PLM Definitions- Multiple Dimensions by Prof. Eigner

PLM Definitions- Multiple Dimensions by Prof. Eigner

I’m continue to publish references on various definitions of PLM. A month ago I posted PLM Definition – Corporate vs. Consumer Style presenting a consumer oriented view by Dassault’s and PLM Definition – next round? from PTC. Another interesting definition of PLM comes from Prof. Martin Eigner of the University of Kaiserslautern. Prof. Eigner also known as a founder of Eigner PLM system. Take a look on the following video and make your opinion (video is courtesy of PTC).

Prof. Eigner is talking about three dimensions of PLM integration: Lifecycle, Discipline and Supply Chain.

What is my take? PLM is very often using the context of “integration” when defines what is PLM about. These are very relevant aspects. For me, another, very important aspect of integration is openness. In my view, this is a missing link in many PLM implementations. Later this week I’m going to attend Aras Community Event (ACE 2011) in Detroit. You can follow my twitter and #ArasACE hash tag for more information.

Best, Oleg


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  • Paul Weismantel

    If by openness you mean a modular construct in which new PLM software can be deployed to improve a limited scope of processes along one dimension, I agree. In leading product management as the portfolio owner in several very different global companies, the need always comes down to trading off the impact of wholesale change against measurable benefits.

  • beyondplm

    Paul, thanks for commenting! I include multiple things under the tag of Openness. It includes, open data concepts, API/SOA, transparency in business. Modular construct can be considered as part of openness as well. Best,Oleg