Processes – A Key factor in PLM Implementation

In any industry, an objective oriented action is always well defined with guidelines. These guidelines ask us about how to do a thing? Who is the right person to do what? Who is responsible for what? And so on. This is nothing but a process to carry out an action to achieve some objective.
As you all (Those who read My PLM Forum and aware about what is PLM) understand that PLM is a broad perspective to gather many things under a single umbrella and not single software that can make a magic and give you desired output, should understand that process is back bone of PLM Implementation.
All PLM Solution providers in market assume a standard way of working in an organization and define their own systems. When it comes to your own organization, you need to understand that what exactly you need and what needs to be done in order to make it suitable for your organization.
So the first question is where to start? You may find a fancy PLM Solution provider which can give you everything that you feel as your need. But the main point comes here and you start getting confused. What do I need? When I look at my organization I see that many people follow many ways to achieve same output. Someone feels that if I do this in this way, it can save my time or I feel more comfortable by doing it in this way. So do you really think that your staff is going in right direction? No doubt that you get desired output some time. But is it the time devoted for a task was appropriate? Can it be done is some other way which can save some time and you can use it in more productive way? Many times the answer is yes, and some smart guys may come up with flying colors that it can be done in this way and you then award them for great intension. But at the same time, those guys did nothing new but made their way of working more presentable as it was correct too. Now if you follow this award winning way of working which is nothing but optimum process, it gives you desirable results in less time. And if you automate it in a nice way, you do nothing but start implementing PLM. Now PLM does nothing but integrate all such standard ways of working and gives you a perfect path to minimize your loss in getting things done by many ways.
So bottom line is nothing but well defined process gives a smooth path for PLM Implementation. And if you do not have well defined process but you still want to implement a PLM Solution, then its nothing but you are investing your valuable time and money to automate various process to get same results, confusing users to follow different ways to get same result and in addition to it you add more cost on implementation. Its always better that you study your own processes, make them unique, find out loop holes or exceptions in such process and address them in right way. This reduces most of your PLM Implementation time and hence cost too.
Process is back bone of any PLM Implementation and hence it’s a key factor when you start customizing a PLM Solution in Market.

(These are my personal views and you can share your views by putting your comments. I do not claim that these are perfect one. There might be a scope of learning for me too and also might be some of them wrong. You are always welcome to share your thoughts on “My PLM Forum”.)

What is PLM?

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal. PLM is a set of capabilities that enable an enterprise to effectively and efficiently innovate and manage its products and related services throughout the entire business lifecycle. It is one of the four cornerstones of a corporation’s IT digital structure. All companies need to manage communications and information with its customers (CRM-Customer Relationship Management) and its suppliers (SCM-Supply Chain Management) and the resources within the enterprise (ERP-Enterprise Resource Planning). In addition, manufacturing engineering companies must also develop, describe, manage and communicate information about their products (PLM).
Documented benefits include:as

  • Reduced time to market

  • Improved product quality

  • Reduced prototyping costs

  • Savings through the re-use of original data

  • A framework for product optimization

  • Reduced waste

  • Savings through the complete integration of engineering workflows

The product lifecycle goes though many phases and involves many professional disciplines and requires many skills, tools and processes. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is more to do with managing descriptions and properties of a product through its development and useful life, mainly from a business/engineering point of view; whereas Product life cycle management (PLC) is to do with the life of a product in the market with respect to business/commercial costs and sales measures.

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