PLM – Not Just an Engineering Discipline

While at lunch this week with a friend, we discussed the definition of PLM.  As my followers know, I have always said that PLM is the discipline of managing the information throughout the lifecycle of a product.  However, there is more to that. When discussing product lifecycle management, the discipline typically has an engineering focus. …

Companies Don’t Purchase PLM Software

They purchase a solution to a problem. When you are working on a home project that requires you to drill a hole, you will go to Home Depot/Lowes to purchase a ‘drill’. You don’t necessarily want a ‘drill’, what you really want is a hole. So, you will purchase something that will make a hole.…

PLM User Acceptance

In a recent blog by Oleg Shilovitsky, he pointed out that ‘70% of projects fail because of the lack of user acceptance.’ I found this to be true in my early experiences. Because of that, I have spent a great deal of time addressing the topic of user acceptance. Address this early and often to…

PLM – An Investment or a Sunk Cost?

This topic came up in the blogosphere recently, so here is my 2 cents worth. I have a minor in accounting. In one of my courses, the professor emphasized that companies should look at their investments in the past as sunk costs. The theory behind a sunk cost is that you have already spent the…

PLM Education & Training

The current topic in the blogosphere is PLM education and training. PLM Education PLM software is very complex. Most of the offerings have in excess of 500 features. Most companies looking at PLM solutions are aware of only a small portion of these. The objective is to make an informed decision. What are the problems…

PDM or PLM?

Before even discussing PDM or PLM, what problem or problems are you attempting to solve? Are you talking about controlling engineering information like requirements, drawings, bills of materials [BoM’s]? Are you talking about managing change requests? Are you talking about controlling information in other departments? Like in the case of the marketing department – marketing…

What is PLM?

There have been a great many discussions regarding the definition of Product Lifecycle Management [PLM]. The definitions have been all over the map… Years ago… I found a warm reception to the idea of engineering document management [EDM] with aerospace and defense contractors. They had thousands of drawings with many different revision levels and they…