Change management is good: Survey uncovers overall value of PLM software 

Omnify Software—a leading provider of product life-cycle management (PLM) software for electronic, medical, mechanical, and defense manufacturers—offers results of its annual customer survey.


Omnify Software —a leading provider of product life-cycle management (PLM) software for electronic, medical, mechanical, and defense manufacturers—now offers results of its annual customer survey, which polled more than 100 Omnify customers—both new and legacy—to evaluate common product development challenges before and after PLM implementations.
Omnify says approximately 91 percent of respondents were able to overcome product development challenges using PLM software.
Survey results indicate there is a significant need among manufacturers for more efficient engineering change; bill of material (BOM) and component management; as well as ease of communicating necessary product information to various departments.
The survey confirmed customers were able to resolve these product development challenges by implementing a PLM solution, and were pleased with how they were able to streamline their operations and develop products much faster. Prior to implementing a PLM solution, the majority of respondents said managing product information in different locations and outgrowing Excel or homegrown solutions were key issues.
These practices could not support the growing amounts of data involved in designing and manufacturing a product. Employing PLM technology was a strategic initiative to create more efficient product design and development processes by managing product data in a single, secure location; and eliminating silos of information throughout the enterprise.
The survey also uncovered that the most common market trend manufacturers are seeing today is the need to meet diverse compliance requirements such as RoHS, FDA, Quality, and ISO. Respondents reported that they feel Omnify is in a strong position to support these trends with the system's ability to manage detailed product data, track change history, handle quality/CAPA information, and its robust reporting capabilities. More than 82 percent of customers are using Omnify to manage their compliance processes, or plan to.
Ease of implementation and depth of capabilities, followed by ease of use, are key factors when selecting a PLM system. According to the survey, customers selected Omnify over other PLM vendors mainly for the ease of implementation and use, as well as its rich PLM feature set. The business-ready solution from Omnify allows customers to be trained and implemented within days due to its intuitive user interface and open technology platform. Omnify manages the complete product record delivering component data, BOM, engineering change, and documentation management. Empower, Omnify's next-generation PLM solution, incorporates project, quality/CAPA, and training requirements management functionality to further enhance visibility to the entire product development process.
"Both the ease of use and functionality of Omnify helped us to easily transition to paperless operations and establish real-time data exchange among our product development teams," says Raleigh Morgan, Documentation Control Manager for EMS Technologies . "On average, we have achieved more than a 50-percent reduction in process steps with Omnify."
According to Jim Brown, VP of Global Product Innovation and Engineering for Boston-based Aberdeen Group, "PLM technology provides a foundation for accurate and readily accessible product data for design and manufacturing. Best in Class companies are leveraging PLM to rapidly bring more reliable and profitable products to market by leveraging centralized data and increasing communication across interdepartmental, dispersed development teams."

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