Gathering Requirements

When gathering requirements for your PLM [product lifecycle management] project or any other project, things may not be as they seem. Example One day in early September the chief of a Native American tribe was asked by his tribal elders if the winter of 2011/12 was going to be cold or mild.  The chief asked…

Taking on PLM?

There are many steps to take to prepare for a PLM project.  What follows are some key ones… The Problem Make a list of the problems you want to solve. How much is each problem costing you?  What is the annual cost of the sum of those problems?  Some problems may be difficult to put…

Customer Centric PLM…

Some thoughts about how PLM [product lifecycle management] software can help your company become more customer centric.  Implement your PLM software with a customer focus. A Configurator A configurator allows your customer to configure their solution to meet their specific needs.  A good example of this can be found on the Dell website.  We [the…

A Needed PLM Integration…

In past blogs, I have discussed PLM integrations.  What follows is a good example. Engineering & Purchasing As an Engineer is designing a new part or new product, they typically go through several iterations before reaching an approved design for release. During that design process, purchasing will typically get involved for several reasons. If the…

Extending PLM

After companies have successfully implemented their PLM software, they continue to make minor improvements [tweaking]. Most companies will implement their engineering change process first.  When they see how great that works, they will want to implement other processes.  Processes like NPI [new product introductions] come to mind. The next enhancement to your PLM software is…

Data Migration to PLM Software

There are many steps required to successfully implement PLM software.  When you add up the cost of the services that it takes to complete them, it can get expensive. It all starts with gathering your requirements.  I have said it before and I will say it again, a complete thorough requirements document will save you…

SMM as a component of NPI

Last week I presented an NPI overview and pointed out that PLM software can manage that project easily.  This week I drill down into NPI to discuss SMM. Terms: SMM – Social Media Marketing NPI – New Product Introduction PLM – Product Lifecycle Management New Product Introduction & Social Media Marketing Social Media Marketing falls…