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PLM Evaluation

The PLM experts and consultants behind the PLM Technology Guide have been involved in dozens of successful PLM evaluations and implementations at all types and sizes of organizations, from Fortune 500 OEMs to mid-size suppliers to small, rapidly growing startups.

Following are recommended steps and activities for successfully evaluating and selecting the best PLM system and vendor for your organization. And to quote Oliver Riedel of Volkswagen: “Call upon an experienced and independent partner” for assistance in these activities (”How to Evaluate a PLM/PDM Provider“; Industry Week; August 1, 2008).

  • Follow the steps recommended in Getting Started with PLM to establish a solid foundation for a successful PLM evaluation.
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  • Create a PLM Specification with detailed process and application requirements based on your business needs and PLM strategy.
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  • Define realistic use cases for the future PLM system.
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  • Create a request for proposal (RFP) for the PLM software and send it to 4 to 5 Software Vendors.
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  • Benchmark 3 to 4 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) PLM Systems using your own data and the previously defined use cases.
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  • Visit 1 to 2 reference customers for each system.
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  • Select the PLM system that best meets your short-term and long-term business needs.
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  • Create a request for proposal (RFP) for the implementation and support of the selected PLM system and send it to 3 to 4 PLM System Integrators.
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  • Select a system integrator.
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  • Conduct a proof of concept (POC) with the selected software and system integrator.
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