What drives a company to look at PLM software? I have seen companies start by trying to solve a problem or problems. I have seen companies start with a particular solution in mind.
Companies that start with a solution
Starting with a solution in mind, companies will look for a problem or problems to solve.
They start with a solution because someone is a big fan of a particular software product and has been telling you about it for months.
They have been told that their competition is using a particular software product and they believe that they must do something similar in order to be competitive.
They have read about a particular software solution and want to implement it at their company.
Companies that start with a problem
Having experienced problems at their company, they will look for software that will provide a solution to those problems. The problems will be causing pain for the user community or you wouldn’t even know about it.
The problem is usually costly and/or extremely annoying.
Some of the typical problems include: Employees can’t find the information they need to do their jobs; Files are lost, so they must recreate the information; The wrong version of a file was sent to manufacturing or your contractor; Your current change request process is extremely inefficient; etc.
Successful PLM implementations begin with a requirements document
Your ultimate objective is to find a solution to your problems. If you start with a solution in mind, it may be a legitimate solution to a particular set of problems, just not yours.
One thing that I have learned from successful PLM implementations is that the more time put into a requirements document, the better the solution. Contact me if you would like some help…