Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top 10 Ways to Tell if Your Business Needs PLM

How can you tell if your organization needs PLM? It won't help to use a crystal ball, or consult your daily horoscope. It will require you to look at your business and figure out how it can be more innovative and efficient. In my opinion, everyone needs PLM. Take a look at this list, and see where PLM can help you.

How to tell if you need PLM:

10) It takes a long time to find the correct information, and after you find it, you are still not 100% sure it is the latest information.
9) In order to find product design information, you need to look in 3 or more different systems.
8) Large parts of your business are still managed with Microsoft XL Spreadsheets.
7) Email is your companies #1 collaboration method.
6) There is no link between your Engineering BOM and your Manufacturing BOM
5) You believe PLM is just another basic module of ERP that can be easily implemented.
4) Your existing PDM/PLM software is heavily customized.
3) You are still using intelligent part numbers.
2) Workflow and change processes are handled manually by passing around file folders.
1) PDM and PLM are used interchangeably and mean the same thing in your organization.

One of the best ways to get on the path to PLM is with education throughout your organization. PLM education will dispel misconceptions, solve the above challenges and more. If you think your organization needs a better understanding of PLM, there is no better way than to get educated.

A typical plan for this kind of activity might have you or one of your colleagues attend a PLM Certificate Course, then make a plan to bring a customized course into your company where many people can be trained.

Keep working, and soon your organization can realize the benefits of PLM efficiency and innovation.


- Jim


  1. Hi Jim, nice post and very useful as well to recomend manufacturing people to go to a PLM world.

    I would also add the awful custom of naming files in so many "nemotegnic" ways that at the end no one can find the files when needed.

    Some uses dates at the beggining, or consecutive numbers at the end, or maybe initials or some phrases like XXXXX_last_level" or "XXXXXX_dont_erase".

    There are still a lot of people doing such things within big companies.

    See you!

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  3. Javier,

    Thanks for your comments. I agree with your view of how people put intelligence into the part numbers, and cause problems. Today there is no need to put this information in the part number because PDM systems can track all this information as attributes.

    These intelligent part numbers actually make it harder for everyone, except maybe some old-timers that know exactly how they work. Intelligent part numbering also makes it harder to move to a new system, a new company, or a new way of working.


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