PLM Limitations


PLM Doesn't Fix Broken Processes


Bigger Is Not Always Better


Functionality is Not a Business Solution

PLM is a tool to help you execute on product related business processes with the greatest efficiency possible. While PLM might make bad processes less painful, PLM does not fix broken processes. PLM is only as effective as your business processes.

Just because PLM can tackle a wide range of problems, doesn’t mean it should. Overambitious PLM initiatives that immediately focus on replacing legacy solutions overlook a key strength of PLM: connectivity. Maximize the value of PLM by starting small with a focus on connecting, not replacing.

PLM works well at parts and BOM management, for example, but as a solution PLM needs a North Star. PLM is often the tool of choice to execute on objectives such as digital transformation, Six Sigma, or ISO 9000.  What are you going to use this powerful tool for?

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For manufacturing and engineering companies, next gen PLM is a key driver for your digital transformation journey. Understanding the capabilities and limitations of PLM help lay the ground work for this journey and your company's ongoing growth and competitiveness.

Get the most out of PLM by considering the following questions:

  • Where can PLM drive immediate value in your company (e.g., sales, engineering, etc.)?
  • What role does PLM play in your company's broader digital transformation initiative?
  • How can a crawl-walk-run approach to PLM minimize risk, predict costs, and scale?
  • Are my product-related processes adequately optimized for next gen PLM?  

David van der Roest
PLM Community Manager
North America, East Coast

Ben Desmarais
PLM Community Manager
North America, West Coast