PLM in the USA [2], BPM Process Intelligence


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               September 13, 2010 - Vol13 #12

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PLM In The USA [2]
by Roger Tempest

Initial feedback to the launch article in the August 30 Issue of 2PLM suggests that PLM in the USA is indeed different to the rest of the world, and for reasons that may not be entirely positive.

At this stage, let's look at the high-level view. Despite its size, and the global presence of many of its corporations, North America is something of a closed environment in PLM terms. This is because the Atlantic is a big barrier, both physically and culturally. Even when a company has a genuinely global PLM outlook, there is often a PLM team in the USA and a separate PLM team within Europe. In practice, in your own organisation, do you have one PLM team or several?

A closed environment is likely to evolve in its own way, and after 10 years of PLM development this seems to have happened - rather like the Galapagos Islands, but on a much larger scale. Factors that have driven America's evolution include:-

  • the sales "push" from vendors
  • a strong focus on projects
  • the nature of America's home market

The push from vendors is simply a result of commercial forces. PLM and 'Lean', for example, could be expected to have a similar priority in management thinking, but there is more focus on PLM because there are vendors to advertise and sell the technology. This seems to be combined with a strong focus on technology implementation within the user companies. Management have their heads down looking for "bang for the buck", and may neglect the strategic and process issues.

American companies tend to operate with a very strong project emphasis. Projects are highly constrained, and resources are applied so that the project needs are fulfilled. With large programmes, this can even extend to buying new items or versions of software and tools specifically to enable that project set to come in on time. This in turn tends to increase the fragmentation of the PLM infrastructure, rather than harmonise it.

America's home market has less diversity (or more commonality) and is generally driven by the lowest price. This places less demand on product development, and therefore on PLM.

All this may mean that US companies are doing only part of what is possible with PLM. It certainly seems that more visibility will show areas where more benefits can be gained.

This is just another step in giving the PLM industry in the USA a voice, and to enable companies to learn from their collective experience. These views may be proved correct, or might be challenged and shown to be wrong. In either case, the outcome will be instructive for everyone. The PLM in the USA discussion continues, and we would welcome your input.  


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. You can send your views of PLM in the USA to him (or request more information) via  



BPM Process Intelligence
by Scott Cleveland
Successful organizations share a sense of purpose and priority. They define the key indicators of performance at every level, and manage the processes that drive performance.

The Need for Process Intelligence
In order to improve your performance, you must assess your business processes in terms of speed, cost, quality, quantity, and other key measures, and turn your business into a higher-performing enterprise. You must continuously adjust and improve the way your internal and external business processes perform. By understanding KPI's as they happen in live business processes, you can make objective decisions and realize your improvement potential. Just imagine the impact you can have by easily identifying the factors that impact process effectiveness.

  • Improved processes lead to improved business performance; you're more competitive and make more money
  • Get out from under-reactive responses by seeing critical key indicators of performance (quantity, time, cost, quality) in real time - or even predict potential outcomes
  • Identify process deficiencies more quickly, and take immediate corrective action before things get out of hand

  • Get more out of your people, time, and money by reducing waste and eliminating mistakes in how work gets done

Implementing a re-engineered business process is not the 'whole' project, it's just the starting point. If you don't measure/monitor the process, you will never know if you are successful. Further, over time, changes occur - people, environment, equipment, software, etc. Managing/Monitoring/Improving your business processes is an ongoing activity.

What's in it for you?
More efficient business processes lead to increased revenues, lower costs and improved customer relationships. They can differentiate you from your competitors. They can be the key that allows your company to break out as the market leader.

Your Thoughts....

What steps has your company taken to be a market leader?


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



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