• The Finding PLM to Fit Mid-Sized High-Tech Companies ebook explains how smaller companies in the high technology industry find themselves stuck between full-featured Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems that feel out of reach and less capable solutions including cloud-based file sharing or very basic data management applications. They know they can’t afford the errors and inefficiency inherent to informal data and process management, but can’t afford a large time, resource, and financial investment to fix their problems. Unfortunately simple solutions like web file sharing, while very attractive, fall … [ read more ]

    Finding PLM to Fit Mid-Sized High-Tech Companies
  • The How-to Guide to Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD  shares best practices for moving from 2D to 3D. The guide shares the reasons you should consider going from 2D to 3D, common challenges to avoid, and benefits enjoyed by other companies who gone to 3D. The guide then shares advice to make your switch from 2D to 3D CAD a success. The recommendations were developed by analyzing the responses of Top Performing companies and comparing them to Average Performing companies.This eBook is one in a series of three:Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD Migrating from 3D CAD to a new 3D CAD Adopting … [ read more ]

    Best Practices for Going from 2D to 3D CAD
  • The Reducing Cost of Quality in CPG report shares perspectives from a survey of over 175 CPG companies to determine how Top Performers manage consumer packaged goods quality. The research finds that these leading companies are able to achieve better quality results with lower internal costs. The report analyzes their processes, organizational structures, and enabling technology to determine how they can get better quality results without placing a financial burden on the business.Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report to download a PDF overview (free of charge, no registration … [ read more ]

    Reducing Cost of Quality for Consumer Packaged Goods (survey report)
  • What type of experiences prepare engineering students the best for "real world" industry work? What should new graduates know when they start their first job?Please share your experience, thoughts, and lessons learned in this new survey on the engineering skills gap. We are exploring questions such as, what types of things do you look for in a new graduate? How can engineering colleges and universities improve their curriculum to better prepare students for today's modern products?  What concerns do you have about the future engineering workforce?Developing the future workforce is critical to the … [ read more ]

    What Skills Do You Wish Engineering Graduates Had? (Survey Invite)
  • This infographic shares the importance of developing a cohesive digital thread when developing formulated products in the consumer packaged goods industry. The digital thread should be driven by customer requirements and incorporate the recipe / formulation, specifications, packaging design, compliance information, claims, cautions, ingredients, labeling, artwork, and more to provide a full view of the product and it's design history. An effective CPG Digital Thread relies on an integrated Product Innovation Platform to connect product data from early in the front end of innovation through development, … [ read more ]

    The CPG Digital Thread (infographic)

PLM License and Deployment Flexibility Puts PLM in Reach (eBook)

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Tech-Clarity-eBook-PLM-Deployment-coverThe PLM License and Deployment Flexibility Puts PLM in Reach eBook discusses how new software deployment and licensing approaches including cloud, SaaS, subscription, and others can put PLM in reach for more companies. The eBook reviews the ROI of PLM and dispels the myth that PLM implementations have to be long and expensive. The research reviews the benefits of different licensing and deployment models and highlights key things to look for during procurement, deployment, and operations phases.

Please enjoy the summary below (free of charge, no registration required).

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The Compelling ROI of PLM

PLM_Deployment_Stats_1Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has a very attractive ROI. It helps address the inherent complexity of product innovation, product development, and engineering resulting from today’s complex products and product development landscapes. It’s one of the few initiatives that concurrently drives both top-line and bottom-line results. But getting these returns is sometimes considered too big of an investment. PLM initiatives have historically been known for long, expensive implementations. Most manufacturers no longer have the appetite for software projects that don’t show an ROI in the first year or so. So many choose not to get started because they expect high costs, a long payback period, and a significant need for internal IT resources.

PLM_Deployment_Stats_2Our research, however, shows that the majority of PLM implementations are faster and less expensive than most think. We believe one of the reasons for so many lower-than-expected implementation efforts is the changing way that companies are buying and deploying PLM. Cloud, SaaS, subscription, and other options are changing the underlying factors that impact implementation investments. Let’s take a look at how things are changing.

What’s the Right Path for Your Company?

There’s a lot to consider when looking for a PLM solution. New options reduce barriers to entry and help add flexibility and agility. But it’s important to recognize that the primary goal is to find a solution that meets company needs to combat complexity and improve business performance. Without the capabilities to drive business improvement the rest is pointless.

Manufacturers can leverage tools such as Tech-Clarity’s PDM Buyer’s Guide for a framework on how to analyze solutions based on company needs beyond features and functions. While those are important, manufacturers must also know their procurement options, deployment choices, and the impacts those have across the lifecycle of a solution.

PLM FrameworkPLM is more powerful and attainable than ever, which is good news for manufacturers of all sizes. Now is the time to:

  • Understand your needs
  • Know your options
  • Find the right solution
  • Identify the optimal procurement approach for your business
  • Determine the most advantageous deployment approach
  • Understand the business agility available from new options
  • Take advantage of lower barriers to entry for PLM
  • Get started with PLM and get a quick ROI
  • Extend the benefits over time

*This summary is an abbreviated version of the report and does not contain the full content. A link to download the full report is available above.

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