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PLM and ERP: Separated by a common Bill of Materials (BOM)


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This is a slide decks of my keynote session at ProSTEP iViP Symposium in Stuttgart, Germany on May 5th, 2015.

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PLM and ERP: Separated by a common Bill of Materials (BOM)

  1. 1. PLM and ERP: separated by a common BOM Oleg Shilovitsky @beyondplm Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  2. 2. Who am I? I spent 20+ years developing engineering and manufacturing software: 1990s: Selling and developing Autodesk apps in Israel 2000s: SmarTeam, Enovia, Dassault… working on PDM/PLM tech 2010-12: Inforbix… developing new approach in cloud search and data analytics 2012-14: Autodesk… joining team working on PLM360 and search technologies 2015: Consulting manufacturing companies at Beyond PLM. Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  3. 3. Beyond PLM… Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  4. 4. Beyond PLM… I started to blog in 2008 and didn’t stop… For the last 6 years I wrote ~1800 blogs about PLM and related topics - technology, engineering, manufacturing... It is about 1’000’000 words …and I learned a lot: What I learned about PLM from six years of daily blogging Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  5. 5. Do you speak “stückliste” ? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 image source:
  6. 6. Why BOM is a boring topic to present? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 This is really cool stuff you would like to present image source:,
  7. 7. Why BOM is a boring topic to present? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 image source: microsoft, SAP These pictures are less cool…
  8. 8. BOM is everywhere… ….because you cannot do much without BOM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 image source:
  9. 9. So, who is controlling BOM? The ugly truth about PLM and ERP volleyball… Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  10. 10. Where is BOM in a product lifecycle? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  11. 11. Supply Chain MRP, ERP, PLM ... Where is DA BOM? Manufacturing Design & engineering Sales & Marketing material procurement shopflow planning product control & planning material planning demand and scheduling Design Product planning Engineering Contract manufacturing Sales configuration Compliance & regulation BOM MBOM EBOM XBOMSBOM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 BOM connects all engineering and non-engineering processes
  12. 12. Design Eng Mfg Service Refab Product Lifecycle Disciplines Mechanical Electric Electronic Software Services ECR ECO ECN Changes CAD and other content creation tools… Data and lifecycle tools (PDM, PLM, MRP, ERP, SCM….) BOM Multiple dimensions of BOM complexity Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  13. 13. Bill of material and product lifecycle Design Engineering and Manufacturing Physical product Require ments Design Engineering Planning Planning Planning Ordering As-built As-Built-SNMBOM Support Kit Spec Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 How to synchronize BOM data across the product lifecycle chain?
  14. 14. ● Complete data representation ● Unique part numbers ● Synchronized changed ● To use only “part numbers” (no doc#...) ● Include all scheduled items for mfg ● Decrease # of levels ● Complete approval process What about “single BOM” idea? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 “Single” BOM Design BOM Engineering BOM Supply BOM Regulation BOM Production BOM Support BOM
  15. 15. Why vendors are competing for BOM control? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Design PDM CAD Simulation Demand generation Planning BOMs Procurement Manufacturing operation Over the wall approach
  16. 16. BOM management demands Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 No mistakes No manual typing No painful synchronization Image courtesy of winnond at
  17. 17. BOM integration challenges #1 → BOM Transfer #2 → Keep Item data in sync #3 → Keep consistency of views Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  18. 18. Why people want to separate CAD, EBOM and MBOM? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Skateboard Front Assy Rear Assy FW FA Board RW RA CAD / Engineering View Skateboard FW FA BoardRW RA Manufacturing Assembly VIew
  19. 19. How to manage enterprise BOM? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Multi-disciplinary Scalable People acceptance
  20. 20. Why companies are not ready for “single BOM”? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Multidisciplinary design tools No agreement to shareData controlling behavior
  21. 21. 3 important questions about BOM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Q1: How to support connected processes? Q2: How to stop syncing BOM between silos? Q3: How PLM + ERP can support “single BOM”?
  22. 22. Want to discuss BOM? Call me @beyondplm. Thank you!