From Tool to Procedure Perspective

Are you a PLM project manager trying to increase the maturity of your PLM dissemination in your organization?
Are you a PLM vendor improving your market penetration in envisioning suitable application cases of your PLM system in your potential client's organizations?
Are you a PLM consultant searching for methodologies to follow and to train basic PLM principles?
Are you a PLM user looking for user friendly PLM systems supporting your task execution?
Are you a CEO interested in experiences of other organizations facing high costs of PLM usage and getting the expected Return of Investment accomplished?

Optimize PLM tool usage
The utilization of PLM tools in an organization is optimal under the following conditions:
the PLM procedures describing how to work in an organization using PLM tools are adapted to the potential the tools offer,
the PLM procedures follow state of the art PLM methodology including change management, document management, and requirements management.

Business Process - Procedures - Tools

Build cross-functional teams
The definition of PLM procedures, describing how to work with PLM tools, works effectively by involving all departments, by delegating procedure definition decisions to empowered delegates, and by forming a cross-functional team on an organizational level. Final decisions are a result of a negotiation process. Additionally, the team is responsible for the transfer of the current practice to the new, based on PLM methodology (planning & execution).

Discover radical interconnectedness
Each cross-functional team member gets aware of the different aspects of the product and procedure definition and their radical inter­connectedness. He/she is capable of listening with rough openness to aspects not related to his/her departmental view. The acquired openness results in the capability to adapt to the potential of the PLM tool and follow state of the art PLM methodology.

Invent new procedures to get tasks properly done
People on all levels of the organization - involved in the execution of new PLM procedures - become aware of the openness of the organization to changes, which are required to execute their tasks correctly. They respond with higher flexibility supporting a system controlled continuous improvement process.

Establishing a PLM culture is beneficial for all PLM stakeholders.

PLM Definition

«Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a strategic business approach that applies a consistent set of business solutions in support of the collaborative creation, management, dissemination, and use of product definition information across the extended enterprise from concept to end of life – integrating people, processes, business systems, and information.» CIMData

More descriptive:
Complete product definition
PLM contains the complete product definition (e. g. the geometric views of a product from the first drawing on a napkin until a current design status described in a CAD model), the definition of all products required to produce this product: to which customer the final product is shipped, which supplier delivers the base products, and many other information related to the product e.g. the  environmental and social impact.

Detailed procedures
PLM offers procedures, guiding you how to manage this information in terms of confidentiality, guaranteeing the information is stored correctly, reflects the current status, allows to trace the changes from the beginning to the current status, and many more. The management of all these information requires collaboration, which is also defined in these procedures.

Specific collaborative tools
There are specific tools available for supporting the collaborative activities of data collection, management, dissemination, and use of the information on a global scale.

PLM Potential

No searching
If a PLM tool is used correctly, then the complete information about a product: drawing, test data, costs, environmental impact etc. is stored in one location in a predefined structure (similar to a folder structure). You no longer have the need to search for information.

Obvious implications
If the product data structure is set up correctly, it supports the identification of dependencies on design and change aspects of the product. That means if you design or wish to improve the product, you can see all implications of that idea on the functionality of the product itself (does it what it should), on human acceptance (do we still like it), on the society (does it support our relations), on the environment (does it not pollute our water) etc.

Optimized products
Based on global cooperation of subject specialists along the product lifecycle from concept to end of life you can develop optimized products regarding sustainability, integration and human needs: the management of complexity.

Improved cooperation
Cooperating to get better products is motivating and empowering for all. Following an intelligent pursuit of self-interests improves our relations.

PLM Culture

Optimized new practice
The PLM culture gives us confidence for finding a new practice on a global organization level integrating local and departmental aspects in an optimized fashion.

Listening with rough openness
Having the PLM culture objective of listening with rough openness for aspects of the product and procedures established we are sure about getting PLM procedures allowing proper execution of our tasks.

High motivation
The PLM culture not only results in better products, but we can execute our tasks driven by high motivation and better personal relationships at the workplace.

Develop our potential
Setting up a PLM culture in our organization we can develop our potentials instead of getting caught up in fire fighting activities and wasting time in complaining about others.

Integration of people, processes, business systems, and information