The Benefits of Custom PLM: Why Companies Should Build Their Own Product Lifecycle Management Solution

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on January 31, 2022 • Back to Blog index

For starters, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is not a new concept; in fact, it has been around in various forms since humanity began building things. However, PLM has only gotten characterized by a formal definition of the process and the tools required to complete it successfully since the introduction of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing.

In essence, a strong PLM solution will ensure success in terms of delivery dates, budget, and customer happiness. It also provides management with the tools and data they need to make informed business decisions.

With that in mind, this article will provide reasons why companies should utilize a flexible PLM solution they can tailor to their needs.

Product Lifecycle Management: Defined

Managing a product from conception to delivery and service is known as Product Lifecycle Management. People, data, production and supply procedures, and business systems are all required to get a product out the door and into the hands of a client. Although it can cost millions of dollars to get it wrong, it can secure large revenues.

The Benefits of Product Lifecycle Management

Customized PLM software delivers the following key benefits:

Lower Security Risks

It is critical to ensure product compliance during the design and production phases. However, after product delivery to the client, it is essential to track customer complaints and quality issues to close the loop between engineering, production, sales, and service.

PLM software allows businesses to keep detailed, time-stamped records of product version changes, ensuring that audit trails get preserved. With customized PLM software, you can tailor the audit trails based on the information and details you care about most. This also lowers the risk of fines, delays, and lost revenues due to non-compliance.

Facilitates Communication and Collaboration

PLM must integrate all product data into a single, accessible, and manageable resource while facilitating unfettered information flow between employees and across the product life cycle's phases. Many sectors demand that items pass compliance testing and meet regulatory requirements. By customizing your PLM solution, it can anticipate these requirements during the design and manufacturing stages and produce and maintain the necessary product data.

Scaling the Business

Production speed, innovation speed, revenue speed, and customer loyalty speed are all ingredients for growth. PLM software assists enterprises in the short term and prepares them for the future. It helps smaller businesses scale up and gives larger businesses agility and flexibility by removing bottlenecks with repeatable process frameworks established on the scalable PLM platform. With a customizable PLM solution, you can tailor the functionality to the scale of your business and scale up alongside the growth of your business.

Conclusion

Product Lifecycle Management is a difficult task. Selecting the right providers, outsourcing it to the right company, and using the right tools will ultimately protect you from PLM failure. Instead of pre-made PLM solutions with more "out-of-the-box" capabilities, choose a provider that allows customers to design a solution that matches their individual needs.


Yoann Maingon
Co-Founder & CEO of Ganister