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.
- Assemble a cross-functional team
- Define and prioritize objectives from a business perspective
- Develop timeline and set realistic goals
- Identify solutions
- Evaluate options
- Select vendor
- Develop roadmap
- Conduct phased implementation
According to Machine Design, the seven steps to PLM are as follows:
- Plan a strategy
- Collaborate Internally
- Automate change management
- Automate Bill of Materials
- Link engineering to its manufacturing data
- Collaborate externally
In a blog post on WhichPLM.com, the Steps to Choosing a PLM Supplier are:
- 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.
- Locate the external PLM experts to help you on what is a mission critical project.
- Complete the ROI (Return On Investment) and come up with a solid business case.
- 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
- PLM Status Review, Data Gathering
- Executive PLM Education and Awareness
- Best Practice Positioning
- PLM Concept Generation and Analysis
- PLM Roadmap and Plan Generation
- Business Benefits and Business Case Development
- ROI Calculation
- Management Report Preparation
- Executive Presentation
- Executive Decision Support