Why Take on PLM? to solve problems

Companies take on PLM projects to solve problems. Over the years, I have spoken with many companies about PLM [product lifecycle management].  Each company has had their own reasons for taking on PLM. Some of Their Reasons Finding information [drawings, etc] Engineering document management started with aerospace and defense contractors that had hundreds of drawings…

PLM Requirements Gathering

My past several blogs have dealt with preparing your requirements document for managing a product’s lifecycle. Start with an open mind… I have had conversations with more than one company that began their requirements gathering with a particular technology in mind.  They may have been a big fan of PTC and expected that they would…

Requirements – PLM & the Cloud

My past several blogs have dealt with preparing your requirements document for managing a product’s lifecycle. What about the Cloud? One of the bigger technology buzzwords today is the ‘cloud’.  The question is not whether to take advantage of the cloud or not, but why make that choice. While gathering your requirements, ask questions that…

Building a PLM Requirements Document

PLM Software is very complex… When gathering requirements from your user community, their explanation will likely describe what they expect to see on their computer screen. Preparing a dummy user interface has several advantages: Work through user interface ideas The user community can help the analyst understand what users go through on a daily basis…

Minimizing the Complexity of PLM

Implementing PLM Software is a very complex undertaking You wouldn’t build a new house without a plan [set of plans] would you?  Create a plan for your PLM project to ensure a successful PLM implementation. A PLM implementation plan has 4 major sections: Analysis Design Construction Implementation Analysis The output of an analysis is a…

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…