Developing today’s high tech product is a complex activity.
PLM started in engineering because they had a lot of information to manage and they weren’t doing a very good job of it. They needed to control access to the information, manage versions, share product data, etc. They needed to share information with many of the other departments within their company as well as suppliers, vendors and customers.
A PLM solution can add value by helping companies control complexity.
PLM started by managing engineering information and soon discovered that they needed to manage product information in many other departments. Some broad thoughts follow:
- From marketing – How many of these widgets do I need to manufacture? What price will I set?
- From finance – At that price, will the company make a profit?
- From manufacturing – Do I manufacture these in house? Do I need to purchase parts? Who will I purchase them from?
- From manufacturing – Do I need to rework the factory floor? Do I need to purchase any machines?
- From manufacturing – Do I want to be ISO compliant? How will we manage quality?
- From customer support – How will we handle customer support?
A PLM solution can address all of these concerns and more. However, PLM software has many more features than you will ever use.
Implement ‘Your’ Solution
When implementing PLM, don’t feel that you have to implement a total solution [everything] from the beginning. Minimize complexity by implementing the most important items first and then grow it over time.
Being successful with the initial implementation will make it much easier to grow the solution into other areas. Choose to start with an implementation that meets your most critical needs and be successful at it.
It can be useful to enlist help from someone that has done this before. Contact me if you would like some help…