PLM Implementation

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PLM Implementation


Before implementing a PLM solution, there are some necessary steps to prepare your business. Here are a few examples of some guidelines to follow for a successful PLM implementation process.


  1. Assemble a cross-functional team
  2. Define and prioritize objectives from a business perspective
  3. Develop timeline and set realistic goals
  4. Identify solutions
  5. Evaluate options
  6. Select vendor
  7. Develop roadmap
  8. Conduct phased implementation

According to Machine Design, the seven steps to PLM are as follows:


  1. Plan a strategy
  2. Consolidate
  3. Collaborate Internally
  4. Automate change management
  5. Automate Bill of Materials
  6. Link engineering to its manufacturing data
  7. Collaborate externally

In a blog post on WhichPLM.com, the Steps to Choosing a PLM Supplier are:

  1. The organization should identify the business challenges and should keep focused on what it is that they want to achieve out of PLM before going ahead with a PLM project.
  2. Locate the external PLM experts to help you on what is a mission critical project.
  3. Complete the ROI (Return On Investment) and come up with a solid business case.
  4. Develop an RFI (Refer For Information) linked to "specific" needs related to the ROI outcome and with a proven methodology for scoring each of the PLM suppliers.

PLM Consultant John Stark recommends the follow The Ten Step Approach to PLM. Learn more about the Stark Ten Steps

  1. PLM Status Review, Data Gathering
  2. Executive PLM Education and Awareness
  3. Best Practice Positioning
  4. PLM Concept Generation and Analysis
  5. PLM Roadmap and Plan Generation
  6. Business Benefits and Business Case Development
  7. ROI Calculation
  8. Management Report Preparation
  9. Executive Presentation
  10. Executive Decision Support


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