PLM Interest Group


Welcome to the PLMIG

The PLMIG is the only independent organisation working for the good of PLM itself, crystallising PLM knowledge and providing a platform for industry improvement.


Class A PLM

Excellence in PLM has always been a vague and distant concept.  The PLMIG now has a programme that can achieve Class A PLM and demonstrate advanced performance.


PLM Toolsets

PLMIG toolsets are the instruction books for PLM. They embody most comprehensive and advanced set of neutral working methodologies for PLM.



PLM in the 21st Century


PLM came into existence around the year 2000, so in one sense, it has always existed in the 21st Century. In many other ways, PLM could be in the Middle Ages - a minority occupation carried out as a craft skill.  

The PLMIG exists to change this, by providing answers to PLM problems; tools to analyse and quantify performance; managed programmes to achieve PLM excellence; and leadership to raise the aspirations of the PLM industry.

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Whatever your PLM question, you may find the answer here....

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There is a belief that the benefits of successful PLM are unquantifiable.  This is untrue.  Every single benefit that can be attributed to PLM can be calculated and expressed in financial terms.

The PLMIG developed the tools to do this via a 5-Workshop series that ran through the UK, France, Germany, Finland and Switzerland.

These tools mean that the PLM Team can produce fully-costed project justifications with accurate ROI, and can also work with the vendor to show that the planned results have been delivered.

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The PLM Interest Group has covered a wide range of PLM issues over the past 15 years. These can stimulate new lines of thought for your own implementation.

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Membership of the PLMIG means you always have someone to provide an answer to your question.  

Many PLM problems can be resolved with some simple feedback, rather than a full-blown consultancy exercise.

The PLMIG has a standard response method for Members that can provide the necessary insights.

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There are more and more reports in the media of major PLM implementations failing and being abandoned.

The story is always the same - only the company name changes.

If your implementation is seen to be under-performing, there is a process to follow that will retain and utilise the most value from your existing investment.

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The PLMIG programme for 2019 provides a structured framework for raising the performance of your PLM implementation so that it can reach a new standard of performance: Class A PLM.

This enables you to calibrate the performance and direction of your implementation with respect to international best practice.

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The first Stage on the path to Class A PLM is to have a clear, accurate, written picture of where you are now.

The 3 Steps of Groundwork, Governance and Performance confirm that the basic platform for Class A PLM is in place, and act as a timely Status Review of your implementation.

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For genuinely advanced implementations, an accurate and thorough assessment of PLM Maturity provides all of the material that you need for Roadmapping and long-term planning.

As one of the tools of the Class A PLM programme, the PLM Maturity Manual contains instructions for determining the Perimeter of Interest, generating the scores, and presenting the results in a Roadmap format.

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Class A PLM is a very high, consistent and pervasive level of performance.  It is usually higher and more comprehensive than the status quo.

The aims are to achieve excellence, and to demonstrate that excellence has been achieved.

Working towards Class A PLM generates direct improvements to your implementation; hybridises your current thinking with ideas from the wider PLM world; produces a KPI framework that can demonstrate high performance; and focuses future roadmapping on worldwide best practice.

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The PLMIG is supporting the Professional PLM Initiative that aims to establish a well-defined, worldwide professional structure for the PLM industry and the people who work within it.

The Initiative now has its own web site.  If you are a PLM practitioner, this is something you should keep up to date with, and you can follow the latest developments via the link below.

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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 quantify 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 effective integration of PLM and ERP.

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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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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Handbooks and toolsets can be purchased from the Store.

PLMIG membership provides the full set of working tools with ongoing Q&A support.

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