Gartner Research

Best Practices in Bills-of-Material and Recipe Management

Published: 06 March 2014

ID: G00253418

Analyst(s): Marc Halpern , Ray Barger Jr


Despite recent IT advances, manufacturer CIOs and IT leaders still struggle with managing bills of material and recipes. This research examines those challenges and shares best practices to address them.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Scope of BOMs, Recipes and BOPs Used Throughout Product and System Life Cycles
    • Case Study: Analyzing a BOM Portfolio to Perform Root-Cause Analysis
  • Adopt an MDM Approach to Managing BOMs
    • Case Study: Adopting MDM to Manage and Synchronize BOMs
  • Engage Suppliers, Partners and Customers Early in Planning Life Cycle BOM Management Strategies
    • Case Study: Lockheed Martin Engages Supplier Network in BOM Management for JSF Program
  • Establish Governance Over BOMs, Particularly Change Processes
    • Case Study: Custom-Developed BOM Governance Software Faces Dead End
    • Case Study: Standards-Based BOM Governance Offers Long-Term Viability

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