Addressing the Complexity of PLM

Caution:  PLM Software is very complex I am sure that most of us do not take advantage of even half of the capabilities of Excel or Word.  PLM software is like that. PLM software has something like 500 features that you could take advantage of.  It is extremely likely that you will actually need to…

Is it Time for PLM?

Last week, I discussed timing for PLM – This week, is it time for PLM? Timing Conditions from Last Week –  The cost of managing the information is greater than the cost of the software including implementation costs. Many studies have been performed and they all allude to the fact that engineers spend 25% of…

Timing for PLM

Bill Gross gave a presentation at a TED meeting about why startup companies succeed… In this presentation, he points out that timing is the biggest factor.  So, how does this apply to companies purchasing and implementing PLM? 25 years ago when I first got into EDMS [engineering document management systems], it was a disruptive technology. …

PLM & Risk Management

Pardon my latest rant on Risk Management… The International Standards Organization [ISO] calls for Risk Management in ISO13485 and in ISO9001-2015. ISO13485 is focused on medical where it may seem obvious that risk management is an issue.  Mistakes here can cost lives and the accompanying lawsuits can destroy companies. ISO9001-2015 is focused on manufacturing where…

PLM & its User Interface

Pardon my rant on The User Interface… When implementing any new enterprise software, user acceptance is a big deal.  Just one upset user can ruin the entire project To the user community, the user interface is what the software looks like – Their only interaction with the software is through the user interface.  The software…

Requirements & the User Interface

When you are gathering requirements for any software project [including product lifecycle management software], a major focus is on what the software does and how the user community accepts using it.  I can’t overstate how important the user interface is. The User Interface To the user, the user interface is what the software looks like. …

Product Lifecycle Management

What is Product Lifecycle Management [PLM]? When discussing PLM, pundits tend to go straight to PLM software, but that is not what it is.  Product lifecycle management is about managing all of the information that supports the engineering, manufacturing, sales and support of a product or service from its inception through its end of life.…