Selecting a PLM Vendor

I saw an article last week listing questions for selecting a PLM vendor.  I sold PLM software for a number of years and have provided PLM consulting since then.  I didn’t agree with half of what was on their list.  My suggestions follow… You will be working with this vendor for a lot of years. …

Ingredients for a Successful PLM Journey

I have worked on many PLM implementations over the years.  The most successful ones had these things in common: A Vision for their solution – They had an idea of what their solution might look like and they attempted to come up with a solution that came close to that vision. A Champion – Think…

PDM or PLM

Before PLM [product lifecycle management] there was PDM [product data management].  My background precedes even PDM with EDM [engineering data management]. So, how did PLM come about? As you might imagine, EDM was all about managing engineering information initially focused on CAD data and BOM’s [bills of materials].  Our EDM software had the ability to…

PLM & Quality

Quality Management is about following the procedures that you have written to maintain and ultimately improve quality.  Quality Management requires control and visibility.  If you have read many of my blogs, you will know that PLM is all about control and visibility. Control assures that your procedures are followed so that your outcomes are predictable. …

PLM & ISO9001

I am currently working with a medical manufacturer to help them implement Teamcenter software so that they can be FDA compliant.  Their focus is ISO13485 [which encompasses ISO9001].  They need to have many procedures in place. Over-simplifying, to be compliant with ISO9001 a company needs to be able to show written documentation as to how…

Manage PLM Implementation Costs

A PLM implementation is extremely complex.  The cost of implementation can be as much as five (5) times the cost of the software. The more you know about what PLM software can and can’t do, the easier it will be for you to understand its complexities and minimize them.  A PLM implementation starts with a…

Process Management in PLM

I began selling PLM software solutions in the late 80’s.  At the time, engineering document management software was very new.  There were only 4 companies selling that kind of software. I had a great deal of success selling to aerospace and defense companies.  As you might imagine, they had hundreds [if not thousands] of CAD…