Planning for PLM

There is a lot to do before starting on your PLM project. Learning is the first step.

Your PLM project journey starts with understanding the problem(s) you are attempting to solve. List those problems. At a high level, what are those problems costing your company?

Capture your vision for a solution. If the world were perfect, what might the solution look like? Write down your requirements and identify ‘must have’ and ‘nice to have’ features.

Can you achieve your vision without purchasing software?

If so, what options are available to you? What can these options do well? What can’t they do well? What might this approach cost your company? Would you need to hire some expertise [new employee or contractor]?

If you need to purchase software to arrive at your vision for a solution, what is available? Do you need PLM software or will PDM or basic document management software do the job. For each alternative, what can they do well? What do they do poorly? What does the software cost? What about services?

There are a lot of different definitions of PLM floating around. Aside from just company flyers on PLM, there are many websites, bloggers and LinkedIn sites you can visit to gather more information. There are many PLM consultants available [myself included].

Before you start looking at any solutions, do your homework…

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