PLM Think Tank – Top 5 Posts, May 2010

I’m continuing with my top 5 posts on PLM Think Tank. Do you think PLM is a trending word on the web? From time to time, I’m playing with names and buzzwords on Google Trends. Today, I played with “PLM vs. PDM” keywords. Sometimes Google Trends create interesting associations.

Let’s move to the top 5 posts for May 2010.

PLM Processes: Flowchart vs. Rule-based?
This post was triggered by some very interesting discussions I had around with people thinking about how to plan, design and manage processes. Two main concepts were presented and compared. When flowchart considered more visual, I got some comments mentioning that rule-based model can simplify the definition process and make it more granular. The best conclusion – both models are valid, system better to provide two options on top of a single process model.

PLM and ALM: How To Blend Disparate Systems?
The reality of enterprise organization is multiple systems. The landscape of application involved in this product development is very large. The number of applications is growing. The ability to absorb the requirements of all applications into one minimal single standards schema seems impossible. The new and more efficient way to interlink data need to be proposed. We don’t need to bring software builds and engineering bill of materials to a single representation. However, we need to be able to interlink data related to different applications to maintain data integrity.

5 Things To Know Before PLM-ERP Integration Project
PLM and ERP are two systems that have a very long history of integration initiatives. Batch, bi-directional, middleware-based and many others. What is clear, to integrate PLM and ERP is a very expensive project. It can bring lots of benefits, but also drain a significant amount of resources. You need to understand how to make a right estimation of work and validate this project before it starts.

The ABC of PLM Facebooking
We are very close to the time when we’ll see a massive migration of consumer software experience into enterprise space. Facebook is one of them. The core idea of Facebook is a new type of content syndication coming from my social connections. The way Facebook automatically syndicate content and allows me to make my activity related to this content is a key advantage for me to come every morning to Facebook and see what’s up with all my peers. PLM system can do all these things today. You can manage Files, Parts, BOMs, ECOs, organize processes, make approvals, etc.. However, data organization in PLM is heavy and not comfortable. PLM is not thinking about data syndication. In my view, this is the ABC of PLM Facebooking. This what can empower PLM and make it more intuitive and easy to use.

Top Five Concerns About PLM Systems
The question of user adoption is one of the most discussed ones in PLM when it comes to practical implementation of PLM systems. I can identify the following top customer concerns related to PLM: Delivery of specific business requirements, Upgrade to new version, integration and support of cross-business processes, expensive change management and high total cost of ownership. PLM needs to think about how to make an industry transformation to get out of concerns. The right way to do it is to learn and apply multiple practices from consumer software space. This is hard. I’m not sure all companies will be able to do so. In the past, we had chance to see companies like IBM could rebuild themselves. Will PLM companies do so?

Best, Oleg


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