Too Hard To Adopt PLM?… Do What is Right!

Too Hard To Adopt PLM?… Do What is Right!

The question of the PLM adoption is always raising interest. One of the most important question people are asking in the context of PLM  is about PLM software adoption level. I found an interesting article by TEC  – Too Hard To Adopt PLM? Find Ways To Make it Easier!.

I specially liked the following piece:

The life cycle perspective has made PLM a complicated system with so many functionality modules that perhaps no single organization has ever implemented all of them. It is true that the full potential of PLM can’t be achieved unless you can manage the entire life cycle of a product. However, to early adopters, I think the 80-20 rule might be applicable here—the crucial 20 percent of the PLM functionality may bring you 80 percent of the benefits of adopting PLM and help secure the bottom line of your business. The remaining 80 percent of functionality delivers 20 percent of the benefits and helps differentiate excellent companies from the rest.

What is my take? I think, scoping of the PLM project is very important. Therefore, I don’t like large and expensive PLM implementation. I see an advantage to implement it in another way. Think about separation of your PLM project into small independent and sequential pieces. Make sense to me…

Best, Oleg


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  • Christine

    I completely agree that a simpler deployment model is essential to the success of the PLM market. Companies moving into a phase like this are doing so because their systems aren’t working efficiently for them in their current state. Add a major management project into an already heated environment, and you have a recipe for bad decision making.

    Companies need to recognize benefit immediately for resources to continue to flow to the project. Basically, you have to stop the bleeding before you can dress the wound. The concept of granularity is perfect for this. Identify the largest problem, and start there.


  • beyondplm

    Christine, A very good point. I’ve seen very successful PLM implementations built as a set of small projects. Each project is a “problem to solve”. Works perfectly… Best, Oleg