

Healthcare Processes are Changing…

I read an interview with Jonathan Bush, CEO of Athenahealth Inc.  He has written a book entitled ‘Where does it hurt? An entrepreneur’s guide to fixing health care’ where he sees the need for systems-changing innovations in health care. Today, we go to the doctor and take the medications that they tell us to take. …