In the Cloud?

There is a lot of chatter amongst PLM pundits about whether a PLM solution should be implemented in the Cloud.  There are reasons to implement in the cloud and there are reasons not to. To me, cloud discussions are putting the cart before the horse… There are many decisions that must be made before this…

Is $50 Oil Impacting Your Business?

Revenues are down [for whatever reasons], what steps will your company take to fix your balance sheet? Your options are to increase revenues and/or cut costs or some combination of both.  Most companies can find ways to improve both, but I will address cutting costs. One way to uncover costs is through Value Stream Mapping.…

Measuring the Value of PLM

Jim McKinney wrote an article titled “3 Steps to Measure the Value of PLM” a few months ago.  In it, he put forward these 3 steps: Create a Baseline; Imagine the Future; and Use Metrics as a Guide. He says that knowing the value of PLM to your business can help in many areas: selling…

Implementing PLM

Oleg Shilovitsky answered some questions in a video format for Product Innovation Boston and he had some interesting thoughts about PLM [Product Lifecycle Management]. In the video, he said that the biggest challenge for PLM is the implementation itself.  It is not completely dependent on the PLM vendor.  A PLM implementation is about your company,…

The More You Know About PLM…

From an Infuseit posting dated Sunday, March 8, 2015… PLM buyers: You don’t know what you don’t know about PLM. That means it is hard for you to distinguish the tools and the suppliers. Don’t try to specify everything. Have a clear vision of where you want to go and what you want to achieve…

Engineering Change Orders & PLM

Years ago, when I first began selling PLM software, every company I spoke with complained about engineering change orders [ECO].  Their biggest complaint was that it took way too long to put through a change request. At that time, all ECO’s were paper based.  They might have been called engineering change requests [ECR] or engineering…

Document Management

I recently read an article by Joe Shepley titled ‘Where document management went wrong.’  In it, he says that ‘the precise moment when everything became unhinged and started hurtling down the twisted, rocky road to document management perdition we’re currently on: the day we fired the file clerks.’ I have visited many companies over the…