PLM-ERP First Results, Engineering PLM


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                          October 8, 2012 - Vol15 #12

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PLM-ERP First Results
by Roger Tempest
The PLM-ERP Workshop series aims to resolve the whole subject of PLM-ERP and generate an industry-standard PLM-ERP Handbook of neutral international best practice.

The aim is not to try to overwrite or supersede what is already known. A vast amount of knowledge exists amongst those who have implemented PLM-ERP, and we simply want to formalise it into a reference point that can act as a cornerstone for progress.

The first PLM-ERP Workshop took place in Bristol, UK on 18-20 September and has produced the Version 1.0 Handbook.

The second Workshop will take place in Atlanta, USA on 24-26 October and will produce a Version 2.0 Handbook that embodies the American experience of PLM-ERP.

The series completes with the Third Workshop, hosted by ZF Friedrichshafen AG at their headquarters in Germany on 06-08 November, after which the final version of the Handbook will be released. Everyone who takes part in the series receives the Version 3.0 Handbook, which will be in use throughout 2013 and is likely to become an industry standard.

The Workshops are open to users, vendors, integrators and consultants and offer an excellent format to compare experiences and methodologies. Some companies are sending teams so that colleagues from different areas can get a unified view of the subject. Registration for Atlanta and Friedrichshafen is open, and Registration Forms can be found at the PLMIG web site.

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

Engineering PLM
by Scott Cleveland
From an Oleg Shilovitsky blog ....
Even if PLM (as a buzzword, business strategy and software) has a relatively short history, we can talk about some historical roots. There are two main roots or directions in the historical development of PLM. One takes us to design companies, CAD, Engineering Data Management (EDM) and Product data management (PDM). Another one takes us to business systems like enterprise resource management (ERP), workflow and business process management (BPM). These two roots defined the way PLM systems were sold and implemented in many companies during the past decade. First direction used CAD and engineering foundation to establish an initial PLM implementation

My Thoughts....
PLM implementations are about getting 'the right information to the right person at the right time'. The implication is that a process with business rules governing documents is being followed.

Why start in engineering?

The engineering change control process is typically the best understood process in a manufacturing company. Even though the process tends to be complex, it will be the easiest process to document.

The engineering change control process is expensive. A Big 8 consulting firm followed me into a manufacturing company. Their task was to point out the most expensive process in that company. 

I told them that I could answer that question for a fraction of the cost. The Big 8 firm charged them $150k to tell them that their engineering change control process was their most expensive process. Improving the engineering change control process is easy to cost justify making it easier to get the budget, so PLM usually starts there.

Why not start in other departments?

From my experience, the answer is cost justification and budget.

The next most expensive process in a manufacturing company is far less complex and expensive than the engineering change control process. This makes it far more difficult to cost justify.

If you can't cost justify the need, it is far more difficult to get the budget to make a PLM purchase even if it can benefit all departments in a company.

However, today I am talking to companies that are looking to start their PLM implementations in some of these other divisions, so maybe the engineering first mentality is disappearing.

Your Thoughts....
What are you seeing?

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


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