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Professional PLM - Steering Group


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

Moving towards professionalism will be a significant step forward, and will change the way that PLM practitioners work.  Much of this change will be driven by PLM practitioners themselves as they participate in the Initiative as Correspondents or Associates, but there are also some very high-level issues to be addressed.


The Initiative is a response to the unstructured way that the PLM industry has developed over the past two decades, which has left many practitioners unable to convince colleagues and superiors of its value.


Recent developments and a change of emphasis towards the 'Digital World' and IoT are also drawing attention away from PLM as a discipline, which may impact the future needs of engineering and manufacturing companies.

Resolving these issues for the good of the whole PLM industry needs the guidance of a Steering Group.



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.

The Steering Group must provide guidance on the most fundamental issues surrounding the Initiative, including the level of professionalism that is being aimed for.

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.

One of the many benefits of establishing a profession is the certification of those who are qualified, but this too raises many issues.  The needs of user companies to know the experience and calibre of the PLM practitioners they employ or hire on contracts must be balanced against the commercial pressures on vendors, integrators and advisors who work in this field.

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 can 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 2018, as shown in the Phasing.

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 forms as a follow-on from the Networking Day. 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. Assist in setting up the Professional Body. Then disband, or adopt a new PLM industry role such as Future PLM.



Networking Event

Now that the two Workshops have established the starting framework for a PLM profession, the next event will be a Professional PLM Networking Day at which PLM practitioners can see the latest developments and add their input.

This will be a one-day networking event, hosted in the UK at a user company, open to all PLM practitioners from any organisation or country who are interested in moving this forward.  It is a chance to have an open discussion about professionalism and how it can be achieved.

Details are still being formalised, but you can see the format and Agenda via the link below.


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Join the Steering 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.  Full details of the planned Steering Group structure can be downloaded via the Steering Group Datasheet.

Before the Steering Group starts work, a great deal of discussion with leading peers of the PLM industry will take place in the 'Round Table'.  Participation in the Round Table discussions is without charge and carries no obligation.

If you would like to know more or to join the Steering Group, then please let us know via .

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