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Top Seven Best Practices in PLM Strategy and Implementation


Gartner identifies, for IT managers and PLM champions, seven best practices for PLM software implementation based on a survey of 62 companies, and in-depth interviews with the top seven surveyed PLM adopters.

Published: 29 October 2014

ID: G00249159

Analyst(s): Marc Halpern

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • 1. Measure Unnecessary Business Costs, Time Wasted and Lost Product Revenue Opportunities to Identify PLM's Potential Value
    • Case Study 1: A U.S.-Based PC Manufacturer
    • Case Study 2: An International Industrial Parts Supplier
  • 2. Begin PLM Road Maps With Product Data Management, Product Specifications Management or Product Portfolio Management
    • Case Study 3: A Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
    • Case Study 4: A Manufacturer of Lawn and Garden Equipment
  • 3. Cleanse and Enrich Your Product Data
    • Case Study 5: A European Industrial Machinery Manufacturer
    • Case Study 6: A North American Food Manufacturer
  • 4. Identify Multiple Downstream PLM Opportunities as Individual, but Related, Projects, Instead of Planning for a Single Large Initiative
    • Case Study 7: A Multinational Heavy Machinery Manufacturer
  • 5. Include Business Operatives, IT Specialists, and Senior Executives in the PLM Strategy and Governance Group
    • Case Study 8: PLM Failure at a Large U.S.-Based Defense Contractor
    • Case Study 9: A European Manufacturer of Household Appliances
  • 6. Plan for Change Management as an Important Part of PLM Implementation
    • Case Study 10: A Global Aerospace and Industrial Parts Supplier
  • 7. Do Not Outsource the Selection of PLM Priorities and the Creation of the Implementation Strategy
    • Case Study 11: A Consumer Electronics Company

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