This time a short post. When I committed myself to write posts about connecting PLM and ERP, I already touched several times the PLM and ERP vision (from the point of view of a PLM missioner of course)
Just as a reminder the 5 most objections I heard the most from companies when discussing a PLM implementation. You also will find references to the first two objections I already discussed.
The 5 reasons not to implement PLM I heard the most were:
- The costs for a PLM implementation are too high
- A PLM implementation takes too long
- We already have an ERP system
- Isn’t PLM the same as managing CAD files ?
- We are so busy, there is no time to have a PLM implementation in our company
3. We already have an ERP system.
From the analyst point of view, PLM has established itself as a discipline beside ERP and CRM. Which discipline requires the major focus in a company depends on the major business process of the company. It is clear PLM brings it benefits for manufacturing companies, where innovation and managing their product IP are major reasons for success.
Various publications on this topic (in order of relevance):
- Collaborative Visions.com- PLM action
Perfectly explaining where PLM brings value and where it is different from ERP
- Aberdeen Group – The Best Kept Secret of Top SMB Product Developers. Finding the Shortest Path to PLM Value
Showing the difference in perception and real attention needed when implementing PLM and where the benefits are for SMB companies
- AMR research- PLM Report
Showing the PLM market is growing steady, which means for companies that PLM vendors will invest in a more and more mature product based on common principles
- TechClarity – Complementary Roles of ERP and PLM
Explaining the differences between ERP and PLM and why you need them together
- Aberdeen Group – Integrating the PLM Ecosystem
Explaining integration of your PLM system will bring competitive advantages
- CIMdata – SAP PLM roadmap
Showing that even SAP recognizes PLM exists
So by studying all the links in this post, you might come to the conclusion below:
All my previous posts and the above publications (and much more) explain that if a company is interested in managing their Intellectual Property (IP) – the reason why they really differentiate , plus if they want to remain in business by being innovative,PLM is the proven approach for this type op companies.
And tired of innovation, watch this: