Capturing PLM Managers' Success, The Triality of PLM, The Costs of Implementing PLM


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               May 21, 2012 - Vol15 #4

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Capturing PLM Managers' Success
by Roger Tempest
The PLM Governance Benchmark will capture the knowledge and experience of PLM managers (see 2PLM May 07), and it will also be an unrivalled platform to showcase their successes.

Every PLM Manager is faced with some fundamental questions:-

  • Is my PLM delivering the expected benefits to the company?
  • Is my PLM Strategy sound? Will it support my company's business aims and challenges?
  • Does my company have the right fundamentals in place for successful PLM?
  • Is my PLM investment under control?
  • How is my company positioned vs. its peers, and comparable companies in other industries?

Participation in the international PLM Benchmark will provide a full set of detailed answers, which will help companies to:-

  • Build, challenge or improve their PLM Vision and Strategy
  • Reinforce their project execution
  • Identify and manage their PLM project weaknesses

The Benchmark will do this by generating a comprehensive, structured set of comparisons based on all of the most important PLM metrics - in writing. No more trying to explain what PLM does; no more talking in vague terms that colleagues fail to understand. PLM Managers will have clear, written evidence of everything that their implementation has done for their company.

There is still plenty of time to take part in this programme, and the current participants would welcome more partners - from anywhere in the world. If you are interested, there is a straightforward induction path that begins by requesting information at



Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via

The Triality of PLM
by John Stark
The following text from Siemens PLM Software addresses the triality of PLM. "Product lifecycle management (PLM) can be defined as an information strategy: it builds a coherent data structure by consolidating systems. You can also call PLM an enterprise strategy: it lets global organizations work as a single team to design, produce, support and retire products, while capturing best practices and lessons learned along the way. At Siemens PLM Software, we view PLM as an information strategy, an enterprise strategy and, ultimately, a transformational business strategy."

A definition of PLM is necessarily complex because there's so much under the PLM umbrella - often more than 35% of a company's operations. The following sentences show how some parts of the non-singular nature of PLM were addressed in Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the business activity of managing, in the most effective way, a company's products all the way across their lifecycles; from the very first idea for a product all the way through until it is retired and disposed of.

PLM manages both individual products and the Product Portfolio, the collection of all of a company's products. 

PLM manages products from the beginning of their life, including development, through growth and maturity, to the end of life.

The objective of PLM is to increase product revenues, reduce product-related costs, maximise the value of the product portfolio, and maximise the value of current and future products for both customers and shareholders.

The following Customer Reviews of Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation are from Amazon:

"Very good to read, and would help you run a company's PLM initiative."
Matt Croft | 4 reviewers made a similar statement

"It is written like a text book on PLM but a well written one."
David L. Zatz | 6 reviewers made a similar statement

"Recommended reading and source of discussion and decision for a PLM Project team."
J. Huppe | 4 reviewers made a similar statement


The Costs of Implementing PLM
by Scott Cleveland
In the previous issue, I talked about the components of a 'good' Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] software product. This time, I will talk about 3 major costs associated with implementing PLM software.

My Thoughts....
Data Migration - There are 2 issues with data migration
It doesn't make sense to move all of your old data to the new PLM system unless you plan on 'cleaning' it. It is obvious that you don't need everything to be migrated, but how do you decide? Can you write a program to do this for you, or will you have to look at each file?

A PLM system has attributes. You will have determined what attributes are meaningful for your company, so you want those attributes for all of the old files as well. Many of the attributes are not easily accessible. You might have a few in the file name, but not enough. Can you write a program that could extract attributes as the information is migrated?

Business Process Management - Your engineering change control process for example
This can be handled in 5 steps. 1) Document your existing process. 2) Try running through this process for a week or so to be sure that you have documented it properly.


3) Gather some metrics on your 'proper' process. This can vary from company to company. At this point, you could enter the process in your PLM or you can 4) make some improvements to the process first. Remove non-value add activities and automate where you can. 5) Measure the new process to see if you have actually improved your process.

Integration - with 'back end' software like ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning]
This task has become easier over the years. Today, you can do an export from your PLM system into a .csv file and you can do an import of a .csv file into your ERP. However, you will need to change the order of the information in the .csv file in order for the ERP to understand the information it is being fed.

These 3 activities are typically more than 75% of the cost of implementation.

Your Thoughts....
What would you add to the list?



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



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