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Professional PLM - Steering Group


The Professional PLM Initiative is a collaborative, industry-wide movement to establish PLM as a profession.


Creating a well-structured, international profession for PLM will resolve many of the skills, career development and recognition issues currently faced by PLM practitioners.

Any new profession must be an integral part of the PLM industry.  Its certification must be accurate, and its body of knowledge must be comprehensive.


The Steering Group is essential to provide top-down direction, expertise and moral authority.  By setting targets and reviewing deliverables it fuels and drives the Initiative through the 2019 programme.



Role of the Steering Group

The Steering Group provides an independent, balanced, high-level viewpoint that represents the voice of the PLM industry around the globe.  Its bi-monthly meetings set the targets that drive the overall Initiative progress.  The collective knowledge and experience of its members maintains its direction.

The expertise of Steering Group members is the primary source of guidance for technical and project activity.

The theme of the Initiative is Professional PLM, and the driver is the potential formation of a new Professional Body.  However, the PLM industry itself should decide the eventual degree of formalisation, and the Steering Group will provide that view.

There will only be one PLM profession, and it must encompass the needs of PLM practitioners wherever they are in the world, and whatever their role in PLM.  A multinational Steering Group will keep this in focus.

If there is to be a new PLM profession, it must meet the needs of the PLM industry now, and also in 10 and 20 years' time.  This must be achieved at a time when PLM itself may be evolving into a different discipline because of the pull towards a 'Digital World'.

The Steering Group must represent and make decisions on all of these views.



Steering Group Activities

The Steering Group has oversight of the entire Professional PLM Initiative programme through to December 2019, as shown in the Deliverables and Timing.

In Phase 1 the Steering Group will review the Version 1.0 releases as they build into the set of standards and tools needed for a profession.

In Phase 2 the Group will advise on the Workshop format and locations as this material is expanded; and will review the conclusions that are to be drawn from the Workshop results.

In Phase 3 the Steering Group takes the lead in defining the new Professional Structure, and in setting up the new Professional Body if there is to be one.



Terms of Reference

The main parameters of the Steering Group are:-




Provide high-level drive and guidance to the Initiative. Steering Group funding provides the platform for PLMIG project management and material.



Provide oversight of Initiative progress and direction. Work in synergy with the International PLM Panel.

Mission Statement


"To guide the Professional PLM Initiative to lay the foundations for a PLM Professional Body to be established."



Initial quorum of Founder Members forms in January 2019.
SG invites or approves new members as the Initiative develops.

Modus Operandi


Steering Group meets as required at members' premises. All working material is provided. SG agreed conclusions are actioned by the PLMIG.

Overall Aim


Drive the Initiative as far as defining the parameters of the new Professional Body in 2019.  Assist in setting up the Professional Body in 2020. Then disband, or adopt a new PLM industry role such as Future PLM.



Forming the Steering Group

The Steering Group is now being formed.  The Membership Proposal has been published, based on discussions with 25 organisations from 7 countries, and the aim is to establish the Group in time for a launch meeting in January.

The Membership Proposal is a comprehensive 16-page document that explains everything about the Steering Group under the headings:-

  • Role and Concept
  • How the Steering Group Functions
  • Targets and Deliverables
  • Benefits of Participation
  • Funding Structure
Membership is entirely open, and is not in any way limited to the discussion participants.  PLM practitioners who are interested in joining can now review the Proposal, and those who wish to go forward will become the Founder Members.



Who Should Join?

Participation in the Steering Group is open to PLM practitioners from any organisation, in any role, from any country.

PLM needs a global profession, and the Steering Group must reflect that.  Companies from every part of the manufacturing world are strongly encouraged to join the Group.

Being on the Steering Group enables you to influence this initiative at an early stage to maximise benefits for your company and for the long-term good of the PLM industry.  It also gives you a window into the benefits of a PLM profession and of how the industry might develop over the next few years.



How to Join


The Version 1.0 Steering Group Proposal is now available, and you can via .

When you have considered the Proposal, if you wish to go forward then the PLMIG will coordinate your discussions with the other potential members.  

If you need any other information, then email Roger Tempest at .

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