Closed Loop Lifecycle Management (CL2M) is the logical extension of closed-loop Product Lifecycle Management.
CL2M enables the desired information gathering, processing and exchange throughout the whole life of an entity from beginning, through middle to end of life.

The characteristics of lifecycle information gathering, processing and exchange, along with the  associated technologies required, are applicable to all kinds of lifecycles inherent in supply chains, pedigree and traceability of food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, high-value retail, and health care applications.

The Challenge:

  • Today's CEOs and management teams do not always understand their own complex products and services anymore.
  • They cannot take decisions about their products because they don’t know what information they need to manage in order to make sound decisions.
  • The objectives of PLM are to increase product revenues, reduce product-related costs, and maximize the value of the product portfolio. Therefore responsibility for PLM lies with the CEO.
  • Although the PLM vision is difficult to disagree with PLM is not high on the wish-lists of CEOs and CIOs
  • PLM vendors aim to implement the requirements of the engineer, but many product designers cannot be bothered with logistic, sales or supply chain considerations.
  • PLM should be more about strategy and benefits, and less about systems and technology. 
  • Too much focus on PLM as a system will cause very complex system integrations, less transparent supply chains, and challenging enterprise architectural issues.
  • Instead of more information systems, system features or system integrations- we need more understanding of products as such and more common models within corporations to govern product portfolios, most of the data already exists in systems somewhere.
  • If management would understand the behaviour of the product lifecycles of their products and services and could define the set of information they need in order to make good decisions and manage their product portfolio it would be much easier to create significantly more business value than what is achieved today.
Bad News and Good News in 2009
The bad news is that, in difficult times organizations concentrate on squeezing managers harder and controlling their existing operations more tightly. They fail to learn and adapt just when they need it most."
The good news is that there is an abundance of ideas, tools and cultural changes around that provide powerful means to adapt to change much faster than ever before. Agile solution development, open source initiatives, micro formats, cloud computing, managed services, the success of Software-as-a-Service and Web2.0 "mash-ups" have already proven that adaptation is possible at orders of magnitude faster and at a fraction of the usual cost.

Learn more about the technical background and concepts behind CL2M