Category Archives: PLM

Transformational PLM is Hard – It’s Time to Rally the Troops

Achieving Long-Term Transformational Success with PLM in Life Sciences In this blog series, I provide insights as to why PLM has true potential to be so transformational for life sciences companies, but many aren’t getting there. We have covered adoption obstacles and turned our attention to developing a business strategy focused on innovation and then a subsequent PLM ...

Leading Practices to Become a Model Based Enterprise

PLM and CAD Standards More and more companies are transforming into model based enterprises (MBE) to help ensure the completeness, accuracy and accessibility of product data. Companies that successfully consolidate the product definition, improve data quality and build trust will reap significant benefits, including fewer product design changes and reduced product development time. There are five ...

Five Fundamentals of a True Model-Based Enterprise

Drawings, whether paper or electronic, have traditionally been at the center of the product development universe. But as more and more companies transform into model based enterprises (MBE), there are five fundamental concepts they should keep in mind.

Succeeding with Outsourcing? Time to Reinvest for Success!

With a hypersensitivity towards profit margins, too often companies justify outsourced manufacturing with lower costs and better-looking accounting numbers. But this cost-cutting craze is at odds with many apparel companies' long-term focus on being or becoming market leaders. While efficiency is important and outsourcing can help to reduce manufacturing costs, these companies can't cut their way to creating the next design trend. Instead...

Why Your PLM Solution Has Not Delivered Value Yet

More than two-thirds of organizations with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions in place don’t realize the expected value from their implementation. As PLM system implementations have become more prevalent, analysis of PLM value has shifted from the theoretical to the empirical. There is now a sufficient historical basis to examine where the promises of PLM ...

Material Compliance – It’s Not Just for High Tech Any More

Material Compliance – It’s Not Just for High Tech Any More - Innovation Excellencethe increased integration of technology into jewelry, wearable devices, and even apparel means that Retail, Fashion and Apparel (RFA) companies need to ensure that their products are compliant, too. Here’s what RFA companies need to know about these regulations, and what to look for in a software system to help manage product compliance. Continue reading

Calling All Engineers: Beyond Form, Fit and Function for Formulated Products

Calling All Engineers: Beyond Form, Fit and Function for Formulated ProductsLike most engineers, I learned about rules of interchangeability back in school. These rules help companies decide whether a product change should require a new item number or simply a revision of the same item number. The standard “form, fit and function” (F/F/F) definition has served the needs of discrete manufacturers well for a long time. But what about formulated products? Continue reading

Mega Capital Projects and Product Documentation: How PLM Can Help

Mega Capital Projects and Product Documentation: How PLM Can HelpInvestment activity in infrastructure and other major capital projects has regained its upward trend following the 2008 crash. The quantity and scale of mega capital projects is encouraging for the engineering and construction industries. However, recent studies have indicated that despite the growing volume, success rates and the profitability of these projects are flat. Continue reading

Four Reasons to Take a Rapid Prototyping Approach to Your PLM Implementation

Four Reasons to Take a Rapid Prototyping Approach to Your PLM ImplementationMany companies view product lifecycle management (PLM) implementations the same old way they’ve viewed enterprise system implementations (like ERP) for years. As a result, companies tend to follow the same waterfall implementation approach. The waterfall approach, which originates from very structured project methodologies in the manufacturing and construction industries, is a linear and sequential approach to software implementations. Continue reading