Requirements & the User Interface

When you are gathering requirements for any software project [including product lifecycle management software], a major focus is on what the software does and how the user community accepts using it.  I can’t overstate how important the user interface is. The User Interface To the user, the user interface is what the software looks like. …

Product Lifecycle Management

What is Product Lifecycle Management [PLM]? When discussing PLM, pundits tend to go straight to PLM software, but that is not what it is.  Product lifecycle management is about managing all of the information that supports the engineering, manufacturing, sales and support of a product or service from its inception through its end of life.…

Why PLM?

Where did the idea of Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] come from? Engineers/designers need to manage their drawings /documentation.  Even before CAD, engineers needed to be able to store designs and retrieve them.  They needed to know the latest released version of drawings/documentation.  They needed to be able to track changes to their designs – to…

Gathering Requirements

When gathering requirements for your PLM [product lifecycle management] project or any other project, things may not be as they seem. Example One day in early September the chief of a Native American tribe was asked by his tribal elders if the winter of 2011/12 was going to be cold or mild.  The chief asked…

Taking on PLM?

There are many steps to take to prepare for a PLM project.  What follows are some key ones… The Problem Make a list of the problems you want to solve. How much is each problem costing you?  What is the annual cost of the sum of those problems?  Some problems may be difficult to put…

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…