How To Choose PLM? (Visual guide)

How To Choose PLM? (Visual guide)

I decided to make an unusual post today. Because of holiday (Labor Day in USA), I spent most of the day working on emails, RSS, twits and  blog comments. iPad is a primary tool in such a type of work. I had a chance to read blog article by Jos Voskuil – Which PLM (to choose)? Inspired by Jos’ arguments I created a simplified visual guide for people who want to think about what PLM to choose during the long weekend. Jot Free was my tool to create it, so this post went live without touching my laptop.

I hope you’ll find it interesting. This is just my opinion. I’m apologizing by not mentioning all companies and difficulties to put URL to company websites using Jot Free.

Best, Oleg

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  • Nice visual – thanks

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    Thank you, Oleg!
    show students, with your permission

  • Brian Johnson

    In looking at Oleg’s vision plus reflecting on Jos’s post, I am stuck by how little has really changed in the last 30 years. The BOM is how Eng, and the down stream functions communicate. In the ERP world as the ERP products functionality matured the mid-market adopted them. I believe the same thing will happen in the PLM world, but the vendors are not yet prepared to figure out how to implement in the mid-market. Some smart mid-market consulting firm will likley figure this out, but I have not seen them emerge yet.

  • beyondplm

    Alexey, You are welcome! You can show, of course… Best, Oleg

  • beyondplm

    Jos, you are welcome!

  • beyondplm

    Brian, I think you are right. We haven’t seen many structural changes for the last 10-15 years. Some of the fundamental concepts are still alive since early 1990s. However, the status quo needs to be changed. There are several reasons – (1) Gen Y; (2) consumer and internet software progress of the last decade; (3) terrible cost to maintain and implement enterprise software. Just my opinion. Best, Oleg

  • I oleg,
    Check out idea board, thats the one i use. Not free though.

  • Great by logging in disqus first, it works!

  • Well, i don’t think we can expect a consulting company to do so. It has to come from an editor. Any startup company who will undestand that plm toolkit using new technologies should be developped.

  • beyondplm

    Yoann, thanks! I’m using Idea Sketch too. It is free, but more complicated than Jot. I love Jot. It is like a napkin for me now… And you can always email it.

  • beyondplm

    congrats!

  • Jim Hamstra

    Add Agile in the lower right-hand corner. In my opinion it is a definite step up from Excel/SharePoint. One could argue that since Oracle bought Agile it belongs in the middle box but I see it at top of lower-right box. A lot of electronics manufacturing is front-ended by Agile since it is essentially neutral regarding ECAD-centric vs MCAD-centric.

    Also your vision for Dassault / PTC / Siemens may be related to your MCAD vision since these 3 are leading vendors of MCAD platforms and their approach to PLM tends to be MCAD-centric with ECAD as an after-thought. If you don’t buy-into their visions then Aras is perhaps more of a whiteboard on which you can create your own vision?

  • Jim Hamstra

    The mid-market is actually Agile which has been bought by Oracle.

    (the foregoing is not an endorsement but rather a statement of fact)

  • Matteo Boscolo

    Have you never try Think3 plm products ?

  • beyondplm

    Jim, you are right! ECAD is less reflected. However, big three PLMs are supporting ECAD integrations in their visions and products. I know about Agile history. Agile’s BOM product was great. Agile’s path inside Oracle / Fusion is not clear to me now.
    There are many other companies I didn’t mention, and I apologized about that. Industry/Vertical guys are not here. There are some smaller companies as well. I wanted to show “big picture”. Maybe I will do “version 2” later :)…
    Thanks for your great comments and support!
    Best, Oleg

  • beyondplm

    Jim, It is interesting to understand better Agile strategy as part of Oracle. Their strategy seems to me to make main pieces to fit Oracle/Fusion vision. Rest of the things is not clear – Agile Advantage discontinued and Agile Eigner frozen, in my view. What “mid-market” product you mentioned as Agile?
    Best, Oleg

  • beyondplm

    Matteo, thank you for asking. I had no chance to work with think3. My knowledge is mostly from web and presentations. I’ve seen think3 pushed for new product – TD PLM. It seems to me very focused on technological differentiation. On the web site- TD PLM is a web-based vs. think3 PLM is client-server based. Who cares these days? Another funny thing – think3 web site is constantly coming in Japanese first… Best, Oleg

  • first thing i’ve read on Think3.com is “we own the process of product development” sounds to me like DS saying “we own the secret of creating products”. Hummmm… I’m sure you do! 🙂

  • Matteo Boscolo

    >- think3 web site is constantly coming in Japanese first
    I didn’t notice that .. strange 🙂
    > On the web site- TD PLM is a web-based vs. think3 PLM is client-server based. Who cares these days?
    I do not know … but for as it makes a lot of difference.
    It allows as to go on distribute company with difference locations all over the world.
    In this case you gut a product that follow the company during the growing process.
    Regards,
    Matteo

  • beyondplm

    Matteo, Oh… I understand the advantages of web-based tools. However, it was mentioned as a first differentiation on a web site. My assumption was that it is obvious to have web tools these days. I’d like to understand better what do you mean by saying “follow the company during the growing process” and how it related to web. Is it about global distributive work? Thanks for your insight and attention. Best, Oleg

  • beyondplm

    I see consultant and service business is a bit different. SI company cannot come and introduce a new product. This is usually contradicting their business model – to have as much as possible service work for customers on repeatable customer base (i.e. PTC Windchill consulting work or others).

  • I agree, I don’t think consultant neither service business can do much about it. What i was saying is that it has to come from the seed of these softwares. I’m pretty sure we could get back to PLM toolkit concept with actual technology. But i think it has to come from a startup company. I’m not sure that big editors wants to invest in such change yet. The goal is to make sure that this startup is getting enough money quickly to make sure they don’t accept any offer from other editors who might want to take this down. A key point for that woud also be the business model which needs to be very scalable.

  • Jim Hamstra

    Agile is a major player in electronics industry – probably more widely used than the “big three” which predominate in other industries.

    Agile was one of the first to introduce concept of “AML/AVL” into a standard tools platform.

    In much of the electronics components industry multi-sourcing of ostensibly form/fit/function components is very widespread. For some common components (eg chip resistors and capacitors) there are literally hundreds of sources of similar and in many cases completely interchangeable parts.

  • beyondplm

    Jim, thanks for pointing out on this. I remember AVL and AML concepts. This is powerful and implementation for electronic industry. Do you know what is going with this stuff inside of Oracle? Best, Oleg

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