Many things happen before the actual purchase of a PLM solution. You will need to gather answers to the following questions.
- Is the problem you are attempting to solve worthy of pursuing?
- Discover the available potential solutions?
- What do you have to put together in order for your company to issue a PO?
- How will you select the solution? How will you select the solution vendor?
Addressing them in order:
Is the problem you are attempting to solve worthy of pursuing?
Since you are considering PLM, you must be attempting to solve a problem or two. What are the problems you are attempting to solve? Can you quantify the cost of the problem(s)? What would your day look like if you didn’t have to deal with these problems?
During your day (week), you may have to perform some tasks that are extremely annoying. If you had a solution in place, you wouldn’t have to deal with them. Can you quantify the cost of the annoyance(s)?
Now that you have uncovered the costs, what are your options? Approximately how much will you need to spend to implement any of these?
Do the benefits of the solution outweigh the costs? Can you get budget dollars for this solution? If the answer to these questions is yes, the problem/solution is worthy of pursuing.
Discover the available potential solutions?
Refine the problems, annoyances that you are attempting to solve. Interview those involved in the process to gather more specific details.
If the world were perfect, what might that solution look like? The user interface is what software looks like. What do you want your users to see on their screens? How do you want them to interact? What activities will they be performing? Will the solution assist them? How do you want the ‘handoff’ from one user to the next to work? Will the solution help you manage your processes? Etc.
Now that you have a vision, what solutions are available to you that can deliver a solution closest to your vision? You may have to compromise, but begin your search by looking for ‘your’ solution.
At this point you should have refined the cost of your problems and annoyances. You will have visited companies that can provide you with a solution. You should be able to get a budgetary quote from each. Do the benefits of the solution still outweigh the costs?
Next week I will address the last 2 questions
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