PLM Readiness

There are many available PLM applications for both process and discrete industries.  Like other software, PLM implementations can be complex and require significant dedication of people and technical resources.  Regardless of industry type and software, implementation partners typically devote a minimum amount of time to design – and that’s centered around a particular application.  There are 2 major focus areas where prior planning can smooth and streamline your go forward path.

DATA

The core of any PLM system is PDM or Product Data Management.  What objects will you manage – and in what system?  What data elements and metadata are associated to each object?  How are those objects related to each other?  What additional functionality must be performed?  For a processed food company, objects could include ingredient specifications, structural packaging specifications, graphics specifications, finished product specifications, formula/recipe specifications, and associated attached or linked documents.  For a discrete engineering company, objects typically include part specifications, 2D or 3D part CAD drawings, assemblies, BOM’s and documents.

With process developed all that's left is to perform an implementation. When there's nothing left but data and training it becomes much easier to manage. Teams can now focus on the implementation project which results in a higher quality product. Increase quality implementation means clean data, better trained personnel, everyone knows what's expected of them, and more ground is covered in less time. This is PLM for Process simplified.

Key Areas of Focus

  • Data
  • Data Model
  • Business Model
  • Security Model
  • Workflows

Primary Tasks

  • Data Migration
  • Configuration
  • Training

 

Data Migration

Data migrations can be time consuming and complicated but they can be verydata migration rewarding for the business. Data migrations are great opportunities to cleans data and ensure data quality.

Utilizing the right resources for data migrations are essential. Data migrations do consume lots of time and you have little to none to waste. Do it right the first time and quickly. When you work with resources who have experience data migration processes are easier and happen more efficiently.

Efficiency with data migrations means less work on the staff with better results. Like many other software projects data migration is a collateral duty which means it's very taxing on internal teams. They have enough to do. Let us help minimize their burden and maximize their effectiveness.

With data governance in-mind we ensure your system is setup with sustainability and quality. Data is very important for determining the success of software implementation and process. If teams can rely on the data they'll be more comfortable in using a system that's dependable.

Configuration

Save time and increase efficiency with setting up your PLM system by aplm for process configuration professional. Configuration of a PLM system can drastically determine the success of sustainability, maintenance, and usability.

It's not just configuration it's also the architecture of use. How a PLM system is designed can have direct impact toward success. We've see systems that were designed poorly requiring resources to perform multiple entries, use more time developing reports, having reporting systems take long periods of time due to not taking advantage of good design architect.

Denorm is one of many terms that used often but rarely understood prior to design. Denorm is just one of many options available within OOTB functionalities of PLM for Process that's designed to minimize report processing time. Many opt out of using Denorm because it requires extra time for configuration up front that pays for itself later. Our Business Process Optimization (BPO) team is able to configure a system much faster than any temporary contract employee. Since we're much faster at performing configuration and we're experts you receive a better system for what it would cost for you to hire, train, and do yourself.

We want you to use your PLM and a great way to ensure that happens is to make it easier to use. You could spend hundreds of hours trying to learn how to best configure and configure your PLM system and lose that knowledge from lack of use or employee rotation. Many Admin users are capable of learning configuration it's not difficult. However, when a system is setup well Admin staff often don't need to revisit configuration often enough to stay proficient.

We're here to help configure your system and we're here to help you update it as needed.

Training

Training is an area that's often left out but it's actually the more important part of an implementation. Training starts from the very beginning when we're developing process and continues even after the implementation has been completed.

We've worked with PLM for Process for years and it takes years to become proficient in all areas. We know because we've done it. Implementation doesn't have to be sink or swim. This is often the approach because of tight budgets, too much wasted time during implementations, and not enough training. Resources are already busy and overworked the majority of the time so asking them to take on new software and continue to perform their existing tasks is tough.

The best training is experience. Instead of trying to cram years of experience and training into a few months we'd rather be there to assist in full adaptation of your new software. Post implementation we're there to answer questions, follow up on resources to ensure they're using the application correctly, and perform any changes that might not have been identified during an implementation.

During implementation project team members often believe they have a good understanding of what's expected but as we all know what we thought can change or be incorrect. Using the software to perform daily tasks is the best way to ensure adaptation. After your software has been implemented a good coach to be there afterward can really have an impact. We want your business to succeed with your investment.

Basic training material are provided but what's often not available is how to perform internal business processes using the software. Training materials often only consist of how to perform activities or tasks within the software but they don't always correlate to real life situations and can be difficult to recognize when to implement tasks. If we were there to develop process and prepare for implementation this will be less of an impact as the team should already be following the process and now only needs to know how to within the application.

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