Configuration Management & PLM

Configuration Management is a Major Component of PLM Early on, PLM [product lifecycle management] software companies learned from their customers that they needed to be able to manage configurations – like a bill of materials. Years ago, we had a marketing guy that thought we ought to configure our software so that it was ready…

Process Management & PLM

Process Management is a Major Component of PLM Early on, PLM [product lifecycle management] software companies learned from their customers that some kind of rules based process management was a necessary component for their software to be a real solution. Years ago, all aspects of engineering change control happened on paper. The change request forms…

Document Management & PLM

Document Management is a Major Component of PLM Document management is where PLM [product lifecycle management] started. About 25 years ago, I was speaking with an engineering manager of a major defense contractor.  We were talking about managing engineering drawings.  They had a vault [in concept]. Their vault consisted of a room full of file…

About PLM…

PLM [product lifecycle management] has been around for more than 25 years and companies are still trying to determine if it has been worth their efforts.  PLM [product lifecycle management] is a very complex topic that requires a lot of education.  The entire process of choosing and implementing PLM software is very complex – the…

What is PLM and Why do I Care?

If your company manufactures a product or provides a service, you are involved in ‘product lifecycle management’. A Product Lifecycle… Your product or service begins with an idea and follows through design, product [service] development, sales, support through until your company decides to end of life the product. Let’s look at a company like Tesla…

A Purpose for PLM

Andreas Lindenthal recently posted a blog addressing PLM – An Enterprise System Without Purpose… Many companies that use PLM today don’t really seem to have a greater purpose for it either. Yes, they manage some engineering and CAD data and maybe automate a few engineering processes, but frankly, an average (and much less expensive) PDM…

Purchasing PLM Software

When purchasing PLM [product lifecycle management] software, the person in your company that is responsible for ‘spend’ will need to feel confident that your company has made a sound financial decision. I have helped many companies with their PLM projects.  Often, they will come to me after having chosen a technology.  This is like purchasing…