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PLM Governance


There is a demand amongst user companies to be able to know, in quantifiable terms, how well their organisation is set up for PLM.

The problem in the past has been that PLM was regarded as "unquantifiable".  That has been resolved by the new PLMIG toolsets, which provide a structured way of ensuring that the PLM implementation is performing at the highest level.



The first result of this is that user PLM Teams and suppliers of PLM solutions and services can now show, in clear financial terms, the positive impact of their PLM investment.

There is also a secondary benefit.

The PLMIG programme is interactive and international, so PLMIG Members can learn from each other about the factors that drive the figures - the working methodologies that they find are most effective in supporting PLM progress.


User companies now have a platform to share their experience, and to compare how well they are implementing PLM.  PLM Teams work on their own implementations, using the PLMIG toolsets in the most effective way.

The PLMIG interaction captures the ongoing feedback, and generates new, industry-wide structures for good PLM Governance.


PLM Governance


Major corporations commit millions of euros or dollars implementing PLM, without any clear picture of how well this money is being spent.  The questions go well beyond a simple need for "ROI", and cover the whole scope of PLM:-

  • "What, exactly, is achievable in PLM today, and in the future?"
  • "How well does our operational setup support our business strategy?"
  • "How do we compare with other companies in the functionality we provide?"
  • "How efficient are we in using budgets and resources compared to other companies?"


PLM Governance Standard


The way to evaluate a company's PLM Governance is to apply the PLM Governance Standard.  This will highlight to everybody the areas where the management structure is strong, and where improvements might be made.

At the detailed level, quantitative answers are needed to questions such as:-

  • Are we set up correctly to implement and support PLM?
  • Are we covering the full PLM scope?
  • Do we have the right levels of responsibility within the organisation?
  • Are we agile enough to adapt PLM to the changing shape of the business?
  • How well do we manage multiple business models?
  • Are our relationships with our vendors set up correctly?
  • Do we over-govern or under-govern our subsidiaries?
  • How well do we manage PLM in joint ventures?
  • How well do we manage PLM in the Customer and Supply Chains?


PLM Best Practice


As more and more companies use the PLMIG tools to quantify PLM Benefits and establish ongoing metrics, comparisons will arise in areas such as:-

  • PLM Service Levels
  • Application of Metrics and ROI
  • Staffing and Resource Management
  • Requirements / Test / FMEA Management
  • Product and Portfolio Management
  • Configuration and BOM Management
  • Product Costing
  • Process Management
  • Change Management
  • Document Management
  • Digital Mockup and Representation
  • CAD/CAM/CAE Integration
  • PLM-ERP Integration
  • CRM and SCM Integration
  • Service, MRO and Through-Life Support
  • Compliance Management
  • Integration with Quality
  • Integration with Lean and Six Sigma
  • DASAMASA and low-cost markets
  • PLM Alignment with New Ventures and Joint Ventures
  • M&A Integration
  • Regional, Language and Culture Support
  • PLM Roadmapping and Future-Proofing
  • Adoption of New Technologies




The PLMIG will provide the leadership, coordination, parameterisation, and full documentation for this process, so Members can concentrate on their own project priorities.  Distraction is minimal, and confidentiality is maintained.

As more and more companies use the PLMIG toolsets to generate more and more metrics for their implementations, the interaction and feedback will build.  The implicit collaboration will give participating companies a clear picture of their current and potential PLM performance, and provide a detailed roadmap for management improvement.

Over a longer timeframe, industry-wide adoption of PLM Governance techniques will improve PLM performance and adoption for the benefit of the whole industry.


Find Out More


More information about how the PLM Governance and PLM Best Practice structures will be established is available via .

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