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PLM-SCM Guidebook




For companies that manufacture products that contain both hardware and software, the problems of successful product data management have existed for a long time.

The subject has recently become known as Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), but in the mid-2000s it was called Software Configuration Management (SCM). Whichever acronym is used, the problems are the same, and the PLMIG has a guidebook that sets out a simple and practical solution.


The PLM-SCM Guidebook


The PLM-SCM Guidebook was created by members of the PLM Interest Group (PLMIG) between April and September 2005, based on a 2-day workshop held in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is probably the most relevant publication on the subject currently available.

It provides an explicit methodology to manage the product data between Product Data Management (PDM) and Software Configuration Management (SCM) systems.


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The Workshop participants had expertise in both the theory and the practice of managing the co-existence of PDM and SCM systems, and examined a range of approaches to resolving the problems in this area.


The Methodology embodies their collective experience of PLM, PDM and SCM, and can be applied to set up data management environments for products and product families which have both hardware and software content.




The issues that arise when PDM and SCM environments are run side-by-side are often misunderstood, and if companies follow the wrong policy, they can waste time and resources, and lose control of their product data.

Because many organisations don't have the time to study the subject in detail, the underlying issues may be underestimated, or neglected completely, and ongoing product development is beset by problems that seem difficult to understand.

The Guidebook makes clear the differences between hardware and software design so that the problems can be understood. It sets out a straightforward and practical solution that can be applied to any company that creates hybrid products, and explains how to apply it so that the correct PDM-SCM relationship can be maintained in a particular organisation.

The Guidebook Methodology removes uncertainties about the best way to manage PDM and SCM data, allowing implementation of a single, practical solution with the minimum of time and effort. It can be applied to any environment in which products that consist of both physical and software components are developed.


Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary

  2. Background

  3. Introduction

  4. Overview: The PDM-SCM Problem

  5. What We Are Aiming For

  6. Guidebook Scope

  7. Definitions

  8. Principles and Assumptions

  9. Why Hardware and Software Environments are Different

  10. The Logical Solution

  11. The Practical Solution: How to Apply the Methodology

  12. Annexes

  13. Terms and Conditions



The Guidebook is supplied in Word format so that users are able to modify and adapt it if desired, as specified in the Terms and Conditions.  It can be purchased directly from the Store.

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