Oleg Shilovitsky answered some questions in a video format for Product Innovation Boston and he had some interesting thoughts about PLM [Product Lifecycle Management].
In the video, he said that the biggest challenge for PLM is the implementation itself. It is not completely dependent on the PLM vendor. A PLM implementation is about your company, your people, your requirements and your PLM vendor.
Why Take on PLM?
Companies purchase software like PLM to solve a business problem. Typically, they look to cut costs, increase revenues or maybe just to mitigate risks. Risks could be: Sending incorrect documentation to manufacturing; Recreating documentation because the original was lost; Having a change request take too long to approve causing the wrong ‘widget’ to be manufactured; etc. Maybe you just want to be sure that you have a ‘single version of the truth.’
Some tips on mitigating implementation challenges…
What is your vision for a solution? It is important to understand what problem are you trying solve? What do you want your PLM solution to accomplish? How will you know if you have been successful? Do you have a requirements document?
Selecting a PLM vendor – You will be working with this company for some time. You need to have a good working relationship with them. Look for a partner – someone that wants to work with you. Good listening skills on both sides should help you come up with a workable implementation plan.
Sitting with your selected PLM vendor, modify your solution vision so that it can be achieved. Create a detailed requirements document. Work with your vendor to define the project scope. Break a large implementation into smaller [easier to deal with] pieces – don’t attempt to do everything at once.
Your vendor’s objective should be to make sure that you have a successful PLM implementation. They should want you to be a happy customer so that you can be a reference account for them.
Change is inevitable; Progress is a choice (Dean Lindsay)