PI PLMx 2018 – Integration and Collaboration

PI PLMx 2018 – Integration and Collaboration

The last article inspired by presentations and discussions at PI PLMx last week is about integration and collaboration. That was a topic you can practically find in any presentation by vendors and customers at PI PLMx. Historically, integration is one of the most painful aspects of PLM deployment and implementations. It is not a simple thing to connect all systems and processes. Technologies to integration aren’t very much sophisticated. But people are hard. And as it was reminded during the presentation by Prof. Eigner, people are trained and thinking in silos.

Below few pictures I captured during different presentation.

Here is one from Airbus Space speaking about vision of CONNECT – a system integrating digital references, DMU, support knowledge, end-to end processes including the ability to easy find and re-use data.

SAAB presentation introduced us to the concept of transfer, reuse, refine, restructure and approve processes for 30-50 years lifecycle of products.

Presentation by AGCO was put a lot of focus on CM2 workflow across multiple PLM systems integration role of PLM in change management:

Philips integration highlighted the need for full transparency of information to keep track of change and impact

Finally, the slide provided by Prof Eigner was focusing on multi-disciplinary design and role of PLM to improve and streamline processes in organization.

What is my conclusion? Integration is an absolute paramount for most of manufacturing and industrial companies, I’ve been talking at PI PLMx. It is hard, complex and expensive. It requires unique approaches and expensive integration services. This is a real pain for PLM providers and tool developers to move forward and organize integration as a simple and efficient PLM integration process delivery. 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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  • David

    I personally think we can only go so far with integration with software. The least I would expect as a worker is a single source of information with status. Achieving this is not that hard if software vendors strip away functionality and focus on data transformation, mapping and linkages or associations and the management of THAT configuration. On the hand we humans are evolving or returning to the state where we are very good ad doing the integrating work in our heads. These days I have a variety of social type tools available to me at work where if I know how to I can navigate them and get insights across functions, departments and processes. My generation and those behind me will be very good at this ‘googling’ and it looks like we are now all comfortable with posting all our internal company information up on ur MS teams, or slack sites for all to browse and internally integrate.

  • beyondplm


    thanks for sharing your insight! Yes, integrations methods have their limitations and our heads can sometimes do a job we still cannot expect to be done by “integrated software”.

    In my view, we need to seek for a balance. What is the right balance? It is a situation in which we use our strength and trying to eliminate weaknesses. Why people are good in situational awareness, we are very bad in data insight and analytics.

    Slack is good to communicate with people. But decision process without data in Slack can be meaningless. Connecting data is absolutely important – it will be bring intelligence. To eliminate data redundancy to a specific degree can help too.

    New paradigm of tools should bring more intelligence and less focus on controlling functions (conrolling function we already did a lot)

    Just my thoughts..


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