In today’s market, companies are under pressure to make efficient use of capital and be ready for commercialization from the ‘get go’ by managing their operations processes optimally.
As companies expanded from focusing on time to market to commercializing a product profitably, and from a departmental focused operation to a supply chain based operation, the manual processes that they use to enable their operations can not come up to speed. Hence they have a need to deploy a PLM system to enable them to achieve the essential operational efficiency.
Deploying the right PLM solution can be highly challenging. First, you evaluate, purchase and customize a complex software package. Then you migrate your legacy data. After that you integrate with your enterprise systems.
Of course, you still need to hire industry-specific experts to define the business and data models. And don’t forget that these systems require regular maintenance.
After all these, you may find that the solution is so difficult to use that it requires the users to be retrained every 6 months.
When you add to that the complexity of most PLM solutions in the way they get implemented, there is a real challenge for companies.