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The Steps to PLM

Before implementing a PLM solution, there are some necessary steps to prepare your business. Here are a few examples of some guidelines to follow for a successful PLM implementation process.

  • Assemble a cross-functional team
  • Define and prioritize objectives from a business perspective
  • Develop timeline and set realistic goals
  • Identify solutions
  • Evaluate options
  • Select vendor
  • Develop roadmap
  • Conduct phased implementation

According to Machine Design, the seven steps to PLM are as follows:

  • Plan a strategy
  • Consolidate
  • Collaborate Internally
  • Automate change management
  • Automate Bill of Materials
  • Link engineering to its manufacturing data
  • Collaborate externally

In a blog post on WhichPLM.com, the Steps to Choosing a PLM Supplier are:

  • The organization should identify the business challenges and should keep focused on what it is that they want to achieve out of PLM before going ahead with a PLM project.
  • Locate the external PLM experts to help you on what is a mission critical project.
  • Complete the ROI (Return On Investment) and come up with a solid business case.
  • Develop an RFI (Refer For Information) linked to "specific" needs related to the ROI outcome and with a proven methodology for scoring each of the PLM suppliers.

PLM Consultant John Stark recommends the follow The Ten Step Approach to PLM. Learn more about the Stark Ten Steps

  • PLM Status Review, Data Gathering
  • Executive PLM Education and Awareness
  • Best Practice Positioning
  • PLM Concept Generation and Analysis
  • PLM Roadmap and Plan Generation
  • Business Benefits and Business Case Development
  • ROI Calculation
  • Management Report Preparation
  • Executive Presentation
  • Executive Decision Support

An Agile Approach to PLM Implementation


  • Emerging as an industry best practice is an agile implementation approach marked by iterative methodology.
  • Each implementation activity is fully defined and must be completed sequentially before the next is started.
  • The iterative approach encourages user engagement early in the process, defining, refining, testing and developing organically throughout the project and using resources most efficiently. Read more information here.
Sources:
Machine Design | www.machinedesign.com
Which PLM Blog | www.whichplm.com
Aras | www.aras.com