5 Signs It’s Time to Invest In PLM Consulting

Managing a new enterprise system can be a daunting task. It can test your staff’s knowledge bases and affect the top and bottom line of your business. That being said, many companies have invested in some sort of PLM or PDM tool (learn more about what ERP, MRP, PLM, and PDM are in this post). This post is for everyone that has invested in a PLM/PDM tool and wants to make sure they’re getting the most out of the investment.

Here are five signs it is time to invest in PLM consulting. 


1. You use your PLM /PDM system solely for data management 

 

Many people purchase PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systems and struggle to use them to their full potential. They relegate these amazing systems to simple file vaults. But, they paid for so much more. If you’re implementing a PLM tool and use it as a vault, you’ve essentially taken on 100% of the investment to recognize 20% of the benefit. Without full understanding and utilization of these systems, you’re missing the opportunity to capture the main benefits of these investments. When fully implemented and adopted, these systems integrate people, data, processes and much more.


2. You don’t fully understand your PLM system 

 

I hope none of you that relate to this point think I’m calling you dumb. PLM is just…a lot. A good analogy is a car. We all understand the basics; four wheels, seats, steering wheel, engine. It is obvious why I want a car, the benefits are clear to me. That doesn’t mean I know how to troubleshoot, install, and maintain an ignition system. It is not uncommon to have the wrong idea of these system’s complexity. They do a lot: data management, process management, lifecycle change, and much more. This could be why 70 percent of PLM investments are failing to meet manager expectations. When implemented correctly, these systems could allow your company to further maximize productivity.

 


3. You Find Yourself Re-Inventing the Wheel

 

These are enterprise level systems. When you attempt to utilize the optional configurations, they become complex quickly. Due to this, many companies find themselves reinventing the wheel around correct configurations. When this happens, you are only taking more steps backward. This can easily be avoided with the help of a knowledgeable consultant who is familiar with your situation and has the ability to direct you down the right path.


 

 


4. You have multiple issues with stability 

 

With so many companies investing large amounts of money into these enterprise systems, it is important for them to be working correctly. If your system is continually going down or needs to be restarted, this is another sign you should look into PLM consulting. Someone with experience could locate and diagnose the root cause of your system’s problems, allowing your company to avoid them in the future.


5. Your users complain about general system usability


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your team is constantly complaining about the general performance and interaction on the interface, odds are that your system hasn’t been properly configured. Complaints are one thing, but an inability to address the cause and improve user’s situation, that can have a dramatic impact on employee satisfaction and productivity. User complaints are typically symptoms of larger issues. We’ve found that an experienced admin can typically decode user feedback and develop a plan to dramatically improve productivity and UX.

The need for ongoing administration and maintenance is often overlooked by many companies. For these systems to evolve, it is important to partner with someone who can help your business succeed.