January 5, 2009

Hello, my name is Peter Strookman. I am Managing Consultant at InsidePLM. I work in PLM for over 25 years and have recommend many companies how to best automate their (engineering) processes. I have seen PDM and the rich set of applications that comprise PLM today being born.

In this blog we want to share Insider observations and experience about PLM to a larger audience. Many publish just about technology, we’ll be adding business value into the equation.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product, from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal. PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.

Over the years I have supported many implementations and more important I have worked with companies that asked me to help them formulate strategies WHAT to implement from PLM as a concept and also the WHY to implement this WHAT i.e. the business rational. Implied when we talk about the WHAT we also consider the benefit that this will bring. In other words when we identify an improvement opportunity what would be the metric behind this, how would someone benefit from this. Many companies today, yes still, embark on a PLM journey without a good strategy regarding this WHAT and also the HOW, WHO and WHY…. let alone the WHEN…. and even more difficult.. the for ‘HOW MUCH’… i.e. determine the value of an investment.

In a series of articles I’ll be talking about core solution concepts and also the benefit of these.. or better said the value, which is the sum of the benefit – cost.

Articles concerned you can find on the right against the different categories. At you choice you can set feeds should you want to follow updates. Oh yes.. I am also doing some writing on You can find me searching for InsidePLM.

Please share wit us your observations…..

Good reading and hope to be welcoming you again soon.

Please note that contributed articles, blog entries, and comments posted are the views and opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the management and staff of InsidePLM GmbH.

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