PLM Digitalization and End-to-End connectivity

PLM Digitalization and End-to-End connectivity

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Earlier today, I attended CIMdata PLM Industry and Market forum  in Ann Arbor, MI. The theme of the event this year was Digitalization. Earlier this year, I shared some of my thoughts about Digital Transformation and Digitalization – 3 Steps towards digital transformation, The role of digital PLM In real-time inventory management, How full digital supply chain impact PLM. Digital everything is an interesting trend. In my view, it is critical process to create holistic organization processes and streamline data handout between silos.

According to CIMdata, PLM is moving into the next evolutionary step – end-to-end connectivity and digitalization is a driver to make it happen. Look at the following diagram.

digitalization-next-step-evolution-plm

End-to-end connectivity is fascinating. Because it is focusing on one of the biggest pains in modern manufacturing organization – siloed information. Each department and organization is living in a silo of processes, databases, people – connectivity between organization is inefficient, slow and requires lot of data synchronization. Therefore my favorite example in CIMdata’s presentation was the following slide demonstration how single source of truth (well-known PLM paradigm) is going to transform into end-to-end Digital Thread.

single-connected-billofmaterials

The example of connected bill of materials is really make sense to me. It made me think again about presentation I’ve made last year in Munich during PI Congress. Check my blog here for additional information – Single BOM strategy. Single BOM is not a product. It is a vision and maturity model that enables to create a consistent way to create, update and share Bill of Materials in manufacturing organization. It is an integrated approach.

What is my conclusion? PLM is moving from siloed approach to integrated data-driven processes connected information and eliminating inefficiency. Collaboration, communication and data sharing technology will become a key enablers of future digital end-to-end connected environment. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

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Disclaimer: I’m co-founder and CEO of openBoM developing cloud based bill of materials and inventory management tool for manufacturing companies, hardware startups and supply chain. My opinion can be unintentionally biased.

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  • I don’t get it.

    What do they mean by “end-to-end connectivity?” Certainly not the same thing with the end-to-end principle in computer networking?

    And how does digitalization require end-to-end connectivity and lifecycle optimization? Seems to me that it’s more likely to be the other way around.

  • beyondplm

    Evan, good question! I found these terms a bit abstract in CIMdata presentations. What was resonating to me is that “digitalization” is full stack activity (cannot be fragmented to a front-end or one side of the process only). I think lifecycle optimization is important regardless on end-to-end connectivity.

  • I think digitalization can happen throughout the stack, but there are some gaps that are difficult to bridge.

    Maybe the best we can hope for is multiple overlapping digital threads, with human intermediation.

  • beyondplm

    I think human intermediation is perfectly fine. What is potentially wrong is to move half-stack. In other words, keep legacy backend and integrated “digital” front-end.