PLM transition have you challenged? A CIMdata review could help
CIMdata, a global product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm released a new Program Review entitled "Meeting the Challenges of Transitioning PLM Implementations," which describes key challenges faced by companies as they transition PLM implementations through the series of version and enhancement releases provided by their PLM supplier. As examples, CIMdata interviewed a number of long-term customers of Siemens PLM Software (Siemens) to assess their approaches and experiences in addressing this often-challenging issue.
Enterprises face significant challenges as they strive to compete more effectively. Ed Miller, president of CIMdata, reported that, "In increasing numbers, businesses have committed themselves to transforming the way they operate in order to become more innovative, effective, and responsive to the markets they serve. In order to facilitate new processes, companies generally utilize information technologies as primary enablers." In this environment, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is one of the most significant initiatives to be introduced into industrial companies in the last several years.
IT-based initiatives offer significant opportunities to organizations, especially broad enterprise-focused ones like PLM, but they also bring their own set of issues.
These, Miller said, include:
– Ongoing introduction of new versions of PLM software adds to time, cost, and difficulty of evolving a PLM environment;
– Technology changes introduced by PLM suppliers often cause difficulties as those newer technologies have been inconsistent (with previous versions) in architecture and application software, so not easily evolved within the company’s IT environment.
Miller says Siemens has consistently attempted to position itself as a PLM solution supplier committed to ensuring that customers can upgrade to successively newer versions of their software without significant trauma. In an effort to review Siemens’ positioning and success in supporting upgrades and enhancements, CIMdata interviewed some Siemens’ customers to gain a better insight into their experiences. The review provides CIMdata’s perspectives on the results of those interviews and the recommendations that these companies provided to minimize difficulties, with examples.
No cost copies of "Meeting the Challenges of Transitioning PLM Implementations" are available from CIMdata.
Also read from MBT: CIMdata reviews PLM from Siemens, IFS .
– Edited by Mark T. Hoske, online products editor, Manufacturing Business Technology , MBT, www.mbtmag.com