2PLM September 25 2017


2PLM Newsletter

John Stark Associates                                                                                                                       September 25, 2017 - Vol19 #10

Welcome to the 2PLM e-zine

This issue includes :

 RSS Feed for 2PLM

NB. If you are viewing this page as a guest you only have limited access to our community.
Please take time to register and you will gain a lot of additional great features including:
More SEARCH results, tags, newsletter archives, and much more. Not yet registered?  It's easy and it's free!

Professional PLM [9]: Deliverables
by Roger Tempest
The Professional PLM Initiative will need to generate all of the documents, specifications and tools that are necessary to define the scope and activity of Professional PLM.

This will be done via a synergistic approach in which Correspondents and Associates receive the new material, apply it to their own implementations, and provide feedback about how it should be changed or improved.

The working material will be released in a steady stream of instalments over the first 6 months, after which Workshops will be held to review it and develop the full detail. Correspondents and Associates will then receive a second series of final-draft documentation to complete by the end of 2018.

The release sequence is designed to be logical and constructive:-

Fundamentals of Professionalism
What is 'Professionalism', and what is a Profession? How to act professionally as a PLM practitioner. How to set professional standards for a PLM implementation.

Roles and Skill Sets
Skill sets and experience levels for the main PLM practitioner roles. Comparison with existing levels. Remediation.

Body of Knowledge
Definition of the core Body of Knowledge inherent in the various PLM practitioner roles.

Maturity Matrix
Measurement of adoption and implementation Maturity. Professional requirements and standards for progress. Use of the Matrix to initiate improvement projects.

Metrics and KPIs
Metrics and KPIs to measure and confirm professional implementation. Demonstration of due diligence.

Culture Change
How to embed PLM into the company culture. Education of non-PLM colleagues to accept PLM, and understand PLM issues.

Certification and Training
PLM Training curricula for the PLM Team. How to satisfy training requirements. Training for users, managers and non-PLM colleagues. Certification of internal staff. Qualification of external suppliers.

Career Path
How to become a PLM practitioner. How to be effective. How to advance between PLM roles. How to move upwards to other fields.

By the end of next year this body of material will have defined the whole scope of 'Professional PLM'. With the Correspondence Package, PLM practitioners are able to get the benefits of the deliverables as soon as they are produced - and can write back with feedback on changes they would like to see. As an Associate, a PLM practitioner receives and makes suggestions about the material while it is still at the draft stage, thus adding their input even earlier in the process.

The full phasing and timeframe can be seen on the PLMIG web site, together with details of how to take part.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Feedback is welcome via profession@plmig.com.


Professional PLM [10]: Career Path
by Roger Tempest
One of the most important outcomes of the Professional PLM Initiative is possibly also the most abstract - the creation of a clearly-defined and effective Career Path for PLM practitioners.

An important part of the support for making PLM more professional is that PLM practitioners are fed up of working in a discipline that is unrecognised and undefined. As you read this, think of your current PLM projects, and then ask yourself how many people within your working environment really understand the work that you do.

Then think of your next job, and where would you like to be in 5 or 10 years' time. If you are applying for one of the top jobs in a new company, what will your PLM experience look like to them?

Jim Heppelmann once remarked (2PLM June 7 2010) that "PLM shouldn't necessarily narrow a résumé, it should become like an 'MBA in how a manufacturing company works'."

That's a nice thought, but it's unlikely to be in the minds of the interviewing panel when you go for your next job at a different company. It's more likely that they will think something like: "PLM? Oh, you were in IT for a while. How does that relate to this position?" 

The premise of the Professional PLM Initiative is that:-
  • PLM is a specialty in its own right;
  • of sufficient complexity that its practitioners should be certified to carry it out;
  • of sufficient value to the business world to warrant its being recognised as a profession; and,
  • steps should be taken to establish that professional status.

A genuine professional status for PLM practitioners not only consolidates the experience on your CV, it creates an industry structure that you can leverage to advance your career. It shows the route into the role; shows how to advance as you gain more skills and expertise; and levels the playing field with other disciplines when you want to move towards Board level.

The Professional PLM Initiative is the best way to make that happen, and the time to support it is now.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG.  

PLM Citations
Google Scholar shows journal articles, technical reports, books and theses citing Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication.

Citing publications referenced since the previous issue of 2PLM include:

  • S. Freitas de Oliveira (INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal), A. Soares (University of Porto, Portugal); A PLM Vision for Circular Economy Details
  • J. Bladh, K. Hertzman (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden); Big Data and Product Lifecycle Management Details
  • Y-M. Tai (National Pingtung University, Taiwan); Partner Management Capability and New Product Development Performance: The Moderating Role of Product Lifecycle Management System Capability Details
  • C. Frydén, N. Omri (University of Skövde, Sweden); Efficiency of the designer's workflow in the product development process by using 3D-models and 2D-drawings Details
  • S. Ruan, S. Jiang (Xi'an University, Xi'an, China), H. Xie (Illinois State University, IL, USA); Integrated Proactive Control Model for Energy Efficiency Processes in Facilities Management: Applying Dynamic Exponential Smoothing Optimization Details

  • D. Diener (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden); Scrap happens, but does it have to? On the potential of increasing machine component reuse Details
  • D. Siedlak, O. Pinon, P. Schlais, T. Schmidt, D. Mavris (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA); A digital thread approach to support manufacturing-influenced conceptual aircraft design Details
  • P. Torres-Palacio (University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, USA); Applying holonic manufacturing for effective Six Sigma projects Details
  • E. Hoos, P. Hirmer, B. Mitschang (University of Stuttgart, Germany); Context-Aware Decision Information Packages: An Approach to Human-Centric Smart Factories Details
  • C. Chathurani Silva (Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand); A Framework to Evaluate the Impact of ICT Usage on Collaborative Product Development Performance in Manufacturing Firms Details

October "Basics of PLM" Online Course  
The October 2017 session of the course will start on Monday October 2 and will run until Thursday November 30. (Note that students may join this session up to Friday October 13.)

This Cloud-based course, available anywhere, available 24/7, gives an introduction to PLM from a multidisciplinary business perspective.

It aims to help people participate more fully in a company's PLM Initiative and other PLM activities. In the standard version, the 40-hour course runs over 8 weeks. But it can be completed in less than 2 weeks, which is useful for fast ramp-up.  

Risk Management
by Scott Cleveland
Living in Houston, I've heard many people talking recently about risk management. Risk management isn't just about [ISO 9001-2015] quality, accidents, law suits, etc.

For many Houston companies, Hurricane Harvey was just piling on. Not only do they have to deal with flood damage, they have to deal with oil prices around $50 a barrel. If you are in management at one of these companies, your top priority has been to determine how to profitably exist in a $50 a barrel world.

ISO 9001-2015 calls for companies to have a procedure [a process] in place for managing risk. Companies understand many kinds of risk, but what about the risk that your customer demand will disappear? Managing risk doesn't matter today if you are out of business tomorrow.

Risk Management Procedure
Companies may not have always had a formal process for managing risk however, they likely had something informal. Starting with a documented procedure, they can continually look for ways to improve their ability to manage risk.

If your objective is to be ISO 9001 compliant, process improvement needs to be an ongoing part of your corporate culture. Risk management is a big part of that.

$50 Oil [or less]
Back to $50 oil - at this price will you still be in business in the near future or not? Do you have a business model that can support the price of oil at $50? Are you looking at layoffs, consolidations, selling off a division, mergers, etc? Have you looked at all of your potential alternatives to see how these options could impact your revenues?

This leads us to another alternative, what happens if the price of oil continues down to $25 a barrel? I just renewed my electricity contract for less than 9 cents per kWh. With the advent of new battery technologies like that of Tesla, Dubai is offering 100% solar energy for 4.5 cents per kWh. What will that do to the price of oil?

The topic is risk management - the price of oil could go up or down. There appear to be more forces that could drive the price lower than those that could drive it up:
  • New cheaper, more efficient batteries make it possible to easily store and retrieve energy
  • Solar panel companies have found ways to improve the efficiency of solar panels
  • Oil has always been the cheapest alternative but that is changing

What changes can Houston oil companies make in order to make a profit in a world where the price of oil is $25 a barrel?

Risk Management Software
Risk management is a discipline, but there is software that can help. One example is today's PLM software. They have robust process management abilities that can help you manage your risk procedures.

Would you like to have a discussion about risk management?  


Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387 




PLM News

sponsored by:   



Siemens announced an agreement to acquire Infolytica Corporation. Details 


The IGE+XAO Group announced that turnover for the 2016/2017 financial period was 29,439,262 euros. Details

Oracle Corp. announced fiscal 2018 Q1 results. Total Revenues were $9,187 billion. Details



aPriori announced the hiring of Guy Langley to lead aPriori's EMEA business region. Details 


Aras announced that Cargotec selected Aras Innovator. Details  

Centric Software, Inc announced that Huckberry selected Centric Software. Details 


aPriori announced aPriori Professional 2017 R1. Details

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced DFM Concurrent Costing, Version 3.0. Details

Kisters North America announced version 2017 of its 3DViewStation Desktop. Details

OpenBOM announced Order BOM. Details

Stibo Systems announced SpirePLM 8.2. Details



ModuleWorks announced an agreement with Siemens PLM Software. Details

Spatial Corp and ModuleWorks announced cooperation. Details



Centric Software, Inc announced that Yourmoon has gone live with Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Chevron Products Company selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Valmet is using the "Single Source for Speed" industry solution experience. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Kreisel Electric is using the "Electro Mobility Accelerator" industry solution experience. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV) is deploying "Modular, Glocal and Secure" industry solution experience. Details

International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) announced the nomination of ITI Chairman, Mike Lemon, for the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Award. Details

Lantek announced the opening of Lantek BilbaoTech. Details



Brief lines


 To unsubscribe, please visit My account, - Newsletters- "manage my subscription" and untick the appropriate box.
 Subscription is free to registered users. Register now