PLM Interest Group


Welcome to the PLMIG

The PLM Interest Group has developed the most comprehensive and advanced set of working methodologies for PLM, and provides the only PLM toolsets that can take the PLM Team from initial adoption to corporate implementation.  


PLM Development

As well as producing the first international standards written specifically for PLM, the PLMIG has led a series of initiatives that are moving the PLM industry towards a more professional status.


PLM Toolsets

PLMIG toolsets do not require the input of external advisors.  These are the instruction books for PLM. You can pick up the tools and use them for yourself.


To demystify PLM, there are 8 "must know" things that a good PLM Manager should provide. These should be part of every well-managed PLM implementation.  See the list, and make sure they are part of your company's awareness material.

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For any idea to succeed in America it needs a compelling message, and there is now a compelling message for PLM.

The message is that PLM can be quantified, and the value of PLM to the business can be proven in dollar terms.

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The PLM Team can now prove to everybody, with clear, quantified metrics, that the PLM implementation is of real benefit to the company.

The core toolset enables the PLM Team to quantify anything that PLM can achieve for a business, and build those metrics into PLM proposals.

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The PLMIG ran a series of workshops in Europe and North America which developed the most advanced paradigm for integrating PLM and ERP.

The result was a comprehensive toolset that can be used by the PLM and ERP teams to define the optimal, harmonised solution for the integrated environment.

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... plus, the latest cause for debate:-

The rush of enthusiasm for new ideas such as Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things has become such a bandwagon that the underlying aims of PLM are in danger of being forgotten.

Maybe these new themes are the future: or maybe the future of PLM is about to be lost.

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PLMIG toolsets provide a structured way of ensuring that a PLM implementation is performing at the highest level.

This enables PLM Teams to address higher-level professional issues such as PLM Governance.

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The PLMIG has produced the first formal, independent standards that apply purely to PLM.

The PLM Governance Standard enables companies of all sizes to calibrate the management of their PLM implementations against international best practice.

The Product Structure Standard highlights the hidden weaknesses in product data logic that can otherwise prevent PLM and ERP implementations from operating effectively.

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Clear guidelines are needed for PLM definition and measurement, so that everyone can see that PLM is successful.

The new PLM Delivery Handbook enables users to demonstrate that they have received exactly what they have paid for when they implement PLM.

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The ability to quantify PLM outcomes leads on to other advanced ideas.  It can enable one of the most important long-term aims of any PLM implementation - PLM Traction.

If you can demonstrate and measure the inter-relationship between PLM and the business, then you are at a very advanced level of PLM management.

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Whatever the size and scale of your PLM implementation, one question remains the same:-

"How do we know that we are doing
PLM as well as possible?"

It is time to capture the knowledge and experience of skilled and PLM practitioners, and to raise the worldwide standard and ambition of PLM.

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It is now possible to identify real financial metrics that will support your next PLM project or capex submission.  The techniques are logical, thorough, and work in every PLM situation.

The PLM Project Justification Handbook contains a standard, neutral methodology to quantifiy the costs, benefits and commercial value of implementing PLM.

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The PLM Delivery Handbook takes the justification of new PLM projects to a new level, enabling vendors to participate in the process and demonstrate their commitment to the results.

The fact that both user and vendor have jointly calculated the target benefits is a major boost to gaining approval.

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The PLMuERP Handbook is the definitive, neutral working manual for international PLMuERP best practice.

The Handbook formalises the neutral knowledge that exists on the subject.  It enables the technical teams to work together to create a long-term strategy that will unify the two environments.

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The CEO Briefing Document provides a rapid, tailored explanation of "What PLM Is" to Board members and VPs.

It gives a high-level overview of PLM principles, with examples that can be used to support presentations to the Board.

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SMEs need a specific form of PLM approach, tailored to factors such as management style, commercial drivers, and ability to adapt.

The PLM Handbook for SMEs explains how SMEs can best understand PLM and shape themselves to match their PLM eco-system.

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The PLM Interest Group provides neutral instruction manuals to use in carrying out some of the more complex PLM activities.  The range includes:-

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