Taking the time and money to invest in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system can be very good for business. However, many businesses are more concerned with deploying the right technology and pay less attention to the other key parts of a successful PLM implementation. The right PLM solution is key, as well as training, documentation and support by your PLM solutions provider. Focus on these four elements to ensure a solid return on investment of your PLM implementation.
Deploying a PLM system can be very good for many businesses. The technology provides a standardized approach to key workflows, which can deliver productivity gains, streamlined processes, reduce waste, expedite product development cycles, and nurture innovation. However, the process isn’t quite as easy as picking software off the shelf and telling your employees to use it. In order to ensure a successful PLM implementation, organizations should focus on these four elements:
- Choose the PLM system: PLM systems aren’t one-size-fits-all. Every business uses PLM differently and requires different functionality in order to meet unique needs. Business leaders should work closely with a provider to outline operational processes, consider best practices, define strategic goals and choose a system that best aligns with your principles.
- Conduct training: Training is a cornerstone to a successful PLM implementation. Employees must use the system properly and take advantage of all system features. Rand 3D has a team of dedicated, experienced trainers skilled in all aspects of PLM and in delivering personalized training. We offer several training options, including in-person training and self-paced eLearning courses which are convenient for employees that may not be able to attend live training sessions.
- Prepare documentation: Customized PLM documentation is necessary for defining your specific workflows and processes. Having documentation provides employees with a resource that supports concepts learned during training. Rand 3D has over 20 years of experience with generating professional technical documentation for our clients. We will create the documentation you need to document proprietary PLM processes.
- Take advantage of added resources: Companies that partner with Rand 3D have access to additional support and resources. Our Education Solutions Representatives and Education Specialists provide superior services that keep customers coming back year after year to continuously improve skillsets.
Boost user adoption and maximize your PLM investment by following these implementation best practices. Contact Rand 3D for additional guidance and support to ensure your PLM investment is successful for the life of your system.