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…

The Importance of Analysis (Discovery)

I have addressed this topic before however, it is so important let me add… For the sake of this blog, let’s break a project into 4 phases: Analysis, Design, Construction & Implementation.  If the world were perfect and you could do a thorough analysis [or as some people call it – discovery] the people designing…

Analysis for PLM

Taken from a Stephen Porter article on Discovery… The companies that spend the time up front better understanding their environments and the opportunities they have to impact them experience much better results than those that jump into deployment without extensive discovery. One of the first questions that need to be answered is why are you…

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…