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I attended PI Congress in Dusseldorf last month. During the conference I had a chance to share my thoughts about PLM selection process. PLM landscape is changing these days. There are multiple opportunities to get PLM differently these days. Even some of my colleagues in PLM analytic community can call the complexity and cost of PLM implementation urban legend, I still believe many companies are asking how to develop right PLM strategy and implementation approach.

If you ask a company what they believe is the most important area of investment when planning and implementing PLM you are likely to get many answers. You can go between choosing the right vendor, setting up right PLM implementation team. You can hear about importance of cultural change management and many others. The truth is, there is no right answer. PLM is different and your company is an important factory you need to consider when selecting PLM system and strategy.

These are topics I covered my short commentary. .

1- What is the biggest force to change existing PLM paradigms.

PLM implementation is still considered as a complex task, which takes time, resources and cost. I believe, new paradigms should changed that. It is like waterfall development process. Agile development methods came to change it. The same with PLM. New paradigms – cloud, agile, etc. are coming to make a change in PLM.

2- What should every company thinking before taking first steps in PLM implementation.

Take a look in a mirror. You should learn your company and development processes. Company should understand how current processes are working. It sounds simple, but many companies are missing that. Without that PLM implementation doesn’t make sense – you will just automate bad processes.

3- How is vendor competition is changing PLM landscape

PLM space is dominated by  few very large vendors. It is a very competitive space with high barrier to entrance. Nevertheless, companies are looking for alternatives and I can see few interesting entrants into PLM space. Aras had fresh approach with enterprise open source. Aras claims “different PLM” with model based SOA platform and new business model. Autodesk came into PLM back in 2012 with cloud PLM. It was a change. These days cloud is transforming all vendors. This is probably the last big changing force in the industry.

4- What is the common misconception regarding PLM

The biggest misconception is that PLM can solve the problem of bad product development processes. PLM as a tool  and technology. It cannot solve bad organization process. Only company and people can do so.

5- Where do PLM implementation go wrong

There are few typical situations when PLM implementation process can go wrong. Some of them are generic and can fail any IT project. However, some of them are more specific. Here is my list – wrong expectations, no C-level support, no plan, integration between new PLM system and other systems wasn’t planned, company is planning to force a change in a short period of time.

What is my conclusion? Take a look in the mirror before starting PLM project. The PLM technology and product itself is not a silver bullet. You need to have deep understanding of your organization and its processes. Only by doing that you can develop right PLM strategy and manage PLM implementation step by step. It will help you to avoid PLM experience that is complicated and miserable. Just my thoughts.

Best, Oleg

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Global-plm-supply-network

My attention was caught by Manufacturing Trends to watch in 2015 article written by Jeff Moad at Manufacturing Leadership Community. I missed that writing few months ago when it was published. I found one of them very interesting – The Rise of Cloud-based Supply Chain. Here is a passage from the article:

The Rise of Cloud-based Supply Chains. As the manufacturing landscape becomes more interconnected and interdependent, requiring close cooperative links with multiple supply chain partners in multiple locations for materials, parts production and the support of new multi-channel services, companies will increasingly adopt cloud and more predictive web-based supply chain software to help manage and swiftly reconfigure their networks to gain real-time visibility, cut time-to-market, and respond faster to customer changes and potentially disruptive political and natural risks.

It made me think again about new enterprise software reality for PLM vendors and changes in manufacturing eco-system. The interconnected manufacturing landscape is a key. It gives an interesting opportunity for software vendors thinking about cloud software as a platform, rather than a bunch of servers hosted elsewhere. At the same time, it raises many questions about how new generation of enterprise software will handle modern people and organization paradigm. One of the challenges for many PLM products and platforms is related to their ability to manage multiple organizations in distributed networks. Which can be a weak point for many of them to capture cloud-based supply chain opportunity.

What is my conclusion? Modern PLM software can embrace new paradigm of interconnected and interdependent manufacturing environment. This is quite different from traditional environments of OEMs and suppliers. The ability to manage distributed processes will become critical and can be one of the future differentiators for some PLM vendors. It looks like born in the cloud PLM technologies can gain some advantages here. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

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plm-differentiation-platforms

Platform is such a sweet word. We love platforms. In the past, the ultimate dream of every software developer was to build a platform. Today, word “platform” is applying to so many things.  Uber is a platform for transportation and Airbnb is a platform for hospitality. You can bring some of your favorite examples here. Guess what PLM vendors are developing? Yes… PLM platforms. And these platforms are supposed to provide a solution for companies to build things. CIMdata, one of the largest analytic companies in PLM domain recently published a study about PLM platformization. The main point – PLM business is achieving a status of business platform. The things on a technology side are getting interesting too. I shared some of my thoughts about tech aspects of PLM platforms – Future PLM platforms: between a rock and hard place.

I had a great lunch reading earlier today – Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS? You can ask me how VC firms business is connected to PLM platforms? Here is the thing…  My attention was caught by a word “differentiators”. The article speaks about VC firms building “platforms” to differentiate themselves among entrepreneurs. Interesting turn.  Here is my favorite passage from the article.

So why is this happening? And more importantly, if the trend continues, how do we ensure this actually helps entrepreneurs? The answers all depend on how much VCs are willing to admit one problem: We all sell the same product. As a VC, you don’t want your platform to sound like every other competitor firm plus every incubator, accelerator, community group and graduate program in your city.

In my past roles in media and marketing, we relied on the “white space” in an industry to own something outright and ultimately build or market a product more successfully. But in VC, as one founder told me, everyone’s money is just as green. The best way I can describe the challenges facing all platform directors is that we each run a bakery on a street full of bakeries that all sell one thing: plain bagels. There are only so many ways to make a plain bagel sound different from another plain bagel.

Differentiators. I think this is a very important things and PLM companies are chasing that too. Nobody wants to sell “plain bagels” only. In my view, PLM industry has some challenges here. After all innovations and technologies that happened with PLM industry, there are lot of similarities in all PLM products these days. Dig inside of every PLM implementation. You can find it surprisingly similar. It comes down to five main components – (1) Design CAD data management; (2) BOM and change management; (3) Projects; (4) Portfolio and configurations; (5) Quality.

I can hear voices of PLM vendors saying that their platforms are different. Yes, they are. Different technologies were created in a different time. New user interface is nicer than one that was created 15 years ago. New administration tools are simpler. Cloud was a differentiation factor for some PLM vendors over the past few years, but these days cloud is everywhere. PLM companies are innovating in open source, business models and marketing. But, at the end of the day, five domains I mentioned above are representing problems customers are looking how to solve. And most of solutions related to these specific problems are very similar.

In the past, company built PDM and PLM platforms to solve a problem of complexity in product data. It was a layer on top of database to provide a solution how to store complex data, managing access and work together (collaborate). Modern world is changing fast. Manufacturing is very different theses days. Take a look on my blog - PLM and changes in manufacturing eco-system. How to build a different platform that can solve problems of manufacturing in 21st century?

What is my conclusion? This is a time for PLM vendors to think outside the box of known PLM solutions. Today’s CAD and PLM tools won’t become future platforms. Today’s PLM platforms were created for large OEM companies in aerospace, automotive and defense industries. Manufacturing world is changing. Large OEMs are changing too. How to build a different PLM platform? What will play a key differentiation role – cloud, big data, openness, business models, circular economy, anything else? These are questions to ask today. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

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Why PLM should revise NPI products?

March 17, 2015

One of the challenges most of manufacturing companies are facing these days is related to ability to introduce new product to the market. Think about manufacturers of electronic gadgets that can miss holidays sales or supplier that misses deliveries on new components for OEM manufacturer. The cost of missed timeline sometimes is so high that […]

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5 Attitudes that can kill PLM projects

March 16, 2015

In my experience, I can separate all manufacturing into two large categories with regards to what they want to do with PLM: those who don’t want to do anything with PLM and those who desperately want to implement that, but don’t know where to start. The border between them is blurred. Sometimes you can see […]

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How to break limits of existing PLM architectures

March 13, 2015

The conventional opinion of many people in PLM domain is that technology is not a main problem in PLM industry. At the same time, PLM vendors having significant challenges to convince customers to adopt new versions of their products. Manufacturing companies are replacing PLM platforms every 10 years (some people can even come with 20 […]

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Imagine manufacturing company where Excel no longer exist

March 12, 2015

I had a dream. A crazy one. Imagine the death of Excel. It is very hard to imagine the situation where you don’t have a possibility to pull data in a comfy spreadsheet file, sort, delete columns and to get the result. Instead of that, your system will do that work and you will be […]

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PLM and Apple Watch: uncharted territory?

March 11, 2015

It looks like CAD industry was too busy with Onshape for the last two days and forgot about Apple Watch event that actually happened almost at the same day and time. It took me some time to get up to speed with all publications about Apple Watch. Full disclosure – I didn’t buy Apple Watch […]

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PLM Thoughts After Onshape Public Beta

March 9, 2015

This morning Onshape went from stealth mode into public beta release. I’ve been using Onshape for the last few weeks. Today, I finally have an opportunity to share some of my thoughts about how I think Onshape and other cloud design systems will influence PLM implementations. The scope of PLM I’m thinking about is related to […]

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Who will be the last “cloud PLM” vendor?

March 8, 2015

I’ve been doing lots of reading today. So, I decided to share some of them related to business strategies, sales, competition and cloud adoption. The first one from Peter Thiel’s lecture about business strategies and first movers. Navigate here to listen. Here is my favorite passage: So even if the market starts small, you can grow […]

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