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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                               January 19, 2015 - Vol17 #1

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The Future of PLM comes down to a Meeting of Minds
by Roger Tempest
There are many discussions about where the PLM industry is going, but none at all about where the PLM industry should be. An industry with an estimated size of over $20bn, that has existed for well over a decade, is effectively rudderless.

This is important, and not just because of goal-setting. (As everyone knows, if you have clear targets you achieve far better results.) The lack of detailed thought means that many future possibilities for PLM are just not being considered; and the lack of collective thought means that even the current initiatives to improve PLM remain fragmented and ineffective.

The initial aim of the PLM International Research Foundation initiative was to create a global platform for PLM research, simply because such a platform does not yet exist. This seemingly academic proposal led to a wave of ideas from 28 countries about how the future capabilities of PLM can be improved.

With more than 50 organisations worldwide involved in the preparatory phase, a location was needed for people to meet. The Launch Meeting in Brussels on 27-28 January is the first chance to get together. Subject to visa clearance, leading researchers from the USA, Canada and South Africa will meet their European counterparts to discuss the aims, practicalities and structure of international PLM collaboration. At least three vendors will be there to add their views to the debate.

So, at last, the PLM industry has a meeting of minds that can discuss, define, agree, and plan for the most advanced future that PLM can achieve. The PLM industry has a voice, if only for two days.

The meeting is open to everyone, from any country and from all parts of the industry - those who want PLM to improve, and to be part of that improvement; and those who can step aside briefly from the pressure of everyday work to talk about what can be done that will be beneficial for everyone.

Registration for the Brussels meeting is open until Thursday 22 January. Be there, and be part of the meeting of minds.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG, which is helping to drive the PLM-IRF initiative in partnership with the PLM Institute and IFIP WG5.1.



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