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What is PLM?

Product lifecycle management or PLM is an all-encompassing approach for innovation, new product development and introduction (NPDI) and product information management from ideation to end of life. PLM Systems as an enabling technology for PLM integrate people, data, processes, and business systems and provide a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.

Business Drivers

Innovation and new product development are essential for most companies to sustain future revenue growth. Customers demand more new products in shorter time intervals, often customized to their own needs. They want more attractive designs, better performance, better quality, lower prices, and instant availability. To meet these needs companies have to be able to collaborate closely within their own organization and with partners and suppliers located in various parts of the world. At the same time companies have to manage increasing product and manufacturing complexities due to a quickly growing number of environmental and regulatory rules and requirements.

The Problem

Accelerating innovation and increasing the number of successful new product introductions is a huge challenge for most organizations today because of their traditionally serial, fragmented, manual, and paper based processes. The result is that many companies suffer from NPDI practices that are slow, resource intensive, costly, inflexible, provide little visibility, and are difficult to manage and control.

The Solution – PLM

Through their ability to integrate all product related data and processes and to eliminate boundaries in the value chain, PLM Systems can significantly reduce non-value added activities and enable stakeholders to collaborate in real time using a consistent set of information throughout the entire product lifecycle.

As a result, productivity improvements of over 60% in NPDI-related activities have been achieved through PLM-enabled, enterprise-wide data and process optimization and integration that have allowed companies to:

  • Drive innovation
  • Accelerate Revenues
  • Increase Productivity
  • Reduce Costs
  • Improve Quality
  • Ensure Compliance
  • Shorten Time-to-Market

In today’s highly competitive, fast-paced and global business environment, well-designed and implemented PLM practices, processes and technologies that support an organization’s strategies for innovation and growth can afford companies a real competitive advantage.

See also

  • PLM Overview: Information about PLM scope, market, vendors, systems and related terms
  • PLM Systems: An alphabetical list of available PLM Systems
  • PLM Vendors: An alphabetical list of PLM software companies, consulting firms, system integrators, service providers and VARs
  • PLM Library: Books, magazines, articles, reports, white papers, DVDs, videos and other useful links and resources
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  • PLM News: Latest news and developments
  • PLM Events: Seminars, webinars, tradeshows, etc.
  • PLM Encyclopedia: A reference source of useful PLM-related terms and abbreviations

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