PLM Interest Group


Welcome to the PLMIG

The PLM Interest Group provides neutral tools, expert knowledge, managed programmes and leadership to raise the performance of PLM.


Road to Excellence

The PLMIG provides a wide range of structured methodologies to enable Members to raise their implementations to a standard of PLM excellence.


PLM Toolsets

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



PLM Knowledge


The PLMIG is all about useful, accurate, detailed PLM knowledge.  Knowledge that is formulated into structures you can understand and use.  And the PLMIG is all about improvement: addressing the barriers and complexities that can make PLM so difficult to apply effectively, and leading change so that the industry gets better for everyone.

In its 18 years of existence the PLMIG has generated a vast amount of neutral knowledge, tools and guidance for PLM practitioners.  Choose a heading or theme from the list below and follow the links.    { See the full page >>> }

Making PLM Work


      PLM Toolsets


PLM manuals and handbooks to help carry out the most important tasks of PLM Managers.

      Buy on Amazon


Buy PLMIG publications on Amazon.



Excellence in PLM


Raise your horizons and apply a range of advanced techniques to your implementation in the quest for excellence.

Excellence Starts Here >>>

  PLM Best Practice


Industry-wide definition and agreement of what Best Practice in PLM actually is - and how to make use of it.

Leverage the Best >>>



User Collaboration


Work directly with PLM practitioners from other user companies at the User Forum Workshops.

User Collaboration >>>



Professional PLM


The PLMIG is the driving force behind industry moves to develop and establish a recognised PLM Profession.

Get Professional >>>



Financial Performance


Calibrate PLM in detailed financial terms, and integrate PLM with the financial performance of your business.

Prove the outturns >>>



Digital Transformation


Sidestep the hype.  Envision the future, define a roadmap, and maximise the impact of your PLM in the Digital Age.

Get Digital >>>

Drive for Improvement



      General Information


Basic information about PLM.

      Early Adoption


Getting started and early development.

      Management Techniques


Managing the real PLM implementation.

      PLM Toolsets


PLMIG tools and methodologies in electronic format for easy dissemination and adoption.

      Advanced PLM


High-end approaches to PLM.

      Financial Facts & Figures


Calculate the $// costs and benefits of your current implementation and future plans.

      User Initiative


Work with PLM Managers from other user companies at a User Forum event.

      Active Support


Active intervention to improve your implementation.


The PLM User Initiative enables PLM Managers to meet with and learn from each other, in a constructive environment that is completely vendor- and advisor-independent.

This is not a trade-show-style chat, but a series of structured User Forum meetings in which participants can work together in detail on specific problems that they face.

If you are working at the 'PLM coalface' in a user company, you will face technical and operational issues that only other PLM Managers will understand.

User Forum meetings enable you to get together and collaborate.

User Forum meetings are 1-day workshops open to participants from user companies from any country that is within the time zone.

Delegates choose the subjects they will cover; present their ideas to each other; and work together to generate solutions.

Crucially, the PLMIG adds theory and best-practice knowledge to enhance the discussions, and provides a written record of the results.

This means that participants receive brand-new instruction material to use back at base, and can follow up the ideas with other users as they wish.

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The 'Voice of the User' is a separate issue in its own right.

There is a widespread feeling amongst PLM user companies that vendor roadmaps are designed to serve a few very large customers, and that the race to add new features can push users in directions they don't want to go.

It is also clear that users themselves need to be expert in dealing with their providers, because many things that users wish for are, in fact, the user's responsibility.

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      Future PLM


See how research programmes can advance PLM beyond its current horizons.

    Site Map


Find subjects by name.



Membership Options


There are 3 Membership options to cover the varying ranges of involvement from use of the tools through to direct corporate support.  Tools and journals can also be purchased from the Store.