Customer Centric PLM…

Some thoughts about how PLM [product lifecycle management] software can help your company become more customer centric.  Implement your PLM software with a customer focus. A Configurator A configurator allows your customer to configure their solution to meet their specific needs.  A good example of this can be found on the Dell website.  We [the…

A Needed PLM Integration…

In past blogs, I have discussed PLM integrations.  What follows is a good example. Engineering & Purchasing As an Engineer is designing a new part or new product, they typically go through several iterations before reaching an approved design for release. During that design process, purchasing will typically get involved for several reasons. If the…

Extending PLM

After companies have successfully implemented their PLM software, they continue to make minor improvements [tweaking]. Most companies will implement their engineering change process first.  When they see how great that works, they will want to implement other processes.  Processes like NPI [new product introductions] come to mind. The next enhancement to your PLM software is…

Data Migration to PLM Software

There are many steps required to successfully implement PLM software.  When you add up the cost of the services that it takes to complete them, it can get expensive. It all starts with gathering your requirements.  I have said it before and I will say it again, a complete thorough requirements document will save you…

SMM as a component of NPI

Last week I presented an NPI overview and pointed out that PLM software can manage that project easily.  This week I drill down into NPI to discuss SMM. Terms: SMM – Social Media Marketing NPI – New Product Introduction PLM – Product Lifecycle Management New Product Introduction & Social Media Marketing Social Media Marketing falls…

NPI & PLM

Terms: NPI – New Product Introduction PLM – Product Lifecycle Management New Product Introduction When a company prepares to introduce a new product to the marketplace, there are many different activities that need to come together at the date of introduction. Those activities include but are not limited to: A marketing requirements document – this…

Gathering PLM Requirements

This week, I want to discuss the gathering of PLM requirements. Over the years, I have learned how important it is to gather requirements.  The better job you do of gathering requirements, the better the PLM implementation.  Thorough, complete requirements will make your job of implementing PLM software easier. Any changes you make during the…