Geneva PLM Group: PLM Training, Capturing PLM Managers' Expertise, What makes a good PLM System?


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               May 7, 2012 - Vol15 #3

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Geneva PLM Group: PLM Training
by John Stark
The April 26 meeting of the Geneva International PLM Group included workshops on two of the Group's focal areas: "PLM Training" and "PLM and Business Management".

Following on from the PLM Training Workshop, the Group is preparing a questionnaire to better understand companies' PLM Training experience and needs.

Membership of the Geneva International PLM Group is open to those working for a discrete or process manufacturing company in a PLM role (e.g. PLM Director, PLM Manager, PLM Project Manager, PLM Team Member, PLM Business Analyst, etc.).


Membership of the Group is free of charge. You can join here on LinkedIn. The Group is independent of PLM product and service providers, and focuses on the business, management and organisational issues of Product Lifecycle Management.

The questionnaire will be developed by June. Results should be available by September.

Capturing PLM Managers' Expertise
by Roger Tempest
For all of the detailed levels of analysis within the PLM Governance Benchmark (see 2PLM Apr 23), perhaps the most interesting is Level 1 - the interactive, discussion-level pass that gives the first comparative information.

The PLM Benchmarking Handbook specifies a generalised set of questions for Level 1, covering the overall scope of PLM. The answers to these are an excellent basis for moving forward to the detailed analysis and drill-down, but following this route would mean that the Benchmark results do not start to appear until the end of the project timeframe.

The group of companies in Paris decided that they would like to get information from Level 1 that they could report to the Board, and so they will replace the general questions with specific comparisons about the PLM Governance areas that are of most interest and importance.

This simple change has created a tantalising opportunity. The fact that this group of PLM managers will decide which are their primary issues, and will then compare their techniques and successes within the framework of the Benchmark, will mean that the Governance Benchmark will capture many of the characteristics of current expertise of PLM Teams.

The presentation and reporting mechanism within the Benchmark will process these findings into a written, structured format. This will create the first formalised body of material about the roles, skills and techniques that PLM managers have learned over the past ten years.

The opportunity does not end there. The Governance Benchmark will not only run in 2012 - some companies cannot start this year, but want to benchmark in 2013. As one PLM manager said: "Our PLM implementation is a ten-year programme. Not only do we need to know the answers now, but we will want to come back in future years to refresh our comparisons with the growing body of Benchmark data."

As the Benchmark grows, so do the Level 1 results. We are now on a path that will capture the combined expertise of PLM managers in a way that has never been possible before.



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

What makes a good PLM System?
by Scott Cleveland
PLM is about managing the whole lifecycle of a product. Product information and the processes that allow it to be created, approved and disseminated are key to PLM. Product information includes items, parts, documents, files, BOMs and many other kinds of information. Some key processes for manufacturers include: the engineering change process; new part number requests; a supplier approval process; etc.

A typical product lifecycle includes many more processes than those cited above. Processes like new product introduction, and the creation of: marketing requirements documents; work instruction packages; customer support plans; and many different kinds of compliance documents.

His Thoughts....
John Stark wrote extensively about PLM systems in Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation.

My Thoughts....
The most important role of a good PLM system is to provide a 'vault' for all company information. A vault provides a central storage space [could be implemented in a private or public cloud]. It would allow you to place rules on these files as to what can be seen, checked in, checked out, deleted, etc. It shouldn't care about the format of the file.

Another key role of a good PLM system is to provide a robust business process management component. This will allow a company to define how and when something is created, changed or managed. It should allow you to 'run' a program so that you can automate tasks where possible. Programmed correctly, this BPM component can make sure that the right information gets to the right person at the right time.

Also, a good PLM system understands a configuration. This functionality allows you to create, change and manage a bill of materials. And, that bill of materials can consist of more than just parts. A work instruction package should appear on a bill of materials. The PLM system should be able to gather a BOM from your CAD solution when a design is checked in.

Final thought. A good PLM system should be about configuration vs. coding. It should allow you to customize the user interface so that users only see the fields/actions that pertain to their job. And, if the world were perfect - you could implement a solution in weeks vs. months/years.

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


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



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MSC Software Corp. announced that Semperit AG Holding has expanded its analysis capabilities with the addition of Marc. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Toyota Material Handling Europe selected SimXpert Motion. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that the University of Cassino has selected MSC Software's Dytran. Details

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Alcove9 announced that the Alcove9 DeepSearch advanced data access capabilities now extend to include the a9 AppConnect for Aras Innovator. Details

CADLock, Inc. announced an update for CADVault 6 adding support for AutoCAD 2013. Details

CAPVIDIA announced On-Line Viewer. Details

Creaform unveiled its new line-up of MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. Details

Creaform announced the C-Link functionality. Details

Delcam announced the 2012 release of its PowerINSPECT inspection software. Details

Hexagon Metrology announced the Version 1.1 firmware update for the Leica AT401 Absolute Tracker. Details

Hexagon Metrology announced the release of the Optiv Classic 321GL tp. Details

Intergraph announced that it has released CADWorx Plant Professional 2013. Details

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RTT announced the launch of RTT DeltaGen for Teamcenter. Details

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Sopheon announced that it introduced Accolade version 8.0. Details

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Autodesk, Inc. unveiled a new Consulting System Integrator (CSI) Partner Program. Details

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Theorem Solutions announced that it is joining the Manufacturing Technology Centre. Details 


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ASCON Group announced that it is making public its proprietary geometry kernel C3D. Details

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts International Business Council announced recipients of its 17th annual Global Trade Awards. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it named HydroSpin as Autodesk Inventor of the Month for April 2012. Details

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