Product Lifecycle Management

Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] is an activity supported by hardware and software.  Its implementation involves implementing the theoretical ideas which are collected during a company analysis.  The analysis involves uncovering the requirements necessary for the software to provide a solution approaching what you envision your solution to be. During the analysis phase, look for ways…

A Document Management Solution

Choosing a document management solution is not just about securely storing and retrieving files… Other Considerations Do you want your revised document to overwrite the old one? Do you want multiple people to be able to work on the same document at the same time? Do you not want this to happen? Do you want…

Why not PLM?

Some people are surprised when they see that a company has many different document management software packages installed.  Marketing may be using Sharepoint while Manufacturing uses their ERP [enterprise resource planning] software.  Sales will be using CRM [customer relationship management] software while customer support has their own software.  Legal will be using some legal document…

PLM – Document Management on Steroids

PLM [Product Lifecycle Management] can be thought of as both (a) a repository for all information that affects a product, and (b) a communication process between product stakeholders: principally marketing, engineering, manufacturing and field service. Most of us understand that a PLM solution is a repository for all information that affects a product, but not…

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…