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The challenge of plm upgrades

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A first time notion that due to data model changes - from relational, to object-oriented/document driven and now object-oriented data-driven everytime creates challenges for upgrades - impossible to foresee

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The challenge of plm upgrades

  1. 1. Rules of Business Change THE CHALLENGE OF PLM UPGRADES Jos Voskuil www.virtualdutchman.com Twitter: @josvoskuil Conference: #PICongress
  2. 2. Myth #1 – perpetual softwareexists
  3. 3. Myth #2 – seamlessupgradewith oursoftware
  4. 4. cPDM – stage 1 – relational / Unix PDM stage 1 implemented by large enterprises: • Unix terminal based • Relational data model • Expensive • Related to files • Mainly mechanical
  5. 5. PDM / PLM stage 2 – Graphical / Object Oriented PLM stage 2 implemented current by most companies: • More Windows-like • Object-oriented approach • Highly customizable • No data model standards • Engineering solution
  6. 6. Upgradechallenge : took 1 – 2 years
  7. 7. Could this beavoided ? • Large change in IT: hardware & software • New paradigm for software development • Disruptive innovation • Lower TCO • More flexible • Extended scope
  8. 8. Stage 2: Also introducing CAD updatechallenges STRONG CONNECTION BETWEEN PLM AND CAD – ENGINEERING CENTRIC
  9. 9. PLM stage 3 – thecurrentdream: scope beyond engineering
  10. 10. PLM stage 3 characteristics • Requires breaking down the silos • The “bottom-up” dream • It is a business transformation • How to sell ? • Must be management driven
  11. 11. PLM stage 3 characteristics • The IT approach: systems thinking • The Business approach: understanding change • Why different ?
  12. 12. PLM stage 3 characteristics • Enterprise PLM Governance – data centric • Local PDM(s) Engineering centric - files • Lack of standards • Master Data Management? CPO is a ProSTEP iViP initiative, for establishing a common understanding on openness of IT systems in the context of PLM between IT customers, IT vendors and IT service providers
  13. 13. Upgradechallenges from stage 2 tostage 3 STANDARD CUSTOMIZED
  14. 14. Stage 2 to 3 issues: Could this beavoided ? • If initial implementation was OOTB – laggards benefit • If initial implementation stayed close to core data model of the PLM vendor
  15. 15. Whocan definethe futureof PLM ?
  16. 16. PLM stage 4 upcoming – a radical change
  17. 17. PLM stage 4 upcoming – a radical change Document-driven  Data driven
  18. 18. PLM stage 4 upcoming – from documents todata-centric • Support for real concurrent work • Single version of the truth – reference instead of copy • Documents become reports • No overhead having people processing documents • Almost on-line visibility through dashboards / semantic search • Semantic analysis for audits / trends discovery • Digital processes – standardization but flexible to change
  19. 19. PLM stage 4 upcoming – a radical change
  20. 20. PLM stage 4: A data-drivenapproach - platforms  Business Innovation Platform  Product Innovation Platform  Platform brings flexibility:  Streamlined apps and services running on persistent, connected data  No longer system upgrades but changing configurations
  21. 21. PLM stage 4: A data-drivenapproach – platformquestions  Business Innovation Platform  Product Innovation Platform Who provides the platform(s) ?  Openness – when & how ? Will we still talk about PLM and ERP ?
  22. 22. A Platformwith Appsand Services
  23. 23. Conclusions – How toget into the future ?  Stop thinking about PLM upgrades, it is a business change  A platform approach is the major enabler for change 1945 1990 NOW20062000 2023
  24. 24. Conclusions – How toget into the future ?  Stop thinking about PLM upgrades, it is a business change  A data-driven approach requires a mental switch for the older generations and learning for the new generations
  25. 25. Conclusions – How toget into the future ?  Stop thinking about PLM upgrades, it is a business change  Data-driven approach requires a mental switch for the older generations and learning for the new generations  Small pilots show huge benefits We do the same work now with 50 % of the people Medical company Now we are able to serve our customers – new business Equipment manufacturer
  26. 26. Conclusions – How toget into the future ?  Stop thinking about PLM upgrades, it is a business change  Data-driven approach requires a mental switch for the older generations and learning for the new generations  Small pilots show huge benefits  Risk is NOT MAKING THE CHANGE

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