Wait or Act on PLM

Many companies are thinking about PLM.  Fewer are acting on these thoughts than those that are waiting. Waiting Companies that are waiting on PLM are thinking about their problems that are costing them money each and every month. They are investigating their options.  They are learning about PLM – what it can and can’t do. …

Thoughts from PI PLMx

Last week, I attended the PI PLMx conference in Fort Worth.  I hosted a workshop on gathering requirements. While attending many of the sessions, I saw that companies are facing the same problems that they have been for years.  They have information in multiple systems that don’t necessarily talk to each other.  Finding the information…

Tips for PLM Implementation Success

After gathering your requirements, here are some tips for your PLM implementation. All of the successful PLM implementations that I have been involved with have had the following in common… They started with a vision for their solution. If the world were perfect, what would your solution look like? They found a champion to lead…

Writing PLM Requirements

You have arrived here because you have a problem or problems that you would like to address. Your requirements document should describe the problem[s] in detail including the cost to your company in both time and money.  It should explain your vision for a solution and describe how the solution addresses the problem[s]. Explain why…

Gathering PLM Requirements

What is a PLM requirements document and why is it a good idea to write one? A Requirements Document A PLM requirements document explains why PLM software is needed. Requirements are statements of what a PLM solution should do rather than how it should do it.  It should be void of technical details but at…

PI PLM Conference

PI is a CIO-led learning community for manufacturers. Their mission is to provide the CIO, their executive team, as well as future talent, with the network and peer-led knowledge to respond to opportunities and threats in an information-centric World. 16-17 October 2017 | Fort Worth, Texas – The Worthington Renaissance Over the past 6 years, the…

Risk Management

Risk management isn’t just about [ISO9001-2015] quality, accidents, law suits, etc. For many Houston companies, Hurricane Harvey was just piling on.  Not only do they have to deal with flood damage, they have to deal with oil prices around $50 a barrel.  If you are in management at one of these companies, your top priority…