The Concept of PLM

I have said before that PLM is the discipline of managing the information throughout the lifecycle of a product or service.

The Concept…

Implemented properly and PLM will get ‘the right information to the right person at the right time’.

Implemented properly means that all workers must gather the information [check out] they need to do their job from the PLM software.  After performing their tasks, they must return [check in] their changes / additions to the information back into the PLM software.

Implemented properly means that there is an authoring process [including engineering design, etc.] implemented in the software.

How it works…

Workers are notified that there is a task to be performed.  That notification will include links to the information that needs work.  They will ‘check out’ that information and perform their tasks.  Upon completion, they will ‘check in’ their work.

The software will follow the implemented process to notify the next person [or persons] in the process that they have a task[s] to be performed.  They will ‘check out’ that information and perform their tasks.  Upon completion, they will ‘check in’ their work.

The software will follow the implemented process until all of the tasks have been completed and the information is ‘released’.

As you might guess, it doesn’t take much to cost justify the purchase of PLM software.

Contact me to learn more about getting ‘the right information to the right person at the right time’.

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