PLM in the USA, BPM Project or Program?


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               August 30, 2010 - Vol13 #11

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by Roger Tempest
This is a short article about how well PLM is applied in the world's leading economy. It describes everything that is commonly known about the success stories, the best practices, and what the USA can show the rest of the world.

Well, that was it. With the exception of a handful of case histories, a few presentations at trade shows, and general interaction at vendor events (which are, by definition, closed to the outside world), that is what we all know.

In the July 05 issue Denis Senpere suggested that the strategic nature of PLM is more developed in Europe. Since then others have disagreed, but nobody knows for sure. The massive implementation track record within the United States is hidden from view.

Small wonder then that many thousands of business people do not really understand what PLM is. How would they know? It's one of the world's best-kept secrets. Even in companies that are implementing PLM there is more progress to be made. Comments to the PLMIG from American respondents range from the high level:-

"We have grown from acquisitions but, while we have not integrated our people or processes, we (management) seem to think we can have a design-anywhere, build-anywhere mentality. I don't see how that can work with 6 PLM approaches - we need one, not six."

to the detailed:-

"The list of topics [we would like to know more about] is pretty broad, from business and technical strategies for integrating design, manufacturing, and marketing capability segments; PLM vs ERP; bridging legacy solutions and next generation PLM solutions; product classification strategies, lifecycle and ECO controls; supporting early design cycles and ideation, etc."

America is well known for having a huge internal market, but Europe may have an advantage. Europe has natural subdivisions, and it is comparatively easy for German or Dutch companies (for example) to set up PLM-related associations within their own country. America is large enough to be fragmented into four or five "regions" which all believe they belong together but which are separated by the practicalities of travel.

The PLM industry in the USA does not have a voice, and it would be better for everyone if it did. It would enable American companies to learn from each other, and show the rest of the world where it can improve. The voice needs a home, and it needs a structure to talk around so that the conversation moves forward rather than in circles.

The PLMIG is an international industry body and has a standards and reference model framework on which to base comparisons of progress. As part of the drive to get PLM in the Popular Press the PLMIG will run a PLM in the USA feature over the next couple of months to show the general picture of the current state of the art.

It well be that PLM development in North America can show the rest of the world the way forward. If so, it's time that we all knew.



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 Project or Program?
by Scott Cleveland
Most companies approach BPM as a project - improve/automate a business process. Once an appropriate process to improve/automate has been selected, most companies will follow a process similar to the following:
  • Define the process
  • Confirm that you have correctly defined the process
  • Measure the defined process
  • Improve/automate the process where possible
  • Measure the new process

A BPM project can be defined as a carefully planned and organized effort to accomplish a specific one-time objective - shorten the process time. But, this process includes a 'round trip'. Once you have measured the new process, you may or may not have achieved your objective. Therefore, you must come up with new ways to improve/automate the process. Then, you will implement and measure again.

And, it doesn't stop there. Over time your company will have changes in people, circumstances and environment requiring you to revisit the improve/automate step. Realistically this is an ongoing process - maybe it should it be called a program.  

Program seems more accurate. A program manager may not care about an individual project, but is concerned with the aggregate result. We take on business process management to make our companies more efficient thereby increasing revenues, lowering costs and improving customer relationships.

The point - it is not realistic to look at business process management as a project, it is really an ongoing undertaking [a program]. You won't just implement a BPM project and not visit it again. You will revisit existing processes and you will improve/automate others. This is an ongoing activity [a program], plan accordingly.

More efficient business processes lead to increased revenues, lower costs and improved customer relationships. It can differentiate you from your competitors. It 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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