PLM Interest Group














2018 Programme


Over the past decade the PLMIG has produced a range of neutral tools and handbooks for the PLM Team, and has developed the first ever comprehensive methodology for quantifying the Benefits of PLM.


The programme for 2018 extends this Financial and Governance Framework to encompass the entire scope of PLM Best Practice.

Dealing with the massive complexity of enterprise-wide PLM, the Programme answers the question: "How do we know that we are doing PLM as well as possible?"


The 2018 Programme provides PLM Managers with structured interaction over the course of the year, leveraging the new financial management and assessment tools to quantify PLM aims and progress, and developing a new industry-wide norm for advanced and effective PLM implementation.



Knowledge and Professionalism in Parallel

The 2018 Programme combines the knowledge and tools of the PLM Interest Group with the development of the Professional PLM Initiative to produce an enhanced outcome for Members.


PLMIG Knowledge

The 2018 Programme structures the PLMIG tools and methodologies within a continuous improvement process that is directed towards Advanced PLM.


The 6-Stage Programme moves towards the definition and application of Class A PLM, and incorporates the results and new deliverables from the Professional PLM Initiative.

Professional PLM Initiative


The PLM Interest Group is the current driving force behind the Professional PLM Initiative, which will move the industry to move towards a professional status.

PLMIG Members are automatically enrolled as Associates of the Professional PLM Initiative, enabling them to add their input and to adopt the results within their implementation.



This means that the benefits of Professional PLM will be seamlessly integrated into PLMIG Membership throughout 2018.




The programmes stages are arranged to build naturally towards a state of Advanced PLM.


In the world of PLM, claims are often made that a particular approach is 'best practice', without any cross-referencing to show that this is the case.  The term is often used to mean "what we think is a good idea".

PLM Best Practice is far too important to be left in this vague state.  The PLMIG 2018 Programme will guide members through a structured approach that embodies the Best Practice that is currently known. Metrics, commercial value, PLM skills and concepts, roadmapping, planning, culture change, and through-life support may all be within scope, together with detailed best practices for PLM-ERP, PLM-ALM, PLM for SMBs, and advanced PDM techniques.

PLM best practices are applicable in every country, and in any industry. Documenting best practice will help the exchange of PLM experience between the USA and Europe, and clarify the current state of the art.

Over the course of the year, the PLMIG will capture and codify PLM Best Practice so that everyone in the industry can endorse and adopt it.

First and foremost, how well are the PLM Team managing the implementation, as managers?  How do the management tools and techniques compare to those in other companies?  And how good is the management structure from PLM operations up to Board Level?

The way to evaluate a company's PLM Governance is to apply the PLM Governance Standard.  This highlights to everybody the areas where the management structure is strong, and where improvements might be made - and ensures that there is a sound platform for the other phases.

The 2018 programme will extend PLM Governance to provide quantitative answers 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?

Many PLM implementations are content to achieve a vague state of "running well", rather than focusing on performance across all of the PLM areas.

By applying the current PLMIG tools such as the Self-Assessment Toolkit, the Maturity Reference Manual and the Benchmarking Handbook, the strengths and weaknesses of the implementation can be identified.

The 2018 programme will enhance these with an investigation and reporting methodology that identifies and justifies the improvements that can be gained, raising performance where the greatest opportunities lie.

Every PLM implementation should have real, financial, factual metrics in place across the whole enterprise.  This transforms the perception that PLM does not do any quantifiable good for the business.  Not only do metrics prove the Benefits of PLM, but they enable much more informed decision-making about PLM strategy and development.

The PLMIG PLM Project Justification Handbook contains a complete, practical methodology to quantify the costs, benefits and commercial value of implementing PLM.  Its toolset enables PLM Managers to prove that PLM is worth doing from a purely financial viewpoint.

See the Handbook Contents >>>

PLMIG members can start 2018 by using the Handbook and its supporting toolset to generate real financial metrics for their implementation.  These can be used to support new PLM project or capital expenditure submissions that may be planned during the year.  By the end of the year the PLM Team will be able to establish a financial management environment that reaches to Board level and that integrates PLM strategy with the long-term strategy of the whole company.

Participation as an Associate in the Professional PLM Initiative gives access to all the new ideas and material as it is produced and updated.

Over the course of the year this enables professionalism to be instilled in your own PLM implementation, as well as allowing input to the development of the PLM industry towards becoming a recognised profession alongside other business disciplines.

In Advanced PLM, the entire lifecycle needs to be covered across the entire enterprise, with equal emphasis, from cradle to grave - not just the areas that are under the PLM Manager's immediate control.

The programme will establish a clear definition of when a PLM implementation becomes demonstrably "First Class" or "Excellent".  This is what the PLM Team should be aiming for, and they should receive credit when it is achieved.

With an internationally-agreed level of high performance, users can be sure that their implementations are as good as they could be.  Vendors will be able to provide convincing case studies, integrators will be able to offer targeted solutions, and consultancies will have a new framework to structure their advice.

The target is 'Class A PLM', in which Vision, Metrics, Benchmarking and Transformation combine to produce implementations that are without doubt at the highest level.




Interactive Methodology


The PLM Interest Group 2018 Programme provides all of the elements listed above within an interactive structure of guidance and feedback.

Large corporations can easily incorporate the PLMIG framework into their global PLM implementation structure to identify and confirm their current areas of Best Practice, and to generate Board-approved financial targets and results.

Smaller companies and early adopters can use the PLMIG framework to move optimally along the PLM development path and to follow PLM Best Practice as they do so.




2018 Membership

Membership for 2018 is available in 3 categories.


Individual Membership
Individual Membership of the PLMIG provides the full set of PLM tools and PLM Journal issues, and keeps you up to date and involved with the new developments in the 2018 Programme.
Bespoke Membership
For organisations or individuals that wish to work with the PLMIG on a specific subject, or within a specific timeframe.
Corporate Membership
Organisations that are applying PLM on a truly corporate or global scale can use Corporate Membership to embody PLMIG best practices and metrics within their implementation.

All categories of Membership include:-

Membership for 2018 is now available.  More information can be found via the links above or by contacting .

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